New band causes chatter

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle: Jim Bailey, foreground, practices at the microphone with other Cause + Effect band members Taylor Borden, left, and Zach Gerzon during hearsal for the Clovis High School talent show at Rock Staubus Gym. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The combined age of Jim Bailey, Taylor Borden and Zach […]

Feb. 13, 1918

The Johnson family band of Clovis had been selected to perform at the Hereford Breeders Association meeting in Amarillo. … City Barber Shop reported its bath rooms were “first class and … always kept clean and in a thoroughly sanitary condition.” … Silent movie fans were looking forward to Mary Pickford’s performance in “Stella Maris” […]

Baskett voted NFL rookie of the week

CNJ staff After two days of Web voting, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett of Clovis has been chosen the National Football League’s Rookie of the Week. Baskett, who beat out highly touted players such as New Orleans’ Reggie Bush and Arizona’s Matt Leinart for the honor, caught three passes for 112 yards and a […]

Fan support eases heartache

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Clovis’ Tanner Fickling, right, is comforted by teammates Miguel Zamora, left, and Michael Roper after a 17-7 loss to Mayfield in the Class 5A championship game Saturday at the Field of Dreams Stadium in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Inside the Clovis locker room, there was nothing but […]

Wildcats fans gear up for title game

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Clovis High School senior Autumn Skinner, 18, draws a paw as fellow senior Kymberly Helton, 17, also works on a sign for the door of their Spanish III class Thursday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hallways at Clovis High School are decked out in purple and white. The colors […]

Schools starting conduct crackdown

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Clovis schools will adopt the “The Pursuing Victory with Honor” program with hopes that the program will help to spread good sportsmanship to coaches, athletes and spectators. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A plastic bottle was hurled across the stands. A coach flipped off a group of screaming fans. Curses are commonplace. […]

Radio stations making area football games available on web

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Webcasts have allowed fans hundreds of miles away from the game be able to follow to their favorite high school and college sports team. (CNJ illustration: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer The Internet is making it easier for sports fans to keep in touch with their favorite high school and college teams. […]

Music fest trip back in time

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Sonny West co-wrote the rock ‘n’ roll classics “Oh Boy!” and “Rave On.” (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Buddy Holly fans know the 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper inspired the rock ‘n’ roll classic, “The Day the Music Died.” And, though the […]

Lessons underscore our kids’ games

Dale Fullerton The lessons for our students don’t end with the final bell of the day if they’re involved in co-curricular activities. In fact, the learning experiences that come from participation in drama, music, speech, athletics and the like promote lifetime values that cannot always be learned in the classroom. Responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, trustworthiness […]

Hoops team honored by city, fans

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin WilsonAimee Hilburn smiles after handing a signed mini-basketball to a young fan during Sunday’s session at North Plains Mall. By Leslie Radford Many Lady Wildcat fans stood in line for autographs and a chance to congratulate the Class 5A girls basketball state champs at the North Plains Mall Sunday afternoon. The first […]

Golden Gloves big hit

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Austin Trout of Las Cruces moves in for a punch during his 152-pound semifinal fight Saturday in the New Mexico State Boxing Championships at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Trout won his fight to advance to today’s final. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Boxing fans did their best to make sure […]

Baseball reform should be left to the fans

Freedom Newspapers Congress this week muscles its way into a controversy it doesn’t belong — alleged steroid use by professional baseball players. The House Government Reform Committee, which formerly confined itself to trying to combat waste, mismanagement and abuse in the federal government, evidently has been so successful at making the federal government a model […]

Greenwalt leaves mark on Tech

By Sue Jane Mayes: CNJ correspondent The first hurdle Cisti Greenwalt had to clear four years ago had nothing to do with basketball. It was her name. Fans in Lubbock couldn’t pronounce it. Kisti, Sisti, Christi … not since Michi Atkins in the mid-90s had Lady Raider fans had such a phonetic dilemma. It wasn’t […]

Students and parents upset by ‘stay seated’ policy

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Clovis High School students cheer at the Clovis-Hobbs boys basketball game in January at Rock Staubus Gymnasium in Clovis. (CNJ file photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis school officials may be cracking down on crowd behavior at sporting events, but some students won’t take it sitting down. More than two dozen members of […]

Little to cheer about

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Clovis assistant coach Cal Fullerton, left, consoles Clovis senior linebacker Jason Burns after the Class 5A state championship game against La Cueva on Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor By the third quarter, groups of Clovis Wildcats football fans began funneling down stands and toward the […]

FAN-tastic: Clovis expects 5,000 to 6,000 fans on Saturday for title game

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Bessie Lovorn, wearing the No. 68 jersey of her grandson Kendall Richards, has been a Wildcats fan since 1975 and has only missed one game in the last seven years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Bessie Lovorn wears purple and white socks and has painted her grandson’s number on her […]

Charity motorcycle tour makes pit stop in Texico

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Lance Meyers, 6, gets his racing dirtbike signed by NASCAR driver Jeff Green of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday at the Texico Town and Country during the 10th-annual “Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.” CNJ photo by Rick White. By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ STAFF WRITER Kyle Petty, other NASCAR drivers lead cycle ride for charity. TEXICO — […]

Public exposure of Cubs’ fan was not fair

Bob Steele Sure, I’m a Cubs fan and I was bleeding Cubbies blue when they self-destructed in the eighth inning of game six of the National League playoffs. And, yep, I was upset with “the play” that rattled Wrigley. But I see no justifiable purpose for a public pillorying of the fan who got in […]

The Cowboys are back!

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David Garcia, a manager a Footlocker, has been a Dallas Cowboys fan since e Roger Staubach era. Photo by Eric Kluth By Tony Parra The Dallas Cowboys are off to a fast start and area fans think they are for real. After rallying to beat NFC East rival Philadelphia on Sunday, the Cowboys are 4-1 […]

Our heroes have always been Cowboys

From the editor’s desk They don’t have this problem in Denver or Philadelphia or Green Bay, Wis. Newspapers in those towns focus their coverage on the Broncos, Eagles and Packers, respectively, and no one could seriously dispute that most fans in those cities want to read about the home team more than any other. But […]