Texico likes chances in state volleyball

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Texico’s Ashley Littlejohn (left) and Amber Parmer go up for a block in Friday’s Class 2A Region B semifinal victory over Questa at Texico Sports Arena.Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner The Texico Lady Spikers may not be the favorites going into this weekend’s Class 2A state tournament in Roswell, but veteran coach Mike […]

Vixens gear for rematch in regionals

By Tony Parra FORT SUMNER — The Elida Lady Tigers and Fort Sumner Vixens are looking at a possible fourth matchup this season when they compete this weekend in the Class 1A Region B volleyball tournament. The teams split their District 3-1A regular-season matches, necessitating a playoff last weekend at Elida for the title. Fort […]

Zias upend Abilene Christian

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Emilie Rodman searches for a way around the lock of Abilene Christian’s Sophia Kindred during Saturday’s match at Greyhound Arena. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Already assured a spot in the Lone Star Conference tournament, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team picked up a shot of confidence Saturday in its […]

Eldorado sends Lady Cats packing again

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Until the Clovis Lady Wildcats figure out how to beat Eldorado they’re doomed to play on the road in the Class 5A state volleyball playoffs. Regular-season champion Eldorado completed a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 win Saturday in the championship match of the District 4-5A […]

Texico wins seeding playoff

CNJ staff SANTA ROSA — Amber Parmer collected 15 kills and 12 blocks and Sissy Loper dished out 43 assists as Texico beat Estancia 25-18, 20-25, 25-12, 24-26, 15-12 in a playoff game for the top seed in this week’s District 6-2A tournament. The teams finished the regular season tied for first. With the win […]

Clovis Christian captures tourney

CNJ staff ROSWELL —Clovis Christian swept the Tatum junior varsity 25-14, 25-21, 25-19 Saturday in the championship game of the Gateway Christian Tournament. Setter Melissa Gomez and middle blocker Rachel Daale were named to the all-tournament team for the Lady Eagles (7-0), who won three games in the tournament.

Lady Cats take tourney

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Monique Walker and the Clovis Lady Wildcats made it two-for-two in tournaments. Walker collected 16 kills and nine blocks and Jessica Hohn added 11 kills as Clovis toasted Hot Springs 25-19, 25-9, 25-20 on Saturday in the championship match of the Zia Classic. Walker was named the tournament’s most valuable player, […]

Lady Cats have seven-year itch

Eric Butler The Clovis Lady Wildcats’ bid to win their own tournament for the first time is one of several storylines heading into this weekend’s seventh annual Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament. The 16-team tournament begins Friday morning with pool play at the high school and Marshall Junior High, with quarterfinals beginning at 2 p.m. “We’ve […]

Cow pasture golf event offers fun for duffers

By Gary Mitchell Imagine hitting a golf ball 150 yards into a 9-foot stock tank for a hole-in-one. That will be possible during what’s being touted as the “First Annual Tee-Off for God” golf tournament at the Frio Draw Country Club north of Clovis starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 6. Never heard of the Frio […]

Barb Lumley qualifies for national event

CNJ STAFF Barbara Lumley of Clovis has qualified as part of a five-person team for the gross portion of the 2003 Buick Scramble National golf tournament Oct. 8-12 in Orlando, Fla. Four amateurs and a club pro comprise each team. There will be 133 teams in Orlando, with the field pared to 24 teams for […]

Cats gear for season

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Clovis sophomore Andrew Schapp, left, tries to get past senior Gordon Canada during Wednesday’s practice at Parkview Elementary. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Clovis High boys soccer team hopes for a better start to the season — and a lot better finish. The Wildcats managed a split on the first day of […]

American eliminated in 11-12s

CNJ STAFF LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Albuquerque Petroglyph’s seven-run first, including a couple of home runs, proved too much for Clovis American to overcome Sunday as it bowed out of the state 11-12-year-old Little League tournament at Keys Park in a 9-6 loss. American went 1-2 in the tournament, beating Taos 2-1 on Friday night […]

State 9-10 tournament begins tonight

By Dave Wagner It’s been a couple of weeks since the Clovis American League All-Stars have played a game, but coach Hector Vasquez says his squad has made good use of the downtime. American will host the eight-team, double-elimination 9-10-year-old Little League state tournament beginning tonight. Two games are scheduled for both American’s home field, […]

Clovis players help team reach ‘Mack’ regional

CNJ STAFF The Albuquerque Cubs, featuring three Clovis High players, captured the state Connie Mack (18-and-under) baseball tournament last weekend in Albuquerque and are in Houston for a five-day, double-elimination regional tournament. The Cubs open the double-elimination tournament at 8 p.m. today (CDT) against the Houston Heat, with the game to be played at the […]

Zia downs Roosevelt Co.

By Dave Wagner The Clovis Zia League All-Stars broke open a close game with a seven-run sixth inning and defeated Roosevelt County 9-2 Monday night at Beachum Field, advancing to the championship round of the District 3 Major League All-Star tournament. Ricky Sanchez drove in four runs for Zia, including three on a bases-loaded double […]

Madd Doggs charge to title

Dave Wagner Falling into the losers bracket with an early Sunday morning loss put the Hobbs Madd Doggs in a bind in Men’s Class E play in the 20th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic at Guy Leeder Complex. No matter. The Madd Doggs rallied for five consecutive wins to take the title, including 17-14 and […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]

Tournament celebrating 20th season

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]

Chavez qualifies for U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament

CNJ staff SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clovis High junior-to-be Guillermo Chavez joined some of the more famous names in golf when he qualified Tuesday for the U.S. Junior Amateur championship. Chavez qualified for the national tournament July 21-26 in Chevy Chase, Md., by finishing second at a regional qualifier at Grayhawk Golf Course. Chavez shot a […]