Curry County Cats preparing to start second season

Kevin Wilson The sophomore enjoys a higher standing than a freshman, not just for age-based reasons. The sophomore has, in the words of Stevie Wonder, “been through the storms, through the cold and rain.” But just some things are still the same, as the Curry County Cats move into their second season as a semi-pro […]

Education feature: Clovis students performing original play

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Darlene Barragan, right, plays the part of Ms. Plug Ugly, an overbearing teacher. Here she is getting the class under control, asking students how they plan to make life better for people. Benna Sayyed Lizzie Skermetta hopes acting will make a difference in her life. A sophomore, Skermetta plays a […]

Tragedy worse when manipulated

It was early in my sophomore year of high school. I wasn’t driving yet, but other classmates were. The whispers in first-period geometry were that fellow sophomore “Tiffany” hit a kid who ran in front of her car the previous night. The kid was OK, but Tiffany was visibly shaken. A few days later, I […]

Hounds tie in home opener

CNJ staff The 24th-ranked Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds needed sophomore midfielder Andy Wilkinson’s penalty kick with a little less more than three minutes left to earn a 1-1 tie Tuesday with Lubbock Christian at ENMU Soccer Field. The teams played two 10-minute overtimes. It was the home opener for the Hounds (2-0-1). Adam Goodnight […]

ENMU sophomore enjoys rodeo life

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU sophomore Jessie Kirkes recorded a time of 8.70 seconds in goat-tying during Saturday’s slack at the College Daze Rodeo in Portales. She finished sixth in the long go. Clarence Plank PORTALES — She watches and waits. One by one the cowgirls race to end of the arena, dismount, flank […]

ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser proves lack of size doesn’t matter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser has 13 receptions this season and plays on most of the Greyhounds’ special teams. Chase Kyser wasn’t necessarily high on Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo’s radar screen two years ago. He just kept hearing about the then-Roswell Goddard senior. Eventually, Ribaudo went to […]

Education feature: Clovis sophomore’s trailer earns high honor at state fair

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Courtesy photo Clovis High School sophomore Dusty Odegaard won grand champion at the Curry County Fair for a trailer he made in his agriculture mechanics class. Liliana Castillo Words of wisdom from his father paid off when Clovis High School sophomore Dusty Odegaard won grand reserve champion at the New Mexico State Fair. Odegaard, 16, […]

Zias split with Cowgirls

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ENMU sophomore Samantha Davis fields a ground ball in the infield on Wednesday as the Zia split a doubleheader with New Mexico Highlands. The Zia won the first game 1-0, but dropped the nightcap 11-6. CNJ staff Kimberly Crouse pitched a four-hit shutout, and sophomore Melissa Williams’ bases-loaded walk was the difference in Eastern New […]

Education digest: Sophomore wins poetry contest

Sophomore wins poetry contest Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo won second place in the state level of the Poetry Out Loud contest. Poetry Out Loud, a project by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state arts agencies, encourages students to learn about poetry through exploration, memorization and performance. Read our […]

Education feature: Clovis High sophomore to compete in poetry recitation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo has loved poetry since she took a child’s poetry class at Clovis Community College in fifth grade. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo is taking her long-standing love of poetry to the competition arena. Armijo is competing in […]

Record-setting QB, three other Greyhounds suspended

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File photo Sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp has completed 293 passes of 481passes for 3,245 yards and 22 touchdowns for the 2-5 Greyhounds. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp’s assault on Eastern New Mexico University school passing records will have to be put on hold for at least a week. Harp and […]

Greyhounds seek first win at Southwestern Oklahoma

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Freedom New Mexico correspondent photo: Zhongming Jiang Eastern New Mexico University center Andrew Ellis, left, battles for position with tackle Justin Ward during Thursday afternoon’s practice. The Greyhounds seek their first win of the season Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma at Weatherford, Okl By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The old football adage goes that three […]

Melrose sophomore fights school’s hair policy

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sophomore Meghan Kline is collecting signatures in hopes of persuading Melrose schools to change its school dress code regarding hair color. She recently dyed red streaks into her hair, which is against school rules. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her 15-year-old honor student and daughter wanted to dye […]

Zias rout Wayland Baptist 6-2

Freedom New Mexico Sophomore defender Christie Nylaan scored off a corner kick by junior Kim Anaya in the first minute and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team never looked back on Friday, beating Wayland Baptist 6-2 at the ENMU pitch. Freshman midfielder Andrea Elizondo scored two goals and added an assist for ENMU […]

Zias’ coach optimistic

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After two stints as “interim” coach, Amber Daniel finally has that title on a permanent basis for the Eastern New Mexico University softball program. And while Daniel has more of “her” players with 13 newcomers heading into the 2008 campaign, she said it has always felt like […]

Fort Lewis puts Zias away in second half

CNJ staff DURANGO, Colo. — Host Fort Lewis took the lead for good with a 14-2 run in the first half, then broke the game open with a 15-6 surge early in the second stanza Thursday to top Eastern New Mexico University’s women 78-64 in the season opener for both teams. The game was part […]

ENMU athletes honored for academics

CNJ staff Two Eastern New Mexico athletes were recognized for all-academic conference honors. Senior midfielder Ryan Atkinson was elected to the Southwest Soccer Conference’s All-Academic team for the second straight year, while Zia sophomore defensive specialist Heidi Geyer gained selection to the Lone Star Conference volleyball All-Academic squad. Both teams are selected by sports information […]

Midwestern State sweeps Zias

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior middle blocker Krissa Johnson and sophomore middle blocker Alysha Pritt combined for 25 kills — matching the entire Eastern New Mexico University total — as Midwestern State handed the Zias a 30-23, 30-22, 30-16 Lone Star Conference volleyball loss on Saturday. The Mustangs (24-4, 8-2 LSC) bounced back […]

Zias win school-record sixth straight

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team scored twice in the first seven minutes on Friday and the Zias made those goals stand up, edging Wayland Baptist 2-1 to set a school record with their sixth consecutive victory. The previous record was a five-match winning streak during the 2005 […]

Zias equal program’s consecutive-win record

CNJ staff LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team scored three times in the first 21 minutes and cruised to a 3-1 win over Colorado Christian on Friday. Sophomore forward Samantha Lawrence had two of the goals for the Zias (5-2), who tied the school record with their fifth consecutive victory. […]