Year in review — sports

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• Clovis’ Eric Roanhaus finished his 34th season as Wildcat head football coach with 310 wins, which left him tied with former Roswell and Mayfield coach Jim Bradley for most prep football wins in New Mexico. • Texico won its sixth straight Class 2A state volleyball title in convincing fashion. The Lady Wolverines joined Goddard […]

Mixed martial arts matchmaker seeks quality fights

Gabriel Monte When a couple has good chemistry, sparks fly. Matchmaker Eric Kucevic hopes for explosions. Kucevic is a matchmaker for Clovis-based mixed martial arts promoting outfit Evolution Combat Sports, which has organized five fights last year and drew thousands of people to the Curry County Events Center and the Clovis Civic Center. Evolution Combat […]

ENMU fall sports squads think big

Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team hopes to end Abilene Christian’s long domination of the Lone Star Conference this weekend. ACU has won the last 20 LSC championships, but the Greyhounds are positioned to make a strong run at the Wildcats in Saturday’s league event at San Angelo, […]

Peanut Valley Festival boasts food, crafts

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FNM correspondent: Jillian Holbert Peanuts, jewelry, clothes, candles and purses were available at Saturday’s Peanut Valley Festival in Portales. Jillian Holbert The 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival held something for all who attended Saturday. The festival was held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Upstairs in the Ballroom, vendors sold fudge, holiday decorations, […]

Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Equestrian competition held at events center

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

How you can be a positive sports parent

Jack Perconte Positive parenting in sports is a choice parents make that allows sports to be about kids and not about parents. Parents who are out to relive their playing careers through their kids are the source of a lot of negative parenting in sports. The choice to be positive is not easy because of […]

Dirty Laundry: Denial runs deep among sports parents

Aisha Sultan I knew the minute I saw a red-faced grown man hollering at his 5-year-old son during a soccer practice. I didn’t want my kindergartner playing with this crowd. His little friend with the very loud father seemed so eager to please that I couldn’t decide if the scene left me depressed or angry. […]

Female fighters headline MMA event

CNJ staff Evolution Combat Sports is featuring an all-female pro card 7 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. The main event features a bout in the 125 pound weight class between Heather “Hurricane” Clark of Albuquerque and Jennifer “Superstar” Scott of Houston, Texas. An amateur card featuring fighters from Clovis, Hobbs and Portales is […]

Clovis’ Lee K. Howard found a way to stay in the game — as a TV sports reporter

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Courtesy photo Howard, who beat Hank Baskett out for homecoming king his senior year — played basketball and tennis in high school. According to his bio, sports have been Lee K. Howard’s “passion from a young age, but he soon