‘42’ players hear shuffling of white bones with black spots

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist In March 2002 it was claimed that the Curry County Men’s 42 League was the largest such league in the state. If “Forty-Two,” the only exciting dominoes game, ever becomes one of the Olympic games, this county in Eastern New Mexico could supply the U.S. team. One warning: These guys […]

Zias’ Dozier keys team’s tourney bid

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — It’s hard to imagine Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Megan Dozier not playing soccer, but after years of throwing her body around on the pitch, she admits she’ll be ready to give it up with the Zias’ season ends in a few weeks. One of ENMU […]

Zia earns LSC weekly honor

CNJ Staff Eastern New Mexico University junior volleyball player Jessie Macknicki has been selected as the Lone Star Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts at the Colorado Christian Tournament last weekend. Macknicki helped ENMU post a 2-2 record on the weekend, with 71 kills and 45 digs. She posted a .231 hitting […]

Cruce, Ulibarri sign with ENMU

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Clovis High’s Matt Ulibarri slides safely into third during a game against Roswell Goddard earlier this season. Ulibarri and teammate Sean Cruce have signed to play baseball next year at Eastern New Mexico University. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High graduates Sean Cruce and Matt Ulibarri are happy to be […]

Baskett agrees to deal with Vikings

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Clovis High School alum Hank Baskett III talks to his agent on his cell phone from the floor of his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III watched and waited for 14 hours over two days as 255 players were picked in the National […]

Right match key in recruiting

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Portales senior post Morgan Hill helped the Lady Rams win Class 3A state titles in 2003 and 2004. She signed in November to play basketball at Navy. (CNJ file photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer When Portales senior Morgan Hill received a letter from Navy in August, but didn’t think much of it. “You […]

ENMU softball team seeking stability

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Zias freshman Nikki Varnell stretches for a grounder at third base during Friday’s softball practice. The Zias open the season Saturday in San Angelo, Texas. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Tracy Jordan has run the gamut with Eastern New Mexico University softball. Recruited before the 2003 season, Jordan […]

Hounds find point guard in Maryland

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ENMU junior guard Tristan Largent leads the Greyhounds in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played so far this season. (CNJ file photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — When approached last spring by Eastern New Mexico University men’s assistant coach Mark Murdock about the possibility of coming to the school to […]

Melrose senior wins six-man award

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Senior Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the second consecutive season. (CNJ file photo) CNJ STAFF When Dickie Roybal started coaching Carlos Ruiz in 7th grade, he was uncoachable — literally. “When he first started playing, he didn’t speak a lick of English,” Roybal said. “So, that made it hard. But all […]

Dress code no hardship for NBA players

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I am trying to feel Marcus Camby’s pain. I am also trying to keep a straight face. I cannot do both. Camby, for those who never read the sports page, is a very tall man who is paid $8 million per annum to play basketball for the Denver Nuggets. You’d […]

American sports lack manners

Bob Huber: Local Columnist “What’s happened to manners in American sports?” I cried while watching a televised football game where a linebacker danced a clumsy jig after transforming a quarterback’s head into sludge. “I’ll bet his mama would nail his hide to the barn door.” I was visiting my daughters at the time, and they […]

Sports have no comparison to war

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist The other day, I was walking past the TV just as someone lamented, in a weary voice, “It was a war out there.” But this was not an American Marine in Baghdad. It was not a Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan. It was not a human rights worker in Darfur. […]

Melrose’s Ruiz, Floyd’s Long named All-American

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz was named first-team All-American by Six-Man Illustrated. Ruiz scored 56 touchdowns while leading Melrose to the state title. (CNJ file photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz and Floyd’s Jarrod Long are known as two of the best six-man football players in the state. Now they’ll be known […]

Hounds linebacker named D-II All-American

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Eastern senior linebacker Jeff Howard forces a fumble against rival West Texas A&M. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, becoming the third ENMU player chosen to the elite squad in […]

Racquetball players enjoy competition, camaraderie

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Clovis Community College students, clockwise from bottom left, Bradley Struthers, Elizabeth Lim, Blakey Ross and Rene Gonzalez play doubles racquetball Wednesday during their racquetball class at the college. Photo by Eric Kluth By Kevin Wilson It looks like tennis, with a playing area about the size of a child’s bedroom. Players praise the game in […]

Ex-Clovis standout enjoying Liberty

Helped Clovis win 1999 state basketball title By Rick White Liberty University coach Carey Green said it’s impossible to talk about Aundrea Dawson the basketball player without talking about the former Clovis standout as a person first. Dawson, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, is trying to help Liberty advance past the first round of the NCAA […]

ENMU players earn weekly honors from LSC

CNJ STAFF The following Eastern New Mexico University basketball players were recognized Monday for All-Lone South Conference player of the week honors: Men Jamaal Hunnicutt, 6-5 Jr. F, Amarillo Week: Hunnicutt led the Greyhounds to wins over West Texas A&M (89-74) and Midwestern State (79-76), the latter game on the road. He compiled 20 points, […]

Maybe baseball should change rules for Rose

So how might we think about former baseball player Pete Rose, now that he has put out a new autobiography in which he admits having bet on baseball when he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1987 and 1988? Having made this admission, after denying he gambled on baseball for years, should he be […]

Readers offer mixed views on Pete Rose

“Yes, Pete Rose should be eligible for the hall of fame. I have always thought so, even before he confessed that he bet on baseball games. Look how many athletes have been caught doing much worse than betting on sports. … He was an excellent baseball player in his time and I have always rooted […]

Eastern’s Touchstone earns academic honor

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University junior Ty Touchstone remembers getting a “B” — once. “It was a class for citizenship (in grade school),” he said. “But I don’t really count that.” Touchstone has had nothing but “A’s” through four semesters at ENMU, where he also plays free safety for the Greyhounds in football. […]