Portales’ Ramirez among four Hound softball signings

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Kailee Ramirez, who led Portales in batting (.634), homers (12) and RBIs (50) signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Kailee Ramirez spent the last three years helping lead a winning softball program at Portales High School, with every indication she’d have the opportunity to play at the next level. Now, Ramirez is moving on to that level, where she hopes she can be part of a winning softball […]

CHS football reserved tickets on sale Monday

Reserved seat tickets for the upcoming Clovis High School football season will go on sale Monday. Tickets may be purchased and picked up at either the CHS athletic office or at Tankersley’s, 306 Main. Tickets are $60 per seat and cover five regular-season home games, starting Aug. 28 against Goddard. Reserved seat ticket holders from […]

USSSA Youth World Tournament West

Friday through Sunday At Guy Leeder Complex Double-elimination in bracket play BOYS 20-and-under Pool standings 1. Raw Skillz 2-0; 2. Wrecking Crew 1-1; 3. Pitchslappers 1-1; 4. WTX Rebels 1-1; 5. Got’emm 1-1; 6. Hater Made 1-1; 7. Taylors 0-2. Bracket play Got’emm 12, WTX Rebels 11; Hater Made 15, Pitchslappers 3; Wrecking Crew 13, […]

Local team eyes regionals

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Tomas Gallegos dives for a ground ball during Friday’s Zia Little League Seniors practice at Mike Harris Field. The Clovis team won state competition last weekend at Bayard and is preparing for the Southwest Regional tournament starting on Friday at Seguin, Texas.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Clovis Zia Senior Little League team thought it had a chance to win state competition last week at Bayard. Still, actually winning it came as a bit of a surprise. Zia will be the first team to represent District 3 beyond the state level since 1985 when it […]

Local rodeo athletes compete at nationals

By Betty Williamson Correspondent pepnm@hotmail.com Seven high plains area rodeo athletes participated in national college and junior high championships last month and three more with ties to the area started their quests for national high school titles on Sunday. Dora native Joshua Walker wrapped up his first year on the rodeo team for Western Texas […]

Clovis team nabs Custom Classic title

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Lady Cougars were the lone Clovis team to win a championship in the Clovis Softball Association’s 32nd Custom Classic over the weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, and they had to beat one of their league rivals to do it. The Lady Cougars edged A League of Our Own […]

Cats’ Williams set to play in Oklahoma

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Landon Williams checks on a Hobbs baserunner during a District 4-6A baseball game this spring at Bell Park. The 2015 Clovis High graduate has signed to play next season at NAIA power Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s Landon Williams hoped to play baseball in college next year. He just didn’t know where. The Wildcats’ right-handed pitcher/outfielder has signed to play at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, an NAIA school with a strong baseball tradition. Williams, who went 6-2 with one save, 15 walks, 84 […]

Nine Cats earn District 4-6A honors

Staff report Nine members of the Clovis High baseball team were honored in all-District 4-6A selections for the recently completed season, including six on the first team. Named to the first team were first baseman Antonio Hicks, second baseball Keaton Greenwalt, utilityman Brody Edwards, pitchers Landon Williams and Matt Lanier and outfielder Joseph Ramos. All […]

ENMU women’s hoops adds point guard Hotchkins

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University landed a Division-I transfer Thursday, with point guard Jasmine Hotchkins joining the Greyhounds. The 5-foot-3 Phoenix native will have three years of eligibility left, following a freshman year at East Tennessee State. While at ETSU, she averaged 13.4 minutes per game with 2.9 points per game for the Lady […]

Custom Classic enters 32nd year

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The Custom Classic is entering its 32nd year. It begins Friday evening at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Matthew Asher Correspondent It’s the final weekend in June and, in Clovis, that can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 32nd annual Plateau Custom Classic Softball Tournament. This year’s event features 110 teams that come from all over New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. For those who have never experienced the tournament, beginning […]

ENMU signs Dora’s Dillard


By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Taylor Dillard knew she was going to college after she graduated from Dora, and looked into veterinary science programs at Oklahoma Panhandle State and West Texas A&M. But if she planned to play basketball, Dillard’s only choice was to stay close to home at Eastern New Mexico University. She […]

Lady Cats in flux

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Clovis sophomore Jaci Sievers looks for an open teammate during Monday’s game against Melrose at the Texico summer league. Clovis is in a rebuilding mode after losing four starters from last year’s 30-2 squad.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — There’s a different rhythm for the Clovis girls basketball team, a different cadence for the team that went 86-6 the last three years. And when the Lady Cats figure out exactly what that is, they’ll let you know. “We’re just trying to figure out what everyone is,” […]

ENMU women finish third in CNFR; Dora’s Walker third in tie-down

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com There was a palpable feeling of what could have been with a few more ropes catching and a few less barrels falling. But, a few days after the Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished third in the College National Finals Rodeo, the feeling of what did happen […]

ENMU women finish third at college finals rodeo

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Kortney Cleveland finished sixth in the nation in barrel racing Saturday, and Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished in third place at the College National Finals Rodeo. Hayden Todd did not compete in Saturday’s short go at the Casper Events Center, but still finished with 265 points in […]

ENMU’s Todd leads field

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Hayden Todd is so far having a great third round at the College National Finals Rodeo. With a dozen riders still to compete, according to results posted at the CNFR website, Todd was first in the short go on barrel racing at a time of 13.74 seconds. […]

Junior high rodeoers heading to nationals

Staff report A half-dozen junior high athletes from Curry and Roosevelt counties are one week away from competing for top middle school honors at the Junior High National Finals Rodeo, scheduled June 21-27 in Des Moines, Iowa. Shad Mayfield, a two-time national champion and the 2013 all-around boys winner, will go for his third time […]

Greyhounds Pope, Kendrick drafted

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Clyde Kendrick was drafted in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Less than six weeks ago, Cody Pope and Clyde Kendrick were teammates. On Wednesday, they became division rivals. Both Greyhound pitchers were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Kendrick was selected in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers (798th overall), and […]

Bailey, Blind named LSC scholar athletes

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s Seth Bailey and Beth Blind were the school’s selections for the Lone Star Conferences annual Scholar Athlete awards, released Tuesday by the conference. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must have at least two years participation in their sport and be a member of this season’s graduating class. All […]

Cats looking to rebuild

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Clovis High senior Luke Bussen pushes the ball up the floor against a Ruidoso defender during a game on Saturday against Ruidoso in the Eastern New Mexico University boys team basketball camp at Greyhound Arena in Portales. The Wildcats have two more camps coming up this month.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Scott Robinson knew his first season as Clovis High boys basketball coach last year might be tough. He didn’t know just how tough. “I did not anticipate 5-22,” he said of the team’s record, which included losses in 17 of their final 19 games. “It was a […]

Ned Houk set for racing after rains

Staff report A little bit of rain — well, actually a lot — ended up to be no match for maintenance crews at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. But the nearly 11 inches of rain did put up a fight. “It was in the worst shape I’ve ever seen it since I’ve been out there,” […]