Youth slow-pitch nationals set here

CNJ staff Forty-six teams in nine divisions are scheduled to participate in the 2008 USSSA Youth Slow-pitch national championship tournament this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex. The tournament is scheduled to begin tonight, with opening cereomies set for 6 p.m. Three games will be played on each of four fields, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The […]

NFL proving it needs oversight

By Kevin Wilson Once upon a time, in a far, far away land called New England, a group called the Patriots played the game of football very well. They won championship after championship in the National Football League, and almost seemed to anticipate their opponents’ actions in the biggest games. But maybe, opponents wondered, the […]

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 2 – Celebrate

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Jaye Crockett celebrates a dunk during Saturday’s District 4-5A tournament championship game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis beat Hobbs 74-73.

Letters to the Editor: Fans, players represented Clovis well

Editor’s note: The following letters are referencing Friday’s state-championship football game in which Mayfield defeated Clovis, 49-48, at Leon Williams Stadium. Friday night was amazing; for that matter, last week was amazing. You see, I have the honor of working for the Clovis Municipal Schools and was able to participate in the preparation of getting […]

5A title game fan-tastic

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CNJ Staff Photo: Rick White Clovis student manager Dominique Smalls consoles Clovis senior Derrick Phillips after Mayfield beat Clovis 49-48 in double overtime Friday in the Class 5A state championship game at Leon Williams Stadium. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico In a game with more drama and twists than a murder mystery, someone had […]

Longtime Lady Rams coach steps down

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After leading the Portales girls basketball team to five New Mexico Class 3A state championships, and seven consecutive championship game appearances, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez is stepping down after 22 years as head coach. Gomez will be coaching girls basketball at Robinson High School in Waco, […]

Mayfield overpowers Lady Cats

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Clovis High’s Brittany Johnson squeezes a shot off between Mayfield defenders during Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls knew their work was cut out against top-ranked Mayfield in Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game at The Pit. Madison […]

State basketball tournament scoreboard

ALBUQUERQUE — Results from the New Mexico high school girls and boys state basketball tournaments. Saturday at The Pit GIRLS Class 5A Championship Mayfield 61, Clovis 42 Class 1A Championship Cimarron 40, Cliff 29 BOYS Class 5A Championship Rio Rancho (29-1) vs. Manzano (27-3), 8 p.m. Class 4A Championship Capital (19-9) vs. St. Pius (15-13), […]

Title repeat denied

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Portales’ Amanda Terry, right, looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday night […]

Hope Christian downs Portales

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Portales senior Amanda Terry looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday […]

Fillies, Wolverines advance at Texico

CNJ staff TEXICO — The Bovina Fillies hit six 3-pointers and rode a 19-point outing from junior guard Ruby Vela to beat district rival Farwell 53-51 on Friday and advance to the girls championship game of the Citizens Bank Border Shootout. Vela hit three of the team’s 3-pointers, and got support from three teammates with […]

Friday prep basketball scores

CNJ staff Boys Logan 58, Fort Sumner 53 Portales 40, Tucumcari 26 Artesia Invitational Consolation semifinals El Paso Jefferson 54, Deming 46 Lovington 58, Silver 35 Championship semifinals Clovis 63, Roswell Goddard 44 Artesia 59, Carlsbad 49 Farwell Invitational Consolation semifinals Clovis JV 56, Melrose 16 Bovina 55, Grady 49 Championship semifinals Friona 46, Vega […]

Wheeler seeking to build on tradition

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Clovis High linebacker Cade Wheeler (26) and La Cueva’s Jeron McIntosh (10) dive on a fumbled kick return at Leon Williams Stadium on Friday, September 8, 2006. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Winning a Class 5A state championship is not the only thing that motivates Clovis High senior linebacker […]

Elkettes get revenge, state final berth

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Poratles’ Tori Teague dives to bump the ball in a 3-0 loss to Pojoaque at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Friday. By Dave Wagner: CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Pojoaque had waited a year for the opportunity to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Portales in the 2005 Class 3A state volleyball championship. The Elkettes, […]

USSSA state softball: Smokin earns first championship

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Smokin hadn’t won a state softball championship since Priscilla Sanchez formed the team about 15 years ago, and didn’t expect to win one last weekend. The Clovis-based squad not only won the Class E title at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field, but went virtually unchallenged through four games […]

City Championship features close battle

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Albert Rubio of Clovis chips onto the third green during Friday’s first round of the Clovis City Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff David Maldonado didn’t think he’d played that well on Friday, yet he kept himself in contention in the Clovis City Championship tournament at Municipal Golf […]

Chavez shoots 76 in qualifier meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High grad Guillermo Chavez shot a first-round score of 40-36 — 76 on Tuesday in the first round of a United States Golf Association amateur qualifying tournament at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Golf Course. Chavez, who recently completed his freshman year at UNM, is in a three-way tie […]

Hilburn honored by Journal

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CNJ file photoAimee Hilburn was recently named the female prep athlete of the year by the Albuquerque Journal. Hilbrun will play basketball at Texas State University. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent To be a lifeguard, one has to prove proficiency in certain areas — swimming and life-saving techniques being the most prominent. You don’t have […]