Clovis softball confident for season opener

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Julie Surina planned to celebrate her 18th birthday on Thursday by going to dinner with her family. The Clovis High senior would like to celebrate a championship this weekend in the sixth annual Lady Wildcat Classic softball tournament at the CHS softball complex. “We really want to win this,” said […]

Pockets of fun

By Tova Fruchtman, CNJ staff writer Playing pool can be an entertaining way to spend down time. Jerry Judah and about seven other men play pool from noon until 5 p.m. daily at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center in Clovis. Mostly retired or disabled, the men play partners to raise their spirits and kill time, Judah […]

Vixens sweep Bronchos

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner ended Grady’s first trip to the 1A state volleyball tournament since 1996 on the first day, sweeping the Lady Bronchos 25-12, 25-16, 25-8 in the quarterfinals Thursday at Del Norte High School. The Vixens (21-3) didn’t lose a game all day, earning the top seed out of Pool A […]

Portales outlasts Shiprock at state

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defending Class 3A state champion Portales Lady Rams overcame the loss of three players to food poisoning Thursday to advance to the state tournament semifinals at Manzano High School. PHS finished third in four-team Pool B, splitting six games, then outlasted Pool A runnerup Shiprock 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 18-16 […]

Portales teens having ‘reel’ fun

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s […]

Clovis Invite features deep field

CNJ staff Clovis coach Darrel Ray said the Lady Wildcats’ string of three-straight championship games in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament is in serious jeopardy this weekend. The tournament, which features three defending state champions in Rio Rancho, Portales and St. Pius, starts today with pool play. Class 1A runnerup Fort Sumner is also in […]

Wright, John

John Edward Wright, 90, of Belen, Rio Communities, died July 16, 2004, following short illness. He was born on April 20, 1914 in El Paso, Texas. He was a member of Sierra Vista Baptist Church. He was owner of Johnnie’s Sheet Metal and Roofing in Clovis before retiring to Belen in 1985. Johnnie loved spending […]

Pool tables: Assembly, sanity required

By Bob Huber Looking for adventure? Like to live on the edge? Want to be the first on your block to wake up in the middle of a nightmare screaming, “Eeaauugh! Eeaauugh!” You can have all that and more if, like me, you rid your living room of furniture, give everything to your daughters, and […]

Clovis eliminated from AAU 15-U girls nationals

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats were eliminated from national AAU 15-and-under girls basketball competition Tuesday, falling to the Concord Blazers 78-67 in the second round of bracket play. The Lady Wildcats, who had a first-round bye in bracket play, finished 4-2 for the tournament after winning four of their five games […]

Clovis AAU squad reaches bracket play

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After four close games, the Clovis Lady Wildcats closed out pool play in the AAU national girls 15-and-under tournament on Monday with a 66-36 rout of the Florida Green Wave. The Lady Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for first place in their pool at 4-1. They advanced to bracket […]

Clovis 15-and-under girls split in AAU nationals

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats beat the New Hampshire Stars 64-57 and lost to the Dallas Storm 66-55 Saturday in pool play of the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament. The Lady Wildcats play two more games today, facing the Georgia Hot Shots and Pan American Jam It On at 11:45 […]

Play Inc. still helping kids: Q and A

By Emilie Hornack: CNJ Correspondent Four decades ago a group of parents suggested a need within the Clovis community for youth football and basketball leagues. From that came Playing League Athletics for Youth, or Play Inc. as it’s become known. Serving hundreds of youngsters through a variety of programs, the non-profit organization continues looking to […]

Three area water parks can provide

By Helena Rodriguez School’s out now, things are heating up for the summer and that means it’s time to cool down. What better way to cool down than to get wet, and to maximize your water experience, why not head to any one of three area water parks? Albuquerque’s one and only water park, The […]

Clovis ‘posse’ aims to round up litter bugs

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Members of Clovis Pride told city commissioners Thursday they would be out in force on June 12 to help clean up the city. Clovis Pride board member Len Vohs said the group — along with city employees — will form a “posse” that will go up and down city […]

Police say trucks stolen

By Darrell Todd Maurina Someone stole three semi tractors and two trailers from area businesses in the past week, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher and Texico Police Chief John Mares. Unlike private vehicles which usually bring only a few thousand dollars if cut up and sold for parts, Hatcher said semis can bring […]

Lady Cats finally get bats going

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Clovis junior Laura Wood knocks down a pickoff throw during Saturday’s third-place game against Perryton, Texas. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Annie Tweedy finally got some help in the hitting department. The Clovis High junior capped a 7-for-10 weekend, including a pair of home runs, with three hits and three RBI […]

Senior Calendar 11/18

La Casa De Buena Salud 1120 Cameo Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 11:30 a.m. — Frito pie luncheon; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor Exercise; 1 p.m. — Spanish bingo. Friday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 7 p.m. […]

House native loved pool

Eric Butler Lucille Powell proved it’s never too late to take up a new hobby. Powell’s hobby was playing pool and her billiards home was the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Clovis. She took up the game in 1966, when she was 55 years old. Powell, a native of House, died Aug. 13 at age […]

Lady Cats have seven-year itch

Eric Butler The Clovis Lady Wildcats’ bid to win their own tournament for the first time is one of several storylines heading into this weekend’s seventh annual Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament. The 16-team tournament begins Friday morning with pool play at the high school and Marshall Junior High, with quarterfinals beginning at 2 p.m. “We’ve […]

Hot times: Summer in the city

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Hunter Hughes, 5, from Texico, left, jumps into the Grady pool with friend Garrett Page, 5, of Albuquerque, as the two enjoy cooling off from the warm weather Saturday in Grady. Photo by Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham For ideas about how to beat the heat on a sweltering summer day, just follow the sounds […]