Texico’s Vaughan signs with Howard

CNJ staff TEXICO — Aaron Vaughan, a 2006 Texico High School graduate, has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Howard College, a junior college program in Big Spring, Texas. Vaughan played baseball, football and basketball and competed in track at Texico. He helped the Wolverines win the Class 1A state baseball […]

Trammell, William (Bill)

William (Bill) Bryan Trammell, 78, of Eunice died Friday, June 23, 2006, at the VistaCare Hospice Center in Albuquerque. He had lung cancer. He was born in 1928 in Arch, the last of seven children. He graduated from high school at Portales in 1946. He briefly attended Eastern New Mexico University and then went into […]

Busy Floyd standout helps teams win

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Is Floyd’s Brad Lee a southerner or a northerner? Over the weekend, he was both — and a winner every time. Lee was on the North squad at the six-man football North-South all-star game in Ruidoso on Friday night (see page 2B). The North won that clash as […]

City hosts AAU girls basketball tourney

CNJ staff Thirty teams from across the state, including two from the Denver area, are scheduled to participate in the New Mexico AAU girls basketball state tournament today through Sunday at several sites in Clovis. Brackets include 10-and-under through 16-and-under, except for the 14U division. Tournament director Jane Minor said a team from Albuquerque backed […]

Clovis sweeps Shallowater

CNJ staff SHALLOWATER, Texas — Parker Wood collected five hits, including a two-run homer run and two doubles, leading Clovis past Shallowater 7-4, 12-3 Tuesday in a summer baseball doubleheader. Andrew Gilliard added pair of hits for Clovis in the opener. Jonathan Ware, Cade Wheeler and Wood combined to limit Shallowater to five hits. Clovis […]

Summer season begins Tuesday for CHS baseball

CNJ staff Three weeks after being bounced out of the Class 5A state playoffs in the round of 16, Clovis High is ready to begin its month-long summer baseball program. Assistant coach Shane Leatherwood will run the program, with head coach Shane Shallenberger taking more of a background role. “It’s just a learning time for […]

Former Elida standout dies in accident

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Dan Howard of Elida lost a lifelong friend when Elida High School graduate and New York Yankees minor league manager Oscar Acosta, 49, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Howard and Acosta played baseball together at Elida High. Acosta was a star pitcher in high […]

Hounds improve to 16-4 with sweep

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Eastern New Mexico University junior designated hitter Kelton Hayes fouls a pitch during the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Southeastern Oklahoma at Greyhound Field. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After winning their third game of the weekend and improving to 16-4 on the season, Eastern New […]

Lavarne Williams

Lavarne Williams, 85, of Clovis, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at Retirement Ranch. He was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Sulphur, Okla., to Frank and Alta Williams. The family moved to Grady in 1921. He graduated from Grady High School in 1939. He served overseas in the Army for five years. He married his high […]

ENMU baseball team sweeps opening series

CNJ staff ALPINE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team completed a season-opening four-game sweep with 20-9 and 12-6 wins over Sul Ross State on Saturday. The Greyhounds, who hit six home runs in a doubleheader sweep on Friday, belted six more in Saturday’s action. They hit five in the seven-inning first game, two […]

ENMU baseball picked fifth, softball sixth in LSC poll

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Baseball passion wins over technology

David Stevens No one would laugh or think it strange if I’d listened to the Astros baseball game on the radio last Sunday afternoon. So why is everyone so amused that I listened to the first 11 innings on a cell phone? I tried but could not find an Albuquerque-area radio station broadcasting the Astros’ […]

Blog, blog, blog: CNJ editor goes online

David Stevens I like Dylan as much as Tom T. Hall. I like rain and snow and people with passion. I don’t like mornings much. My all-time favorite movie is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” but “Hud” is a close second and “Toy Story” is a close third. I love a good quote, a […]

Cronk looking to turn around struggling team

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present […]

World War II threw farmer’s career for curve

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Len Santi, whose baseball career was interrupted by the draft, holds a baseball with signatures from the Clovis Pioneers of the now-defunct West Texas-New Mexico league. The ex-catcher said he was a line-drive hitter. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Len Santi had a chance to be a professional baseball player, but […]

Leeder passes 2,500-win mark as coach

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like a […]

Richards continues family tradition

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Katelyn Lide races to the finish Saturday during the short-go of the 13-15 year old poles at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals held at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Casey Richards comes from a rodeo family, but it took him a while […]

Nothing like unorganized summer baseball

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, there was nothing more pleasurable than summer baseball. A friend might ask, “What you want to do today?” and I always replied, “You crazy? Play ball, of course.” I’m not talking about Big League, Little League, or the Abner Doubleday Code of Conduct. I’m talking […]

Clovis tops Frenship

CNJ staff FRENSHIP, Texas — Andrew Gillilard’s three-run triple keyed Clovis’ eight-run, eighth-inning rally and the Wildcats edged Frenship 15-13 Monday night in a West Texas Baseball League tilt. Clovis (12-5) jumped on top 8-0 after 1 1/2 innings, but fell behind 13-8 when Frenship scored seven unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh. […]

Short-handed Cats swept in Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats’ first road venture in summer league baseball wasn’t a pleasant one. Hobbs made quick work of the short-handed Cats, run-ruling them in both ends of the West Texas Baseball League doubleheader 10-0 and 14-4. Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said the Cats played without several players who were nursing […]