CHS tracksters score in four events on first day of Hereford Invitational

CNJ staff HEREFORD — Clovis High athletes scored in four finals on Friday on the first day of the Hereford Invitational track meet. The girls came away with 14 points, including a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 relay with Vanessa Croke, Nicole Russell, Nicole Johnson and Lula Hita running a time of 12 minutes, 19.25 […]

Cats beat Valley, get rematch with Rio Rancho in finals

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — The Clovis High baseball team got a power surge from an unlikely source Friday, and it propelled them into the finals of the Rio Rancho Invitational. Junior Jonathan Ware blasted a grand slam home run, highlighting a six-run first inning that lifted the Wildcats past Valley 10-5 in a semifinal […]

Rams face Ruidoso in finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — By coming out on top of the three-way tie for first place in District 4-3A, the Portales boys basketball team greatly improved its chances of winning the district tournament for a second consecutive season. First of all, Portales was able to sit back and wait while third-seeded […]

Clovis swimmers head into final day

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis swim team got what it wanted in the Friday preliminary round at the state meet. Namely, that goal was to have a majority of its entrants still swimming on the final day. Thanks to some solid performances in the pool, only one relay team (the 400-yard […]

Clovis feels better prepared for state meet

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Sophomore Amber Espinosa has a shot at qualifying for the state finals in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard relay, according to her coach. (Staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Faster times and another year of experience: It’s a combination Clovis swim coach Vince DeMaio hopes will translate into a major improvement at the […]

Clovis keeps High Plains rodeo finals

CNJ staff The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals will remain at the only home they’ve known since their inception more than 30 years ago — at least for the near future. The season-ending event for the approximately 275-member youth rodeo organization will be held in Clovis for the next three years, according to a […]

Lady Cats, Mayfield renew state rivalry

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Clovis High senior Jessica Russell puts defensive pressure on Portales senior Rebekah Gonzales during Saturday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High Lady Wildcats may own a 25-point win over Las Cruces Mayfield earlier this season, but […]

Several area teams claimed state titles in 2005

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Members of the Clovis High girls basketball team leap off the bench to celebrate the unbeaten Lady Wildcats’ 2005 state championship over Mayfield at The Pit in Albuquerque. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Area high school teams captured six state championships in 2005, and several others were close. Three of the […]

Perkins ready for national meet

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After qualifying for national Junior Olympics track and field competition last year but not being able to go due to lack of funds, Kim Perkins is anxious for another crack at it. The Clovis High senior-to-be qualified in the 400 hurdles last summer when she was in the 15-16 […]

‘Vets’ appreciate local rodeos

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Quinton Ellis hangs on during the 9-12 year old steer riding competition Thursday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Kids like Dana Lewis and Jared Eshleman, both of Clovis, are getting to the age where they can now appreciate rodeos that take place near their […]

CHS’ Perkins gains national track berth

CNJ staff DENVER — Clovis High senior-to-be Kim Perkins has qualified for the national Junior Olympics track and field meet in the 400 hurdles in the 17-18 age division, winning the event on Sunday in the USA track and field Region X championship in a time of 1:05.58. Region X takes in New Mexico, Arizona, […]

Rodeoers happy to travel

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Jeremy Meledez hangs on during steer riding Tuesday night at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena during the High Plains Junior Rodeo finals. The rodeo will be going on throughout the week. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals began Tuesday in Clovis, it […]

Rodeo finals begin this week

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This young buckaroo tries to hang on during a timed event at last year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. The HPJR begins Tuesday at Mounted Patrol Arena with more than 300 contestants under the age of 19 competing in various rodeo events. By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats, it’s […]

ENMU falls short of rodeo finals

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding with his score of 79, attained in the second-go Tuesday. The […]

ENMU rodeo athletes fail to score

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University seniors Dusty Higgins and James Gililland did not score in third-go performances Tuesday night in the College National Finals Rodeo, and now must wait to see how others do to find out if they reach Saturday’s short-go finals. The top 12 finishers through three rounds in […]

Higgins improves in bull riding

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins won the second-go in bull riding competing with a score of 79 on Tuesday in the College National Finals rodeo to move into a tie for sixth place in the overall standings. Higgins’ third-go was scheduled for Tuesday night during the “performance” phase […]

Hound doesn’t score at CNFR

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico’s Dusty Higgins did not receive a score in the first go-round of the bull riding competition on Sunday at the College National Finals Rodeo. Only 12 of 35 competitors in the event received a score. ENMU’s James Gililland (team roping) and Brittany Bennett (barrel racing) will have their […]

Clovis freshman Robles wins triple jump

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Manuel Robles doesn’t handle himself like a freshman. Sitting third with one jump to go, the Marshall Junior High student soared a personal-best 45 feet, one-half inch to take Class 5A boys state triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico. Robles’ effort […]

Gallegos looking for spot in finals

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Clovis junior Adam Quintero hits a return back during his singles match against Carlsbad’s Michael Ongaga Saturday at the high school. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Patricia Gallegos knows her work is cut out any time she faces Sandia’s Anna Surviladze — she’s never beaten her. She’d like to get another […]

Instructor nails down national championship

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Frank Oborney demonstrates his technique for hammering in nails with both speed and accuracy Tuesday at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Frank Oborny is worried a national championship and a brief appearance on ESPN’s top 10 plays of the day is going to send the wrong […]