Wildcats split doubleheader with Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats came within one game of what looked impossible only weeks ago. Needing a doubleheader sweep to have a chance to finish second in District 4-5A and earn and automatic state playoff berth, Clovis beat Hobbs 10-6 in the opener. But the Eagles blanked Clovis 8-0 in the nightcap, […]

ENMU men seeking LSC tourney berth

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Despite a couple of disappointing losses last week, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is still in contention for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. The Greyhounds (9-14, 3-5 LSC South) open their final homestand of the season with a 7:30 p.m. matchup today against […]

Hounds play tough in crunch time

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Joshua Jackson tries to create some room against Midwestern State guard Allen Houston in the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Portales — Going up against one of the conference’s leading big men in Midwestern State’s 6-foot-9 center […]

CHS HOOPS: Home at last

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Clovis’ Jaden Isler, left, and Cody Thornsbury, right, trap teammate Jason Roberts during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis will host Moriarty today at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a delayed start to the season and four games on the road, the Clovis Wildcats […]

Hounds subdue Grizzlies

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ENMU coach Shawn Scalan talks to his team during a timeout. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds shook off the effects of an L-tryptophan hangover and injuries to the starting lineup to defeat the Adams State College 69-57 Saturday at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (3-1) […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Tested Wolverines play for district title

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TEXICO COACH MIKE PROKOP said he has “no regrets at all” about the tough non-district schedule his team played this year. After a 2-4 start, the two-time defending state champion Wolverines have started District 3-1A with a pair of wins. Of Texico’s four losses, two came to Texas teams, […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Defense stifling for Mules

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer AFTER BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS, Muleshoe allowed its first points of the season in Friday’s 35-7 win at Shallowater. Shallowater scored with 6:36 left in the game on a 7-yard pass from Wes Dipprey to Trevor McCurdy. The Mules (3-0) have outscored the opposition 83-7 this season. TEXICO COACH MIKE PROKOP […]

Blame game only brings shame to players

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I spent the early part of my adult life playing the blame game. You know how that works. To quote my 3-year-old niece, Marissa, “It’s not my fault!” Now that I’ve entered the 30-something years, tilting closer toward the big 40 in which I’ve been there and done that, and […]

Wildcats’ streak of titles in jeopardy

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Clovis will have to make up 10 strokes on defending Class 4A state champion Los Alamos in order to extend its streak of titles at the Leroy Gooch Invitational. Bunching four players in the top 13, Los Alamos shot a 297 on Monday at Alto Lakes Country Club. Led by seniors […]

Frost up in District 7 Senate race

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent A lifelong rancher from San Jon was holding a commanding lead over his challenger, a former Raton mayor, for the Democrat nod for Senate District 7 late Tuesday night. About 81 percent of the precincts had been counted. Bob Frost, a 61-year-old San Jon rancher, was leading Fred Sparks of […]

Cats survive scare in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — It wasn’t pretty, but the Clovis High Wildcats will take it. The Cats struggled to pull away Tuesday night against the last-place team in District 4-5A, a Carlsbad squad they had beaten by 30 points two weeks earlier at home. But with the score tied, Clovis scored the first nine points […]

New Mexico’s tough reputation at risk

Ned Cantwell New Mexico has such a difficult time defining herself. Tough law and order state grounded in the shoot-em-up traditions of the Old West? Or do we spend our afternoons drinking fancy tea from fine china, pinkie extended? You just can’t tell from recent news events. On the one hand, there is the encouraging […]

Hounds wary of underachieving Lions

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Texas A&M-Commerce is coming off a discouraging home loss to West Texas A&M, and at 1-6 is not having even close to the kind of season it envisioned. Still, Eastern New Mexico University coach Bud Elliott isn’t about to take the Lions lightly in Saturday’s 1 p.m. Lone Star Conference South […]

Judge on duty 24-7

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By Mike Linn PORTALES — Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work last week and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in […]