Lady Cats coast into semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Since Mayfield replaced Santa Fe in the field, the Mel Otero Invitational has been one of the toughest fields — save the postseason. But first-round games of eight-team tourneys, even difficult ones, can present some blowouts. Clovis delivered one such lopsided victory when the Wildcats demolished Del […]

PREP HOOPS: Taking off the pads

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews grabs a rebound during practice Tuesday at the high school. This is Matthews first years on the hardwood for the Wildcats. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High basketball coach J.D. Isler breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the Wildcats came through the Class 5A […]

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. […]

Onate making its mark in 5A

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just three years ago, Onate High in Las Cruces won a state football championship, beating Roswell Goddard in the finals … in Class 4A. This fall, increasing enrollment pushed the Knights into Class 5A, where they’ve already earned respect as one of the state’s elite in any classification. “They played […]

ENMU set for basketball exhibitions

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Fresh off scrimmage outings, Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams are preparing for exhibition games this weekend. The ENMU men host Fort Lewis College of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in a 7 p.m. contest on Friday at Greyhound Arena. The women face Division I foe Texas-El […]

CHS gearing for cross country opener

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Members of the Clovis High School girls cross county team workout Tuesday at Ned Houk Park. Clovis opens its season on Saturday in the Borger Invitational. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s a long dropoff from second place in the state Class 5A cross country meet two years ago […]

Cats begin two-a-days looking for faster start

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Sophomore backs (from left) Dominique Charles, Jaden Isler and Taylor Muse receive snacks from CHS football booster club member Bessie Lovern during a break on Monday’s first day of football practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez)Clovis High seni By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High senior Aaron Simon is changing positions in the offensive […]

Steers making changes

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Farwell senior defensive end Roper Smith practices a “swim move” on senior defensive end Colton Sudderth as Steers head coach Jacob Thompson looks on during group defensive drills in Monday’s season-opening practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like their counterparts throughout Texas, the Farwell High School football team got […]

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 […]

“For Better or Worse, For Richer or Poorer . . .”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health . . .” As I write, it was exactly 30 years ago when my father stood before my bride and myself and asked us to verbally assent to those familiar vows. I assume that we both […]

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 […]

What’s Your View of Our All-seeing God?

By Curtis K. Shelburne My tastes in music and my theology have certainly changed since then, but when I was a small child, my favorite song was a song we sang occasionally at church and pretty often at home. That’s another story, but, yes, as hard as it is for most of us to imagine […]

Nichols ready for state challenge

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Farwell senior Tate Nichols works on his putting at Farwell Country Club in preparation for the Texas Class 1A state golf tournament in Austin. (CNJ correspondent: Jim Hogg) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Tate Nichols didn’t mind the lengthy wait between winning the Region I-1A golf tournament on April 26 and the two-day Class […]

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 […]

Lady Cats shoot for state bid

CNJ Staff The Clovis High School girls golf team will try to qualify for Class 5A state competition in today’s Clovis Invitational, starting at 9 a.m. at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Teams need three legs to make it into the state tournament. “They’re looking to get their third leg for state, so this is a […]

Texico shuts out Dora behind Maldonado

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Texico and Dora got together for the first of quite likely three matchups Monday — two in the regular season and one in the Class 1A state tournament. The host Wolverines had most of the better of it in this one, posting a 10-0 win over the Coyotes at […]

Bryant in groove for Eastern

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior Tiana Bryant tried basketball life at a major university (New Mexico) and decided it wasn’t for her. The former Roswell Goddard standout played one season for the Lobos, then sat out the fall 2002 semester, got married and transferred to ENMU. After an up-and-down […]

Clovis pounds Lovington

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Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon releases a shot over Lovington’s Crystal Marquez during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent You’d expect some rustiness in the opening game of the year, but Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon played the Wildcats’ lidlifter Tuesday night as […]

Veteran coach exits with win

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott walked down the runway from the dressing room at Greyhound Stadium for the final time, trying to savor the moment. Elliott’s 48-year coaching career, the last 11 as ENMU’s head coach — came to an end Saturday as the […]

How can I really find happiness? By not chasing it.

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m thankful for the Brits! When the last star twinkles its last twinkle on this world’s last night, if the United States still stands, the English will still be standing right beside us as our most trusted and time-tested friends. I believe that. But I can’t help but remind you that back […]