Vikings deal Baskett to Philadelphia

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After sitting through the recent National Football League draft and never hearing his named called, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has now been a part of two NFL organizations. Shortly after the draft, Baskett signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday, they traded him […]

Hounds have some depth at QB

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After the season he had in 2005, it’s hard to imagine Eastern New Mexico University quarterback Michael Benton losing his starting job when preseason practice begins in August. Still, ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo says the redshirt junior could have some competition. Jeremy Thompson, a redshirt freshman from Sweetwater, […]

Baskett semifinalist for national honor

CNJ staff New Mexico senior wide receiver Hank Baskett has been named one of 15 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s top wide receiver. A 2000 Clovis High graduate, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound former prep quarterback has flourish in the Lobos’ expanded passing attack in 2005 with 65 catches for 1,063 yards […]

Hounds get four on All-LSC South team

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Four members of the Eastern New Mexico University football squad were accorded first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division honors in voting done by the division’s head coaches and released on Wednesday by the conference office. Greyhounds chosen on offense were senior wide receiver Derrick Hunter and sophomore fullback Patrick Hemphill, […]

Hounds gear for WT after Angelo win

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ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo talks about an Angelo State touchdown with Greyhounds safety J.J. Ortiz in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo knew he had to do something to get […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Injuries concern Farwell

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer THE LENGTH OF FARWELL’S injury list would make Santa Claus jealous. Farwell coach Jacob Thompson said the Steers are bringing up seven players from the junior varsity for Friday’s homecoming game against Floydada. “In NFL terms,” Thompson said, “we have four out, four questionable, and two doubtful.” Running back […]

American sports lack manners

Bob Huber: Local Columnist “What’s happened to manners in American sports?” I cried while watching a televised football game where a linebacker danced a clumsy jig after transforming a quarterback’s head into sludge. “I’ll bet his mama would nail his hide to the barn door.” I was visiting my daughters at the time, and they […]

Raton remains undefeated with win against Rams

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Portales junior Cruz Ontiveros is tackeld by Raon defensive back Lance Trujillo on a second-quarter run in Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Raton had the start no team would dare dream about — one offensive play and a 14-point lead. But it was no […]

3 Cs appear to be class of District 4-5A

Eric Buter, CNJ CORRESPONDENT Not only do Carlsbad, Cibola and Clovis sit atop District 4-5A based on alphabetical order, the three schools mostly likely will battle for the district’s two playoff berths. The premier game of the opening weekend has a rematch of last year’s 4-5A playoff representatives when Clovis plays at Carlsbad. In the […]

Texico hammers Tucumcari

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Texico senior Chris Phillips runs around the end as he heads toward the end zone during the first half of Firday’s game against Tucumcari in Texico. Texico defeated Tucumcari 48-7. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Defending Class 1A state champion Texico continues to beat up on the big boys. […]