Portales faces familiar foe at state tourney

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams went into the girls Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but the two-time defending champions are now the team to beat. While Portales dispatched seventh-seeded Wingate 57-46 on Tuesday, top seed Grants (24-2) fell to Santa Fe Indian School 56-52. Portales […]

Lady Rams all of sudden favorites

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams went into the girls Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but the two-time defending champions are now the team to beat. While Portales dispatched seventh-seeded Wingate 57-46 on Tuesday, top seed Grants (24-2) was falling to Santa Fe Indian School 56-52. […]

Eastern can end season on good note

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — They won’t make the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament, but Eastern New Mexico University’s women have a chance to put a nice finish on an up-and-down year when they close out Lone Star Conference South Division and regular-season play this weekend. The Zias (11-14, 5-7 South), coming off […]

Music contributes to well-being

By E.C. Schaeffer: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: This is part of in a week-long series in which local columnists talk about their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis schools. Music has been a vital part of my life since my earliest piano lesson at age 5, through high […]

Music precious gift

By Daniel A. Blea: Guest columnist Editor’s note: This is part of a week-long series in which local columnists talk about their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis schools. When I was 10 years old, my family moved into an old house that had not been lived in […]

Texas transfer goes from JV to top boys seed for Clovis

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Clovis High School senior Michael Adams returns the ball during practice Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Jason Goolsby probably didn’t fully realize the implications when his family moved to Clovis just before his senior year of high school. Last year in Lubbock, Goolsby was a decidedly […]

Hall’s passion for game won’t subside

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Chris Hall averaged 25 points a game as a Clovis senior three years ago. (CNJ file photo) By John Eisel: CNJ staff writer Chris Hall thought he had given up his dreams of playing Division I basketball when he transferred to New Mexico State two years ago. But sometimes dreams die hard. Hall, a former […]

When the winter chill comes, area farmers leave the fields to play dominoes

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(CNJ staff photo: Tova Fruchtman) Charlie Fields, left, Paul D. Barnes, center, and Jay Boone get ready to start a new round at the Curry County 42 League Monday night meet between the Pleasant Hill and Center-Aucutt teams. Tova Fruchtman The clanking of the dominoes hitting one another overshadows the 20 men’s voices. Their table […]

Lady Cats make it 18 straight

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon rips the rebound from Alamogordo’s Shirece Johnson during the first half of their game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal and Alamogordo’s Amber Gonzales are in back. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Playing perfect and staying perfect are two different things. Clovis capped off its non-district schedule with […]

Daydreaming of Mexico’s border towns

By Grant McGee A Robert Earl Keen CD was in the hi-fi, the song “Gringo Honeymoon” was playing. It’s about a couple going to Mexico, crossing into the country via a romantic rowboat ride. There are the people and things they see, then they go home. That’s one of the things I miss about living […]

Prep notes 1/4

By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer Pampa Harvesters coach Jeff Reed said playing and coaching at Clovis shaped the way he teaches the game. His first coaching experience was helping Clovis assistant coach Mike Hankins with the junior varsity team when he was student teaching. Current Hobbs girls coach Johnny Casaus was his athletic director […]

Lady Cat senior rebounds from injury

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Roxanne Luera said the big black plastic brace doesn’t bother her anymore, despite how mechanical and unnatural it may look wrapped around her right knee. It hasn’t affected her shooting. The 5-foot-9 senior has been an offensive spark plug for the Clovis Lady Wildcats early this season. She’s averaging […]

KGB: A dangerous game of hide and seek?

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CNJ illustration: Rick White, Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Police say newest teen rage is unsafe; players say it keeps them out of trouble. The streets, alleys and lawns of Clovis serve as the playing fields. The players are high schoolers, college students and young adults. The point is to go undetected […]

CHS senior has drive to succeed

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Clovis High senior Guillermo Chavez sports a 4.0 GPA. He will attend the University of New Mexico on a golf scholarship next fall. CNJ staff photo By Rick White: CNJ managing editor One way or another, Guillermo Chavez is always keeping score, aiming high in the classroom and low on the golf course. It’s a […]

Zias win another in five games

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Once again, the Eastern New Mexico University Zias showed they know what to do in the abbreviated fifth game of a volleyball match. ENMU won for the 10th time in 11 fifth games over the past two seasons — including 3-0 this year — by edging New Mexico […]

Hank Baskett speaks out

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Washington State’s Alex Teems (21) breaks up a pass to New Mexico’s Hank Baskett during the second quarter of Friday’s game at University Stadium in Albuquerque. (AP photo) CNJ staff Former Clovis High School star Hank Baskett answered questions by phone Sunday about the team’s 21-17 loss Friday to Washington State, in which he had […]

Clovis team headed for national tourney

CNJ staff Third- and fourth-grade basketball players from Clovis will play in a nationally recognized tournament Saturday and Sunday at the University of Texas in Arlington. Their coach, David Dawson, said 20 players were called to tryouts recently and 11 were chosen. “We called 20 players we had seen playing in various local leagues,” Dawson […]

Portales golfer on par with big boys

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Ryan Hohn, 17, of Clovis, tees off on the ninth hole during Sun Country Junior PGA tournament Wednesday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Not much bigger than the average Callaway driver, pint-sized Portales golfer Will Archibeque is adjusting to playing with the big boys. Riding back-to-back birdies […]

Like wine, Gutierrez’ golf game gets better with age

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Tom Harden of Clovis just missed his birdie putt on the 13th hole Saturday during the first round of the Clovis City Golf Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. CNJ staff Dave Gutierrez said he hasn’t played at Clovis Municipal Golf Course in seven years. It didn’t seem to matter […]

South leads arms race

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Clovis’ Alicia Odom release a throw to second base in a pick-off attempt during the South’s practice Thursday at the Wildcat Softball complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Charlene Reyes has regularly fielded quality teams in nine years as Alamogordo’s softball coach, including two state champions. Still, she feels almost an embarrassment […]