Dramatic Mustangs headed to playoffs

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Bovina squeaked out another dramatic win Friday, beating rival Farwell 6-3 on Friday with a 40-yard field goal as time expired. Senior Michael Ortiz set up the game-winner with two big plays. On the final drive, Ortiz caught a 50-yard pass that put the Mustangs on the Farwell 30-yard […]

Bovina ends 43-year drought against Friona

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Bovina coach Kent Torbert gambled, and as a result the Mustangs beat county rival Friona on Friday night for the first time in 43 years. After being given a second life by an offside penalty, Josh Guevara scored a two-point conversion to give Bovina a 15-14 overtime victory. “The […]

Clovis holds off Coronado

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn battles Lubbock Coronado’s Lynsey Thompson, left, and Jordan Sarten for a loose ball during the second half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis defeated Coronado 71-62. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) John Eisel Another game, another career scoring effort for Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon.   Four days after scoring a career-high […]

Ellliott era ending at Eastern

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott, coming to the end of a coaching career this week that dates to the early 1950s, admits to mixed feelings about his impending retirement. ENMU’s football coach for the past 11 seasons, the 72-year-old Elliott will retire after Saturday’s 1 p.m. season […]

Lady Mules advance easily

CNJ staff POST, Texas — One down, five more to go in the Muleshoe Lady Mules’ bid for a Class 3A state title. Muleshoe reached the round of 32 in its first postseason game on Friday night, pulling away after a slow start to polish off Sweetwater 51-33 in the area round. The Lady Mules […]

Hounds drop finale to SWOSU

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Eastern New Mexico University fullback Sukora Cooper attempts to run over a Southwestern Oklahoma defender during the first half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Even doubling the opposition in total yardage couldn’t save the struggling Eastern New Mexico University football team. Four turnovers, including […]

Steers cruise to first-round playoff win

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — The Farwell Steers aren’t ready for the basketball season to begin just yet. Playing their first postseason game in four years, the Steers rode a solid all-around effort Friday night to a 25-6 win over Wheeler in a Class 1A bi-district matchup played at Highland Park High School. Farwell (9-1) advances […]

Steers eliminate Wheeler

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — Rowdy Mitchell scored two touchdowns and Farwell handed the Wheeler Mustangs a 25-6 setback Friday night in the bi-district round of the Class 1A football playoffs at Highland Park High School. The Steers (9-1), playing a postseason game for the first time since 1999, advanced to an area round game at […]

Farwell draws longtime 1A power Wheeler

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Farwell senior Jason Johnson threw three touchdown passes in last week’s playoff-clinching 46-7 win over Bovina. CNJ photo by Rick White. Dave Wagner At the end of a quarter-century run of Texas small-school football excellence, Wheeler is preparing to make the transition to the six-man in 2004. Meantime, the Farwell Steers bring an 8-1 record […]

Parmer County rivals battle for berth in playoffs

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A quote from Farwell High School senior Grant Gregory is written on the chalkboard in the Bovina High School football locker room. The quote came from an interview with the Amarillo Globe-News. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler BOVINA — Sporting goods shop owners would be impressed by the collection of football helmets in […]

Zias lose to CSW in first home soccer match

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Eastern freshman Leah Berry is knocked off the ball by a College of Southwest defender during Friday’s soccer match in Portales. Photo by Eric Kluth. CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Travis McCorkle’s first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team hoped to pull off a big win Friday in its first home match. Defensively, they kept […]

Lubbock Christian holds off Bovina charge

CNJ STAFF LUBBOCK — The Bovina Mustangs are glad to be getting a chance to play at home after four consecutive road outings. Bovina won the first three of those games, but fell short despite a spirited comeback Friday night in a 34-28 loss to Lubbock Christian. The Mustangs (3-2) will now play four of […]

Lady Cats put unbeaten record on line

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White/Senior Tara Ray is a two-year starter at setter for the Lady Wildcats. Rick White Clovis puts its unbeaten season on the line tonight against a team its never beaten. The Lady Wildcats (9-0), coming off a championship at the Zia Classic in Roswell over the weekend, host Lubbock Coronado at […]

Bovina notches shutout

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — Jonathan Chisom rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and Bovina posted its second-straight shutout on the road by beating Trinity Fellowship 22-0. Chisom scored on runs of 80 and 57 yards in the first quarter as the Mustangs (2-1) jumped out to a 12-0 first-quarter lead before the offense bogged […]

Mustangs hope to mount run for playoffs

By Eric Butler When Bovina takes the field Friday night against Texico, Wolverines coach Mike Prokop will see a familiar face across the field. From the time he was a quarterback at Clovis High in the mid-1970s — when Prokop was a Wildcats offensive lineman — through 16 years of serving as an assistant coach, […]