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 […]

New Mexico fishing report — July 10

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 fair to […]

N.M. fishing report — July 3

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 fair to […]

Little League all-star tournaments — July 3

District 3 Double elimination 9-10 year-old division Monday Game 1: Clovis Zia 14, Quay 4, 4 innings Tuesday Game 2: Clovis Zia 11, Roosevelt County 8 Wednesday Game  3: Roosevelt County 19, Quay County 9, 4 innings Thursday Game 4: Roosevelt County at Clovis Zia, 7 p.m. 10-11 year-old division Monday Game 1: Roosevelt County 11, […]

Custom Classic results

31st annual Custom Classic softball tournament Friday-Sunday Guy Leader Softball Complex Double-elimination Men’s Class C Team W-L FTP/D2E Sports 4-0 The Gentlemen/El Grande Softball 3-2 Cheba Hut/Miken 3-2 WTX-Fury 3-2 Dirty South 2-2 Drama/FTP Empire 1-2 No Skilz 1-2 Throwbacks Sports Bar 1-2 Get Smoked 0-2 Evolution 0-2 Championship Game FTP/D2E Sports 21, The Gentlemen/El Grande […]

Crockett: Challenge accepted

Jaye Crockett talks about the importance of controlling the basketball during a drill at the Jaye Rock Athletics basketball camp Saturday morning at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Jaye Crockett watched just enough of the NBA Draft to know he didn’t want to watch the rest. The Clovis native and Texas Tech standout said it bugged him to watch players he felt he was better than getting picked. But professional basketball is still his goal, no matter […]

New Mexico all-stars win in rout

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Kendale Parker of Clovis takes the play out of bounds before he could be tackled in the first half.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Through a hot afternoon at Leon Williams Stadium, fans and players searched for cloud cover and shade, while the Southwest American Football League searched for points. All parties involved came up empty. The Battle of the Border All-Star Game quickly turned into a blowout, and the New Mexico Premier […]

Elk license sale coming

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin selling more than 2,000 youth antlerless elk licenses online beginning 10 a.m. Wednesday. Licenses will be sold online only, and purchase requires an online license system account at wildlife.state.nm.us. The sale of 540 licenses for hunters using muzzleloaders or bows and nearly 1,500 licenses for […]

One down, 202 to go

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Cleats and Cleavage starter Mirna Valdez cheers on teammates as they run for home plate during Cleats and Cleavage’s game against the Scorpions Friday night at Guy Leeder Softball Complex

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com There’s no shortage of softball in Clovis, and there’s no shortage of tournaments during the summer at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. But Friday marked the opening of the city and center’s showcase, the Custom Classic. In its 31st year, the tournament annually draws more than 100 slow-pitch teams of all ages […]

Saturday all-star game features nine Curry County Cats

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Leon Williams Stadium has always felt like a second home to Clovis’ Phillip Williams, even if he plays a little loose with its first name. “It’s Phil Williams Stadium in my mind,” Williams joked, while quickly backtracking to note the longtime radio broadcaster and school board member deserves top […]