Shorthanded Cats face Hereford

By Dave Wagner What you see tonight when the Clovis High boys open their basketball season against Hereford at Rock Staubus Gym won’t be what you see in a few weeks. Only eight Wildcats, including two moved up from the junior varsity, will dress for the 7:45 p.m. game against the Whitefaces. Third-year coach J.D. […]

Zias win opener in Colorado

CNJ STAFF COLORADO SPRINGS — Eastern New Mexico University’s starting front line combined for 36 points and 31 rebounds on Sunday and the Zias defeated Colorado-Colorado Springs 65-55 in the women’s basketball opener for both teams. Sophomore Elizabeth Richards scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, junior Loren Scarlett added 12 points and nine boards […]

Raiders sweep Play Inc. titles

By Dave Wagner The Texico-Farwell Raiders had the best of it on Saturday in both championship games of Play Inc. youth football at Jim Hill Field. The Raiders got past the Friona Chiefs 16-14 in the Senior League (ages 11-12), while Texico-Farwell also claimed the crown in the Junior League (ages 9-10) with a 30-0 […]

Oh brother: Tatum tops Buffs again

CNJ staff TATUM — Brothers Alberto and Art Castro were in on six of Tatum’s nine touchdowns and the Coyotes survived a six-TD performance by Melrose sophomore Carlos Ruiz to beat the Buffaloes 57-40 on Saturday in the state six-man football championship. Tatum (12-0) handed the Buffs (9-3) their only three setbacks of the season, […]

Zias hit road for opener today

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Jereena Bosket is being counted on to score inside. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Players on this year’s Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball roster range from point guards playing shooting guard (and vice versa) to forwards playing center. They also come from as far as California and as […]

Wildcats prove me wrong

Ramblin’ Rick C lovis has come a long way since September, when a 1-2 start left plenty of doubters — including yours truly. The Wildcats looked dreadful in a 32-7 loss to Mayfield in the season opener and not much better in the loss to Highland. A program built on running the ball and stopping […]

Vixens take third in Class 1A

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Kayla Britain had 18 kills in Saturday’s three-game win over Animas. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson ROSWELL — After seeing their Class 1A title hopes dashed by Des Moines for the second-straight year, the Fort Sumner Vixens went into the offseason with a statement. The statement: We’ll be back. One day […]

Hounds drop finale to SWOSU

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Eastern New Mexico University fullback Sukora Cooper attempts to run over a Southwestern Oklahoma defender during the first half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Even doubling the opposition in total yardage couldn’t save the struggling Eastern New Mexico University football team. Four turnovers, including […]

Steers cruise to first-round playoff win

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — The Farwell Steers aren’t ready for the basketball season to begin just yet. Playing their first postseason game in four years, the Steers rode a solid all-around effort Friday night to a 25-6 win over Wheeler in a Class 1A bi-district matchup played at Highland Park High School. Farwell (9-1) advances […]

Texico gains 1A finals

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texico linebacker Logan Brown jars the ball loose Cloudroft receiver Jacob Wikland. Cloudcroft recovered the fumble. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White TEXICO — Texico took the path of least resistance, straying away from its power running game often enough to account for three touchdown through the air in a 56-0 win over […]

Steers eliminate Wheeler

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — Rowdy Mitchell scored two touchdowns and Farwell handed the Wheeler Mustangs a 25-6 setback Friday night in the bi-district round of the Class 1A football playoffs at Highland Park High School. The Steers (9-1), playing a postseason game for the first time since 1999, advanced to an area round game at […]

Cats win in 3 OTs

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Clovis senior Travis Loomis jumps into the arms of a teammate Jason Burns after the Wildcats defense held Carlsbad from scoring in the third overtime of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White With the clock winding down, Clovis’ chances of winning the District 4-5A title appeared to be […]

Friday prep scores

Staff and wire reportsFriday Football District 4-5A Clovis 31, Carlsbad 24 3 OT Class 1A Bi-district Farwell 25, Wheeler 6 New Mexico Belen 35, Silver 15 Cibola 28, Gallup 0 Clovis 31, Carlsbad 24, 3OT Highland 41, Santa Fe 8 Hobbs 12, Eldorado 7 La Cueva 48, Sandia 0 Los Lunas 21, Alamogordo 7 Mayfield […]

Cats hunt 4-5A crown

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Junior Elliott Hita will start at free safety in place of Mark Young, who injured his knee. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Rick White Unfinished business. Webster’s Dictionary describes it as something incomplete. For the Clovis Wildcats it means beating the Carlsbad Cavemen tonight and winning the District 4-5A title. “We want to be remembered […]

Texico keeping eyes on the prize

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Texico’s John Nate Williams pressures Springer QB Matt Tafoya during last week’s quarterfinal game in Texico. CNJ photo by Rick White. Dave Wagner All season long, the Texico Wolverines were gearing toward a possible third consecutive meeting against rival Fort Sumner in the Class 1A state championship game. But the two-time defending state champion Foxes […]

Vixens cruise into 1A semifinals

Eric Butler ROSWELL — If Thursday’s Class 1A volleyball quarterfinals at Roswell High were a case of “anything you can do, I can do better,” Fort Sumner (21-4) showed it was equally as impressive as two-time defending state champion Des Moines. In stifling Carrizozo (16-7), Fort Sumner geared up for Friday’s semifinals against the undefeated […]

Texas Woman’s eliminates Zias in LSC tourney

Dave Wagner CANYON, Texas — In a relatively even match, service problems were costly to the Eastern New Mexico University Zias Thursday night. ENMU had 13 service errors — many at critical times — and just three aces in dropping a 30-25, 30-26, 25-30, 30-26 decision to Texas Woman’s in a Lone Star Conference tournament […]

Buffs get third crack at unbeaten Tatum

Rick White Dickie Roybal and the Melrose Buffaloes have been heavy underdogs before in a state championship game. The Roy Longhorns took a 33-game winning streak and an air of invincibility into the 1999 title game, but the Buffaloes escaped with a wacky and wild 42-36 win to give Melrose its third six-man title of […]

Zia freshman earns All-LSC soccer honor

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University freshman forward Megan Dozier has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference women’s soccer first team. Dozier, from Midland, Texas, led the first-year Zias program in goals (6), points (13) and shot attempts (38). Other ENMU players honored include freshman midfielder Anna Funk of Amarillo, second […]

Farwell draws longtime 1A power Wheeler

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Farwell senior Jason Johnson threw three touchdown passes in last week’s playoff-clinching 46-7 win over Bovina. CNJ photo by Rick White. Dave Wagner At the end of a quarter-century run of Texas small-school football excellence, Wheeler is preparing to make the transition to the six-man in 2004. Meantime, the Farwell Steers bring an 8-1 record […]