Movie makes magic

Clyde Davis: Local columnist It began in the most inauspicious manner that one could imagine. As I proceeded to the homecoming parade in Portales, I was totally focused on acquiring the green and gray T-shirts we had ordered for our church kids to wear in support of our favorite college athletes. Little did I know […]

Days off cherished

By John Manulis: “Believe in Me” producer Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. A day off. Wow. After more 18-hour days […]

Behind the Scenes 10/12

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. For me, the “magic of the movies” […]

Behind the Scenes 10/10

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe In Me” Good morning Curry and Roosevelt counties. John Manulis here, picking up the “Believe In Me” production journal from my producing partner Cotty Chubb. In addition to the myriad of creative and logistical issues that crowd every hour of every day of a film shoot, a production team […]

Grady seeing net gains

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Grady junior Heather Blackburn goes up for the kill during practice Tuesday. The Lady Bronchos have opened the season 8-1. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By John Eisel GRADY — Volleyball is no longer fall training for girls basketball at Grady. Under the direction of first-year coach Missy Glover, the Lady Bronchos stand at 8-1 to […]

Texico senior wide receiver adds another dimension to an explosive Wolverine offense

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Texico senior Tony Clement has returned from knee surgery to play wide receiver and cornerback for the unbeaten and top-ranked Wolverines. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer A lot has happened since Tony Clement landed awkwardly in a summer league basketball game two summers ago. Knee surgery. Six months of […]

Governor pushes for film industry growth

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Gov. Bill Richardson, right, talks with Jim Keith, seated, after a press conference Wednesday during the Clovis/Curry County Chamber luncheon at the Holiday Inn. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he had a big announcement to make about a feature film set for production in […]

Clovis coach in charge of polishing stars’ skills

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Clovis High School girls basketball coach Miles Watters jokes with actors Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryan Lengerich: CNI staff writer Allison Cochran approached the free-throw line Tuesday afternoon and calmly sank two shots. The 19-year-old Eastern New Mexico University freshman made countless shots in her four-year basketball career […]

Lobo coach scores with athletes

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New Mexico men’s basketball coach Ritchie McKay spoke Monday to the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Ritchie McKay likens many Christians to youngsters during Halloween, a day in which children pull masks over their faces in the hopes of becoming — […]

Greenwalt injured in rollover

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A Texas Tech basketball player remained hospitalized Monday with injuries she received in a weekend traffic accident in West Texas. Senior Cisti Greenwalt, a 6-foot-5-inch center for the Lady Raiders, suffered bruises to both lungs when the vehicle she was traveling in rolled over Sunday night near Anton, about 25 […]

Clovis team headed for national tourney

CNJ staff Third- and fourth-grade basketball players from Clovis will play in a nationally recognized tournament Saturday and Sunday at the University of Texas in Arlington. Their coach, David Dawson, said 20 players were called to tryouts recently and 11 were chosen. “We called 20 players we had seen playing in various local leagues,” Dawson […]

New era at Fort Sumner

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers sports writer Mario Martinez may be small in stature, but he’s left some big shoes to fill at Fort Sumner High School. Martinez took a job as boys associate athletic director with the New Mexico Activities Association in Albuquerque this summer after 12 successful years as the Foxes’ athletic director, […]

Producers like Clovis for movie site

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A feature movie will be shot in Clovis this year, a film company representative told the Clovis City Commission Thursday. Alan Swain, location manager for “Believe in Me Productions,” said this week’s Clovis tour has him confident at least part of the feature film “Believe In Me,” will be […]

Test reveals Zias’ coach has cancer

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — A pathology report released on Thursday determined that a brain tumor which hospitalized Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard over the weekend is cancerous. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Thursday night that an MRI was done on the 36-year-old Buzard earlier in the day, the results of […]

Lights! Camera! Clovis?

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico could be become the filming location for a feature-length sports movie — if local officials can prove its likeness to 1960s Oklahoma. The New Mexico Film Office announced this week that Clovis and surrounding areas are being considered for a $7 million production with a crew […]

Clovis 15-and-under girls split in AAU nationals

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats beat the New Hampshire Stars 64-57 and lost to the Dallas Storm 66-55 Saturday in pool play of the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament. The Lady Wildcats play two more games today, facing the Georgia Hot Shots and Pan American Jam It On at 11:45 […]

Play Inc. still helping kids: Q and A

By Emilie Hornack: CNJ Correspondent Four decades ago a group of parents suggested a need within the Clovis community for youth football and basketball leagues. From that came Playing League Athletics for Youth, or Play Inc. as it’s become known. Serving hundreds of youngsters through a variety of programs, the non-profit organization continues looking to […]

Basketball still in blood of Wildcat alumni

By Rick White Tony Aburto’s passion for the game of basketball still burns. Aburto, who played for the Clovis High Wildcats in 1995-96, said he plays three to four times a week, and in 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 tournaments whenever he gets a chance. A collections officer in town, the 6-foot-8 Aburto is one of 14 […]

Clovis resident reflects on season competing in WBL

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Clovis resident Mary (Fuller) Scott played for the St. Louis Streak during the final season of the Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1980-81. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner For a small-town girl from Mississippi, Mary Scott was thrilled to get the opportunity to play women’s professional basketball. The Clovis resident just wishes the […]

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,” […]