Des Moines holds off Grady’s bid

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer GRADY — A momentum swing late in the second quarter was all Des Moines needed. The Lady Demons put together a 10-2 run in the final two minutes of the half, highlighted by sophomore Caitlin McGlaun’s trio of 3-pointers, and went on to beat Grady 46-43 on Friday in […]

Lady Wolverines advance to 2A state quarterfinals

CNJ staff Katlin Luscombe scored 16 points and Texico put the defensive clamps on visiting Tularosa in the second half en route to a 47-31 win in a first-round game of the Class 2A girls state tournament in Texico. Bryn Mayfield, Victoria Richards and Amanda Bass added seven points each for the District 6-2A champion […]

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: […]

Southwestern posts sweep over Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Southwestern Oklahoma hardly looked like a winless team in Friday’s Lone Star Conference crossover baseball doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. The Bulldogs, who brought an 0-9 record to Portales, pounded ENMU pitching for 32 runs on 32 hits and notched a 14-7, 18-8 sweep of the Greyhounds, […]

Zias absorb losses from LSC opponents

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women were competitive in a number of matches, but the Zias managed only wins by Australian freshmen Millie Weeks and Alex Taylor at No. 1 doubles on Friday in dropping 8-1 decisions to Lone Star Conference rivals Cameron and Midwestern State in a two-day quad meet at […]

Top-seeded Lady Rams rout Cobre

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Senior guard Briana Hernandez drives pass Corbe’s Marissa Dalton during Friday night’s Class 3A state round of 16 game at the PHS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams used long-range shooting and stifling defense to punch their ticket to a 25th consecutive Class 3A […]

Clovis, Portales eye crucial state road funding

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A milk truck leaves the Southwest Cheese plant on Friday afternoon. GRIP 2 funds would help reconstruct Curry County Road 4, east from U.S. 70 to N.M. 348, creating a low-traffic plant route. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Streets and roads are at the top of the legislative wish list […]

Cats hope to end playoff drought

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats turned to a famous alumni in hopes of ending five years of postseason frustration. Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett spoke to the team Friday afternoon as the Cats prepared to host Mayfield today in a first-round game of the Class […]

Hot start propels Lady Cats

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Clovis High’s Mariah Sena drives to the basket past Manzano defender Adriana Saiz, left, in the round of 16 at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday night. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s girls wasted no time Friday in locking up the program’s fourth consecutive trip for Class 5A […]

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 […]

Life in film not all that glamorous

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist A couple of years ago, numerous Clovis, Portales and surrounding area residents had the opportunity to live in a different world for a while, serving as extras or in other capacities for “Believe In Me.” Since that movie previews in Clovis and Portales on Thursday, the eagle has come home […]

Hollywood not totally unbiased

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s always fun to watch the Academy Awards, if only to see celebrities’ faces when they win, and especially when they lose. There is the teary acceptance speech, always a favorite for me. A few years ago Halle Berry was almost incoherent, and I still got choked up. There’s watching the […]

Rugged roads mark early auto trips

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Shortly after coming to Clovis in 1908, according to a story told many times, Charley Dennis secured some iron stakes from the Santa Fe Railroad, and with Jack Pritchett as his automobile driver, logged the first road from Texico to Albuquerque. Charley didn’t give any details about that trip to […]

Lady Eagles striving to build up program

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In her fifth year on the varsity, Clovis Christian senior guard Sidnee Pool hopes she has played a part in building some stability in the girls basketball program. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis Christian senior guard Sidnee Pool remembers when the Lady Eagles faced seemingly endless losing streaks […]

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, […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats begin 5A state bid

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Senior guard Tori Northcutt, right, and the Clovis High Lady Wildcats hope to make a deep run in the Class 5A state tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like most coaches, Miles Watters is skeptical when he faces a team with an unimposing record. That’s certainly the case tonight […]

Monkey mom keeps close contact

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Cindy Arnold feeds the spider monkeys Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Zoo. Arnold raised one of the zoo’s spider monkeys after his mother abandoned him at birth. (CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rules of the zoo are smashed by Cindy Arnold. She presses her face against the metal […]

Fire training facility OK’d

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman is getting his wish for a fire training facility he estimated to cost $1.4 million. Clovis City Commission awarded contracts for $192,351 at Thursday’s meeting to lay the groundwork for the facility on city-owned property north of Station No. 5 on Brady Avenue near […]

Cannon measure proposed

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C-130s are among the planes expected to be assigned to Cannon after the Special Ops transition. (Courtesy photo) CNJ staff New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. […]

In tribute: Man played backup for Elvis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clyde Norris loved music, and life was a never-ending song. Norris, a long-time musician and a Clovis business owner, died Feb. 20. Norris was born May 19, 1934, in Swenson, Texas, and moved with his mother and seven siblings to Lubbock. In Lubbock he came to know the two […]