Two times champs — again

Texico must be the proudest town on the planet today, bringing home two state championship basketball trophies. Ah, but it’s not all that unusual for the Wolverines and Lady Wolverines to be No. 1 together. They both won hoop titles in 2001, also. • • • Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado […]

March 13 – Push

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Danni Williams, 11, gave the refs her opinion on a call during the Wildcats state semifinal game at The Pit. “Push,” she shouted with the rest of the purple draped Wildcat fans around her. Williams loves basketball, she said, and has been playing since she was three.

First person: Longtime basketball official overcomes adversity

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Tom Stroh, 59, is officiating in his 18th and final state basketball tournament. Tom Stroh, 59, of Lovington has officiated college and high school basketball in southeastern New Mexico since 1972 and holds the record for officiating in the most state basketball tournaments. This year will be his 18th and […]

Clovis character shows off court

By Mike Thomson: Guest columnist When my son was 2, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Because of this, he has to spend time in the hospital receiving treatments every now and then. These treatments can last up to two weeks and can be very draining for a child. Especially when that child is a […]

Second chance worth rooting for

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist With the state high school basketball tournament next week and the NCAA tournaments the following week, it’s a great time to be a basketball fan. But before either of those takes place, there’s Saturday, where Philips Arena in Atlanta will give us 52 seconds to root for basketball, and second […]

Feb. 7 – Baskett at basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hank Baskett took part in Thursday’s Wildcat basketball practice to help them prepare for their game against Hobbs Friday night.

Knight steps down as Red Raiders coach

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Bob Knight resigned Monday as coach at Texas Tech, a stunning midseason move by major college basketball’s winningest men’s coach. His son, Pat, a Red Raiders assistant, will take over the program. It was unclear why Knight stepped down. Chris Cook, a spokesman for athletic director Gerald Myers, confirmed the […]

Feb. 2 – CHS court

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The Clovis High School Freshman Campus Basketball Homecoming Court BACK:  Trevor Jones, Colton Dant, Zach Anderson, Taylor Brooks and Tucker Martin FRONT:  Michaela Hulder, Char Cooper, Brytnee Ratledge, Jessica Montoya, and Ashlee Pierson Submitted by Diana Russell

First Person: Team player

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo J.J. Roberts has been the unofficial manager for the Wildcats for 30 years. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats basketball and football teams don’t go anywhere without J.J. Roberts Jr., the team’s volunteer manager. A 1980 Clovis High grad, Roberts, 46, never misses a game. When he’s […]

One vote for Sunday alcohol sales

Wendel Sloan has this to say about Clovis’ March 4 election regarding Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants: “I don’t see why Sundays should be treated differently than any other day. What if my religion held Friday nights to be sacred? Would Clovis residents give up Friday night lights for my beliefs?” • • • Want […]

That championship season?

Following a 77-61 win over Eldorado on Tuesday night, the Clovis Wildcats are 15-0 this basketball season. Could this be the city’s best team ever? Clovis has won four New Mexico Activities Association state boys’ basketball championships – in 1930, 1951, 1953 and in 1979. • • • This week’s Web poll asks about the […]

Small donation can make big difference

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist For the past three years, our life in the winter, post-Christmas, has revolved around lower elementary level basketball, because of my grandson’s aptitude for and interest in this sport. Knowing how hard it is to get people to coach the lower levels, I volunteered when he was in kindergarten. I […]

Dec. 26, 1959

Women’s midcalf pants cost $2.44 at Penney’s. … Services were scheduled for the following day for a 40-year-old Clovis woman who was killed in a murder-suicide in a wooded area of Hillcrest Park. … In a pre-season basketball poll, Clovis was ranked second behind the Hobbs Eagles.

Dec. 6, 1924

At a meeting of superintendents and principals of high schools in the county, resolutions were adopted for formulating a schedule for basketball. … Various organizations in Clovis were assisting in raising funds for the installation of curtains at the high school. … City Drug Co., claimed to have “The Gifts From Every Land.”

First person: Globetrotter promotes team appearance

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Hailey McGill, right, a houseparent’s daughter at New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, tries to catch on to the secret of spinning a basketball on your finger as demonstrated by Herbert “Moo Moo” Evans of the Harlem Globetrotters. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The Harlem Globetrotters, who have been […]

CHS Notes: Wildcat football to air on ESPNU

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer Clovis High’s Oct. 19 football game at Artesia is scheduled to be televised nationally as part of ESPN’s Old Spice High School Showcase. The 14-game schedule has 10 games on ESPNU (including the Clovis-Artesia tilt), one on ESPN and three on ESPN2. Although the latter two channels are available […]

Stout to coach Lady Rams

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Courtesy photo Clay Stout, who helped coach Texico to the Class 2A state championship in March after leading the Sudan girls program the previous nine years, has been named Portales’ new girls basketball coach. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Less than a month after the resignation of longtime coach Brenda Gomez, the Portales […]

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. […]

Melrose native hired to coach McMurry women’s basketball

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Her dream growing up was to coach basketball, but former Melrose High standout Veronica Snow has been away from it for six years while teaching at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and working on her doctorate in sports management. Recently, though, the 1982 Melrose graduate accepted the women’s head coaching position […]