Lady Tigers still perfect


Clovis Christian’s Jennifer Schaap jumps to try to block Britnie Jasso’s ,right, spike in a 3-0 loss to Elida at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Thursday. By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Even though Elida has beaten Fort Sumner three times this season, the Vixens won’t get any sympathy from Lady Tigers […]

Lady Tigers advance to state


Texico’s Leslie Vannatta pounds one of her six kills over Lordsburg’s Chantel Platz in a Class 2A playoff match at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — A sign above the Elida Lady Tigers’ lockerroom door Friday night read: “Clear eyes and full hearts can’t lose.” The Lady Tigers’ […]

Unbeaten Elida takes 3-1A tourney title

Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers are still living the dream after beating the Fort Sumner Vixens in four games in the District 3-1A tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, Elida (21-0) won the final three games to take the crown, and although they are unbeaten this […]

Hounds rebound with win at East Central

CNJ staff ADA, Okla. — Sophomore defensive end Randall Hutchinson returned an interception 30 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and junior quarterback Michael Benton scored on two short runs in the final period Saturday night as Eastern New Mexico University defeated East Central 24-15. The Greyhounds (1-1), bouncing back from a season-opening 42-7 drubbing at […]

Slaton rolls over Portales


Portales senior running back Eric Segovia scores in the third quarter of Friday’s 36-13 loss at Slaton, Texas. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks)SLATON, Texas — Slaton scored early and often and dominated the Portales Rams 36-13 Friday night in another By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers SLATON, Texas — Slaton scored early and often and dominated […]

Hounds take on improved East Central

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer East Central bounced back from a tough opener with a solid win last week at Angelo State. Now it’s Eastern New Mexico University’s turn to see if it can accomplish the same feat. Drubbed by Northeastern State 42-7 on Sept. 7, the Greyhounds face East Central today in Ada, […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats drop opener to Frenship


Clovis High senior Britni Montague goes up for a tip at the net during the Lady Wildcats’ season-opening loss to Frenship at Rock Staubus Gym on Tuesday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Darrel Ray knew his Clovis High volleyball team was at a disadvantage Tuesday night as far as […]

Alamo takes pair from CHS

CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — After bailing out the opener in the bottom of the seventh, Alamogordo made short work of Clovis High in the second game on Saturday. Clovis erased an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game twice before falling 5-4 on a leadoff home run by Tigers catcher Steve Hobbins in the seventh […]

Top-seeded Tatum eliminates Lady Tigers in 1A


Elida senior Kodi Armitage drives past Tatum’s Angie Sanchez late in the third quarter of Thursday’s Class 1A state semifinal game at Del Norte High in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — In the first quarter, the Elida Lady Tigers looked unintimidated and confident against top-seeded Tatum. […]

Elida girls survive scare from Logan

Elida senior Kodi Armitage drives to the basket while being defended by Logan sophomore Nicole Martinez. Armitage scored 21 points and pulled down 12 boards in the Lady Tigers’ 56-52 win. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ELIDA — After blowing a 10-point halftime lead, Elida was able to hang […]

Hounds blow out Tigers


Mikal Monette spins toward the basket for a shot during Thursday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game against East Central. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Whatever had been ailing the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team during a five-game losing streak certainly wasn’t in evidence Thursday night. Clicking […]

Hot-handed Frenship outguns Wildcats


Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury and Frenship’s Trey Merchant fight for a loose ball on Tuesday during the third quarter of the Wildcats’ matchup against Frenship. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When your opponent shoots 66 percent from the field, suffice it to say, you’re in trouble. Clovis High’s boys, […]

Elida teams split in semifinal clashes at Tucumcari

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The Elida Lady Tigers overcame a slow start against Class 3A Raton at the Route 66 Tournament Friday to take a 45-28 win and advanced to today’s 6 p.m. championship game in the Route 66 Holiday Tournament against host Tucumcari. “We kind of fell off tonight,” coach Dan Howard said. “There […]

Hounds take on East Central

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University and East Central football teams may be facing an early crossroads tonight. With both teams standing 1-2, the winner of the 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover matchup at Blackwater Draw will be positioned for respectability. The loser, meantime, faces an uphill battle the […]

Raton remains undefeated with win against Rams


Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Portales junior Cruz Ontiveros is tackeld by Raon defensive back Lance Trujillo on a second-quarter run in Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Raton had the start no team would dare dream about — one offensive play and a 14-point lead. But it was no […]

Gateway Christian ends Elida’s tourney run

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Elida may well come down this road again. And so might the Tigers’ opponent Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Class 1A tournament. Two very young squads faced off at St. Pius high school in Albuquerque for the right to play for the 1A state championship. And it was […]

Inconsistent Wildcats split with Alamogordo


Clovis’ Nathan Dodge heads for first base for an unassisted out during the first game of a doubleheader against Alamogordo Wednesday at Bell Park. Clovis dropped the first game 5-4, but rebounded to win the second 12-2. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Forget curiosity, inconsistency is killing these Cats. Clovis […]

Defense propels Zias’ comeback

Freedom Newspapers ADA, Okla. — Junior Riikka Lehtonen delivered a tie-breaking 3-point basket with 2:53 to go on Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University posted a 47-44 victory over East Central in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. The Zias (6-8) held ECU to one field goal in the final 11 minutes, coming with […]

Clovis basketball preview capsules

By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer Girls basketball Clovis (13-0) at Frenship (16-5) 5 p.m. MST Tuesday Last week: Clovis swept three games in the Plateau Classic, beating Rio Rancho 53-35 in the championship. Frenship lost to Coronado 61-54 in the championship of the Caprock Tournament. Last meeting: Clovis 68-46, Dec. 13 at Rock Staubus […]

Texico steamrolls Capitan


Texico senior running back Chris Phillips tries to get around Capitan junior Tieree Jackson during the second half of their Class 1A quarterfinal game Saturday in Texico. Texico defeated Capitan 68-6. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer TEXICO — After the first quarter, the only thing left in doubt was whether or […]