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, […]

It's their business: Sports Connection

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Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Sports Connection owner Dee Madrid said she offers her merchandise tax-free for military personnel in addition to a military discount as a show of gratitude for their service. Sports Connection • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday • Location: 1700 N. Prince St., Clovis • Owner: Dee Madrid […]

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. […]

27 SOAMXS dominates Cannon Sports Day

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, winners of Cannon Air Force Base Sports Day, gather around their first place trophy. Squadrons competed in various events for Sports Day. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing Sports Day, an annual event sponsored by […]

27 SOW Sports Day set

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing Sports Day on May 27 is an opportunity for Cannon airmen and their families to represent their squadrons in various sporting events such as softball, golf, bowling, volleyball, basketball and many others. “It is a base morale, welfare, and recreation […]

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 […]

March 11 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Tony Portales senior Gabby Garcia looks up to see Socorro’s senior Jaden Jones closing in during Friday’s Class 3A state basketball tournament game in Portales. The Lady Rams beat Socorro 48-22 to advance to the state quarterfinals. Fab 5 Top area performances during the week of Fed. 26-March 5: • Texico sophomore Shaylee […]

March 4 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Curry County Cats receiver Adam Garcia gets past Las Cruces defensive back Felton Nichols in the first quarter of last week’s New Mexico Premier League game at Leon Williams Stadium in Clovis. Fab 5 Top area performances from the week of Feb. 21-27 • Clovis senior Lathan Lieb scored 33 points […]

Feb. 25 —

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Portales sophomore Hannah Cissell makes a pass during Friday’s night game against Ruidoso at the Portales Athletic Center. The Lady Rams clinched the District 4-3A regular-season title with a 37-28 win over the visiting Warriors. Fab Five Top area team and individual performances last week: • Clovis senior Ashlee Pierson had […]

Ride-2-Recovery benefits wounded warriors

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The base Fitness and Sports Center will host Ride-2 Recovery on Saturday, a nationwide event that benefits wounded warriors’ mental and physical rehabilitation. Ride 2 Recovery is produced by the Fitness Challenge foundation, a non-profit organization in partnerships with the military and VA Volunteer Service Offices that features cycling as […]

Feb. 18 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Portales forward Gabby Garcia goes around Texico’s Delanie Crist during the third quarter a non-district matchup at Texico. Defending Class 2A champion Texico beat the Class 3A Lady Rams 37-26. The Fab 5 Top area performances for the week Feb. 7-12 • Clovis sophomore Nikki Cordova scored 11 of her career-best […]

Feb. 11 — Sports briefing

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks ENMU’s Tyler Jefferson attempts to shoot over two Incarnate Word defenders in the first half of Saturday’s action at Greyhound Arena. Fab 5 Top area performances for the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 5: • Dora freshman Dylan Privett has 25 points and 23 rebounds in the Coyotes’ 60-51 […]

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

Jan. 28 — Local sports briefing

Freedom New Mexico Clovis senior Ashlee Pierson drives around a pair of Rio Rancho defenders in the first quarter of a game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium in Clovis. Clovis defeated Rio Rancho 57-24. The Fab 5 Top area performances from the week of Jan. 17-22: • Freshmen Madison Silveira (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) and […]