Farwell battling numbers game

By Eric Butler FARWELL — The Farwell Steers didn’t even make it to their first scrimmage before being hit by the injury bug. Senior Cale Stevenson, penciled in at running back, is out for the year due to a concussion and sophomore Logan McFarland, one of three players competing at quarterback, tore an anterior cruciate […]

CHS harriers open season at Borger

By Dave Wagner Brian Stacy takes over two distinctly different Clovis cross county teams. The boys team is senior-laden and experienced. The girls team is banking on youth. Stacy, who served as Mark Bussen’s assistant last season, is excited about both. “On paper, we have two phenomenal varsity teams,” he said. Senior Tyrell Northcutt, the […]

Lady Buffs work under new coach

By Eric Butler When Melissa Ham became the new Melrose volleyball coach this year, the hiring brought with it a nickname. “Everybody called me mish-mash; some of them still call me mish — because they’ve known me that long,” says Ham, whose name was Melissa Misch when she graduated from Melrose in 1984. “Outside they […]

Lady Cats thinking big in ’03

By Dave Wagner Coach Darrel Ray thinks this could be a special season for the Clovis High volleyball team. The Lady Wildcats expected to get an indication of their potential on Saturday in an eight-team scrimmage session at Rio Rancho, with matches against the defending Class 5A champion Lady Rams, La Cueva, Eldorado and Las […]

Conspiracy of kindness

By Gary Mitchell Faith Christian Family Church is hoping to give back to the seniors citizens who have given so much through its “Conspiracy of Kindness” campaign. Several area businesses have partnered with the Clovis church to provide free oil and filter changes and car washes Aug. 24-25 to all senior citizens ages 60 and […]

Senior-laden Lady Cats hope to challenge in 5A

By Dave Wagner With a strong nucleus of seniors, fifth-year Clovis High School volleyball coach Darrel Ray figures this could be the Lady Wildcats’ time to challenge at the state level. A half-dozen seniors saw action on last year’s 16-7 squad that reached the Class 5A regional round. A seventh senior, middle blocker Jessica Wymore […]

Wolverines looking for brass ring this time

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines are sick of being bridesmaids. After losing to Fort Sumner for the past two years in the Class 1A state championship game, fourth-year Wolverines coach Mike Prokop hopes this is the year his team is able to break through. With nine starters back on offense and defense, […]

Hounds welcome 135

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott still looks forward to the start of practice each fall. A broken hip sustained during spring practice when he couldn’t avoid a collision on a play which spilled over the sideline has slowed Elliott a bit, but coaching football helps keep […]

Baxter-Curren Kitchen Band playing music the old-fashioned way

By Helena Rodriguez Fern Kwasigroch and Rachel Wallace could have a tough time pawning their musical instruments. They would probably have better luck using them to make macaroni salad or Angel food. After all, Kwasigroch plays the bundt cake pan, with the help of a fork, and Wallace is a master with the salt and […]

Portales honors nonagenarians

By Mike Linn For an elderly woman, Ruth Creighton sure is an energetic sort, smiling and carrying on with friends, laughing and listening to stories. Creighton, 92, was one of 15 seniors over 90-years-old who met at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s annual non-agenarian tea party Wednesday afternoon. She brought with her a quick-witted charm […]