Hounds name new football coach

PORTALES — Former Eastern New Mexico University player and graduate assistant Josh Lynn plans to hit the ground running in his new position as the school’s football coach. Lynn, who will turn 33 on Dec. 23, was named ENMU’s 15th head coach on Monday, replacing Mark Ribaudo. “I think Eastern New Mexico is a good […]

A Giant hope

The editors asked: No Cowboys. No Broncos. No Hank Baskett. Do you care about watching the Super Bowl? Maybe for the commercials or to see Tom Petty perform at halftime? Here’s what one reader had to say: • “I will be watching the Super Bowl even though the Packers did not make it this year. […]

Some laws just begging to be broken

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Have you ever thought, “There ought to be a law against that?” Like when people follow you too closely in their shopping carts at Wal-Mart or when they raise Pittsburgh Steelers flags here in Cowboys Country? There are no laws against being stupid or annoying, unless you count excessive telemarketing, […]

Floyd High gridders teach lesson for all: Just keep playing

By Freedom New Mexico Coach Rafael Roybal was not oozing confidence when his Floyd High School football team traveled to Roswell to play two-time defending state-champion Gateway Christian on Saturday. When the teams played in September at Floyd, Gateway Christian won 62-0. Roybal knew his team had improved since then, rebounding to record its first […]

Props flourishes at NMMI

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NMMI sophomore quarterback John Props (14) led the Broncos to a 5-5 record, and leads troop off the field. (Courtesy New Mexico Military Institute) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer John Props has lived and breathed the daily grind of a military academy for nearly two years. The former Clovis High multi-sport standout’s routine day […]

Friday prep basketball roundup

CNJ staff Boys — Farwell spent most of Friday night trying to crawl back to even after falling behind early against Morton. The Steers never got control and lost 58-52. “The first quarter killed us,” Farwell coach Clint Conkin said. “They came out and were hitting everything. We had open looks — we had about […]

Floyd posts win over Eagles

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Cloudcroft’s Brent Wells drags down Fort Sumner running back Richard Canales during Friday’s clash in Fort Sumner. The Bears rallied with the game’s final 21 points to post a 21-18 victory over the host Foxes. (CNJ correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When Clovis Christian was able to get something going Friday […]

Melrose takes second title in six years

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush chases down Floyd junior Jerrod Long during the second quarter of Wednesday’s six-man championship at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — In a game featuring 134 points, going two quarters with a combined one touchdown proved nearly impossible to overcome. The Melrose Buffaloes gained control […]

Broncos survive defensive struggle

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush tries to protect the ball from Floyd’s Jonathan Mitchell during the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent FLOYD — Jonathan Chavez wasn’t happy with the support his teams was getting so he marched over to the home stands and exhorted the […]

Buffaloes beat Floyd in regional final

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Harvey Park goes up for two of his 14 points in Saturday’s Class 1A Region B championship game at Floyd High School. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The last time Casey Pack won two games in a row at Floyd, it gave his team a regional championship. History repeated itself over […]