ENMU hosts youth baseball camp

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Savino Gonzales, 5, of Texico, exchanges a low five with ENMU assistant coach Matthew Sena after making a nice throw.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coaches conducted their third “prospects” camp of the year on Tuesday at Greyhound Field. From Wednesday through Friday, they’re busy looking at a younger group of potential prospects. About 25 players entering kindergarten through eighth grade, mainly from the immediate area, took […]

Zias picked eighth in LSC volleyball poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eight-time defending champion West Texas A&M has been tabbed the favorite again in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll. The Lady Buffs (35-4, 16-0 LSC a year ago) received all but two of 23 first-place votes and finished with 205 points in the poll. Angelo State, which got the other […]

Six ENMU players earn preseason All-American honors

Staff report PORTALES — Six members of the 2014 Eastern New Mexico University football squad have garnered preseason All-America status from USA College Football Division II All-American. Three of the players were first-team selections — running back Jordan Wells of Austin, Texas, and defensive backs Kevin Reaves and Darrelyn McCloud, both from Albuquerque. Wide receiver […]

Area rodeoers fall short in prep nationals

Staff report ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Recent Elida High graduate Hunter Haley made Saturday’s short go in the National High School Rodeo Association finals in goat tying, coming in 18th with a time of 12.97 seconds. Haley, who plans to rodeo in college at Eastern New Mexico University, finished 18th in the average at 30.95 […]

CHS linemen revel in drills at camp


By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — While the “skill” players are off trying to either score touchdowns or prevent them, linemen in events like Friday’s 7-on-7 competition at Eastern New Mexico University have a different mindset. Taking on 10 drills during the day, none involving a football, the linemen compete for team honors […]

Zia 13-14s fall in 7th

Staff report BAYARD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars erased a three-run deficit late but fell in the bottom of the seventh inning to Silver City 6-5 in a winners bracket game of the state Little League Juniors (ages 13-14) baseball tournament. Trailing 5-2, Zia scored twice in the fifth and then tied it with two […]

CHS freshman golfer wins state driving, overall titles

Staff report ALBURQUERQUE — Clovis High golfer Raquel Anaya captgured first place in driving competition and overall on Wednesday in the 14-15 division of state Drive, Chip and Putt competition at the University of New Mexico’s main golf course. Anaya, who will be a freshman at CHS this fall, won the driving competition with 49 […]

Zia 13-14s capture state tourney opener

Staff report BAYARD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars broke open a tie game with a five-run, sixth-inning rally for a 7-3 win over Santa Rosa on Friday in the first round of the state 13-14 Little League tournament. With the score 2-2, Zia used five hits and a walk to all but put the game […]

ENMU hosts 500 players in 7-on-7

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Clovis senior defensive tackle Garren Bass hits a blocking dummy as he makes his way through the lineman challenge obstacle course relay on Friday at the ENMU practice facility.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University may have had fewer teams than it its previous two 7-on-7 football events, but Greyhounds coach Josh Lynn said more players were involved. A total of 30 teams participated in the 7-on-7, along with a lineman challenge, on Friday at the ENMU practice field. “We […]

ENMU to host 7-on-7 competition

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Teams participating in Eastern New Mexico University’s 7-on-7 football camp today won’t necessarily be working on what they’ll do when the season rolls around. It does, however, help get them in the football mindset. About 30 teams will take part in the all-passing event today at the […]

N.M. Fishing Report — July 17

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo finals begin

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Shad Mayfield of Clovis ropes his calf Thursday in the ribbon Roping event of the HPJRA at the Curry County Events Center. Mayfield posted a time of 8.02.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com It was a quiet night at the Curry County Events Center, unlike the morning that preceded it and the nights that are about to follow. But some noise was worth tolerating. “I figure you don’t want to turn off the air conditioning,” Todd Handley said, “so I’ll just use […]

Area pair hoping for short round at high school finals

Staff report ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The first round of the National High School Finals Rodeo was completed Wednesday morning in Rock Springs, with a pair of eastern New Mexico competitors have positioning themselves for a chance to advance to Saturday’s short round. Dora senior Joshua Walker posted a time of 9.44 seconds in calf […]

CHS boys soccer team busy in July

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Hector Mellecio splits the defense of Joe Romero, left, and Isac Maes during a pickup soccer game on Tuesday at Yucca Middle School. The players had a pickup-game of 3-on-3 with no goalies and youth nets prior to scrimmages later in the evening.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The field at Yucca Middle School is green, the kind of green that means either a healthy rain or an astronomical water bill. Flip-flops and casual shoes are traded for cleats, as dozens of Clovis Wildcats hopefuls take the pitch twice a week. Tuesday night was league play night, […]

Lady Cats’ Jones commits to ACU

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Clovis High senior-to-be Shelby Jones this week committed verbally to play college basketball at Abilene Christian. Jones, a key member of CHS’ 2013 Class 5A state championship squad, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds last season as the Lady Wildcats posted a 29-1 record.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Two of the top returning players on the Clovis High girls basketball team now know where they’ll be playing in college. Senior-to-be post Shelby Jones made a verbal commitment to Division I Abilene Christian this week, joining classmate Danni Williams, who earlier this summer committed to Texas A&M. Players […]

ENMU’s Buurma recognized

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University quarterback Jeremy Buurma is one of 182 college football players nominated for the 1014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works team. Buurma, a Las Cruces High graduate who will be a redshirt junior in the fall, was recognized for community service accomplishments including organizing and instructing a four-week […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo begins Tuesday

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Cy Frizzell of Muleshoe competes in the chute dogging competition during last year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals. Frizzell is ranked first in the event entering this week’s finals, and has a large lead in the all-around race in the boys 13-15 division.

Staff report The High Plains Junior Rodeo is four decades into rodeo for youth. Or, as the organization bills it in the newsletter, “40 Years of Awesome.” Here are five things to know about this week’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals, which begins 5 p.m. Tuesday with slack. All events are at the Curry County […]

Area rodeo athletes prep for nationals

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Both Hunter Haley and Joshua Walker will have experience on their side this week in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  But both recent high school graduates and High School National Finals Rodeo veterans know it simply comes down to who makes the best runs in the big crowd. Haley, a graduate […]

ENMU offers high school volleyball camp

Eastern New Mexico University is holding a volleyball camp for players entering grades 9-12. The camp runs 8:30 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday at Greyhound Arena. Instruction will be done by ENMU volleyball coaching staff and players. Registration is $60, with the fees covering lunch and a camp T-shirt, with registration 8 a.m. Monday. Information: 791-3991.

Wildcat football reserved tickets available Monday

Monday is the first day for renewal of Clovis High School football reserved seat season tickets. Previous holders of the seats have until Aug. 18 to renew their seats or contact the office to relinquish them. After that point, remaining tickets will be available to the public. The price for the tickets, which includes admission […]