Poku hoping to catch on as NFL free agent

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File photo Jessie Poku scores against Central Oklahoma. He led the Greyhounds this season with 86 catches for 932 yards and 11 TDs. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jessie Poku finished his career at Eastern New Mexico University holding nearly every pass receiving record. Now he’s looking to catch on with an NFL team as […]

Friday morning briefing: The big catch, a road closing and rain on the horizon

Good morning. Start your day off right with the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hooked on fishing Oasis State Park is holding its Second Annual Spring Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the event. Anyone can enter, but ages 12 and older need […]

Snow day provides chance to catch up

Whereby it is now official: After last night, I have gone out and played around in the coldest temperatures I have ever been in. Not for very long, and don’t try this at home. Last night’s -30 with windchill beat a -19 (real temperature with no wind) that I had experienced in northeast Ohio one […]

No ‘whining about wine’ for me

He can catch a pass, but he can’t catch a break. Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant seems to be a target for negative press. The rookie refused to carry teammate Roy Williams’ pads during training camp, later claiming he wasn’t aware it was playful rookie hazing. Bryant was quickly chastised throughout sports media for his […]

Pigskin Preview: Hounds need defense to step up

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Senior defensive back Tillman Stevens tries to bring down receiver Noelin Henry during the opening drive of Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. Tillman, of Baytown, Texas, had 45 tackles and three interceptions in 2009. He is one of nine returning starters on defense for the Hounds. Dave Wagner Last season, […]

Career matters more than moment

By Kevin Wilson Armando Galaragga will not be perfect in the record book. And Jim Joyce was proven imperfect by video. And their fates crossing paths showed a lot of us are far from perfect ourselves. Last Wednesday was an afternoon off for me, which meant e-mailing friends and using Netflix to catch up on […]

Official: Repairing potholes game of catch up for crews

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Public Works employees Jose Escarsega, left, Lavaughn Mayfield, middle, and Jesus Garcia fill potholes Friday with coal mix on Mabry Drive. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For city street crews, the worst part of winter storms is just beginning. They’re busy filling and repairing potholes. “We are always […]

Custodians get chance to catch up on odd jobs during Spring Break

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Potock, 31, has worked as a custodial with Clovis Municipal School for about two years. Spring break gives Potock the chance to buff the floors in the home economics and other rooms in the school that are usually too busy to be buffed. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer […]

Record day at fishing derby

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Sarah Hernandez, 12, fishes Saturday while her dad, Richard, unhooks a fish his son, Richard Jr., just caught during the Optimist Club of Clovis’ annual fishing derby at Ned Houk Park. By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Young anglers from the Clovis area reeled in 933 pounds of the scaled creatures […]

Baskett impressive again in Eagles’ win

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie Hank Baskett makes a diving reception in the first quarter to set up a field goal during Thursday’s 20-7 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer photo: Ron Cortes) By Bob Brookover: The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — Rookie Hank Baskett of Clovis made another strong showing Thursday in the […]

Fishing clinic offered Saturday

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Children of all ages looking to wet a hook or land a big catch can participate in Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby. The 18th annual event, sponsored locally by the Optimist Club of Clovis, will be held at the back lake of Ned Houk Park. Participants will be divided […]

Record fish caught at Ute Lake

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Cale Sanders holds his record fish before he released it back into the lake. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two years after his college football career ended, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass Friday evening […]

Professor fails in attempt to avoid war

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist A learned friend of mine spent the holidays in Los Angeles and later wondered if she shoulda stood in bed. Her sad tale began when she left the comforts of her prairie home in eastern New Mexico and drove to Albuquerque to catch a plane. Remember last month when a blizzard […]

The Christmas spirit comes from the heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist What about the Christmas spirit? Can one “catch” it? I can remember a particular Christmas when I was just a little girl living in Kansas City. I recall it for two reasons: Susie was very sick that Christmas and I asked for a Pink Lee Secret Message Writing Kit. I […]

Clovis junior TE catching on

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By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Everything about Clovis High junior tight end Chris Finch is huge, from his octopus-sticky hands that hungrily envelop passes thrown his way to his still-growing 6-foot-4 frame to his ever-present smile. He also has a big future in football, Wildcat coaches say. “He’s only going to get better,” Clovis […]

Fishing Derby brings families together at Ned Houk Park

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Everett McSchooler, 4, of Clovis, looks at the catfish he caught as his dad Scott shows it to him during The Optimist Club of Clovis’ 17th annual Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. McSchooler caught five fish on the day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Timothy Estrada, 5, yawned and […]

Big Fish movie is catch of the year

By Stacy Allen Show: Big Fish Stars: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Danny Devito Summary: Big Fish is the story of a man’s life that intertwines fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and entertains you until the very end. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00   Big Fish is the catch of the […]

Parks finds end zone often

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Melrose senior Harvey Park makes up for his lack of foot speed with great hands, according to his coach. CNJ photo by Erick Kluth. Rick White He’s not big. Nor particularly fast. Harvey Park just has a knack for catching footballs — and finding the end zone. His coach and teammates rave about his hands, […]

Clovis’ Teconchuk is catching on

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk’s combination of sprinter’s speed and sure hands makes him a deep threat for the Wildcats. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan once cut a wide receiver because “all he does is catch touchdowns.” Cris Carter went on to have a Hall-of-Fame type career with […]