Positively a great coach

Ramblin’ Rick John Irwin dodges the limelight like your cheap brother-in-law when it comes time to pick up the dinner check. He will tell you credit for any of his coaching success goes to the players. He will tell you he just happened to stumble into talent. Don’t believe him. John Irwin is a great […]

Richards, Lee look to lead Zias back to respectability

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Former area prep standouts Elizabeth Richards (left) and Laci Lee will be counted on to provide scoring punch this season for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson They were separated by one year, one classification and 28 miles. Now, they’re together with a determination to revive […]

Area high school football capsules

CNJ STAFF All Times MDT TEXICO (7-0) AT EUNICE (2-6) WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday DISTRICT 3-1A RECORDS: Texico 1-0, Eunice 0-1. LAST WEEK: The Wolverines, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, shut out Loving 33-0 at Texico. Eunice lost at Jal 28-7. LAST MEETING: 2002, Texico cruised to a 41-0 victory over the Cardinals at […]

‘Midnight Madness’ kicks off ENMU hoop season

Dave Wagner For the third year a row, Eastern New Mexico University plans to kick off the basketball season with its version of “Midnight Madness” tonight at Greyhound Arena. ENMU assistant events director Jessica Robertson said the festivities will start around 11 p.m. She said activities include a 3-on-3 “tournament” of four teams representing ENMU […]

Hounds blank Angelo

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Angelo State University quarterback Chad Robertson is hit by Eastern New Mexico University’s Robert Caballero after releasing the ball during the second half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — With tough road games looming against Lone Star Conference South Division powers Midwestern State and Texas […]

Area weekend prep football capsules

CNJ STAFF All Times MDT HAGERMAN (1-5) AT TEXICO (5-0) WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday (Homecoming) LAST WEEK: Texico blanked Tucumcari 40-0 at Tucumcari. Hagerman, which has had three coaches in the last three years and whose roster includes only six seniors and four juniors, lost at Loving 48-0. LAST MEETING: 2002, Texico shut out the […]

Zia netters struggling to mesh

Freedom Newspapers Most of the Eastern New Mexico University Zia volleyball players never competed together before this year, and despite their individual abilities to spike, bump and set they haven’t been able to put together many solid team performances. The team’s only two returning players — junior Margie Goble and senior Anya Mack — are […]

ENMU’s Childs battles through ailment

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Four years ago, most college football coaches wouldn’t have taken a shot at Wayne Childs. Now it’s Childs who takes the shots. A senior defensive end, Childs had medical problems that made him unattractive to everybody but Eastern New Mexico University. He’s part of a unit whose goal is to […]

Area football capsules

Complied by Dave Wagner and Eric Butler All Times MDT Eunice (1-1) at Ft. Sumner (2-0) When: 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Eunice lost at home to New Mexico Military Institute 49-14. Fort Sumner won at Capitan 32-10. Last meeting: 2002, Fort Sumner routed the Cardinals 60-0 at Eunice en route to its second consecutive […]

Farwell battling numbers game

By Eric Butler FARWELL — The Farwell Steers didn’t even make it to their first scrimmage before being hit by the injury bug. Senior Cale Stevenson, penciled in at running back, is out for the year due to a concussion and sophomore Logan McFarland, one of three players competing at quarterback, tore an anterior cruciate […]

Zias hoping teamwork, talent offset lack of experience

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Based on the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, expectations are low for the first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program. ENMU coach Travis McCorkle and his players are determined to disprove that notion. The Zias, who went 1-2 in preseason exhibition matches, open their inaugural season this weekend when […]

ENMU looking for respect

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — The Zia soccer team is looking to earn respect in the Lone Star Conference this year, one practice and one song at a time. Members of the inaugural Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team are preparing for a 15-game regular season, starting Aug. 30 against College of the Southwest […]

Offseason has Cats ready for two-a-days

By Dave Wagner If offseason workouts are any gauge, things are looking good this season for the Clovis High football team. CHS defensive coordinator Darren Kelley said the Wildcats had a good turnout for their three-times-a-week, early-morning program over the summer. The Cats begin two-a-day workouts on Monday, the first day of official practice for […]

Cats’ Seefeld getting look in front of scouts

CNJ STAFF LONG BEACH, Calif. — Clovis High senior Jason Seefeld is the only New Mexico player participating in the 17th annual Area Code Baseball Games this week. Seefeld, a shortstop-pitcher for the Wildcats, has been playing shortstop this week for the Cleveland Indians, one of nine teams participating in the week-long circuit at Long […]

Bring on the pads

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Farwell High junior linebacker Rowdy Mitchell fires out of his stance during sprints. Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner FARWELL — Farwell High senior Grant Gregory says football practice doesn’t really get started until he puts the pads on. He and his Farwell teammates still have to wait two more days to start hitting. […]

Monson receives one more chance

By Dave Wagner Stephen Monson figured his basketball career was over when Clovis High’s season ended in early March. Not so. Monson will get one more chance to play competitively when he joins CHS teammate Derond Jackson as members of the South squad in the 57th annual New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A-5A […]

Clovis players help team reach ‘Mack’ regional

CNJ STAFF The Albuquerque Cubs, featuring three Clovis High players, captured the state Connie Mack (18-and-under) baseball tournament last weekend in Albuquerque and are in Houston for a five-day, double-elimination regional tournament. The Cubs open the double-elimination tournament at 8 p.m. today (CDT) against the Houston Heat, with the game to be played at the […]

Buzard’s squad posts sweep

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — A group of Division II South Central Region women’s basketball players coached by Eastern New Mexico University’s Dan Buzard swept five games on a trip to Barbados late last month, although the competition wasn’t what the team had hoped to see. With the tiny West Indies island involved in a […]

Zias prep for first soccer season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice […]

Hounds sign first basketball recruit

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Kennis Green, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing from Blinn (Texas) College, is the first of what Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan hopes is four players who will sign a national letter of intent with the Greyhounds this spring. Green averaged 17.6 points and four rebounds a game […]