Lady Cats take to road for big series

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Clovis eighth-grader Samantha Ramos takes batting practice Thursday at the Lady Wildcats Softball Complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Parity, it seems, is not limited to the NFL and other professional sports. Just like coaches predicted, the District 4-5A softball race is as wide open as an eastern New Mexico prairie. With […]

Zias salvage split at Panhandle State

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Runs were at a premium in Tuesday’s non-conference softball doubleheader between Eastern New Mexico and Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Zias scored a two-out run in the third inning and held on for a 1-0 win in the nightcap after the host Lady Aggies posted a 1-0 win in the opener. […]

Hounds junior named All-Region

CNJ staff FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt has been selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ South Central Region all-district team for the 2003-04 season. The selections are voted on by NABC members, and are intended to “recognize the country’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes,” […]

Clovis hosts Eldorado in crucial series

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Alamogordo’s Steven Hobbins scrambles back to the bag as Clovis first baseman Ryan Denton snags the throw from catcher Mark Replogle in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. CNJ photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner Clovis High’s District 4-5A baseball series this weekend against Eldorado at Bell Park boils down to a best-of-three playoff. […]

Highlands hammers Hounds

CNJ STAFF LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Brian Fryer was a one-man wrecking crew. The senior center fielder went 4-for-4 with a triple, a homer and four runs batted in as New Mexico Highlands routed Eastern New Mexico University 9-1 on Tuesday in college baseball. Fryer raised his season’s batting average to .492, driving in single […]

Lady Cats’ Curry bidding for state

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Clovis High senior Andrea Curry, shown during District 4-5A competition last spring at CHS, has posted a 14-4 record in singles competition so far this spring and is 9-4 teaming at No. 1 doubles with Patricia Gallegos. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Andrea Curry came painfully close to qualifying for the Class 5A […]

Hounds eliminated from postseason chase

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Any slim hopes the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team had of making the Lone Star Conference tournament went by the wayside quickly against Abilene Christian. ACU catcher J-Bob Thomas drew a tie-breaking, bases-loaded walk in a five-run eighth as Abilene Christian beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-6 to complete […]

TexAnns take four from Zias

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Zia shortstop Misty Torrez (left) and center fielder Blair Campbell are unable to make the play on the ball in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader against Tarleton State. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Perhaps, first-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski mused, the Zias should just play in […]

CHS netters turn back Cavegirls

CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — Patricia Gallegos and Andrea Curry won singles matches and teamed up for a victory at No. 1 doubles Saturday, leading the Clovis High girls tennis team past Carlsbad 5-4 in a District 4-5A dual. Gallegos beat Caitlin Allen 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles while Curry got past Janessa Elkins 6-2, […]

Urban helps Cats split with Alamo

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Clovis sophomore outfielder Eric Smith prepares to round first after the second of his two hits. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Richard Urban doesn’t overpower hitters with a blazing fastball or buckle knees with breaking balls. He just throws strikes and wins games. So when Clovis dropped the opener of Saturday’s non-district […]

Depth carries La Cueva girls to win

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Clovis freshman Kela Williams was unable to score in a deep field in the 100-meter hurdles. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner No one individual dominated the girls division of Friday’s Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, and that suited La Cueva coach Jim Ciccarello just fine. The Lady Bears spread the points […]

CHS boys fourth in Wildcat Relays

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams (far right) lossens up just before the start of the 100 meters. Williams got out of the blocks fast but was nosed out for third. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White On a day when Carlsbad pole vaulter Zach Graham catapulted himself to gravity-defying heights and Kenyan-born La Cueva […]

Area players could help ENMU this fall

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Their numbers are relatively small overall, but several area athletes could make noteworthy contributions to Eastern New Mexico University football next fall. First-team All-Lone Star Conference linebacker Jeff Howard of Portales and defensive end Larry Roybal of Fort Sumner, both of whom will be seniors, are already proven commodities. But veteran […]

Competitive field set for Wildcat Relays

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk reaches back for the baton from sophomore John Tranchida as the two practice their sprint relay handoffs Thursday at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray thinks his Clovis High girls track team is one athlete short of contending for the team championship in today’s Wildcat […]

Have clubs, will travel

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Joan Farrell of Clovis was the winner of the Second Flight in Wednesday’s Hi-Plains Women’s Golf Association tournament at Clovis Municipal Golf Course with a 95. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White They were as secretive about their scores as they were about their age. Richelle Culifer of Tulia said she didn’t play […]

Rugby catching on at Cannon

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Capt. Rob Watkins of 27th Fighter Wing Legal laterals the ball during practice Tuesday at Chavez Manor West. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Dan Dannar didn’t grow up playing rugby, but the sport has grown on him. Now he’s hoping the often rough-and-tumble game of European origin will become a popular pastime […]

Pinckney helps West win crown

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Clovis High senior Justin Pinckney scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds — including six on the offensive end — to help the West roll past the North 86-59 Saturday night in the boys championship game of the Golden Spread All-Star tournament at the West Texas A&M Event Center. Amarillo […]

Walks, errors doom Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Second baseman Zach Dominguez doubled home two runs to cap a four-run fourth inning, lifting New Mexico Highlands to an 8-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday in non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field. The outburst gave the Cowboys (24-18) a 6-2 lead and they stayed in control from there […]

Now & then — Ex-Clovis coach has new team on roll

By Dave Wagner Editor’s note: This is a periodic series on former area coaches and players. After a a rocky start, former Clovis High baseball coach Chad Payne has his Houston Memorial squad rolling along in first place in District 21-5A. The Mustangs went 5-8 in predistrict games, but led the district with a 9-0 […]

Texico senior double trouble for Elida

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Elida’s Thomas West scrambles back to second base as Texico shortstop Aaron Vaughan can’t corral an errant pickup off. during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game at Brady Field. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Justin Loven has pitched well this season. He’s hit well this season. The problem is he hasn’t done […]