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 […]

Lodger’s tax funds frozen

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Funding for a proposed Clovis sporting event has been denied until organizers show it isn’t a waste of taxpayer money. Clovis Commissioners froze the release of $4,000 to revive the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament in Clovis at a Commission meeting Nov. 16. Funds for a 2007 tournament would have […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats rely on chemistry

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Clovis High senior Janell Gallegos passes the ball from the back row during the Lady Wildcats’ 3-0 win over Carlsbad last Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis volleyball coach Darrel Ray said this year’s team that swept through the district undefeated might not be […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS: CCS seeks deep run in postseason

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Clovis Christian volleyball coach Ceil Boatman gives her team a pep talk during Thursday’s practice. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Before the Clovis Christian volleyball team even began practice this season, coach Ceil Boatman sat her players down with some paperwork. The questions were simple, with the main one […]

ENMU soccer players honored

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior forward Megan Dozier and junior goalkeeper Leif Craddock have been accorded first-team status in All-Lone Star Conference (women) and All-Southwest Soccer Conference (men) first-team selections announced by the league office. Dozier, one of four original members of the ENMU women’s squad, holds every school record on offense, including career […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats blanked in regular-season finale

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Playoff hopes of the Clovis High boys soccer team took a hit on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at Artesia. Clovis (13-6-1) is hoping to grab for one of two at-large bid in the 12-team Class 5A state tournament. The New Mexico Activities Association seeding committee will pick two at-large teams […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Seniors celebrate with sweep

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Clovis High’s Siobhan Flatow (2) spikes the ball over Michelle Carr (7) and Belinda Chitwood (15) in a 3-0 win over Carlsbad at Rock Staubus Gym on Saturday. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Greg Price Clovis’ six seniors were honored before Saturday’s District 4-5A contest against Carlsbad. Presented with orange tote gift bags, the PA […]

‘42’ players hear shuffling of white bones with black spots

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist In March 2002 it was claimed that the Curry County Men’s 42 League was the largest such league in the state. If “Forty-Two,” the only exciting dominoes game, ever becomes one of the Olympic games, this county in Eastern New Mexico could supply the U.S. team. One warning: These guys […]

Midwestern State beats Hounds in SSC tournament

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State limited Eastern New Mexico University to just two shots on goal Thursday night and the top-seeded host Mustangs notched a 5-1 victory in the semifinals of the Southwest Soccer Conference tournament. Goals by Scott Leonard and Brandon Swartzendruber midway through the first half staked Midwestern (16-2-1), ranked […]

Zias improve tournament chances with 2-1 victory

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ENMU junior Nicole Bregler, right, battles Texas Woman’s freshman Chastity Hayter for control of the ball in the first half of Friday’s Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Megan Dozier provided the offense, and her teammates took care […]

Hounds make SSC soccer tourney

CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team clinched its first Southwest Soccer Conference tournament berth Wednesday when last-place Missouri Southern and Northeastern State played to a scoreless in a match at Joplin, Mo. The Greyhounds (4-10-3, 1-5-2 SSC), who finished their league slate with Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to West Texas […]