Colonel’s gymnast daughter has Olympic dreams

Melanie Salazar Not many 10-year-olds find themselves in practice at least nine hours a week, but not many 10-year-olds can stand on their feet after doing a double back flip. AnnMarie McClelland, daughter of Lt. Col. Patrick McClelland, 27th Operations Support Squadron commander, has been a gymnast almost half of her life. At 6, she […]

Lady Cats coast past Goddard

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Clovis’ Janell Gallegos attempts to block the ball during Thursday’s match against Roswell Goddard at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer While senior outside hitter Aimee Hilburn struggled Thursday night, several of her Clovis High teammates stepped up to lead the Lady Wildcats past Roswell Goddard. With […]

The sky is calling: Pilots take to flight early

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It starts like this. “I want to become a pilot. I think it’s awesome. I want to be a fighter pilot. My second choice would be a commercial pilot. Then a stunt pilot. Then a test pilot,” said Andres Gallegos of Albuquerque. His aspirations, at this stage, are simply […]

Estancia posts win over Lady Spikers

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — A pair of teams expected to make a run for the Class 2A state volleyball team hooked up for a battle Tuesday night. And, no surprise here, it took five games to decide things between host Texico and Estancia. In the end, the Lady Bears took a 25-16, […]

Seven area girls tabbed for 1-2A all-star volleyball clash

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Area members participating in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s 22nd annual Class 1-2A North-South All-Star volleyball match admit they slept well Sunday night. And probably Monday night, too, after two, two-hour practices each day. The 1-2A match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center on […]

Cotton crop damaged by hail

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Todd Lingnau stands over his ruined crop of cotton on County Road 3 east of Farwell. Recent hail storms totaled the field, which Lingnau said should have been budding by now. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of acres of cotton have been damaged or destroyed by hail damage in […]

Steele, Joseph “Jo Jo”

Joseph “Jo Jo” Steele Services:Have been held. Joseph Grayum “Jo Jo” Steele, 19, of Dunlap, died Friday, March 18, 2005 in an automobile accident in Lincoln County. Mr. Steele was born April 9, 1985 in Roswell to Joe and Karen Steele. He grew up on the family ranch in Dunlap and was a 2003 graduate […]

Grady cruises into state

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Grady senior Brittany Bailey releases a shot past Desert Academy senior Georgia Jenkins during the first quarter of their Class 1A Region B game Friday in Grady. Grady defeated Desert Academy 75-25. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer GRADY — Grady’s energy never stopped out on the court. Desert Academy found […]

Bailey, Thelma S.

Thelma S. Bailey Services: Have been held. Mrs. Thelma S. Bailey, 88, of Clovis, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in Logan. She was born on Dec. 13, 1915, in Atoka, Okla., to W.O. and Bessie Shelton. She was a past president of the American Business Women’s Association. She was a member of Central Baptist Church […]

South All-Stars cruise to sweep

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Maybe it was because their teams either didn’t make the postseason or didn’t fare too well once getting there, but four small school baseballers from the east side of the state got off to a bit of a slow start compared to their all-star counterparts in the New Mexico High […]

Man killed four days before armistice

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer In 1907, Charles Ledbetter came to Curry County when it was still a pioneer community only recently connected to the rest of the world via the new Santa Fe railroad line. A few years later he became one of the first three graduates of Clovis High School. “Charles […]

Texico pounds out 19 hits in district opener

CNJ staff SANTA ROSA — Texico staked Braden Vaughan to a five-run lead and the junior right-hander made it stand as the Wolverines opened District 7-1/2A play Tuesday with a 15-4 win over Santa Rosa. Third baseman Zach Rhoades went 4-for-5 and first baseman Bryce Bailey doubled and homered as Texico pounded out 19 hits […]

Prep baseball linescores

Tuesday Levelland JV 8, Clovis JV 3 Clovis 000 210 0 — 3 8 6 Levelland 103 220 x — 8 9 3 Luke Gray, Cade Wheeler (3), David Root (6) and Daniel Casarez; Gaonoa and Garza. W — Gaona. L — Gray. 2B — Clovis, Eric Smith 2, Scott Blakely. Levelland, Coronado, Lopez, Alexander. […]

Grady’s title bid halted by Lady Demons

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Grady sophomore Stephanie Bailey puts up a shot during Friday’s Class 1A girls state championship game against Des Moines at The Pit. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Making their first appearance in the state finals since 1987, the Grady Lady Bronchos made repeated comeback attempts Friday night against the favored Des […]

Lady Bronchos gain state Class 1A finals

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Sparked by full-court pressure, Grady rallied in the final two minutes to beat Elida 40-38 Thursday in a Class 1A girls semifinal game at West Mesa High. Stephanie Bailey’s free throw with 26 seconds proved to be the game-winner as Grady (26-5) survived a six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter […]

Hope Christian thumps Texico in quarterfinals

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Texico junior Logan Brown looks to shoot as Hope Christian freshman Zach Spangler defends him in the third quarter of Wednesday’s Class 2A boys state quarterfinal game at Cibola High School in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — If the Texico boys basketball team derived any confidence from the fact that […]

State tournament scores, area prep basketball summaries

CNJ STAFF Tuesday Girls Class 1A quarterfinals Grady 51, Cliff 34 Des Moines 63, Magdalena 49 Elida 33, Tatum 24 Fort Sumner 55, Mescalero 47 Class 2A quarterfinals Hatch 33, Eunice 21 SFIS 59, Zuni 52 Cimarron 65, Navajo Prep 55 Santa Rosa 58, Hope Christian 52 Prep summaries Girls Class 1A state tournament At […]

Grady buries cold-shooting Cowgirls

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — A fairly easy victory with the next day to practice and shop. It’s not usually that good at the state basketball tournament, but the beginning of the Class 1A girls tourney for the Grady Lady Bronchos on Tuesday was everything the doctor ordered for a nice, stress-free visit. And the […]

Saturday area prep basketball summaries, state scores

CNJ STAFF Girls Class 1A Region A Championship At Grady Des Moines 45, Grady 40 Des Moines (26-1) — Emily Kennedy 4-5 2-2 11, Jodi Kibbe 4-10 3-4 11, Jamie Atwater 4-7 2-2 10, Annie Kennedy 1-7 4-6 6, Chasity Russell 0-1 3-4 3, Hanna Bray 1-1 0-0 2, Kelli Goodan 0-1 2-5 2. Totals […]

Texico-Questa: Muscle vs. quickness

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The Texico Wolverines get fired up before the start of a game at the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament in December 2003. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Texico Wolverines wouldn’t mind another crack at District 6-2A rival Clayton in this weekend’s Class 2A Region B boys tournament at Clayton. For that to happen, […]