Clovis basketball teams getting ready for openers

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer This is the time of year Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler usually has some mixed feelings. With seven of his varsity players still participating in football, including his own son, Isler is hopeful the Wildcats can make a strong run at a Class 5A state championship. At […]

Texico’s Vaughan has all-star weekend

CNJ staff Recent Texico High School graduate Braden Vaughan made the most of his time last weekend, playing in football and baseball all-star games in Silver City and Albuquerque. “It’s definitely been a little tiring,” said Vaughan, who will play football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene starting in the fall. He and fellow former Wolverines […]

All-star game slated in Lubbock

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Twelve players who are planning to walk on in football at Eastern New Mexico University are slated to participate in the first West Texas Football Classic, a benefit game set for June 4 at Lowery Field. Playing for the North squad are Tyler Caffey of Plains, Omar Jordan and Randy McBrewer […]

Eastern LB makes another All-America list

Freedom newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the third team of the Associated Press’ Little All-America selections, announced on Thursday. The Little All-America squad is comprised of players in NCAA Division II and Division III and the NAIA. Howard, a Portales High graduate who led ENMU in […]

Hounds linebacker named D-II All-American

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Eastern senior linebacker Jeff Howard forces a fumble against rival West Texas A&M. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, becoming the third ENMU player chosen to the elite squad in […]

College basketball: Hounds anxious for start of practice

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — It took Shawn Scanlan two years to bring the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team from a 4-22 record and the basement of the Lone Star Conference South Division to back-to-back championships. Scanlan said the Greyhounds, who begin organized practice this afternoon, have conditioned well in preseason […]

South leads arms race

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Clovis’ Alicia Odom release a throw to second base in a pick-off attempt during the South’s practice Thursday at the Wildcat Softball complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Charlene Reyes has regularly fielded quality teams in nine years as Alamogordo’s softball coach, including two state champions. Still, she feels almost an embarrassment […]

CCS brings experience to court

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Clovis Christian senior Rachel Daale spikes the ball during Tuesday’s practice at the school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Veteran Clovis Christian volleyball coach Ceil Boatman thinks the Lady Eagles have the ability to improve on last year’s 10-7 record. CCS returns several regulars from last year’s squad, which opens its schedule at […]