Buffs down Fort Sumner for third

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Melrose sophomore Carolos Ruiz is fouled by Fort Sumner’s Jameson West during the first half of Saturday’s third-place game. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Senior Harvey Park scored 18 points and Melrose claimed the boys’ third-place trophy in the EPAC basketball tournament Saturday with a 51-32 win over Fort Sumner […]

EPAC Thursday summaries, bracket

CNJ STAFF At Texico Boys Fifth place Grady 56, Dora 48 Dora (2-8) — Travis Belcher 6, Clayton Stokes 11, Tyler Wilhoit 6, J.R. Gonzales 4, Zach Morrow 6, Casey O’Conner 3, Brent Hays 12. Totals 18 4-14 48. Grady (4-10) — Jarrod Lindsey 14, Colt Grau 6, Domingo Diaz 2, Robert Windham 8, Steven […]

Texas team hands Lady Cats second loss

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Both teams wore white Saturday in the third-place game of the Mel Otero Invitational girls basketball tournament, but that’s where the similarity ended. Dallas Kimball was designated as red and Clovis as blue — despite its purple trim. In reality, both teams wore white uniforms thanks to a pregame misunderstanding. […]

Cats rebound with rout

CNJ staff SANTA FE — The Clovis High Wildcats rebounded from their first loss of the season with a vengeance. The Cats roared to a 22-0 lead after one quarter and had no trouble dispatching Los Lunas 63-24 on Saturday in the third-place game of the Capital City Invitational basketball tournament. La Cueva beat Clovis […]

Friday area prep basketball scores

CNJ STAFF All Times MST Boys Fort Sumner 49, Grady 42 Capital City Invitational At Santa Fe Consolation semifinals Taos 57, Pojoaque 51 Pueblo South 69, St. Michael’s 33 Championship semifinals Santa Fe 76, Los Lunas 56 La Cueva 59, Clovis 47 Saturday’s games 7th place — Pojoaque vs. St. Michael’s, 1:30 p.m. 5th place […]

Routine win puts Cats into semifinals

CNJ STAFF SANTA FE — Maybe it’s high expectations that left Clovis coach J.D. Isler disappointed after a 27-point win. Or maybe it’s just part of being a coach, he said. “I was hoping we’d play a little sharper,” Isler said after a 60-33 win over St. Michael’s on Thursday in the first round of […]

Clovis girls survive opener

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — The city of Clovis isn’t dramatically different in elevation than Rio Rancho. But altitude seemed to be a major factor on Thursday. Clovis (6-0) stayed undefeated, but only after fending off a late Los Alamos challenge en route to a 42-38 win in the first round of the Mel […]

Cats, Lady Cats hit tourney trail

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Clovis junior Dominique Easterlin is the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth.. By Rick White After cutting its teeth on Texas teams, the unbeaten Clovis Wildcats boys basketball team will get its first taste of New Mexico competition in the Capitol City Classic in Santa Fe. The eight-team Santa Fe […]

Single mom’s Christmas burden may be lightened by fund

By Eric Butler Danielle first moved to Eastern New Mexico 11 years ago. Three years later, she gave birth to her son Scott. Times were never that good for Danielle and Scott (not their real names) as the pair lived in a run-down house — a house fit to be condemned. And, in fact, that’s […]

Weekend area prep, college scores

CNJ STAFF Friday Basketball Prep Boys Texico 59, Floyd 40 Melrose 73, House 39 Gene Messer Tournament of Champions Clovis 58, Abilene Cooper 50 Roadrunner Tournament Jal 47, Fort Sumner 37 Nazareth Tournament Farwell 50, Lockney 46 Merkel 56, Farwell 40 Plainview Round-robin Dimmitt 80, Muleshoe 63 Anton Tournament Bovina 46, Anton 19 Girls Clovis […]

Cats thinking third — or better

Dave Wagner La Cueva and host Gallup may be out of the range of the Clovis High boys cross country team in Saturday’s Class 5A state meet in Gallup, but coach Brian Stacy thinks the Wildcats have a good shot at beating everyone else. Stacy has penciled everything out, and believes all the Cats need […]

ENMU celebrates life on ‘Day of the Dead’

By Helena Rodriguez Today is the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” But unlike Halloween, which conjures up stark images of death, Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life. And Eastern New Mexico University celebrated the lives of four students in the form of “ofrendas” or memorial altars […]

Tony Evans challenges community leaders

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Dr. Tony Evans speaks about overcoming hopelessness Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Gary Mitchell Dallas evangelist Tony Evans told a Thursday crusade audience of 350 to 400 people he had a theme verse for the proposed Matt. 25 Project to renovate the old Memorial Hospital — Jeremiah 29:11. […]

Hound harriers first in Canyon

CNJ Staff CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men had five of the top 14 runners on Friday and posted a team victory in the Buffalo Stampede cross country meet, hosted by West Texas A&M. Ricardo Hernandez finished third for the Greyhounds in 28 minutes, 23 seconds over the five-mile run, while Orlando Sanchez […]

Some mistakes harder to fix than others

By David Stevens Sometimes we make mistakes. We made at least two in Friday’s paper. We told readers the Clovis Police Department had scheduled a public hearing to discuss grant applications. We told readers the meeting would take place at 9 a.m. in the city hall’s assembly room. But we forgot to tell readers what […]

St. Vrain teen wins Sweepstakes

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Justin Lockmiller, 15, a Curry County resident, talks about winning the Curry County 4-H project entries sweepstakes Thursday in the Home Arts building at the fairgrounds. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler Have a large amount of wall space that needs covered? Perhaps a core group of 4-H kids can help you out. After […]

Water Q&A

Here are some thoughts of randomly selected Clovis residents regarding the Clovis water supply problem who were shopping Thursday evening at the North Plains Mall: “This is okay if it’s fair for everybody. The city waters what it wants and so do the golf courses. If they’re going to cut somebody like myself, make it […]

Fourth a good time for friends

By Clyde Davis Many will get together with friends over the upcoming patriotic holiday. Your best friend should be the one you sleep next to every night, but how about all those other friends and the web of relationships that we don’t even think about? A column on friendship could read like Jesus’ illustration on […]

Clovis growing in some ways, not others

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about new businesses moving into town less than two years after Kmart closed its doors. Here are some responses: “Clovis is just turning into another cookie cutter American city/town. They call it progress but I’m not sure! “In just a short 20 years, the place the United States […]

Hounds picked 4th in LSC preseason football poll

CNJ staff Traditional football power Texas A&M-Kingsville is expected to continue its dominance of the Lone Star Conference this fall as the Javelinas have been picked to win the league’s South Division, according to the annual preseason poll that was announced Friday morning by conference officials. TAMUK, which has shared the past two South Division […]