Cats set to make semi-pro debut

Manuel Robles is getting used to the idea of playing football again at Leon Williams Stadium. His Curry County Cat teammates and coaches are optimistic Clovis will quickly get used to semi-pro football. “The community’s been awesome,” Cats coach Paul Lopez said heading into Saturday’s 2 p.m. season opener. “We’ve got a lot of people […]

Preseason prep coaches polls

New Mexico High School Coaches AssociationFootballPreseasonClass 5A1. La Cueva2. Mayfield3. Las Cruces4. Clovis5. Manzano6. Eldorado7. Rio Rancho8. Sandia9. Rio Rancho Cleveland10. Cibola Class 4A1. Belen2. Goddard3. Aztec4. Artesia5. St. Pius X6. Farmington7. Valencia8. Moriarty9. (tie) Del Norte9. (tie) Kirtland Central Class 3A1. Lovington2. Raton3. St. Michael’s4. Socorro5. Silver City6. Portales7. Hatch Valley8. Albuquerque9. Hot Springs10. […]

Heat-related athlete deaths serious matter

Freedom New Mexico A sure sign of the approach of football season is the sweltering heat we are now experiencing. No matter how mild the weather is in late July, once players put on the pads in August, the temperatures seem to rise. Such weather needs to bring about heightened concerns of players suffering from […]

Golfers stifled by city’s greens

I would like to publicly congratulate the coaches and golfers at Clovis High School. Every year they do an outstanding job; year after year the golf teams qualify for the state tournament. Obviously the players and coaches put in countless hours at a sport that has become more popular and is very competitive. I would […]

Nov. 16, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Life Lessons from Little League: A Guide for Parents and Coaches by Vincent Fortanasce was given by Bob, Julie, and Rob Taylor in memory of Mark Deavours. For managers, coaches, and parents, this book reflects what Little League is all about: courage, character, and family […]

ENMU names assistant coaches

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University announced the hiring of assistant coaches in baseball and men’s basketball on Wednesday. The school named former West Texas A&M coach Mark Jones to the baseball position under veteran coach Phil Clabaugh. Jones spent the past nine years at WT before the school did not renew him […]

ENMU soccer coaches moving on

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will have two new soccer coaches for the 2008 season. Women’s coach Travis McCorkle was named Tuesday as the women’s coach at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. ENMU and Angelo State are both members of the Lone Star Conference. Men’s coach […]

Letter to the Editor: Kids deserve better sports organization

Play, Inc., Clovis� youth sports provider, needs an overhaul.

Former athletic director looks back on athletics

Randy Adrian was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame during March’s state basketball tournament. His biggest thrills over the past year, however, more likely include two trips to Philadelphia to watch Eagles wide receiver and Clovis native Hank Baskett play, and a vacation at the Sturgis, S.D., motorcycle rally. The former […]

500 just another number to Watters

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Clovis High head coach Miles Waters is honored for his 500th win after his team defeated Alamogordo at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday, December 30, 2006. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Miles Watters doesn’t like to speak a lot about his successes as a basketball coach. That doesn’t matter […]

Coaches, AD back new plan

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis athletic director Brian Stacy and several high school coaches are in favor of an administration proposal to put all ninth-graders in one location. Stacy said the number of academic casualties among athletes making the transition to 10th grade is high — many never regain their eligibility — plus […]

Youngsters learning game of football

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Cowboys quarterback Juan Gutierrez take the snap and looks to pitch to his running back during Saturday’s afternoon game against the Sundevils at Jim Hill Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Wrapped in a warm blanket with his family, Jack Jones looks on as his 10-year-old grandson Michael Petersen […]

Letters to the Editor: State, not world, should be first priority

I recognize that the Ute Water Project increasingly seems to be “pie-in-the-sky” for eastern New Mexico. The increasing costs seem to skyrocket, and the federal government is more leary than ever of funding the 75 percent cost of a $400 million project for us. This makes me angry. Our expenditures every day in Iraq make […]

Fast-pitch league off to solid start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The fruits of the a new youth fast-pitch softball league in Clovis probably won’t be seen at the high school level for a few years, but league president Yolanda Aguilar said things went well during the league’s recently-completed first season. It was a learning experience for coaches as well […]

Clovis AD adapting to new job

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy said his first six months as Clovis athletic director has been about what he expected. “The (overall) athletic program is going fantastic,” he said. “Just look at the number of teams that made the state playoffs. Even though (the New Mexico Activities Association is) going back from […]

AWOL tracksters derail meet

Freedom Newspapers A high school track meet at Hobbs was canceled Tuesday after two female Portales track athletes were reported missing. The two athletes left with friends and returned to the meet about two hours later, according to Hobbs school and law enforcement officials. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said he did not know the […]

Farwell, Bovina fill coaching positions

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer District 4-1A football rivals Farwell and Bovina will have new coaches leading their teams next season. Mark Anglin, the head coach at Class 1A Bartlett, Texas, has been hired at Farwell to replace Jacob Thompson. Meanwhile, Bovina promoted defensive coordinator Hector Guevara to take over for Kent Torbert, who […]

Play Inc. boards debate basketball program

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of the Play, Inc. executive board and basketball board discussed a controversial pilot program at a Monday night meeting. About 500 basketball players this season have been divided into two leagues — competitive and recreational — rather than by district as in the past, but some executive board […]

ENMU coach found calling in football

CNJ Editorial Our region lost a good man last week. Bud Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died early Tuesday morning. He was 73. Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Campus Union Ballroom on the ENMU campus. Elliott was one of college football’s all-time winningest coaches, compiling […]

Area weekend high school football capsules

CNJ staff All Times MDT Clovis Christian at Lake Arthur When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday 2004 records: Clovis Christian 2-7, Lake Arthur 3-5. Coaches: Clovis Christian, Greg Darden; Lake Arthur, Jose Porras. Last meeting: First times teams have met. Lake Arthur players to watch: Manuel Salcido, 5-10, 175, Sr., QB-S; Edward Rubio, 5-6, 145, So., WR-DE; […]