‘Libero’ coming to prep volleyball

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. […]

White is double-trouble for Hounds

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Senior cornerback Corey White is Eastern New Mexico University’s only fulltime returning starter on defense. (File photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Corey White knows a lot is expected of him this season. After all, the senior cornerback from Lubbock is the only fulltime returning starter on defense for the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Public schools not place for coach’s evangelism

Freedom Newspapers Football coaches are football coaches: We don’t expect them to be political science professors. But we still have to take issue with some of the comments made by Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden at Sunday’s meeting of the Southern Colorado Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bowden, in defending Air Force Academy football coach […]

Reporter’s notebook: Coaches shave heads to motivate

Hair — or lack thereof — has become the perfect motivational tool for Darren Williams and Michael Thomas, coaches at Marshall Junior High School. The two men, similar in height and stature, stumbled upon an incentive for athletic teams at Marshall: In exchange for good performances, or in preparation for a tough competition, the coaches […]

Zias name Buzard, Klafka basketball co-coaches

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Dan Buzard and Dustin Klafka have been named Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball co-coaches for the 2005-06 school year, ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday. Buzard was a longtime Zias assistant before taking over the program when Wayne Moore retired after the 2001-02 season. He coached the Zias […]

On the decline: Free-throw shooting is becoming lost art in prep basketball

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(CNJ staff illustration: John Eisel) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer During his 13 years as Clovis High coach in the 1970s and 1980s — and well before the introduction of the 3-point line — Jimmy Joe Robinson remembers players spending hours honing their free-throw skills. He even created honorary clubs to reward players who […]

Prep hoops coaches wary of new seeding process

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The New Mexico Activities Association is moving pretty fast these days. So fast, in fact, that local basketball coaches were still fuzzy on the details even after the prep athletic governing body decided to seed the eight teams in the state tournaments for Class 3A through 5A. Slowly but surely, […]

Division I schools pursuing Bunton

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Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds through the first 16 games. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton has come through plenty of times for the Wildcats this season. If he can come through on his ACT or SAT, he’ll likely be […]

Hounds junior named All-Region

CNJ staff FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt has been selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ South Central Region all-district team for the 2003-04 season. The selections are voted on by NABC members, and are intended to “recognize the country’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes,” […]

Volunteers needed 3/21

Clovis Special Olympics is seeking volunteers to help with training and coaching our athletes in Track and Field and Equestrian. Training for coaches is available. Information: 762-7494 or 769-3919.

Grad, student assistants integral part of ENMU coaching staff

Dave Wagner WITH FOUR FULLTIME PAID coaches, Eastern New Mexico University’s football staff is supplemented by graduate assistants Josh Lynn and Mike Connelly, plus a number of student assistants. Virtually all of them played at ENMU. “Probably one of the differences between our staff and others is the quality of our graduate assistants and student […]

Former Clovis star takes hands-on approach at UNM

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Rick White Former Clovis star Hank Baskett is drawing accolades for something other than his athletic talent. University of New Mexico coaches recruited the sturdy 6-foot-4 sophomore to play wide receiver based on his rare combination of size, speed and jumping ability. Coaches now talk about his work ethic, determination, and ability to make plays […]

Limbaugh’s comments clearly not racist

Walter Williams Rush Limbaugh’s comment on ESPN regarding Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb was: “I don’t think he’s been that good from the get go. I think what we’ve had here is a little of social concern from the NFL. The media has been desirous that a black quarterback do well.” Kweisi Mfume, NAACP’s president, […]

Friends: Coach’s death ‘a shock’

By Gary Mitchell Friends and coaches were stunned by the death of Clovis High School volunteer assistant football coach Pete L. Hurst, who died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at his home. “I’ve known Pete for a long time,” said Clovis High School athletic director Dale Fullerton. “He played football for my father-in-law, Carl […]

Clovis loses vote for AAU tournament

By Dave Wagner After a one-year stop last weekend in Clovis, the AAU girls state basketball tournament will not be returning for 2004. Coaches voted to bring the event to Albuquerque next year at a meeting held during the tourney. Thirty-eight teams came to Clovis for championships in six age divisions. When it came time […]