Bring on the pads

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Farwell High junior linebacker Rowdy Mitchell fires out of his stance during sprints. Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner FARWELL — Farwell High senior Grant Gregory says football practice doesn’t really get started until he puts the pads on. He and his Farwell teammates still have to wait two more days to start hitting. […]

Texas preps begin grid workouts today

By Dave Wagner High school football practice begins today in Texas, and the three area programs have something in common: All are trying to improve on 4-6 records from 2002. David Wood begins his eighth season at Muleshoe, which went to the Class 3A semifinals three years ago but is coming off its first sub-.500 […]

Best steps down from rodeo post

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When […]

Shoppers get a break from the tax man

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Ashley Whitt, 12, left, and her mother, Amanda Whitt, both of Clovis, shop Saturday at North Plains Mall during tax-free days. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham Some shoppers didn’t have to travel far to find back-to-school bargains at the North Plains Mall this weekend during Tax-Free Days. The Clovis mall’s tax-free sales event, […]

Break in the weather

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Austin Ware (82) and Zeke Wheeler (24) were among several Clovis High defenders involved in this play in a game last season against Hobbs at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner They’re all young, of course, but that doesn’t mean Clovis High’s representatives on the South squad in tonight’s 60th version of […]

Monson receives one more chance

By Dave Wagner Stephen Monson figured his basketball career was over when Clovis High’s season ended in early March. Not so. Monson will get one more chance to play competitively when he joins CHS teammate Derond Jackson as members of the South squad in the 57th annual New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A-5A […]

LV Robertson hires Chad Roanhaus

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Chad Roanhaus, son of Clovis High football coach Eric Roanhaus, was named head football coach Monday at Class 3A Las Vegas Robertson. Chad Roanhaus, 29, succeeds Art Abreu, who resigned last week after 12 years with the program. Abreu will retain his teaching position at Robertson, Chad […]

Two-wheeled good time

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Bikers and motorcycle aficionados lined Clovis’ downtown streets Saturday for music, food, biker fashion, motorcycle stunt shows and the chance to see and compare hundreds of motorcycles in one place. “This is cool coming back to my hometown; this is awesome,” said Sammy Aye, who left Clovis 17 years ago and […]

Clovis falls into losers bracket

CNJ STAFF LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Clovis American League All-Stars ran into a tough southpaw on Saturday and fell into the losers bracket of the state 11-12 year-old Little League tournament at Keys Park. Artesia’s J.T. Bean scattered five hits and took advantage of some early scoring by his team in a 5-2 win […]

Clovis shines in youth state slow-pitch

By Dave Wagner You could have almost called it the Clovis Invitational. Clovis-based teams came home with five championships in six divisions last weekend in the New Mexico USSSA youth slow-pitch state softball tournament in Alamogordo. In addition, the area took three second-place finishes, a third and a fourth. Overall, 17 of the 48 teams […]

‘Pirates’ a fun romp

By Stacy Allen “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” is my favorite movie of the summer. I was looking forward to this movie since the very first previews and I must say I was not disappointed. Since it’s been a while since we’ve had a good pirate movie, I found “Pirates of […]

American Majors win

By Dave Wagner The Clovis American All-Stars received solid pitching and defense and just enough offense Tuesday night in posting a 4-2 victory over Clovis Zia for the championship of the District 3 Major League tournament at Dickenson Field. American finished unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament and advanced to state competition beginning July 25 in […]

Rural schools shaped lasting friendships

Don McAlavy School reunions are fun to go to because you can see how much older your classmates have gotten than yourself. My sister from Abilene and I will attend the Claud-Pleasant Hill Community Reunion at the fire station at Pleasant Hill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 10. My sister Mary Lou […]

Internet abounds with good movie information

By Tom DiFrancesca Seen any good movies lately? Summertime is always a good time for exciting and entertaining films to hit the big screen. Sometimes, though, there seems to be too many choices. Don’t you just hate it when you finally decide to see a particular movie — and then discover that it’s a real […]

Buzard’s squad posts sweep

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — A group of Division II South Central Region women’s basketball players coached by Eastern New Mexico University’s Dan Buzard swept five games on a trip to Barbados late last month, although the competition wasn’t what the team had hoped to see. With the tiny West Indies island involved in a […]

Zia moves on to finals

Dave Wagner Seven runs in the first inning can make any coach look pretty good — even a rookie. Zia League coach Tony Johnson, 18, looked like a genius when his team jumped on Clovis American for a seven-spot in the top of the first Saturday. Zia cruised to a 15-3 win in the winners […]

Dictionary listings sometimes not pretty

By Ned Cantwell Words. Merriam-Webster brought out is first Collegiate Dictionary back in 1898. It was a very thin book, because people did not need many words back then. There was much more grunting and pointing in those days. The first dictionary primarily concerned itself with the definitions of “yes,” “no,” and “I’m hungry.” Early […]

Diddle to try hand at coaching women

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After 30 years of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle has decided it’s time for a change. The former Eastern New Mexico University coach has accepted the women’s head coaching position at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Diddle, who coached a national team in the United Arab Emirates […]

Clovis 14s eye nationals

By Dave Wagner Most of the players on Regina Downing’s Clovis Lady Wildcats 14-and-under basketball team are fresh off a two-day camp in Las Cruces held last week. They’re busy getting ready for an even longer trip — national AAU competition at Clarksville, Tenn. The 11-member squad, many of whom are playing in AAU nationals […]

Brush up on your vocabulary online

By Tom DiFrancesca Civility. Does anyone really understand what that word means anymore? Does anyone really care? If you visit: www.dictionary.com you will be presented with a good definition of the term. Rudeness just seems to abound these days. Inappropriate behavior and the callous disregard for others, that once — used to be viewed as […]