Cannon softball team accomplishes mission

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Staff Sgt. Thor Myers throws to first on Sunday as the Cannon AFB softball team beat Tatom Masonry 12-4 to win the men’s Class D championship of the Custom Classic tournament at Guy Leeder Complex. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer For the Cannon Air Force Base softball team, some time […]

Custom Classic expects 120-team field

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer About 120 teams, more than half from out of town, are expected to participate in this weekend’s Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament. Most of the games are scheduled for Guy Leeder Complex, tournament organizer Roger Jackson said, while a few games will be played at Spencer Field […]

Plenty of work to do for tourney

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Clovis’ Annie Tweedy rakes the field between the first and second game of the North/South All-Star softball series on Friday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Now, the offseason can begin. For a handful of people associated with the Clovis High softball program, the […]

All-stars battle in Clovis

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The South All-Star team huddles up at the end of their practice Thursday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. The South All-Stars will take on the North All-Stars in a three-game series starting today at 6 p.m. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer A series that has held a clear southern […]

Summer events listings

CNJ staff Clovis May 27-29 — Hoopla 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Hillcrest Park. May 30-June 4 — Pioneer Days. Contact: 763-3435. June 4-5 — CSA Pepsi Challenge Softball Tournament. Contact: www.cloviscsa.com June 11— Clovis Fire Department Poker Run. Contact: TBA June 11-12 — 5th Annual Myers Electric “Lil Custom” Youth Softball Tournament. Contact: www.cloviscsa.com June […]

Lady Wildcats’ hopes hinge on sweep of Cibola

By John Eisel It’s all or nothing for Cibola and Clovis this weekend at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. Both teams likely need a sweep in the District 4-5A softball three-game series to have any chance of catching Sandia for second place and a spot in the Class 5A state tournament. “It’s huge, obviously. Clovis […]

Yucca girl tries out for CHS baseball

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Yucca Junior High eight-grader Cerra Yohner takes ground ball practice Thursday at Bell Park as she tries out for the Clovis High School baseball team. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor An eighth-grade girl with aspirations to play professional baseball tried out for the Clovis Wildcats C team on Thursday, two […]

ENMU on fourth softball coach in two years

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in […]

Spring sports bloom

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Clovis senior Like Gray, left, sophomore Jonathan Sisneros, center, and senior Jared Montoya take part in “mass bat” a dry hack drill Wednesday at Bell Park. Wednesday was the second day of practice for the Wildcats. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The rippling effects of President George W. Bush’s re-election […]

Man took illness, life in stride

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Richard Rubio coached his daughters’ softball teams, brought his daughter lunch everyday when she was in elementary school and was generally known as a giving and involved father. Suffice it to say he believed in the importance of family. “He was honorable, humorous and trustworthy,” said daughter Sonya Rubio, who […]

Lookouts advance in USSSA tourney

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Sharae Kuchta of Clovis Spitfire is tagged out trying to get back to first base by Ruidoso Lady Warriors first baseman Kirstie Trotter during Saturday’s 14-and-under matchup in the USSSA state championships at Guy Leeder Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler On Saturday morning, first-round play of the state USSSA softball championships began […]

Umpiring at Custom Classic not a 9-to-5 job

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Umpire Jesse Gonzales of Clovis waits to make the call on a close play at the plate in a game between the Budweiser of Amarillo and the El Paso Jazz. Gonzales called the runner out. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Brandon Harris was just getting up Friday night when many […]

Custom Classic cranking up again

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Rebels shortstop Chad Davis leaps for a liner during last year’s annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. CNJ file photo. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent After sweeping through the recreation division undefeated in last year’s Custom Classic, members of the Clovis X-Treme women’s softball team thought maybe a step up in […]

Lady Cats’ toughness impresses teammate

By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Alicia Odom, Clovis’ lone entry in this year’s North-South All-Star softball series, would have had enough to talk about anyway. After being the designated hitter for the South in first game of Friday’s doubleheader at the Clovis High softball Complex, she was shifted to second base for the nightcap, a […]

Thomas named CHS softball coach

By Dave Wagner Brandi Thomas didn’t foresee a head coaching job coming open at this point in her coaching career, but when it did she was ready. Thomas, a 1994 Clovis High graduate and an assistant in the program the past four years, was hired this week to replace Larry Trower as the Lady Wildcats’ […]

ENMU’s Gerleve wins again in javelin

CNJ STAFF For the second consecutive meet, freshman Zach Gerleve posted the only win for Eastern New Mexico University as he took men’s javelin competition on Saturday in the David Noble Relays in San Angelo, Texas, hosted by Angelo State. Gerleve threw 177 feet, 4 inches to win the event by 2 1/2 feet over […]

Take me out to the ballgame

By Clyde Davis The wind, blowing warm out of the southwest, fits the relaxed atmosphere. It’s a place where you can, if needed, get up, go and do some work, and then come back. The games will last all afternoon and nobody will look at you crossly for disturbing his/her concentration. You can dance with […]

Odom: Teen of the week

Alicia Odom, 18, the daughter of Jerry and Marilyn Odom, is a senior at Clovis High School. What did you think about on Sept. 11, 2001? I was totally shocked that something like that could happen. I was very glad that America pulled together and that patriotism has increased as a result. What is your […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]