Zias notch win over Panhandle in opener

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Senior guard Heather Brown kicked off an 8-0 run by hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer with eight minutes left Saturday night as Eastern New Mexico University’s women defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State 64-57 in their season opener. Brown finished with a team-best 12 points for the Zias, while Elizabeth Richards and Ashley […]

Lady Cats rebuilding

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Juniors Ebony Bunton,left, Jasmine McDonald, center, and Janea Eshleman listens to Coach Miles Watters Thursday afternoon during practice in the Rock Staubus gym. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After losing only three games over the past two seasons, the Clovis High girls basketball team is in a rebuilding mode. Sixth-year […]

Washburn’s size too much for Hounds

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — No matter how much talent a team has, sometimes a lack of size can counter its abilities. Eastern New Mexico University’s men kept the pressure on all night on Saturday, but Washburn’s size was too much for the Greyhounds as the Ichabods won 63-55 in the third-place […]

Soldiers welcomed home

CNJ STAFF A parade and ceremony are being held today in Rio Rancho to welcome soldiers returning to New Mexico from Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Washington, D.C., according to a press release from the New Mexico National Guard. The parade begins a 2 p.m. at the Sports Complex on High Resort, followed by the ceremony […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Playoff delay slows Cats

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Clovis High’s Maria Sena runs the floor during a ballhandling drill in Lady Wildcats basketball practice on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is used to waiting for the football team to wade through the Class 5A state […]

Aggies trounce Hounds in exhibition

CNJ Staff ENMU and New Mexico State’s inner-state rivalry continued Monday night as the Aggies trounced the Greyhounds 87-65. ENMU senior guard Tristan Largent recorded 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting, while senior forwards Ira Cross and Mikal Monette snatched eight rebounds apiece. The Hounds kept the game honest in the first half answering a 14-5 […]

Escapees captured near Las Vegas, N.M.

CNJ Staff Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Volunteer civic-assist groups growing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two local groups offer a way to serve their country without joining the military. Called upon by the state and federal government in times of need, the Civil Air Patrol and the New Mexico State Guard stand at the ready to provide ground and air support in times of […]

Hounds optimistic about basketball signees

CNJ staff CLOVIS — Sixth-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan feels pretty good about the team that’s in place for next season. Eastern signed four players, all junior college transfers, to national letters of intent. “I think we’re in good shape right now,” said Scanlan, who last season led the Greyhounds […]

Clovis Guard commander touts new mission as civilian-job friendly

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Trailers at the National Guard Armory on Tuesday are prepared to be shipped to Gallup, Santa Fe and Las Cruces to clear out space for new equipment to aid in the new water distribution mission. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The new commander of Clovis’ National Guard said the skills […]

Offensive line high priority for Hounds

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Eastern New Mexico University center Gil Shackelford, right, blocks freshman defensive player Roger Deleon during practice Saturday in Portales. The offensive line was working on pass blocking. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team […]

Lawmakers knocking Guard compensation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congressional leaders gave President Bush the green light three years ago to invade Iraq based on what they now know was faulty intelligence. Many of those same leaders appeared last week before a special commission they created to study how Guard and Reserve forces should be organized, deployed and compensated […]

Southeastern ousts Hounds from LSC tourney

CNJ staff DURANT, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University scored the first basket Tuesday night. The rest was pretty much downhill. Junior guard Jason Stampley led five players in double figures with 21 points and Southeastern Oklahoma routed the Greyhounds 93-63 in a first-round game of the Lone Star Conference tournament. Southeastern (18-9), the No. […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Fort Sumner boys, Grady girls win district tourney titles

CNJ staff The Fort Sumner boys and Grady girls captured district tournament championships Saturday night with victories on their home courts. Fort Sumner (22-3) extended its winning streak to 16 games, pulling away in the third quarter to beat third-seeded Melrose 64-50 in District 3-1A boys competition. Fort Sumner will face District 4-1A runnerup Grady […]

Hounds win in OT to make LSC tournament

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Freshman guard Joshua Jackson’s baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left in overtime Saturday lifted Eastern New Mexico University past Midwestern State 84-82 in a battle for the Lone Star Conference South’s fourth and final berth in next week’s LSC tournament. The Greyhounds (12-15, 6-6 South) will travel to face […]

Clovis junior defensive stopper

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Tori Northcutt has played varsity since her freshman year. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor What Clovis High junior Tori Northcutt does better than most won’t show up next to her name in the scorebook. Northcutt relies on a combination of tenacity and a basketball IQ that’s off the chart to […]

Hounds rally past Wildcats, improve postseason chances

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette, right, reaches for the ball as Abilene Christian’s Demarcquez Rembert, left, pulls the ball away in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With only 24 points at halftime on Saturday, the Eastern […]

Cats nail down regular-season district title

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Clovis’ Jason Roberts looks to pass the ball as he drives to the basket during the second half of Tuesday’s District 4-5A game against Carlsbad at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Junior guard Cody Thornsbury brought back memories of Christian Laettner Tuesday night. Thornsbury did his […]

SATURDAY PREP BASKETBALL

CNJ staff Top performers Boys * Will Genitski, Clovis Christian, scored 18 points, but the Eagles lost at Logan 71-53. The Longhorns, who got 23 points from guard Josh Franco, clinched the District 4-1A regular-season championship with the victory. * Colt Grau, Grady, scored 17 points in the Bronchos’ 64-45 District 4-1A win at San […]

Hot-shooting Kingsville rolls past Hounds

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Texas A&M-Kingsville took the lead for good with a 10-0 run midway through the first half Thursday night and the Javelinas went on to rout Eastern New Mexico University 91-76 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball matchup. Senior guard Remi Yusuf scored 17 of his game-high 28 […]