ENMU athletes honored for academics

CNJ staff Two Eastern New Mexico athletes were recognized for all-academic conference honors. Senior midfielder Ryan Atkinson was elected to the Southwest Soccer Conference’s All-Academic team for the second straight year, while Zia sophomore defensive specialist Heidi Geyer gained selection to the Lone Star Conference volleyball All-Academic squad. Both teams are selected by sports information […]

Back in the saddle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cynthia Fiala of Albuquerque competes Saturday in the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Games at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Fiala also participated in the Ireland International Special Olympics Equestrian Games in 2003. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cynthia Fiala rode her mustang, “Dusty,” through a barrel race […]

Former Clovis students to gather for golf tournament

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Two amazing athletes are still amazing the Clovis High School graduates of 1950. Most of our graduates are over-the-hill when it comes to athletics, including yours truly, who in Clovis Junior High tackled a bigger football player than himself and got a mouth full of a boot and some broken teeth. […]

ENMU athletes earn LSC academic honors

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

Pro athletes could be better role models

By Freedom Newspapers A cheap shot followed by a sucker punch, spitting on a rival, an arrest for assembling an arsenal without obtaining a firearm owner’s card — ESPN’s “SportsCenter” has resembled “America’s Most Wanted” in recent days. The faux pas of professional athletes are arguably more visible than those of many celebrities. Film and […]

SUMMER TRACK: CHS grad Perkins qualifies for national meet

CNJ staff EL PASO — Recent Clovis High graduate Kim Perkins qualified for national competition in two events over the weekend by placing in the Region X USA track and field youth championships at the University of Texas-El Paso. Perkins placed second in the 17-18 girls 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a personal-best time of 1:05.07, […]

Golf tourney started by Clovis High boys

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian I have never played a game of golf! I play a good game of chess. But my class of CHS 50 athletes has this INZ AND OUTZ Golf Tournament each summer over in Albuquerque. They keep telling me they are the best golfers in New Mexico! You see, it was […]

Clovis to begin random steroid testing

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School will begin testing athletes for steroids by the end of the year, according to school officials. Clovis athletic director Dale Fullerton said Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for steroid testing on a statewide scale and Clovis will be one of four high schools to participate in […]

Safety a priority for all athletes, coaches

Airman Thomas Trower Softball season is over, but football season is just around the corner, and the danger of injuries from sports is always present. Fitness standards require Airmen to be physically healthy and stay mission ready, and they therefore must pay extra attention when playing any sport. Any sport that players run on grass […]

Local track team competing at state meet

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Kim Perkins and the rest of the New Mexico Stars will compete at the USATF state championships Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Last summer’s track season ended a little sooner than Clovis High School’s Kim Perkins would have liked. She won the 400-meter hurdles in her […]

Testing won’t solve high school steroid problem

CNJ staff W hen you hear about a steroid problem on the professional level, one of the first concerns is how long will it take for this problem to trickle down to high school sports. Athletes like to emulate other athletes, and some people figure it is only a matter of time before prep athletes […]

Sports have no comparison to war

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist The other day, I was walking past the TV just as someone lamented, in a weary voice, “It was a war out there.” But this was not an American Marine in Baghdad. It was not a Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan. It was not a human rights worker in Darfur. […]

Potential legislation would allow drug tests of high school athletes

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson, noting steroids are no longer just a problem in professional sports, said Monday he wants New Mexico to begin random testing of high school athletes in the state. Richardson spoke at a steroid summit put together by the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body for high school […]

Special olympics comes to Clovis

CNJ STAFF Today, 40 special Olympic athletes will be in Clovis to compete in the state special Olympics equestrian competition. The athletes will compete in events such as showmanship at halter, figure eight and pole bending. Gena Hankins is a volunteer helping with the event. Her 14-year-old daughter Brooke is competing in the competition. She […]

Athlete was inspiration to hold on to faith

By Judy Brandon: CNJ correspondent Sporting events are really in the news this summer. Lance Armstrong just won his sixth Tour de France. Within two weeks, the summer Olympics will begin in Athens. Preparations have been under way for several years to accommodate the great influx of athletes, media and spectators at that event. There […]

Eastern athletes making the grade

By Dave Wagner ced with a two-fold task — recruit good enough athletes to be competitive on the playing field while also trying to help them achieve academic success as they prepare for the “real” world. Eastern New Mexico University appears to have found a good balance based on fall semester grades in 2003. The […]

Passion for game still burns for veteran ENMU coach

Kevin Wilson Harold “Bud” Elliott is Greyhound football, and Greyhound football is Bud Elliott. Elliott is in season No. 10 with Eastern New Mexico University, at the tail-end of a career that has taken him through 36 years at numerous levels of college football. Elliott, 71, entered Saturday’s game at Texas A&M-Kingsville one win away […]

Rural schools shaped lasting friendships

Don McAlavy School reunions are fun to go to because you can see how much older your classmates have gotten than yourself. My sister from Abilene and I will attend the Claud-Pleasant Hill Community Reunion at the fire station at Pleasant Hill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 10. My sister Mary Lou […]