Ex-CHS standout Pinckney transfers to Dallas Baptist

CNJ staff DALLAS — Justin Pinckney, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, has transferred from Abilene Christian to Dallas Baptist this year and will be a part of the Patriots’ inaugural basketball season. Pinckney spent two years at Abilene Christian and will be a redshirt sophomore this season. In 2005-06, he played in 20 games and […]

More than 250 ENMU students graduate in Saturday ceremony


Jill Evans is congratulated after receiving her degree at Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University fall graduation ceremony. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Graduation gowns, tassels, honor cords, sashes, camera flashes, but most of all smiles filled up Greyhound Arena during Saturday’s fall graduation ceremonies. Former Clovis High basketball and […]

Greyhounds earn first LSC South win


Greyhound guard Jolen Montoya scores on a first-half layup in Thursday’s game against Abilene Christian at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan was in a pretty forgiving mood Thursday night, even in regards to little things like giving up […]

Tarleton takes two from Eastern

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State erased a four-point deficit with less than 17 minutes left and rolled to a 70-52 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night. Reserve Rich Francis scored 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting, hitting 5-of-5 second-half 3-pointers, while center David Stephens added 13 […]

Hounds wounded going into opener

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Shawn Scanlan thinks once Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team recovers from a rash of preseason-injuries the Greyhounds can contend for another conference title. In the meantime, the two-time defending Lone Star Conference South Division champion Greyhounds enter tonight’s season-opener against Lubbock Christian shorthanded — particularly in the […]

Pinckney, Willis score nine points each in all-star game

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — While most of the attention for Thursday’s North/South big school all-star basketball game was going to University of New Mexico and New Mexico State recruits, a pair of Clovis players found The Pit floor in Albuquerque much to their liking, too. However, the efforts of Justin Pinckney and Bud Willis, […]

Willis, Pinckney ready for all-star game


Clovis High grads Justin Pinckney (left) and Bud Willis will play for the South in tonight’s New Mexico Coaches Association Class 4A-5A all-star basketball game in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis High grads Justin Pinckney and Bud Willis will be off to college soon, but first they’ll take part in the […]

Wildcat chooses different route


Justin Pinckney averaged 20.2 points and 3.1 assists at Clovis High this season. CNJ file photo. By Rick White They share the same last name but a much different game when it comes to basketball. Armed with a silky smooth jump shot, recent Clovis High grad Justin Pinckney signed a letter of intent last week […]

Clovis High graduates encouraged to find a purpose greater than themselves


Clovis senior Justin Pinckney speaks to nearly 400 fellow graduating seniors about “The Game of Life” during Saturday’s Clovis High School commencement at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer As nearly 400 members of the Clovis High School Class of 2004 prepared to graduate Saturday morning, […]

Cats relegated to third


Clovis junior John Props drives past Manzano senior Jordan Parks as he tries to get to the baseline during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Eldorado guard Tyrone Crawford dropped an unexpected bomb on the Clovis High Wildcats Saturday night. After being virtually non-exsistent […]

Hounds beat Indians, protect division lead

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Junior guard Kennis Green, scoreless at halftime, lit up Midwestern State for 16 second-half points Thursday night and Eastern New Mexico University pulled away for a 77-67 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over the Indians at Greyhound Arena. Green hit back-to-back, open-court 3-pointers to extend the Hounds’ lead […]

Cats survive scare in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — It wasn’t pretty, but the Clovis High Wildcats will take it. The Cats struggled to pull away Tuesday night against the last-place team in District 4-5A, a Carlsbad squad they had beaten by 30 points two weeks earlier at home. But with the score tied, Clovis scored the first nine points […]

Hounds beat ASU, pull into four-way tie for first


Eastern New Mexico University senior Garland Coleman drives to the basket past Angelo State’s Matt Hardin as he goes in for two points during the first half of Saturday’s game in Portales. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Irshaun Pinckney struggled early trying to give Eastern New Mexico University’s offense some […]

Quick start lifts Cats past Portales


Clovis’ Justin Pinckney has the ball knocked from his hands as he grabs a rebound during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Despite the difference in records, Clovis High’s boys weren’t about to take Portales for granted. Senior point guard Bud Willis scored 16 […]

Hounds extend winning streak to eight

CNJ STAFF LAWTON, Okla. — Junior Irshaun Pinckney led five Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 18 points and the Greyhounds pulled away in the second half Thursday night for an 86-68 win over Cameron in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. Junior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt added 16 points and 12 […]

Cats extend winning streak


Clovis Dominique Easterlin scored 21 points and added 14 rebounds against Frenship. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Don’t tell the Frenship Tigers, but the Clovis High boys basketball team may be going through some midseason doldrums. On a night where there didn’t seem to be much energy in the building, it took […]

Hounds struggle to beat East Central


Eastern junior Travazz Buckley pressures East Central’s Cale Simon. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — For the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds, Monday night’s Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game against East Central was like pulling teeth. With one starter out, another coming down sick at halftime and the team’s standout […]

Cats pull away from Mustang


Clovis’ Tizrick Phillips brings the ball over halfcourt against Mustang’s Gabe John during Monday’s opening round game in the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner The Clovis High Wildcats needed a little time on Monday night to work out the kinks from a nine-day break. With […]

Clovis finishes pre-Christmas slate 10-1


Clovis senior Justin Pinckney scored a game-high 21 points in Friday’s 93-66 win over Moriarty. CNJ photo by Rick White CNJ staff PAMPA, Texas — The Clovis High Wildcats took control with an early 11-point run and rode a balanced attack to a 56-44 victory Saturday over the Pampa Harvesters. Junior forward Dominique Easterlin scored […]

Rattled Cats regroup at halftime

CNJ staff CANYON — Clovis passed its first real test of the season, surviving a second-quarter meltdown to beat El Paso Parkland 75-63 on Thursday in the first round of the Gene Messer Tournament of Champions. The unbeaten Wildcats blew all of what was a 20-point, second-quarter lead before regrouping at halftime to beat the […]