Former Clovis coach honored by AAU

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Carroll Graham, chairman of the AAU girls basketball national committee and a former Clovis High and Yucca Junior High girls basketball coach, was inducted into the AAU Hall of Fame in October. Graham, 78, has headed the committee since 1991. He lived and coached in Clovis from 1960 to […]

Capps, Gracy G.

Gracy G. Capps, 85, of Pocahontas, Iowa, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Pocahontas Community Hospital in Pocahontas. He was born May 22, 1920, in Cuervo to Lloyd and Sarah Williams Capps. He was raised in House. He served in the 6th Armored Division in World War II and was a prisoner of war in […]

Tomlinson , James

James Tomlinson Services: Have been held. James Joseph “Jim” Tomlinson, 41, of Lakewood, Wash., died June 6, 2005, at Steilacoom, Wash. He was born Aug. 30, 1963, to James and Erlinda Chavez Tomlinson at Cannon Air Force Base. He was a security administrator and coached tennis and wrestling at Mountainview Junior High in Steilacoom, Wash. […]

Veteran Hounds coach calling it quits at end of season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Citing health concerns, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott plans to retire at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 37-year college career. Elliott, who will be 73 in December, said he told his team of the decision during the first week of fall practice. […]

New era at Fort Sumner

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers sports writer Mario Martinez may be small in stature, but he’s left some big shoes to fill at Fort Sumner High School. Martinez took a job as boys associate athletic director with the New Mexico Activities Association in Albuquerque this summer after 12 successful years as the Foxes’ athletic director, […]

Former ENMU athlete doing well as sports agent


Steve Loy By Dave Wagner Former Eastern New Mexico University football player and golfer Steve Loy has carved out a solid career for himself in the sports world since his playing days. The 52-year-old Albuquerque native spent several years as a successful college coach and administrator, and now serves as managing partner/president and CEO of […]

Hall of Fame coach returns at 68

By Dave Wagner After three years away from coaching basketball, Jimmy Joe Robinson is ready to give it another shot. The 68-year-old Robinson, who retired from coaching after guiding Melrose to the Class 1A boys state championship in 2001, will be back on the sidelines again next winter — at Clovis Christian School. “They’ve got […]

Clovis basketball capsules

CNJ staff Boys Friday Moriarty (3-3) at Clovis (8-1) 7:45 p.m. Rock Staubus Gymnasium Radio: KICA-FM 98.3, KCLV-AM 1240 Notes: The first of two area games for the Class 4A Pintos, who play at Portales Saturday … Moriarty is coached Roswell native Randy Lykins, who said he tried to recruited former Clovis standouts Nelson Franse […]

Hurst, Pete

Pete Hurst Services: Have been held. Mr. Elbert L. “Pete” Hurst Jr., 70, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at his home. He was born on April 26, 1933, in Morton, Texas, to Elbert L. and Carrie Lou Hurst. He married Joyce Essex on Nov. 15, 1952, in Portales. He served in the U.S. […]

First-year Clovis coach no rookie

By Eric Butler Larry Jones Jr. has coached soccer before — just not at the high school level. He has coached girls before — just not at the high school level. He’ll get his chance to do both this fall after being named the girls soccer coach at Clovis High. Jones succeeds Tamara Spradlin, who […]