Elida slips past Questa in 1A state meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a two-run deficit and moved into the today’s semis […]

Dora wakes Elida from dream streak

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Elida’s Ryan Best, right, shoots over Cliff defender Ryan Robertson in a Class 1A semifinal at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer RIO RANCHO — The Dora Coyotes will go for their second Class 1A boys state championship in five years on Saturday. Reserves Wesley […]

Elida upsets Cliff in OT

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Elida’s Wesley Gilmore posts up Cliff defender Jerrett Mendenhall in a Class 1A state quarterfinal game Wednesday at Rio Rancho High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer RIO RANCHO — For most of Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game, Elida played more like the No. 1 seed than did top-seeded […]

Cats win away from state

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton is averaging 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games against Hobbs. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis coach J.D. Isler believes his third-ranked Wildcats have as good a chance as anybody to win the state tournament. The problem lately for the Wildcats has been getting […]

Hobbs keep composure in win over Wildcats

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton scored 33 points in Tuesday’s 85-72 loss at Hobbs. (Hobbs-News Sun: Hobbs-News Sun photo: Daniel Howell) Special to the CNJ HOBBS — Russ Gilmore and his Hobbs Eagles coaching staff has felt for the better part of the season that the best way to get the Clovis Wildcats out of their […]

Wildcats jump on rival Hobbs in crucial district game

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Clovis’ Jacob Jones changes direction as he dribbles up the court during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer When the Wildcats calmed down and executed, they took control. Clovis outscored Hobbs 22-8 in the third quarter on their way […]

Clovis, Hobbs battle for first

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Clovis senior post Dominique Easterlin fights for a shot in the paint Friday against Sandia. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Take a deep breath. Calm down a little. Despite what 4,500 fanatics in the stands may think, Hobbs is just another district opponent. Clovis Wildcats coach J.D. Isler said […]

Clovis edges Tascosa

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton powers his way to the basket past Amarillo Tascosa’s J.R. Scott during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The opener for the Clovis boys basketball team gave several inexperienced varsity players opportunity to show their stuff. It […]

Roosevelt takes title in Juniors

CNJ STAFF The Roosevelt County All-Stars got off to an early lead and rode solid pitching to beat Clovis 5-3 on Sunday night for the District 3 Juniors division tournament championship game at Brady Field. Roosevelt built leads of 3-0 and 5-2 early in the game and held on behind the combined pitching efforts of […]

Hobbs guard does ‘Youmans’ work

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Clovis senior Bud Willis sails through the air past Hobbs senior Ervin Youmans for two points during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Halftime couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Clovis Wildcats. Fighting back from an early eight-point deficit and […]