CCS rolls against San Jon

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Figuring her team needed a jolt earlier this season, Clovis Christian volleyball coach Cecil Boatman decided to switch up the Lady Eagles’ offense. She decided to move junior hitter Whitney Miller to setter, and the change proved fruitful Thursday night when Miller helped Clovis Christian to a 25-11, 25-20, […]

Division-leading Wildcats top ENMU

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ENMU’S Jessie Macknicki goes to the deck trying to scoop up a dig during the Zias’ Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball match against Abilene Christian on Thursday at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — For most of the first game, the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Zias go five games to beat Permian Basin

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — The third time proved to be the charm for the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team. Junior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki had 20 kills as the Zias beat Texas-Permian Basin 27-30, 30-28, 30-25, 26-30, 16-14. ENMU (5-12) had lost two previous five game matches with the Falcons (7-14), and had […]

ENMU spikers drop ninth in row

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ENMU freshman Megan Kazakoff (left) and a teammate try to block the attack of New Mexico Highland’s Audra Williams on Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers photo: Karl Terry) CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team is having one of those years where going to a fifth game has proven to […]

Eastern volleyball goes 2-2 on weekend

CNJ Staff LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University defeated host Colorado Christian 30-27, 30-19, 30-23 late Saturday night to finish 2-2 in the Cougars’ season-opening volleyball tournament. Junior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki recorded 14 kills and 14 digs for the Zias, while junior outside hitter Kari Adkins added 11 kills. Sophomore libero Kara Killian […]

ENMU VOLLEYBALL: Zias hoping to prove preseason poll wrong

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — At 5-foot-3, Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Kara Killian isn’t one to leave opponents shaking in their boots. Still, as one of just three returning players this season, Killian wants to help prove the Zias are a team to be reckoned with this season. “It’s a little […]

Lady Cats no match for West Mesa’s ace

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico recruit Gabby Parra struck out 14 batters in a complete game no-hitter, leading top-seeded West Mesa past Clovis 5-0 on Saturday in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. Seeded 16th, Clovis (13-14) was making its first state tournament appearance. “She was every bit as […]

Cameron completes sweep of Hounds

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Casey Bigham legs out a single in the seventh inning of Saturday’s second game against Cameron at Greyhound Field. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats remained silent again on Saturday. In fact, the Greyhounds came dangerously close to getting shut out three […]

Hounds rally to salvage split with Southeastern

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team avoided suffering its first doubleheader loss of the season on Friday, but the Greyhounds certainly had to work hard to do it. Southeastern Oklahoma’s Adam Bennett blanked the Hounds 3-0 in the opener of their Lone Star Conference crossover twin bill at Greyhound Field before […]

Prep volleyball notes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said sophomore Bryn Mayfield is a clutch server. “She’s saved our bacon lots of times with her serves,” Littlejohn said. Her serving line from last weekend’s Mountain Top Tournament at Cloudcroft backs that up. She was 74 of 75 on serves with 28 aces. “She […]

Lady Cats prepare for invite

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Clovis High junior Siobhan Flatow goes up for a kill during a recent practice. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Two years ago Clovis won the tournament. Last year the Lady Wildcats couldn’t win a match. The only consistent thing about the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament the past few years […]

Lady Cats seek return to success

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Clovis junior Siobhan Flatow, right, and sophomore Jasmine McDonald, hidden at left, attempt to block a spike during Friday’s practice at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Before they even started last season, Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray said the Lady Wildcats had two things going […]

Vixens look to replace graduation losses

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Clovis Christian School practices Thursday at the school in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer You may need a program to know who’s out there this season for the Fort Sumner volleyball team. The defending Class 1A state champions graduated the bulk of their talent from last year’s 23-3 […]

Hounds split with West Texas

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Hoping to make hay in the Lone Star Conference South Division against a struggling rival, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team could only manage a four-game series split at West Texas A&M. After winning 7-2 and losing 8-1 in Friday’s twin bill, the Greyhounds erupted for 19 hits in a […]

Angelo State rallies beat Zias

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Senior outside hitter Nicole Stoffel collected 24 kills and helped rally Angelo State past Eastern New Mexico University 24-30, 25-30, 30-26, 30-22, 15-9 in a Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball match at Greyhound Arena. The Rambelles (18-7, 5-2 South) moved past the Zias into sole possession of second place in […]

Lady Cats open season tonight

By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray knew his Clovis High volleyball team would have lots of holes to fill this season, but the chore is even bigger than he anticipated Six of the top eight players off last year’s 18-5 squad (6-2 District 4-5A), which lost to Las Cruces in five games in the regional round […]

Clovis’ Root flirts with no-hitter

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Clovis shortstop Jared Montoya cannot reach the throw as Levelland shortstop Bryan Ashley slides safely after stealing second base during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s second game of a doubleheader at Bell Park. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner First David Root lost his no-hitter. Then he lost his control. But the Clovis right-hander […]

Walker makes 5A all-state volleyball team

CNJ STAFF Clovis senior middle hitter Monique Walker was selected to the Class 5A all-state volleyball team. Two other Lady Wildcats were honored in the vote by Class 5A coaches. Senior outside Jessica Hohn earned second team honors and senior setter Tara Ray gained honorable mention. Two-time defending state champion Rio Rancho had five players […]

Businesslike style carries Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner THE CLOVIS LADY WILDCATS approached Tuesday’s District 4-5A volleyball opener at Hobbs in a businesslike manner, according to coach Darrel Ray. The Lady Cats rode 13 blocks and 10 kills from senior middle hitter Monique Walker to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 win over the Lady Eagles. “Probably 10 of (Walker’s blocks) were […]

Bronchos hoping to build on last year’s strong finish

By Eric Butler Just do the math and it’s easy to see which part of the season was better for the Grady volleyball team last year. The Bronchos finished with a respectable 12-10 overall record, but Grady excelled in District 4-1A — only losing one of its 10 regular season matches in the second half […]