Cannon softball team accomplishes mission


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


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


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: June 11— Clovis Fire Department Poker Run. Contact: TBA June 11-12 — 5th Annual Myers Electric “Lil Custom” Youth Softball Tournament. Contact: 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


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


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 […]