Pilot inspired by med-evac

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. By: Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

Army helicopter pilot inspired by med-evac

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

West Point grads learn life lessons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis alumnus Jeff Epps said the responsibilities he shouldered as a cadet during his four years at the United States Military Academy at West Point allowed him to experience life differently than most college graduates. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer If there was one thing 2004 Clovis High alumnus […]

Fillies top Lady Blue, advance to playoffs

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Bovina’s Lucero Saucedo takes a shot over Farwell’s Salida Edwards during Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Bovina clinched a playoff berth and ended Farwell’s season with the 63-57 win. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a long time since Bovina’s girls had beaten Farwell. Now they’ve done […]

Bovina’s Ortiz advances to state in 1,600 and 3,200

CNJ STAFF LEVELLAND, Texas — Bovina junior Edgar Ortiz is on his way to the big show again in Texas small-school track. Ortiz, who made it to state in the 3,200 last year, qualified in the 1,600 and 3,200 by winning both events in Class 1A regional competition this weekend at South Plains College. Ortiz […]

Clovis LB a quick study

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Senior Jeff Epps leads the Wildcats in tackles in his first season at linebacker. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Night after night, Jeff Epps watches film, trying to cram years of learning to play linebacker into one season. In charge of getting the Clovis Wildcats aligned correctly, he first checks the offensive formation. […]

Ferguson impressive in loss to Cats

By Rick White Rodney Ferguson left a big impression and quite a few welts on the Clovis Wildcats. The Manzano senior running back capped a standout high school career that included three-straight 1,000-yard seasons by rushing the Wildcats for 195 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 34-28 loss that eliminated the Monarchs from playoff contention. […]

Muleshoe girls finish eighth at state

CNJ Staff AUSTIN, Texas — Led by sophomore Jessica Withrow, the Muleshoe girls track team finished eighth in the Class 3A state meet on Friday and Saturday at the University of Texas. The Lady Mules scored 24 points. Team champion Celina finished with 45 points. Withrow accounted for 20 points in three individual events, including […]

Bovina coach has high hopes for state

By Dave Wagner BOVINA — Boys track coach Tony Epps thinks Bovina sophomore Edgar Ortiz has a chance to do something pretty special in this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state 3,200 at the University of Texas in Austin. Actually, just getting to this point is quite a feat — only eight 1A runners from around […]