Buffs’ Rush sets state mark

Melrose’s Cedar Rush leads during the first lap of the 800 meters. Rush won the event in a record time of 1:58.53. (De Baca County News: Scott Stinnett) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Melrose senior Cedar Rush normally doesn’t run the 800. On Friday, he ran it and he ran it well. Rush won the 800 […]

4/16 Births

Rush Zane Henry Rush was born March 20 to Larry and Alicia Rush, of Grady, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. He has one brother, Chisum Rush, 4. Grandparents are Karen Smith of Ruidoso, and Rod and Vickie Smith of Azle, Texas. Great-grandparents are Bud and Phyllis Queener of Clovis, […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush


Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

Grady’s lone senior comes back from knee injury

By Jesse Wolfersberger Heather Blackburn, Grady’s lone senior, has words of wisdom for her younger teammates on life and basketball. “I tell them not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Because tomorrow it could be gone.” Blackburn, a 5-foot-6 guard, learned that lesson the hard way. Two minutes into last season’s season-opener, she went […]

Ruidoso’s scoring spurt sinks Lady Cats


Clovis High’s Lora Esquivel (light jersey) battles a Ruidoso player for possession of the ball during Saturday’s girls soccer matchup at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer For nearly 60 minutes, the Clovis High girls soccer team seemed positioned for victory Saturday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. […]

Melrose seniors searching for perfect ending


Melrose’s Brock Graham, left, Cedar Rush, center, and Carlos Ruiz are three of six seniors who have been playing football under coach Dickie Roybal since seventh grade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock […]

Rush, ENMU line improving


Tyson Rush (left) battles with Devin Pilgrim during Thursday’s ENMU football practice in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Tyson Rush is a third-year starter on a veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive line that is expected to be a strength this season. After struggling in the first […]

PREP NOTES: Wolverines’ defense dominating foes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TWO GAMES INTO the season, Texico’s defense has proven to been stingy. The two-time defending Class 1A champion Wolverines are just 1-1 so far, but have allowed only seven points while forcing 14 turnovers — eight in a 33-6 win over Smyer, Texas, and six last week against Bovina. […]

Lady Cats finish with split


CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Clovis sophomore Kelli Helm, left, and Moriarty sophomore Aileen Nimick collide after going for a ball during the second half of their game during the Clovis Girls Soccer Invitational Friday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Jesse Wolfersberger Clovis’ Lady Cats opened their soccer season slowly, but learned from their mistakes and finished […]

Lady Cats hoping for speedy recovery


Clovis senior Courtney Cole works on her headers during soccer practice Thursday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a forgettable 2004 season, the Lady Wildcats are hoping a youth movement and quick legs will bring them a winning season and the second playoff berth in […]