Lady Cats cruise in tourney finals

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Clovis senior Aimee Hilburn snares a lob passfrom Hobbs’ Kody Engle during the second half of Saturday’s District 4-5A girls tournament championship game. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s defending Class 5A girls state champions weren’t about to take any chances in Saturday’s District 4-5A tournament finale at […]

2/26 Court dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • John Clark, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment, is adjudged to be a habitual offender, and is ordered to serve one year six months imprisonment and pay all fines and fees. He will receive credit […]

Cats wary of Hobbs’ Turner

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys believe they’re ready for tonight’s rematch against rival Hobbs in the finals of the District 4-5A tournament at Rock Staubus Gym. Hobbs edged the Wildcats 96-94 in overtime at home last week in the regular-season finale for both teams, but Clovis (16-8) had already clinched […]

Clovis junior defensive stopper

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Tori Northcutt has played varsity since her freshman year. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor What Clovis High junior Tori Northcutt does better than most won’t show up next to her name in the scorebook. Northcutt relies on a combination of tenacity and a basketball IQ that’s off the chart to […]

Offensive line biggest concern for Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Second-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo expects around 86 players to take part in spring drills, which begin today at the ENMU practice facility. NCAA regulations allow for 15 spring workouts, including three in helmets and shoulder pads. The team will work most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Lady Wolverines win district tourney

CNJ staff The Texico Lady Wolverines pulled away in the second half Friday night to beat Santa Rosa 46-36 Friday night at Texico to capture the District 6-2A girls tournament championship. Both teams advance to regional play next week against District 7-2A qualifiers Dexter and Eunice, who meet today in Dexter in that district’s tourney […]

Redmen hold on for split with Hounds

CNJ staff TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Junior second baseman Mike McDuffie’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the sixth, put Eastern New Mexico University ahead for good and the Greyhounds went on to beat Northeastern State 12-9 on Friday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball crossover doubleheader. Northeastern […]

Zias blank East Central

CNJ staff IRVING, Texas — Senior right-hander Amanda Nightingale pitched a three-hit shutout and senior second baseman Tracy Jordan belted a two-run triple as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team beat East Central 3-0 on Friday in the rain-plagued Lone Star Conference First Pitch Tournament. The Zias (11-9) had their second game on Friday, against […]

Rams face Ruidoso in finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — By coming out on top of the three-way tie for first place in District 4-3A, the Portales boys basketball team greatly improved its chances of winning the district tournament for a second consecutive season. First of all, Portales was able to sit back and wait while third-seeded […]

Lady Rams roll over Lovington in final

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Portales’ Morgan Hill drives to the basket past a Lovington defender during the second half of Friday’s District 4-3A girls championship game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — It wouldn’t be a district championship game without coach Brenda Gomez marching back and forth on the sidelines. The […]

Cats advance to tourney finals

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Clovis High junior Keaton Howell dives in safely on a pickoff play at first base in the Wildcats’ semifinal game against Levelland Friday in the Clovis Invitational at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis senior Sean Cruce may be too young to ever be on the same baseball […]

Spring greening: Experts say a little work can lead to lush garden in summer

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Eastern New Mexico University grounds employee Danny Silva aerates the school’s soccer field Friday in Portales. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson Recent warm weather may have local residents inspired to begin sprucing up outside. Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said it’s still a little early to begin gardening, but it’s a great […]

Hundreds walk for cancer cure in area’s annual Relay for Life

By William Thompson Anna Winslow, a freshman at Portales High School, said she was walking in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Friday night because she loves her grandmother so much. “My grandmother has had cancer three times,” Wallace said, “I’m doing this for her.” Wallace was joined by hundreds of area residents as […]

2/25 Local roundup

Udall staffer to hold constituent office hours Peter Wells, a staff member for U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours in the area next week. He will be available to meet with area residents on a drop-in basis or people can make an appointment by calling 763-7616. On Monday Wells will be […]

Day trips: Carrizozo offers treat for lava lovers

Compiled By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Just west of Carrizozo lies a 45-mile long lava flow which is estimated to have been formed more than 1,000 years ago. The perfect place from which to begin exploration of the lava flow is the Valley of Fires Recreation Area, four miles west of Carrizozo. The recreation area […]

Sometimes camping stinks

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When spring rears its ugly head in these dusty parts, I always get claustrophobia — a fear of being trapped in a 1957 Chevy with a polecat. I caught that terminal ailment when our kids were small, and our family drove through a rain storm. What happened was, we went […]

Clovis home to its fair share of good musicians

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Clovis has been home to many good musicians. Here are some tidbits on Gus Nunez and a few more: “A lot of people in Clovis, all musicians, have told me that possibly the best guitar player around Clovis in the old days was Gus Nunez,” said Ken Tucker, a pretty […]

Voluntary capitivity part of Olympic experience

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist How many of us, like myself, have been held semi-captive by the Winter Olympics? It is, needless to say, a voluntary captivity. Nobody forces you, or me, or anyone else, to tune in to channel 14 or 4 respectively, entering by virtual reality, or wishful thinking, the world of cross […]

Artistic inspiration spares junk from culling for move

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist Packing all your things for a massive move is about as much fun as getting a splinter. Actually, I did get a splinter while packing. Actually, actually, it was prior to packing when I was showing off my broken puke-gold Salvation Army couch to a friend while I told her […]

2/26 Honors

Three Clovis area students were named to the dean’s lists at Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell for the fall 2005 semester. The students are Amanda M. Fogerson, Tammy M. Green and Mary J. Scroggins.