PREP TRACK: Cats sport youthful look

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Clovis High seniors (front to back) Augi Briseno, Brandon Cook and Tanner Fickling work on their starts during Wednesday’s Clovis High boys track practice at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Darren Kelley knows how hard it is trying to win a Class 5A state track […]

Youth sports important part of growing up

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist One morning last week, the host on a local station — yes, one that still uses local personnel — was sharing her experiences the previous Saturday regarding peewee basketball and how much fun it had been to watch the little ones playing their weekly games at Marshall. This column is […]

Hounds improve to 16-4 with sweep

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Eastern New Mexico University junior designated hitter Kelton Hayes fouls a pitch during the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Southeastern Oklahoma at Greyhound Field. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After winning their third game of the weekend and improving to 16-4 on the season, Eastern New […]

Former ENMU standout cherishes college days

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Former Eastern New Mexico University football standout Michael Sinclair played 12 seasons in the NFL. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Former Eastern New Mexico University football player Michael Sinclair had his No. 72 jersey retired by the school during halftime of Wednesday’s ENMU men’s basketball game. Sinclair played at […]

Hounds looking for speed

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said he expects this year’s recruiting class to be a good one. “It’s (been) a really terrific year for us,” Ribaudo said Tuesday. “If (today) goes like we expect, it will be one of the best classes we’ve had, and there will be […]

Fan support eases heartache

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Clovis’ Tanner Fickling, right, is comforted by teammates Miguel Zamora, left, and Michael Roper after a 17-7 loss to Mayfield in the Class 5A championship game Saturday at the Field of Dreams Stadium in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Inside the Clovis locker room, there was nothing but […]

Laundry duty step to peaceful co-existence

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist How many of you married guys do your own laundry? I do. Now I know this husband-does-his-own-laundry thing could be a political hot potato here on the High Plains. There are some guys who don’t mind doing their own laundry. There are others who think this is a duty to […]

God’s people are to ‘overflow’ with Thanksgiving

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished […]

Cousin avenges pranksters

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, Halloween was the high-water mark on the calendar of my life. Oh sure, I fiddled with Christmas to please parents, but Halloween allowed me to shake down neighbors, tip over outhouses, and remain anonymous. Costumes were no big problem. They were made from feed sacks, worn […]

CHS gearing for cross country opener

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Members of the Clovis High School girls cross county team workout Tuesday at Ned Houk Park. Clovis opens its season on Saturday in the Borger Invitational. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s a long dropoff from second place in the state Class 5A cross country meet two years ago […]

Muleshoe senior leaves ‘em black and blue

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Muleshoe High School senior Brady Black directs traffic from his free safety position during a recent practice in Muleshoe. Black returns to his free safety position where as a junior he had three interceptions. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MULESHOE — Brady Black grew up in the company of three […]

CHS boys soccer team seeks quick start

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Clovis sophomore Juan Macias lands on his hands as he is upended by junior goalie Josh Bussen during practice Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If the Clovis High boys soccer team is going to have success this season, the tone could be set early. […]

Nothing like unorganized summer baseball

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, there was nothing more pleasurable than summer baseball. A friend might ask, “What you want to do today?” and I always replied, “You crazy? Play ball, of course.” I’m not talking about Big League, Little League, or the Abner Doubleday Code of Conduct. I’m talking […]

June best month by far — for me, anyway

By Bob Huber June is my lucky month. It has Father’s Day, my wedding anniversary, and my birthday all rolled into one long cigar. I’ve always held June in high esteem. One thing that makes me feel so good about June is the fact that I was born this month as a boy instead of […]

Hounds trying to rebuild defensive line

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Brandon Harper, right, tries to make a defensive stop on running back Less Long during a drill in Thursday’s ENMU football practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With all four starters lost to graduation, it’s almost like starting over for Eastern New Mexico University defensive line coach Todd Wallis. […]

Halloween was simpler in the old days

by Bob Huber Editor’s note: Bob Huber’s column, which is usually published on Mondays, is running early this week because of the topic: When I was a kid, the joy of Halloween ranked second only to Christmas. It was that wonderful night of the year when we could be ghosts, goblins, and other evil things, […]

Is it Bingaman or is it a recording?

Ned Cantwell Funny, isn’t it, how life can suddenly reverse course? How when once a drab existence breaks through the murk and begins basking in sunshine? Take me, a struggling, nobody columnist who can’t even get Billy Sparks to pay him any attention. That’s Billy Sparks, the governor’s press guy. I mean, you would think […]

Basketball still in blood of Wildcat alumni

By Rick White Tony Aburto’s passion for the game of basketball still burns. Aburto, who played for the Clovis High Wildcats in 1995-96, said he plays three to four times a week, and in 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 tournaments whenever he gets a chance. A collections officer in town, the 6-foot-8 Aburto is one of 14 […]

Tricking elderly out of money outrageous

Ned Cantwell: State columnist The corporate thugs who screwed Enron employees out of their retirement savings are saints compared to these guys. Your daughter brings home one of these guys and you tell her to go out and find someone nicer, like maybe a paid assassin. We’re talking about the cruds who cozy up to […]

Snipe hunting dangerous to predator, prey

Bob Huber If you’re thinking about a final spring adventure before the advent of summer reruns, zealots of the great outdoors will be happy to introduce you to snipe hunting. You probably deserve it. Snipe hunting is a traditional American exploit, ranked high on the all-time list of Things You Do Only Once in a […]