Young Cats looking for quick progress

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Clovis junior Luke Bussen looks for a teammate while senior Logan Cole provides pressure defense during Wildcats basketball practice on Wednesday morning at The Rock. Clovis opens the 2014-15 season on Saturday at Rio Rancho.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com There’s no telling where the Clovis High boys basketball program will end up this season, but they hope to get there fast. New coach and longtime assistant Scott Robinson said a relatively inexperienced squad is getting clear instructions to pick up the pace. “We want to get back to […]

Spight takes roundabout path to ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight races past several West Texas A&M defenders during the Greyhoujnds’ Nov. 1 Lone Star Conference playoff game against the Buffaloes at Blackwater Draw. Spight set ENMU single-season records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this fall.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight spent the 2014 season running through and around defenders on his way to 1,611 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, both Greyhounds single season records. His effort helped the Hounds to their second consecutive seven-win season. However, Spight, who grew […]

ENMU weekend basketball capsules — Nov. 28-29

All Times MST MEN ENMU (3-2) vs. Emporia State (2-2), vs. Harding (3-1) • When: 1:30 p.m. today (Emporia State), 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Harding) in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 (Saturday only) • Last time out: The Greyhounds downed Western New Mexico 94-87 on Saturday at The Pit […]

Steers leery of Seagraves’ speed

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The deeper you get in the Texas football playoffs, the more speed you tend to see. Farwell expects to face perhaps the fastest player it has seen this season in junior running back Cory Kyle when the Steers take on unbeaten Seagraves at 6 p.m. (CST) today in the […]

Skyhawks spoil Zia rally

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Zia senior Jasmine Johnson gets the layup for two of her 11 points during Tuesday’s contest at Greyhound Arena.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University clawed its way back from a 10-point second half deficit, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Fort Lewis escaped with a 59-56 win Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. It is the Zias’ third loss by three points or less this season. Junior point guard Sarah […]

ENMU women’s basketball capsule — Nov. 25

Fort Lewis (2-1) at ENMU (1-2) • When: 6 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Skyhawks posted an 81-47 win over Northern New Mexico on Thursday in their home opener. The Zias broke into the win column on Saturday night at The Pit in Albuquerque, beating Western New […]

CHS swims teams take Hobbs titles

Staff report HOBBS — The Clovis High girls swimming team has set an early standard that the Lady Wildcats might have a tough time maintaining. The Lady Cats won all 11 swimming events for the second time in two meets, breezing to the team title in Saturday’s Hobbs Invitational with 205 points to 19 for […]

Buffs top Logan for 8-man title

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Melrose junior Braden Hemminger hauls in an 11-yard touchdown pass over Logan's Michael Estrada in the third quarter of Saturday's 8-man state championship game in Melrose. Hemminger caught two TD passes in the Buffaloes' 76-37 win over the Longhorns.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes put Logan in a situation the Longhorns hadn’t been in all season on Saturday — playing from behind. Freshman Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns, passed for two and caught one and the Buffs were in control from the start in a 76-37 victory […]

Zias capture first victory

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Former Melrose standout Cassidy Doherty pushes the ball up the floor in Saturday's 77-61 win over Western New Mexico at The Pit in Albuquerque. Doherty led the Zias with fouor assists.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Suffice it to say, Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Ton Tucker likes playing at The Pit. Tucker, who scored 21 points in a season-opening exhibition against the University of New Mexico on the Lobos’ home court, finished with 25 points and seven rebounds on Saturday night in helping the Zias […]

Hounds hold on late for win over WNMU

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ENMU junior guard Lathan Lieb applies defensive pressure against Western New Mexico’s Terrez Scott during Saturday’s men’s basketball matchup at The Pit in Albuquerque. The Hounds improved to 3-2 with a 94-87 win over the Mustangs.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Junior guard John Gilliam scored a season-best 25 points and led a potent Eastern New Mexico University outing from 3-point range, hitting 5-of-6, as the Greyhounds built a 19-point, second-half lead before holding off Western New Mexico 94-87 on Saturday night at The Pit on the campus of the University of […]

CAT TRACKS: Mayfield game mirrored season

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Clovis junior Roland Chavez caught three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 35-21 loss Friday to Mayfield at the Field of Dreams.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Clovis’ 35-21 loss at Mayfield, in essence, was a microcosm of the entire Wildcats season — a first half that was at times tough to watch, followed by a furious second-half rally to right the ship that just fell short. The Wildcats’ season started 1-5, with only a home […]

Zias’ Saiz earns all-region in cross country

Staff report DENVER — Junior Amber Saiz earned all-region status on Saturday with a 19th-place finish in the NCAA Division II South Central Region cross country meet, hosted by Metro State. Saiz finished the 6K women’s race in 23 minutes, 40 seconds. The top 25 finishers in both men’s and women’s competition earn all-region status. […]

Cats unable to overcome quick start by Mayfield

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Clovis senior receiver Christian Caldwell applies a stiffarm to Mayfield defensive back Robert Zarate in the third quarter of Friday's game. Caldwell caught four passes for 32 yards in Clovis' 35-21 defeat.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com LAS CRUCES — The Field of Dreams became a first-half nightmare for the Clovis Wildcats, and a second-half comeback wasn’t enough to halt second-seeded Mayfield. The Trojans scored on five of their first six possessions behind a complete game from quarterback Kavika Johnson en route to a 35-21 victory in a […]

Buffs gear up for Logan in 8-man finals

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Melrose’s freshman Cade Barnard races pass a pair of Magdalena defenders on his way to an 84-yard the second quarter of Saturday play-off game, on his way to a 84 yards touchdown reception from junior Wyatt Williams in the Buffaloes’ 38-16 win over the Steers last Saturday in the 8-man state semifinals at Melrose. Today, the Buffs host rival Logan in a 2 p.m. kickoff for the state championship.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Melrose has been the only team to give Logan any trouble this season, but coach Dickie Roybal says the Buffaloes will have to be much-improved if they want to beat the Longhorns in today’s 2 p.m. 8-man state football championship game at Melrose. That’s the only blemish on the record for […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Nov. 22

Men ENMU (2-2) vs. Western New Mexico (0-2) • When: 6 p.m. today at The Pit, Albuquerque • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Greyhounds lost to Fort Lewis 104-72 on Thursday at Durango, Colo. The Mustangs lost to St. Mary’s 77-52 on Saturday in the Skyhawk Classic at Ignacio, Colo. • Last meeting: […]

Hounds place trio on LSC 1st team

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University senior fullback E’lon Spight of St. Louis and junior linebacker Seth Bailey of Texico were named the Lone Star Conference’s back of the year and linebacker of the year in football awards announced on Thursday by the league office. Both players were named to the All-LSC […]

Friday area prep basketball summaries — Nov. 21

Boys Lubbock All Saints 72, Clovis Christian 19 Lubbock All Saints (4-0) — Luke Stuart 12, Ben Tipton 7, Colton Cannon 3, Matt Harper 6, Brett Berger 15, Brice Nix 6, Austin Hickle 10, Tyler Logan 2, Joseph Bayouth 2, Michael Sharp 4, Jacob Cates 5. Totals 32 0-2 72. Clovis Christian (0-1) — J.V. […]

Mules eliminated in area round

Staff report Breckenridge used an efficient ground game and stout defense to beat Muleshoe 28-7 Thursday in the area round of the Class 3A Division I playoffs in Snyder, Texas. Quarterback Cade Cornett scored twice for the Buckaroos (7-5), including a 68-yard keeper that put his team up 21-7 midway through the third quarter. Breckenridge […]

Cats hope to pull another upset at Mayfield

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Clovis seniors Matt Lanier, left, and Jordan Holguin take down Sandia running back Malik Gordon in Friday’s first-round game at F.M. Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. The Wildcats (6-5) visit Mayfield tonight in a Class 6A quarterfinal.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Wildcats are one of two double-digit seeds left in the Class 6A playoffs. But nobody thinks that means second-seeded Mayfield is in for an easy night. “The last couple of years, I’ve said the 12 teams in the playoffs can beat anybody on any given night,” Mayfield […]

Fort Lewis upends cold-shooting Hounds

Staff report DURANGO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University hoisted 84 shots, 19 more than Fort Lewis. The Sky Hawks were much more accurate though, shooting nearly 62 percent from the field en route to a 104-72 romp Thursday in a non-coference men’s tilt. Center Alex Herrera led a balanced attack with 21 points and […]