Ex-Clovis standout is as savvy in courtroom as he was on the hardcourt

By Eric Butler Whether it is on the basketball court or in the courtroom, Nelson Franse has always found ways to come out on top. A former Clovis High and University of New Mexico basketball standout, Franse is drawing accolades as a defense attorney. Franse, 42, is a director in the professional liability department for […]

Monson receives one more chance

By Dave Wagner Stephen Monson figured his basketball career was over when Clovis High’s season ended in early March. Not so. Monson will get one more chance to play competitively when he joins CHS teammate Derond Jackson as members of the South squad in the 57th annual New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A-5A […]

Hitting the streets

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Corre Care’s Juan Salmon from Roswell passes the ball around an Old Country defender during their Hoopla 3-on-3 Street Ball Tour game Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Corre Care defeated Old Country 16-13. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler Edgar Tarin recognizes the stereotypical basketball player. At Saturday’s Hoopla 3-on-3 Streetball Tour at Hillcrest Park, […]

Buzard’s squad posts sweep

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — A group of Division II South Central Region women’s basketball players coached by Eastern New Mexico University’s Dan Buzard swept five games on a trip to Barbados late last month, although the competition wasn’t what the team had hoped to see. With the tiny West Indies island involved in a […]

3 on 3 tourney slated

CNJ STAFF The second annual “Hoopla 3 on 3 Streetball Tour” basketball tournament, sponsored by Play Inc. and the City of Clovis Parks Department, is scheduled for July 19-20 at Hillcrest Park.

Clovis loses vote for AAU tournament

By Dave Wagner After a one-year stop last weekend in Clovis, the AAU girls state basketball tournament will not be returning for 2004. Coaches voted to bring the event to Albuquerque next year at a meeting held during the tourney. Thirty-eight teams came to Clovis for championships in six age divisions. When it came time […]

Roybal out in Fort Sumner

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]

Local squad going for AAU boys crown

By Dave Wagner Last weekend, two Clovis-based teams captured AAU girls state basketball championships in competition here. This weekend, the New Mexico Wildcats, a team made up mostly of up-and-coming Clovis High talent, will try to pick up a boys title when they travel to Manzano High School in Albuquerque for the state AAU 16-and-under […]

AAU tournament kicks off

By Dave Wagner Basketballs will fill the air this weekend as 42 teams converge on Clovis for the New Mexico state AAU girls basketball tournament. Play begins early this afternoon with games in six age divisions — 17-and-under, 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U and 10U — scheduled for Clovis High’s Rock Staubus Gym, as well as […]

CHS alumni game scheduled tonight

By Dave Wagner David Lansford knows he can’t do everything on a basketball court that he could when he was in high school a quarter of a century ago, but he’s still looking forward to Clovis High’s second annual alumni game scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Rock Staubus Gym. First off, it’s a chance […]

Texico girls basketball coach casuality of budget crunch

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Reduced state funding based on declining enrollment has triggered changes in the Texico High School coaching staff, according to school officials. The contracts of girls basketball coach Sean Wootton and an assistant coach will not be renewed, school officials said. Wootton replaced longtime coach Roy King, who stepped down last […]

ENMU set to host basketball tournament

Mike Linn PORTALES — The popcorn machines will be working overtime and Greyhound Arena should be throbbing with enthusiastic fans this weekend when the Greyhounds men’s basketball team host their first Lone Star Conference Tournament, said Mike Maguire, the university’s athletic director. “When you have some of the top teams in the country (NCAA Division […]