Cavaliers coach lacked maturity

First high school junior to make the cover of Sports Illustrated. First player to win the NBA’s rookie of the year award straight out of high school. First reigning league MVP to leave his NBA squad via free agency. The gazillionth time Jesse Jackson’s made racism magically appear. Thursday night, LeBron James announced he was […]

Our people: Teacher of the Year

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Courtesy photo Hatley at 18 takes a photo with his 3-year-old niece Raven in 2003. Bio Name: Drew Hatley Birthday: September 20, 1984 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Assistant baseball coach, football coach and World History teacher Family: My wife Christal and I have been married for three years. We don’t have kids but we have a […]

School board accepts settlement with basketball coach

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Coach J.D. Isler was awarded a contract to coach next year in exchange for dropping his law suit against the district and superintendent. CNJ staff writer: Liliana Castillo

School board meeting to discuss Isler litigation

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at noon Thursday in executive session to discuss litigation involving Clovis High basketball coach J.D. Isler. Isler was suspended in December, and subsequently terminated, for New Mexico Activities Association allegations of recruiting. Isler, who has denied the allegations, was reinstated by a federal judge […]

Attorney: School board receptive to settlement

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education took no action Saturday following a special session to discuss pending or threatened litigation regarding basketball coach J.D. Isler’s lawsuit against the district. Isler was suspended from coaching Dec. 16 by the New Mexico Activities Association and later terminated by the school […]

Education digest: School board meeting Saturday

School board meeting Saturday The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is meeting in executive session 10 a.m. Saturday at the administration building. The closed meeting is to discuss threatened of pending litigaion in Coach J.D. Isler’s federal case. An agenda for the meeting can be picked up from the superintendent’s office 24 hours prior […]

Texans toast Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Greyhound forward Michael Brown tries to get a shot over the arms of Tarleton State’s Jeremiah Wilson goes up for the block in the first half of Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference South at Greyhound Arena. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Tarleton State was too big on the perimeter, and […]

Isler benched as Clovis coach – for now

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CNJ file photo The NMAA said Wednesday Clovis’ boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is still suspended after a Tuesday federal court ruled a temporary restraining order had expired. CNJ staff Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler has been benched again. Isler, suspended on Dec. 16 and subsequently fired as coach, had continued to coach […]

Ruling benches Isler again

CNJ staff A federal judge in Albuquerque has lifted a restraining order that allowed Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler to continue to coach this season, according to his attorney, Warren Frost. Frost said the ruling Tuesday night by judge Martha Vasquez means Isler’s coaching season may be over. Isler, in his ninth season […]

Texas Tech officials: Leach committed defiant act of insubordination

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player. “I’m very sad to say there’s only one person to blame for this and it’s Mike Leach,” Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance […]

Coach wins court order

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler shakes the hand of his attorney Warren Frost after he was granted a temporary court order reinstating him as a coach. By Sharna Johnson A district judge granted an order Friday reinstating Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler. The order hits […]

Clovis basketball coach suspended

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CNJ file photo J.D. Isler was in his ninth season coaching the Wildcats. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler has been suspended for the remainder of the school year by the New Mexico Activities Association. Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said her office has received a letter […]

ENMU rehires Maguire as volleyball coach

CNJ staff Jeff Geiser didn’t have to leave Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to find its new volleyball coach. But the college’s athletic director doesn’t think he would have found a coach better than Mike Maguire if he searched the country. Maguire, who spent 20 seasons leading the Zia volleyball team, returns to the sidelines […]

Zias volleyball coach resigns

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Kim Falkenhagen has resigned her duties at the school. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser made the announcement on Wednesday. “I appreciate all the work that coach Falkenhagen has done here at Eastern,” Geiser said in a release from the school. “I wish her luck in […]

Hounds add assistant coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton has added Stott Carter to his staff for the upcoming season. Carter comes to Portales after serving at Pfeiffer University in Carolina. In 2007, he was part of the staff at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, helping the Islanders reach the NCAA tournament. Previously, […]

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Team in transition

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Freshman outside linebacker Peyton Whitlock pressures backup quarterback Wes Wood of Muleshoe during an Eastern scrimmage earlier this month. The Greyhounds open their season Saturday at Colorado State-Pueblo. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico With his squad coming off consecutive winless seasons in the Lone Star Conference South Division, fifth-year […]

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: College football capsules

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico Coach: Mike Locksley (1st season) 2008 record: 4-8 (2-6 Mountain West) Last bowl game: 2007 New Mexico Bowl, beat Nevada 23-0. Stadium: University Stadium (38,634) Returning starters: 11 (8 offense, 3 defense) Key players: QB Donovan Porterie, WR Bryant Williams, WR Roland Bruno, C Erik Cook, LB Clint McPeek, S […]

Coach remembered for compassion off field

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It was a passion for sports that made Bruce Scroggins a coach. But those in his field said it was his compassion for the athletes that set Scroggins apart. Scroggins, 59, was a coach for numerous schools in New Mexico and Texas, a state champion many times over and […]

ENMU hires seventh softball coach

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University turned to the Midwest for the seventh softball coach in the program’s history. Lauren Sigwing will leave Fort Scott Community College in Kansas to take over the Division II Zias, according to a Monday release from the university. She replaces Amber Daniel, who went 78-78 in two full […]

New coach stays busy

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler New Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton spends much of his time filling out the 2009-10 schedule and trying to find an assistant. Helton was an assistant at South Alabama for two years before landing the ENMU job April By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent PORTALES — Andrew […]