Zias fail to make tourney

CNJ staff DENTON, Texas — In the end, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team couldn’t overcome a stunning scoring drought that lasted nearly 460 minutes. Needing a win or a tie in Sunday’s Lone Star Conference regular-season finale against Texas Woman’s to nail down the first conference-tourney berth in the three-year history of […]

9/15 Student Profiles

Stephen Tunnell is a senior at Clovis High. He is the son of Arthur and Diane Tunnell. What’s your favorite TV show, past or present? Jeopardy. Do you have a favorite joke? There are two muffins sitting in an oven. The first muffin turns to other muffin and says, “Man it’s hot in here. The […]

Hounds getting Hunter back

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — He won’t be 100 percent, but senior wide receiver Derrick Hunter is scheduled to see his first action of the football season when Eastern New Mexico University meets Southwestern Oklahoma in a 5 p.m. (MDT) kickoff on Saturday in Weatherford, Okla. An All-Lone Star Conference South Division […]

ENMU men thinking big in soccer


ENMU freshman Rhen Salas (left) tries to break up a pass to sophomore Albert Robinson during Tuesday’s soccer practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Playing with a roster comprised largely of freshmen, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team held its own as a first-year program in 2004. The […]

Zias ready for next step


Senior forward Karly Parkans tries to put a move on goalkeeper Stephanie Sanchez during Tuesday’s ENMU women’s soccer practice. Parkans scored six goals for last year’s squad. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After tripling its win total last season, the third-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer squad […]

Experienced offense excites Hounds


By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — First-year Eastern New Mexico University head football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw that he’s not sure if the Greyhounds are quite as ready as they’d like to be for the earlier opener in school history — Thursday against Central Arkansas […]

Muleshoe champ hopes for one last landing at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow has a state championship and several runnerup finishes to her credit in the past two years. Lady Mules coach Benjie Jay hopes she can put herself in position for a big state finish at this weekend’s Region I-3A track competition at Odessa. Withrow leads a […]

Hounds won’t stop running

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Lone Star Conference’s top rushing team in 2004, Eastern New Mexico University expects to put together another potent flexbone attack next fall despite the graduation of quarterback Steven Hinson. ENMU averaged just over 220 rushing yards a game last year led by the elusive Hinson, who […]

Lady Cats aiming for first postseason berth


Clovis head coach Brandi Thomas talks to her team before hitting the field for fielding drills Friday at the Lady Wildcats Softball Complex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Big sticks bring attention to the diamond, but first-year Clovis softball coach Brandi Thomas is hoping that the little things — things like […]

Hounds like depth on diamond


Greyhound third baseman Danny Martinez tags out Brett Scherer during a Saturday scrimmage at Greyhound Field. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Wallace is glad to finally have a set position. An infielder most of his high school career at Alamogordo, Wallace has moved from […]

District 4-5A one tough district


Clovis’ Tori Northcutt, left, and Alamogordo’s Shirece Johnson battle for a rebound during the first half of their game Saturday in the Purple Pepper Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The girls basketball picture in District 4-5A is a bit like a major college basketball conference come […]

Matadors beat up on Clovis

CNJ Staff It was a tough Friday for Clovis against Sandia. The Clovis volleyball team was swept 3-0, the boys soccer team lost 10-0 on the road while the Lady Cats fell 9-0 at the Yucca soccer complex, all in District 4-5A play. Sandia beat the Lady Cats 25-14, 27-25, 25-15. Clovis coach Darrel Ray […]

College football: Hounds rally in fourth

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior quarterback Steven Hinson’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Hunter with 1:03 left capped a fourth-quarter rally from a 23-point deficit, lifting Eastern New Mexico University to a 38-35 win over Angelo State Saturday night in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game. The play completed a seven-play, […]

ENMU roundup

Freedom Newspapers JOPLIN, Mo. — Freshman forward Albert Robinson scored an unassisted goal about five minutes into the second half Saturday and Eastern New Mexico University’s men made it stand up for a 1-0 win over Missouri Southern in a Southwest Soccer Conference match. The Greyhounds (4-5-1, 2-4 SSC) took 19 shots in the game, […]

Wildcats hold on


Clovis’ Scott Elliot jumps over the slide tackle attempt from New Mexico Military Institute Tevor Johnston during the second half of Tuesday’s game at the Yucca soccer complex. Clovis defeated NMMI 3-1. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel Going full-out for less than a half in soccer doesn’t always translate into victory. However, […]

Cats record perfect 10


Clovis’ Kiko Velez, left, and Ruidoso’s Josh Lynch race each other to the ball during their game Saturday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Clovis defeated Ruidoso 10-0. Staff photo by Eric Kluth By John Eisler: CNJ sports writer How much can a team get better in two weeks? How about seven goals? After beating Ruidoso at […]

Hounds hope to be competitive in first season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — For a while this season, the Eastern New Mexico University soccer teams will travel the same path. ENMU’s squads play six doubleheaders over the next three weekends, beginning with matches on Friday at Texas Wesleyan and on Saturday at Dallas Baptist, before going pretty much their separate ways. The second-year […]

Clovis sophomore 5A all-state


Clovis sophomore Aime Hilburn was second on the team in scoring and assists and third in rebounding. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Brio Rode’s footprints are all over the Rio Rancho girls basketball program. The senior who seemingly has played a decades-worth of games for the Rams has had a […]

ENMU student dies in car crash

By Kevin Wilson An Eastern New Mexico University sophomore was killed near Amherst, Texas, while heading back from spring break. Monica Martinez, 20, died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 84 near Amherst. Martinez, a sophomore theater major, was partially ejected from a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, which overturned about 7 a.m., the Texas […]

CHS girls state tournament notes

Sophomore Tori Quintana has hit big shots all season — and she did again in Wednesday’s 56-32 win over Gallup. After a nightmarish first half, Quintana hit 3-pointers to start the third and fourth quarters and finished the second half 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She missed all six of her shots in the first […]