Zias win twice in WT softball invite

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Eastern New Mexico University got complete-game pitching efforts from Rosemary Moreno and Natasha Lindsey and posted a pair of wins on Friday in the West Texas A&M Invitational softball tournament. The Zias (6-3) scored six runs in the bottom of the first in a 9-3 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo, then notched […]

Zias advance to semis in softball tourney

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Left fielder Christina Helland hit a three-run double to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth on Saturday, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University softball team past Oklahoma Panhandle State 5-3 in the semifinals of the season-opening Angelo State Classic. The Zias (2-1) play Washburn in […]

ENMU baseball picked fifth, softball sixth in LSC poll

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Moore, Dean

Dean Moore Services: 2 p.m., Wednesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. Dean Moore, 73, of Portales, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born March 5, 1932, in Baileyboro, Texas, to Syble and Curtis Moore. The Moore family moved to Portales from Morton, Texas, in 1942. […]

Zias try to replace softball gear

CNJ staff PORTALES — Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a severely dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the […]

Leeder passes 2,500-win mark as coach

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like a […]

Local youth fast-pitch league in works

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

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 […]