Madd Doggs charge to title

Dave Wagner Falling into the losers bracket with an early Sunday morning loss put the Hobbs Madd Doggs in a bind in Men’s Class E play in the 20th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic at Guy Leeder Complex. No matter. The Madd Doggs rallied for five consecutive wins to take the title, including 17-14 and […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]

Tournament celebrating 20th season

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]

Chavez qualifies for U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament

CNJ staff SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clovis High junior-to-be Guillermo Chavez joined some of the more famous names in golf when he qualified Tuesday for the U.S. Junior Amateur championship. Chavez qualified for the national tournament July 21-26 in Chevy Chase, Md., by finishing second at a regional qualifier at Grayhawk Golf Course. Chavez shot a […]

Wildcats lose late

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Amarllio rallied for six runs in its last two at-bats and beat the Clovis Wildcats 12-10 Tuesday in a 10-inning West Texas Baseball League contest. The teams teams agreed to play 10 innings regardless of the score. Jared Montoya collected three hits for the Wildcats while Richard Urban and Ryan Denton […]

Wildcats gain revenge in summer league final

By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ’Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]

NBA star Wildcats backer

By Eric Butler The difference between winning and losing can sometimes come down to one key player. The chance to play, though, can sometimes hinge on a crucial benefactor — and the Clovis Wildcats 14 & under team has one in Ray Allen of the Seattle Supersonics. After winning the 17 & under AAU state […]

Giants breeze to Tri-County Minor League title

CNJ staff The Clovis American Giants scored early and often Saturday en route to a 10-0 over the Tucumcari Elks in the championship game of the Tri-County Minor League tournament at Dickenson Field. The Giants outscored their opponents 49 to 5 while going undefeated in the double-elimination tournament. “It was an unbelievable experience for everyone […]

Clovis advances to summer league final

By Eric Butler FARWELL — Though they only won by six points in an earlier matchup, the Clovis Wildcats strolled into the championship game of the West Texas-New Mexico Phenoms Summer League by walloping Grady 76-29 in a semifinal game at Farwell High School. Clovis will play Portales in the finals at 5 p.m. (MDT) […]

Cannon airman wins Clovis city golf championship

CNJ staff Randy Moore recovered from a potentially disastrous start and went on to win the two-day Clovis City Championship Sunday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. A weapons specialist at Cannon Air Force Base, Moore rebounded from a triple bogey on the first hole to shoot a 75 and win the 36-hole tournament title by […]

Hounds picked 4th in LSC preseason football poll

CNJ staff Traditional football power Texas A&M-Kingsville is expected to continue its dominance of the Lone Star Conference this fall as the Javelinas have been picked to win the league’s South Division, according to the annual preseason poll that was announced Friday morning by conference officials. TAMUK, which has shared the past two South Division […]

Throwing the ball no longer a passing fancy

By Kevin Wilson James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning Mendoza and six high schools have joined together for […]

Cannon Airman leads city championship

CNJ staff Cannon Airman Randy Moore rebounded from a bogey on the first hole to shoot a 1-under-par 70 and grabbed the lead after the first round of the Clovis city golf championship Saturday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Moore leads Clovis High standout Travis Reid by a stroke with Jimmy Dominguez and Tom Harden […]

Summer time for teaching

By Eric Butler June is definitely a time of transition for high school volleyball teams. And the so-called “Rally at Da Rock,” held Friday and Saturday at Rock Staubus gymnasium, is right at the beginning of the learning curve. The normal array of coaching changes and player transfers were part of the picture when 10 […]

Yanks rally to win Tri-County Majors title

By Eric Butler o Clovis team scores three times with two outs in bottom of sixth inning. By Eric Butler CNJ Correspondent PORTALES — With more changes of direction than a game of Twister, the Clovis American Yankees finally won the Tri-County Tournament championship game Saturday night with a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Roosevelt […]

Wildcats split with Hobbs

CNJ staff Sean Cruce and Ryan Denton collected two hits each and Luke Gray went the distance as Clovis edged Hobbs 3-2 in the first game of Thursday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. Gray scattered six hits over seven innings. Hobbs exploded for eight runs in the seventh inning and captured the […]

Diamondbacks force deciding game

CNJ staff Brandon Adkins’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run fifth-inning as the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks stayed alive in the Tri-County Major league tournament with a 12-7 win over the American Yankees on Thursday at Dickenson Field The teams meet again at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park in Portales in the championship game of the double-elimination […]

Zias picked fourth in LSC preseason poll

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers West Texas A&M received 15 of a possible 18 first-place votes in the Lone Star Conference’s South Division preseason volleyball poll. The Lady Buffs, who have made 14 NCAA postseason appearances in the last 15 seasons, tallied 103 total points in the poll to easily top Abilene Christian. The Wildcats collected […]

First-year Clovis coach no rookie

By Eric Butler Larry Jones Jr. has coached soccer before — just not at the high school level. He has coached girls before — just not at the high school level. He’ll get his chance to do both this fall after being named the girls soccer coach at Clovis High. Jones succeeds Tamara Spradlin, who […]

Cats complete unlikely comeback

CNJ Staff CNJ STAFF Clovis’ offense started to shine about the same time the stadium lights were turned on. Trailing by 10 runs at the game’s midway point, Clovis rallied to beat Plainview 15-14 on Tuesday in a West Texas Baseball League game at Bell Park. Ryan Denton capped off the improbable comeback by singling […]