Top 10 stories: Texico wins second-straight title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer One of Texico’s biggest challenges to winning a second-straight Class A championship came from within. Battling expectations and the complacency that comes with thoroughly beating opponents, the Wolverines won their second consecutive title and continued a winning steak that now stands at 24 games. The Wolverines repeating as state […]

Top 10: Wildcats baseball makes championship game

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he became Clovis High’s baseball coach three years ago, Shane Shallenberger knew what kind of historical precedent that came with the Wildcats’ program. In essence, that was no playoff appearances in 40 years: Not when Clovis had an unusually strong team, not as a second-place squad in an off […]

Top 10: Loss leads Melrose to state title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The road to the six-man state championship was a long one for the Melrose Buffaloes. Along the way to the school’s second state title six years, the Buffaloes weathered a 16-hour round-trip in the semifinals and a snowstorm that postponed the title game four days. The Buffaloes rode the […]

Top 10: No. 9 Lady Cats make championship, win 27 games

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Clovis’ Jessica Hohn puts up a shot during last year’s state championship game against Mayfield as a senior. (CNJ staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Plenty of talented youth, a couple of determined seniors and a little bit of good fortune helped the Clovis girls basketball team nearly grab the biggest prize in 2004. […]

Wildcats coast into Artesia championship

CNJ staff Before his team left for the Artesia City of Champions Classic, Clovis coach J.D. Isler wasn’t sure how much he would get out of senior Tizrick Phillips, who was battling the flu. But it was the Artesia Bulldogs who were feeling a little sick Saturday night when Phillips poured in a career-high 18 […]

Greyhounds hope to rebound after difficult start to season

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspaper PORTALES — It’s hardly desperation time for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, but coach Shawn Scanlan would like to see the Greyhounds get on track pretty soon. After winning back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division titles, ENMU has battled injuries and a fairly challenging early schedule during […]

La Cueva’s dominance undisputable

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La Cueva senior linebacker Zach Arnett, left, can’t contain his joy after making a tackle in the second half. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva senior Zach Arnett said he’ll let others decide whether the Bears belong among the best football teams in the state’s history. La Cueva made […]

‘Believe’ makes great memories

By Cotty Chubb: Special to CNJ Editor’s note: Cotty Chubb, a producer of the “Believe In Me” movie filmed in eastern New Mexico this fall, recorded a few fragments of his memories of our part of the world. In his words: • The girls showing up on set complaining of soreness. Too much training? No, […]

Wolverines not looking back

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Texico High School junior Michael Johnson tracks the football during drills Tuesday at practice in Texico. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Even after winning a state championship in 2003, the Texico Wolverines feel they have something to prove. Texico coaches and players know that they will have a giant bulls-eye […]

Clovis grad searching for national title

CNJ staff Jason Seefeld is soon to leave for the University of Arizona, where he will be a member of the school’s baseball program. Before he goes, though, the Clovis High graduate is ready to help his summer team, the Lubbock Hubbers, try to win a national championship in the Connie Mack World Series in […]