Cats earn desired Pit stop

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Making the state tournament in Albuquerque is something they’ve been dreaming of since they picked up a basketball. For Clovis seniors Michael Lewis and Cody Thornsbury, it’s taken four years to reach the pinnacle of high school basketball in New Mexico. Others, such as freshman Jaye Crockett, didn’t have […]

Clovis girls take second

CNJ staff HOBBS — Senior Tiffani Reid shot 41-44 — 85 to finish second and lead Clovis High’s girls to a second-place finish in the season-opening Tasker Invitational golf tournament on Monday at Hobbs Country Club. Reid earned a leg for the Class 5A state tournament, but the Lady Wildcats fell three shots short of […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams open at Hobbs

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Clovis golfers, from left, Austin Spears, Ben Blair and Kyler Brewer watch teammate Brad Props, attempt a putt during Friday’s practice at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Clovis’ squads open the season Monday at Hobbs.(CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With the end of the Travis Reid-Guillermo Chavez era two years […]

Boys prep basketball capsules

Freedom Newspapers Class 2A Texico (21-5) at Lordsburg (17-11) 6 p.m. today Texico coach: Richard Luscombe (18th year). Last time to state: 2005, lost to Mesa Vista in quarterfinals. Leading scorers: Junior F Courtland Luscombe (17 ppg), junior P Daniel Schueler (15.8 ppg). Those two also combine for nearly 20 rebounds a game. Of note: […]

Prep basketball

Staff and wire reports State tournament Class 5A State tournament Round of 16 Class 1A Cimarron 69, Clovis Christian 34 Cliff 48, Gallup Catholic 41 Des Moines 46, Grady 43 Fort Sumner 58, Temple Baptist 29 Hagerman 75, Carrizozo 47 Magdalena 52, Animas 40 Tatum 55, Hondo 41 Class 2A Capitan 39, Bosque 24 Clayton […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats open with invitational

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Clovis High’s Lynnae Logan, left, Laura Gulley, center, and Valerie Gallegos cheer as a teammate makes a hit during a team scrimmage on Thursday at Lady Wildcat Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Clovis High softball team made its first appearance in the Class 5A state tournament last year, […]

Cannon B-Ball places 2nd at Holloman AFB tournament

Courtesy of the Cannon Men’s Varsity Basketball team The Cannon Men’s Varsity Basketball team, the Lethal Hoops, came in runner up at a Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., double-elimination tournament Sunday after a startling comeback from a first game loss. Three weeks earlier they lost two games to Holloman as part of team tryouts. When […]

CHS TENNIS: Clovis teams get into swing

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Clovis High senior Tiffany Romero prepares to hit a backhand return during Lady Wildcats practice on Wednesday at the CHS tennis courts. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like many spring programs, Clovis High’s tennis squads got off to a slow start because of the January snows. CHS girls coach […]

Clayton survives Texico’s late burst

CNJ staff TEXICO — In a see-saw matchup that went down to the final seconds, third-seeded Clayton outlasted Texico 62-59 on Saturday in the boys District 6-2A tournament championship. Tanner Beckner scored 18 points for the Yellowjackets (17-13), while John Fernandez added 17. Meantime, junior Courtland Luscombe took game honors with 29 for the Wolverines […]

Rams host NMMI for District 4-3A title

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer PORTALES — Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos doesn’t believe his team has put together four complete quarters in any game this season. He believes if they do that tonight, they’ll win their third consecutive District 4-3A championship. Portales and the New Mexico Military Institute Colts split a pair […]

Grady weathers Lady Eagles’ rally

CNJ staff GRADY — Katarina Grau scored 17 points and Grady fought off a second-half Clovis Christian rallying, beating the Eagles 45-43 Friday in the District 4-1A tournament title game. Mandy Rush added nine points for the Lady Bronchos (13-10), who will host a first-round game next week in the Class 1A state tournament. Jennifer […]

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 […]

Fort Sumner, Elida advance

CNJ staff ELIDA — Melrose tried to slow down Elida in Tuesday’s District 3-1A boys game, but the Tigers were more than equal to the task. Elida (22-4), seeded second in the tournament, held the Buffaloes to two first-half points and cruised to a 55-23 victory to advance to a 6 p.m. semifinal game at […]

Author profiles area basketball teams

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of Curry County high school basketball teams based on the book “Ghost Town Basketball,” by Steven Flores of Albuquerque. Flores can be reached at flores_1@msn.com and 294-4275. • Lincoln-Jackson High School was established in Clovis in 1924. The school’s […]

Author profiles former high school basketball teams

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The book “Ghost Town Basketball” about former high school basketball teams of New Mexico was published in 2006 by Steve Flores of Albuquerque, a former high-school teacher and coach. Profiles follow for five of nine Curry County schools based on information from the book. The other four will be profiled […]

Gamers test Madden ’07 dexterity

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer For Clovis Civic Center managers Brock Neely and Isaac Siaz, their love of video games turned into an idea they believe can benefit the Clovis community. Siaz and Neely have started a video game tournament for all those Madden ’07 fiends who dominate their friends and any other competition […]

Reid leads Aggies

CNJ staff Sophomore Travis Reid fired an eagle in each of Tuesday’s two rounds and finished the two-round tournament with a team-leading 5-over-par 218 at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate, according to NMSU press release. Arizona’s Brian Prouty won the individual medal at 14-under-199. UNLV won the tournament at 23-under. NMSU shot 43-over.

Weather, time off affects EPAC

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer As New Mexico rings in the new year, the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament consisting of 20 boys and girls teams kicks off today and over the next five days at Texico High School. EPAC is the oldest and biggest tournament in the state, and for most teams it […]

Friday prep basketball scores

CNJ staff Boys Logan 58, Fort Sumner 53 Portales 40, Tucumcari 26 Artesia Invitational Consolation semifinals El Paso Jefferson 54, Deming 46 Lovington 58, Silver 35 Championship semifinals Clovis 63, Roswell Goddard 44 Artesia 59, Carlsbad 49 Farwell Invitational Consolation semifinals Clovis JV 56, Melrose 16 Bovina 55, Grady 49 Championship semifinals Friona 46, Vega […]

Lodger’s tax won’t be allotted for basketball tournament

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners have decided not to play ball with Gus Macker for 2007. Commissioners declined a request for a $4,000 disbursement from Lodger’s Tax Funds to help with a Gus Macker basketball tournament scheduled for March 16-18 at Clovis Community College. Lodger’s Tax money is awarded to promote […]