Lady Rams snare district title

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Portales junior Vicki Huber goes up for a shot in the paint during Friday’s District 4-3A girls championship game against Ruidoso at Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the […]

O.J. book fallout proves citizenry can govern itself

Those who think government is necessary to uphold public morals and even put limits on offensive speech ought to pay attention to the controversy over O.J. Simpson’s book and TV special, “If I Did It.” The publisher, Judith Regan, said she viewed the book — a supposedly fictional account of how O.J. might have killed […]

Friday area prep capsules

CNJ staff Fort Sumner 32, Clayton 15 What happened: Fort Sumner broke open a tight game with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs. Why it happened: Fort Sumner held a 317-106 edge in rushing yardage over the Yellowjackets. Offensive hero: Cass Dimitroff rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns for the Foxes. Record: Fort Sumner 5-3 […]

Offensive line high priority for Hounds

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Eastern New Mexico University center Gil Shackelford, right, blocks freshman defensive player Roger Deleon during practice Saturday in Portales. The offensive line was working on pass blocking. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team […]

Rush, ENMU line improving

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Tyson Rush (left) battles with Devin Pilgrim during Thursday’s ENMU football practice in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Tyson Rush is a third-year starter on a veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive line that is expected to be a strength this season. After struggling in the first […]

Experienced offense excites Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — First-year Eastern New Mexico University head football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw that he’s not sure if the Greyhounds are quite as ready as they’d like to be for the earlier opener in school history — Thursday against Central Arkansas […]

Cats begin two-a-days looking for faster start

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Sophomore backs (from left) Dominique Charles, Jaden Isler and Taylor Muse receive snacks from CHS football booster club member Bessie Lovern during a break on Monday’s first day of football practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez)Clovis High seni By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High senior Aaron Simon is changing positions in the offensive […]

Lady Wildcats cruise in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Clovis moved within a game of a perfect regular season by beating Carlsbad 61-26 Tuesday in a District 4-5A game. The Lady Cats (25-0, 7-0) host Sandia (18-4, 6-1) Friday in a showdown for the district title. At Carlsbad, Clovis erased any doubts of an upset bid by holding the Cavegirls […]

Let’s applaud free speech, even if it’s offensive

CNJ staff Yes, two window stickers depicting naked devils seen recently on Dean Young’s Ford Focus are offensive to many people. What should be more offensive, though, is that local law officers are attempting to silence Young’s social commentary by threatening to toss him in jail. The cartoon stickers on Young’s car show two bare-breasted […]

Tough road ahead for Cats

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Senior running Phillip Williams (left) and senior quarterback John Props are two key returning players for the Wildcats. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White State runner-up. Traditional Texas Panhandle power. Track team in pads. Undefeated state champion. And that’s just the first four weeks of the season. Skilled but dangerously thin at key […]