CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats reach tourney finals

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Lubbock Christian’s Maite Ramos, left, is unable to hold the ball as Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett slides safely into third base during Friday’s opening-round matchup in the Clovis Invitational at Lady Wildcat Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High softball coach Brandi Thomas said she didn’t know what […]

Urlacher success surprises former opponents

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Brian Urlacher helped the Lovington Wildcats go undefeated and win the Class 3A state football title in his senior season. However, area players and coaches who faced Urlacher while he was at Lovington are mildly surprised he became an NFL superstar with the Chicago Bears. The five-time All-Pro middle linebacker […]

Lady Rams post win at Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales beat Lovington 65-41 Friday to close out the first half of its District 4-3A schedule undefeated, but Lady Rams coach Brenda Gomez said the score does not necessarily indicate Portales dominance. Senior Briana Hernandez led the Lady Rams with 22 points, including five three-pointers, in her second game since returning […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats notch win over Jefferson

CNJ staff ARTESIA — The Clovis High boys have already avenged one of their losses from a year ago. Junior guard Jaden Isler led three Wildcats in double figures with 12 points and Clovis, playing its season opener, led virtually wire-to-wire Thursday in posting a 60-41 victory over El Paso Jefferson in the quarterfinals of […]

Texico thrashes Lovington in season opener

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Texico’s Faith Martin is fouled by Lovington’s Jaz Hernandez during Tuesday’s matchup at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — In his second year as Texico girls coach, Keith Durham said his team has had to learn a new system under his leadership. In their season opener on […]

Rams rout NMMI, clinch district

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Portales senior Zach Vigil brings down ENMMI Junior Mandela Thomas while junior Alejandro Chavez, left, tries to set up a block in the first half of Friday night game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams did what they had to do to […]

Portales drops district tilt to Lovington

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Portales junior quarterback Chris Mosier looks to get by Lovington senior Eric Guerrero during Friday’s game in Lovington. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON —The Lovington Wildcats (2-7, 2-0) took control of District 4-3A with a 21-point second half, beating the Portales Rams 27-20 Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. The […]

Rams ousted by district rival Lovington

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Once again for the Portales Rams, it was close but no cigar against District 4-3A rival Lovington. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats, the only one of the top 10 seeds to reach the semifinals in the 16-team Class 3A baseball tournament, spoiled the Rams’ bid to make it to the championship game […]

Lady Cats tennis tops Lovington

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Clovis sophomore Jason Roberts returns a serve against Lovington sophomore Johnny Newton during asingles match Tuesday (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Sophomore Emmie Gibbs and eighth-grader Heather Trujillo are Clovis’ high-wire act. Gibbs takes the chances, Trujillo is the safety net. “She always backs me up,” Gibbs said. “Sometimes […]

Melton, Donny

Donny Ray Melton, 24, of Lovington, died Saturday, March 4, 2006, at University Medical Center, Lubbock. He was born Oct. 10, 1981, in Portales, to Danny and Monica Melton. A resident of the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales for four years, he attended school in Lovington, graduating in 2000. He played on the Wildcat football […]