First person: Life coach

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Earl Diddle, 58, began his basketball coaching career at age 23. Earl Diddle loves traveling, unless it happens on the basketball court. Diddle began his lifelong career in basketball before he can remember. He took his first coaching job as head coach in his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio, at […]

ENMU students experience Chinese quake

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico A Chinese exchange student from Eastern New Mexico University wrote in a e-mail she was only home 15 minutes when a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China on May 12. In her e-mail to Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, and to Kayla Paulk a vocal coach and accompanist […]

An honor for the coach

C.J. Aragon, the rodeo coach at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, has been named coach of the year for the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

ENMU tabs Flinn as new rodeo coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Albert Flinn has been hired to take over as rodeo coach at Eastern New Mexico University. Flinn, who is retiring after a 34-year banking career, will replace David Browder after the ENMU administration chose not to renew his contract. Browder will complete his eighth year at the school at the College […]

Head Rattler axed

In case you missed it: Longtime Tucumcari football coach Dub Smith says he’s been fired. Smith, the Rattlers’ head coach for 10 years, led the team to the state Class 2A title in 2002. Tucumcari was 5-6 last year. http://www.qcsunonline.com/news/coach_5981___article.html/football_rattlers.html • • • Sometimes, you can get something for nothing. Admission is free at Sunday’s […]

Hill expected to sign with Jacksonville College Thursday

Clovis guard Bryce Hill is expected to sign a letter-of-intent today Thursday to play basketball for Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas, Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. Hill, a 6’0” senior, scored 19.6 points per game, third for the Class 5A runnerup Wildcats (29-2). He leaves Clovis as its No. 3 all-time scorer and all-time leader […]

Transition under way for Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Eastern New Mexico University freshmen quarterbacks Anthony Ramos front, Cory Baker, center, and Carl Bouldin, at practice Wednesday, are battling for next season’s starting spot to replace departing senior Michael Benton. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo believes the Greyhounds’ transition from […]

Knight steps down as Red Raiders coach

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Bob Knight resigned Monday as coach at Texas Tech, a stunning midseason move by major college basketball’s winningest men’s coach. His son, Pat, a Red Raiders assistant, will take over the program. It was unclear why Knight stepped down. Chris Cook, a spokesman for athletic director Gerald Myers, confirmed the […]

Former Greyhound coaching top NFL back

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico With the AFC’s top two teams duking it out today, one of the NFL’s best running backs is being coached by a Greyhound. Eastern New Mexico alum Matt Simon, running backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, played linebacker for the Greyhounds before becoming a graduate assistant under then […]

Now for the latest press releases …

The latest addition to the Editors’ Notebook is a section for press releases. We’ll post releases with local news ties just as we receive them, minus any private contact information. Today we’ve posted releases from the district attorney, Sundance Cat Sanctuary and others. Click on “More Features” below to access “Press Releases.” • • • […]

Northern neighbors

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo The Lathrop Lady Malemutes relax in the Clovis High locker room after Thursday’s first round game in the Plateau Holiday Classic. The girls chatted about how nice the locker room at Clovis was compared to theirs in Fairbanks, Alaska. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Following the first game of […]

Predictability part of ’Trotters’ charm

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I set the flash up like normal. I stood in the same spots. I said hi to the same Greyhound Arena staff. For all intents and purposes, this was a normal basketball game for me. Except it wasn’t. It was the Harlem Globetrotters. It was the third time I’d […]

Gateway sanctioned by NMAA

Freedom New Mexico An investigation by the New Mexico Activities Association that Roswell-based Gateway Christian School violated bylaws by recruiting student-athletes has resulted in the suspension of a coach and sanctions on the school, according to a joint press release from NMAA and Gateway officials. According to the release, one coach was suspended for two […]

Nov. 11 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 5 a.m. Nov. 3 an officer responded to the area of 1000 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a fight in progress. A woman told the officers she had gotten into a fight with a friend in the […]

Hounds, Zias get ready for season

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan and women’s coach Linden Weese don’t put a lot of stock in the Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls. “A lot of it’s based on reputation,” said Scanlan, whose team was picked for sixth out of seven […]

Buffaloes rout Hounds on soccer field

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CnJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks West Texas goaltender Shane Taylor grabs a shot despite the attempt at a header by Greyhound forward Keith Vargas in Wednesday’s game in Portales. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo knows his team can compete with the West Texas A&M Buffaloes on […]

Zias cruise to easy win over CSW

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Once they scored, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team was pretty much assured of winning. Facing a College of the Southwest squad in transition, to say the least, the Zias were locked in a 1-0 dual before scoring three goals in a span of less than two […]

Clovis Christian falls to Gateway

Gateway Christian 70, Clovis Christian 6 Records: Gateway Christian 1-0, Clovis Christian 0-1 Difference: “We had nine kids (playing in) their first varsity game, so we had a lot of inexperience and it kinda showed,” said Clovis Christian Coach Jason Swann. “They are a great team and great teams take advantage of situations like that.” […]

Cats turn back NMMI

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White New Mexico Military Institute’s Robin Ritz skies for a header. Clovis scored six goals in a second half of 7-2 win at Yucca Soccer Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Scoring opportunities were there early on for the Clovis High boys soccer team. In the second half, the Wildcats […]

Foxes hope for healthy campaign

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dexter McDaniel says with a declining enrollment and population base, winning at Fort Sumner just keeps getting tougher and tougher. So far, though, the Foxes are managing just fine. McDaniel, who has been on the football staff for 16 seasons and is entering his fourth year as head coach, […]