Jefferson throws 2 TD passes, Air Force wins 34-16

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Tim Jefferson did less thinking and better playing. Jefferson, starting for the injured Connor Dietz, threw two touchdowns passes and Air Force rolled to a 34-16 victory over Colorado State on Saturday. “Before I would think a lot when I was out on the field,” Jefferson said. “When I got […]

Cruickshank throws no-hitter for Zias

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Sophomore Kristen Cruickshank threw what is believed to be the fourth no-hitter in Eastern New Mexico University softball history Saturday as the Zias blanked New Mexico Highlands 9-0 in the Bronze Bracket championship game of West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. ENMU (13-8) beat defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City University […]

Lady Rams survive upset bid

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Tara Johnson’s leg was shaking. Her heart was pounding. Her mouth was dry and her palms moist. But her free throws? As soft as a morning breeze. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year […]

Elida upsets Cliff in OT

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Elida’s Wesley Gilmore posts up Cliff defender Jerrett Mendenhall in a Class 1A state quarterfinal game Wednesday at Rio Rancho High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer RIO RANCHO — For most of Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game, Elida played more like the No. 1 seed than did top-seeded […]

Vixens top Elida in OT for 3-1A girls tourney crown

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — The Fort Sumner Vixens led nearly the entire game Friday night, but needed clutch free-throw shooting to beat Elida 60-58 in overtime in the District 3-1A tournament championship. “Any time you play Elida and a Dan Howard team, and you come out of an Elida gym (with a […]

Fort Sumner earns berth

CNJ staff MELROSE — Kaylynn Johnson and Rachel Chavez scored 10 points each and Fort Sumner beat Melrose when it counted the most — with a state tournament berth on the line. The third-seeded Vixens hit 10-of-14 free throws in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday and beat the second-seeded Lady Buffs […]

Hounds turn back Mustangs

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan was wondering how his team would react in a bad situation, he found out Thursday night. The Greyhounds twice erased major deficits in turning back Midwestern State 86-81 to retain the early lead in the Lone Star Conference men’s race […]

Hounds win South opener over Wildcats

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Junior Justin Redman-Trotter hit four late free throws, including the two clinching shots with five seconds left, as Eastern New Mexico University held off Abilene Christian 86-82 on Thursday in the men’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. Senior guard Stephen Wilson went 10-of-14 from the field […]

Lady Tigers down Clovis

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Clovis freshmen center Antiesha Brown hustles for a loose ball as Aztec senior guard Charity Gillespie reaches for it at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday night. (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What started as a scorer’s duel in the first half came down to defense and free throws as the […]

Zias fall into tie for South cellar

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior forward Kaipresha Price’s layup with 1:23 left Thursday night lifted Texas A&M-Kingsville past Eastern New Mexico University 60-58 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. Freshman guard Jasmine June scored 21 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the Javelinas (5-17, 1-8 South) snapped a six-game […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]

Hounds rally past Angelo in LSC South opener

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Tristan Largent converted a 3-point play and a 3-point basket on consecutive trips downcourt, putting Eastern New Mexico University in front during an 11-0 second-half run Thursday night, and the Greyhounds went on to beat Angelo State 74-64 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game. […]

Cats edge Coronado with no time left

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Clovis’ Jaden Isler falls to the ground as he tries to control a loose ball during the second half of Thursday’s game against Lubbock Coronado at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With time about to run out, Jaden Isler knew he had to just throw one […]

Wolverines’ comeback overhauls Longhorns

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Texico’s Courtland Luscombe releases a shot over Logan’s Saul Acosta during the first half of their game Saturday in Texico. Luscombe was fouled on the play. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — Logan’s Drew Perez hit a fadeaway 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded to cap off a […]

Zias hold on at Cameron

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Tiana Bryant posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and sparked a late 8-0 run that gave Eastern New Mexico University enough of a cushion to survive in a 66-65 win Saturday in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Cameron University. Bryant also had a pair of […]

Grady Bronchos fall at Floyd

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Grady guard Robert Windham goes up for a shot in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — Up and down much of this season, the Floyd Broncos are picking up some late momentum. Junior guard Jerrod Long converted a pair of free throws […]

On the decline: Free-throw shooting is becoming lost art in prep basketball

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(CNJ staff illustration: John Eisel) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer During his 13 years as Clovis High coach in the 1970s and 1980s — and well before the introduction of the 3-point line — Jimmy Joe Robinson remembers players spending hours honing their free-throw skills. He even created honorary clubs to reward players who […]

Wildcats overcome foul situation

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Clovis’ Dominique Easterlin tries to save the ball from going out-of-bounds over Pampa’s Clayton Hall during the first half of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis won 60-53 to move to 6-0 on the season. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Despite a sluggish performance overall, the Clovis Wildcats were clutch at the […]

Clovis edges Tascosa

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton powers his way to the basket past Amarillo Tascosa’s J.R. Scott during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The opener for the Clovis boys basketball team gave several inexperienced varsity players opportunity to show their stuff. It […]

Missed FTs leave Grady in foul mood

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Grady’s John Schueler corrals an offensive rebound during the second half of Friday’s championship game of District 4-1A boys tournament. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White GRADY — The parade to the foul line started less than three minutes into the game and didn’t end until the final buzzer sounded — 47 fouls […]