ENMU netters fall in dual matches

CNJ staff TULSA, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team dropped a pair of duals on Friday, falling to East Central 7-2 and Washburn 6-3. Freshman Sarah McAfee was involved in both wins against East Central, beating the Lady Tigers’ Alyssa O’Neal 6-0, 6-0 in singles and teaming with Tracy Hughes for a […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name

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Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

Grand slam keys Zias in softball

CNJ staff PHOENIX — Freshman Kristen Cruickshank’s fifth-inning grand slam held up and the Eastern New Mexico University softball team edged San Francisco State 8-7 on Friday night in the Schutt Sports Division II leadoff Classic. The slam put the Zias (9-10) in front 8-3 and they held off a late rally by the Gators […]

Zias ride balanced attack to victory over Bronchos

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ENMU senior Rochelle Vance looks for a shot against Central Oklahoma’s Taylor Allen during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese said he has been waiting for freshman post Rochelle […]

Host Wolverines hold off Bovina in tournament

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Lovington defenders Stephanie Hernandez, left, and Shae Garcia try to block a shot by Bovina’s Lucero Saucedo during Tuesday’s girls quarterfinals in the Citizens Bank Border Shootout at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — For three quarters, the Bovina Mustangs were on course to knock host Texico […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats’ top runner unable to compete at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen had high hopes his girls squad could win a Class 5A state championship, or at least finish in the top three and win a trophy. But with top runner Caitlin Waters still recovering from a bout with walking pneumonia, Bussen said the […]

ENMU posts road win

CNJ staff HOBBS — Second-half goals by junior Ryan Atkinson and freshman Dustin Flores rallied the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over College of the Southwest on Wednesday. The Mustangs struck first early in the second half, but Atkinson netted his first goal of the season on a penalty […]

Lady Cats have plan in place

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Clovis High senior Siobhan Flatow goes high for a kill during the Lady Wildcats practice session this week at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray has a plan in place, with quite a few variables, to replace a significant corps of graduated […]

Former Vixen carries success to college level

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Fort Sumner grad Sandy Fortner is having a productive season in her first year at UNM. (Courtesy photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The way Sandy Fortner competes, it’s easy to forget she’s only a freshman. Fortner, a Fort Sumner grad in her first year at the University of New Mexico, is best on […]

Zia netters return solid nucleus

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team has probably gotten its toughest Lone Star Conference opponent out of the way. Now the Zias will see what the rest of the conference looks like. ENMU lost to Abilene Christian 9-0 on Feb. 1 at Zia Tennis Complex. […]