Lady cats happy to play host

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Clovis’ Ebony Bunton grabs a rebound away from Portales’ Ashleah Richards during the second half of the Lady Wildcats 51-30 win over Portales Tuesday in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After putting 700 miles on the team’s travel bus last weekend, Clovis girls coach Miles Watters welcomes the […]

Christmas tunes yield tales of 1950s studio

By Don McAlavy: Curry County historian The story is told that a New Mexico blizzard made its appearance during the two days (actually nights) when two songs by Jimmy Self were recorded by Norman Petty. It was said that the recording studio was so cold the musicians had to wear coats during the sessions. Perhaps […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Cats’ Moore battles back

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Clovis seniors Jonathan Sweet, left, and Jordan Moore talk during a break in practice Thursday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High senior linebacker Jordan Moore was worried his year might be over when he dislocated his shoulder in the Wildcats’ season-opening loss at Mayfield. […]

Zias’ senior center catching on

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Zia senior Riikka Lohtenen (right) guards sophomore post Brittney Gillespie during Thursday’s basketball practice. Lohtenen, originally from Finland, scored a career-high 17 points in Tuesday’s 87-61 season-opening win at Western New Mexico. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In Riikka Lehtonen’s home city of Turku, Finland, it’s the ice where most star athletes can […]

Prep football: Melrose seeking repeat

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Melrose and Gateway Christian will end the football season the same way they started it — playing each other. The defending champion Buffaloes visit Roswell for Saturday’s 1 p.m. six-man championship game against Gateway Christian, which suffered its only loss of the season at Melrose 50-28 on Aug. 26. […]

College hoops: Zias hope to blend quickly

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ENMU coach Dan Buzard returns this season after taking a year off to deal while recovering from a cancerous brain tumor. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer One of the positives of playing people better than you in preseason is finding out the areas where you need improvement. In an exhibition […]

Hounds host unbeaten Angelo State

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two teams riding momentum collide tonight at Blackwater Draw. Riding a three-game winning streak, Eastern New Mexico University takes one of the Lone Star Conference’s surprise squads in unbeaten Angelo State in the Greyhounds’ 6 p.m. homecoming game. Both began division play last week with pulsating wins. While ENMU […]

Gamers gather to test skills in video-game tourney

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Marcus Garcia plays Counter Strike during Game Quest 2005 at Cyber City in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Jason Sweeney said he likes to play video games to forget about work. Sweeney, 20, was one of about 60 competitors who took part in Saturday’s Game Quest, an all-day video […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Texico, Estancia building rivalry

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer CLASS 2A HEAVYWEIGHTS Texico and Estancia could be starting quite a rivalry. After splitting the first four games, Estancia took the deciding game 15-9 Sept. 6 in Estancia. The loss was Texico’s first of the season. Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said his team learned a lot from the match. […]

Lady Cats buoyed by Hilburn, Blackmon

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Clovis High outside hitter Aimee Hilburn has returned to the Lady Wildcats volleyball team this year after skipping her junior season to concentrate on basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn decided to skip her junior year in volleyball to concentrate on the basketball season. Brittany […]

Wildcats together one last time

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Cornerback Jacob Jones, left, is one of four 2005 Clovis High graduates who will play in the 4-5A North-South All-Star Game today in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer John Props is getting an early jump on his college football career. The Clovis High grad will head to Roswell early […]

Cats finish off busy summer

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — The Clovis High boys basketball team finished a busy summer schedule over the weekend, going 4-0 in a get-together with Class 3A schools Ruidoso, Socorro and St. Michael’s. The Wildcats finished the summer with a 40-4 record, coach J.D. Isler said, after beating St. Mike’s twice and both Ruidoso and Socorro […]

Carter, Mary

Mary Carter Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Norris Carter, 65, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Clovis, New Mexico to Onis “OB” and Edith Norris. She graduated from Clovis High in 1958. She married William “Bill” Clark Carter on Feb. 8, […]

Cravy, Betty

Betty Cravy Services: Have been held. Mrs. Betty Cravy, 86, of Clovis, died Friday, June 17, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 12, 1918, in Pueblo, Colo., to Fred and Dora Waggoner. She married Walter Cravy on June 7, 1957, in Clovis. She was a resident of Clovis for […]

Wildcats’ win streak at 11

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats keep scratching off wins in summer league play, as they swept Plainview, Texas, 8-1 and 5-2 Saturday in Texas to push their winning streak to 11 games. Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood described his team’s play as “solid.” “You win 11 in a row, you’re playing good,” he said of the […]

Moore eyes bigger role next season

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Tyler Fontenot of Clovis watches as his par putt misses the mark on the 18th hole of Wednesday’s Sun Country Junior PGA event at Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jordan Moore is getting ready for a big change next year. After several seasons in the background, […]

All-star game slated in Lubbock

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Twelve players who are planning to walk on in football at Eastern New Mexico University are slated to participate in the first West Texas Football Classic, a benefit game set for June 4 at Lowery Field. Playing for the North squad are Tyler Caffey of Plains, Omar Jordan and Randy McBrewer […]

Chavez, Reid eye 5A state golf title

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Clovis High School seniors Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez, left to right, hope to bring a state championship in golf to Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After five years of playing against each other, you’d think a clear favorite could be established when Clovis High’s Guillermo Chavez and Travis […]

Ex-Wildcat playing through pain

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A former walk-on, Clovis’ Josh Kuchta has played his way through a painful back injury to become the starting shortstop at Eastern New Mexico University the last two seasons. ENMU coach Phil Clabaugh said Kuchta has been a steadying influence on the team. “Josh Kuchta is good people,” […]

Clovis’ Casarez catching on

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Clovis’ Daniel Casarez throws the ball to first in a scrimmage against Portales in February. Casarez is filling the catching void left by three-year starter Richard Urban. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Daniel Casarez admits to being a little intimidated heading into season. Taking over for an all-state catcher and […]