STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Zia 11-12 All-Stars ousted

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia 11-12 All-Stars had a rough weekend in state Majors Little League competition, losing to Albuquerque Eastdale 13-0 on Friday and to Carlsbad Shorthorn 13-6 on Saturday in a four-team, double-elimination tournament at Petroglyph L.L. Zia had just one baserunner, on a walk, in the loss to Eastdale, but […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Seniors bow out, 11-12s advance to next round

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia Senior 15-16 All-Star team saw its season comes to an end on Sunday, losing to Carlsbad Shorthorn 12-2 in the state Senior championship game played at Roadrunner Little League. Meantime, the Zia Major squad (ages 11-12) advanced to this weekend’s final four, again in Albuquerque, with a dramatic […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Zia reaches Senior finals

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — In tournament baseball, teams who fall into the losers bracket simply try to live to play another day. The Clovis Zia Senior League All-Stars were able to do that on Saturday, posting a pair of victories to propel itself into today’s state championship. Zia, a team comprised of 15- and 16-year-olds, […]

Q&A: Ex-CHS standout Hill still seeking chance to play

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Former Clovis High guard Bryce Hill (foreground) leaves a pass for a slam dunk by CHS and Texas Tech alum Jaye Crockett during Crockett’s basketball camp on Tuesday at Gattis Middle School. Hill is hoping to play pro ball somewhere this year, possibly in the Dominican Republic.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Bryce Hill left Clovis High as the No. 3 scorer in team history. He now sits fifth, since passed by Jaye Crockett and D.J. Blackmon. That’s probably the smallest change that’s happened for Hill since he graduated eight years ago. The 6-foot guard played college basketball for Jacksonville College, […]

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO: Wolverines heading north

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Shad Mayfield is one of two Texico High students, along with Hayden Hughes, scheduled to represent the area with the New Mexico team in the National High School Finals Rodeo, which begins today in Gillette, Wyoming

By David Norton Sports editor dnorton@pntonline.com A pair of Wolverines are going north, with national championship dreams in mind. Shad Mayfield and Hayden Hughes, both Texico High School students, are headed to Gillette, Wyoming, to represent the area as part of the New Mexico team for the National High School Finals Rodeo, beginning today and […]

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: Local teams playing at state

Staff report Three Zia League All-Star teams will represent Clovis this weekend in state Little League competition at Albuquerque. Two will be  in action at Roadrunner Little League — the 15-16 Senior squad and the 11-12 team. The 15-16 squad, which won twice last weekend to advance, faces Santa Fe at 8 p.m. today while […]

CHS rehires Thomas for softball post

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com After 10 seasons as Clovis High’s softball coach, Brandi Thomas stepped away from the position in 2014. Eventually, she realized just how much she missed it. CHS athletic director Dale Fullerton announced Wednesday night that Thomas has been rehired to the position, replacing Freddy Perez, who stepped down in […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Zia Seniors advance

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia Senior League All-Star baseball team checked off the first goal on its list over the weekend. Zia defeated host Roadrunner Little League 7-3 on Sunday to earn a spot in this weekend’s four-team, double-elimination state championship bracket. On Friday, Zia squares off against Santa Fe American/National at 8 […]

Zia cruises in state Senior opener

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Brendon Sambrano pitched five innings of one-hit ball for the Clovis Zia Senior League All-Star team, which defeated Isleta 22-0 Saturday in Albuquerque. Zia needs a win today to qualify for next weekend’s 15-16 state championship, also in Albuquerque.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia Senior League All-Star baseball team drew an early start in the opening round of the state tournament. Fortunately, the squad’s bats were wide awake. Zia rolled to a 22-0 victory over Isleta on Saturday morning at Roadrunner Little League Complex, plating 13 runs in the top of the […]

ENMU runners honored

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s cross country team had the top team grade point average among its Lone Star Conference competitors, according to a Wednesday release from the LSC. The team had an average GPA of 3.533. The conference also honored West Texas A&M’s men and Texas Woman’s for claiming the best collective […]

CHS schedules volleyball camps

STAFF REPORT The Clovis High School volleyball program will put on a pair of camps Aug. 1-3 at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. The Junior Wildcat Volleyball Camp will run 9 a.m.-noon each day for girls entering grades 4-6 who want to improve fundamental skills. The camp cost is $40. The Middle School Team Camp will run […]

Former Wildcat joins Braves organization

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Tyler Greene, shown in a 2012 game tagging out an Artesia baserunner, signed over the weekend with the Atlanta Braves organization. He is beginning his professional baseball career with the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Tyler Greene dreamed of playing professional baseball someday, just like any of his teammates wherever he went. This year, the former Wildcat figured out he might not be dreaming when he took to the mound for Southwestern Illinois College. “First game, I had seven scouts there,” Greene said. “I […]

Jaye Rock camp set

STAFF REPORT Jaye Rock Athletics will hold a pair of co-ed basketball camps July 11-13 at Gattis Middle School. A camp for players entering grades 1-6 will be held 8 a.m.-11 a.m. both days, with a registration fee of $55. There will be six separate sessions for players entering grades 7-12, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. and […]

Texico’s Reyna plans to play at Adams State

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Brianna Reyna, who averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds in her senior season for Texico, will sign this week to play basketball next year with Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — Brianna Reyna is leaving Texico High School with a track record of success, including four state championships in her last two seasons. Suffice it to say, Adams State will be a whole new experience for Reyna, who has committed to the Division II school in Alamosa, Colorado, […]

Custom Classic remains popular

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Lubbock Ladies Second II None’s Brianna Mares hits a double in the top of the first inning during a game on Saturday in the 33rd Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. She later scored in the inning.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The 33rd Annual Custom Classic softball tournament is under way this weekend, but there are still plenty of softball games left at the Guy Leeder Complex which started at 7 p.m. on Friday and will finish today. Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma are participating in the event, […]

Custom Classic set next weekend

Staff report The 33rd annual Plateau Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament is slated for next weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with just over 100 teams participating in five divisions. Tournament director Roger Jackson said on Friday that a few slots remained available for the event. He said around 104 teams were already entered, and the […]

Women’s basketball team adds forward

STAFF REPORT Jorie Mayfield, a 5-foot-11 forward from Tempe, Arizona, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team next season. Mayfield, a transfer from Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College, helped the Artichokes post back-to-back playoff appearances in her two years at the school She averaged 9.7 […]

Crockett named to first team in Swiss pro league

STAFF REPORT Clovis High grad Jaye Crockett was named this week to the first team for the All-Swiss LNA, with awards announced Tuesday night. According to a post from eurobasket.com, Crockett was the forward of the year while playing for Massagno. He finished second in the league in scoring at 21 points per game and […]

ENMU: July finish possible for stadium

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A view of the northern end zone of the new Greyhound Stadium. Community members who had donated to the construction fund were given a sneak peak of the stadium Saturday afternoon and were free to inspect the field as well as the buildings that have been erected in the last year.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com There are now 98 days until the new Greyhound Stadium opens, with the Greyhounds hosting Western New Mexico. While the stadium is still being built, donors of the new stadium were given a sneak peak on Saturday as to what the stadium will hold. The basic structure of the […]

Waggoner introduced at ENMU

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Newly appointment ENMU Athletic Director Greg Waggoner talks during his press conference Friday morning inside Greyhound Arena.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — Greg Waggoner envisions a year of assessment as the new athleic director at Eastern New Mexico University. That year officially began Friday morning, as he was introduced during a morning ceremony. Waggoner, hired last week by the college, comes from a 20-year term as athletic director at […]