Custom Classic tourney begins Friday

CNJ staff More than half the teams will be from out of town this weekend in the 27th Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field. Tournament director Roger Jackson said Tuesday that 67 of the 125 squads will be coming into Clovis for the three-day event. “It makes everybody happy,” Jackson […]

Education feature: FCCLA molds business leaders

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yucca Middle School seventh-grader Taya Leeder made a quilt out of recycled T-shirts as a Recycle and Redesign project for FCCLA. Leeder won a gold medal at state for her project. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Guy Leeder died in April 2007, his family couldn’t part with the […]

Guy Leeder Softball Complex vandalized

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Graffiti was painted at Guy Leeder Softball Complex over the past weekend. CNJ staff Clovis Softball Association board member Roger Jackson is hoping that with the help of the more than 1,300 league players, that the persons responsible for a graffiti spree at Guy Leeder Softball Complex will be caught. […]

Custom Classic draws 115 teams

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tomas Gallegos is hoping his Clovis Looscrewz team can make a run to another title in the 24th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex. He knows it’ll be a little tougher, because Looscrewz moved up from men’s Class E to Class D this season. […]

Clovis softball legend key in local development

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Guy Leeder, who for decades was synonymous with Clovis softball, died Monday night at 64. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium. Leeder, a state softball hall of fame inductee, was called the cornerstone of the state’s Amateur Softball Association by its director, […]

Leeder passes 2,500-win mark as coach

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like a […]

Custom Classic expects 120-team field

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer About 120 teams, more than half from out of town, are expected to participate in this weekend’s Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament. Most of the games are scheduled for Guy Leeder Complex, tournament organizer Roger Jackson said, while a few games will be played at Spencer Field […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

Tournament celebrating 20th season

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]