Coaches, AD back new plan

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis athletic director Brian Stacy and several high school coaches are in favor of an administration proposal to put all ninth-graders in one location. Stacy said the number of academic casualties among athletes making the transition to 10th grade is high — many never regain their eligibility — plus […]

Youngsters learning game of football

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Cowboys quarterback Juan Gutierrez take the snap and looks to pitch to his running back during Saturday’s afternoon game against the Sundevils at Jim Hill Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Wrapped in a warm blanket with his family, Jack Jones looks on as his 10-year-old grandson Michael Petersen […]

Letters to the Editor: State, not world, should be first priority

I recognize that the Ute Water Project increasingly seems to be “pie-in-the-sky” for eastern New Mexico. The increasing costs seem to skyrocket, and the federal government is more leary than ever of funding the 75 percent cost of a $400 million project for us. This makes me angry. Our expenditures every day in Iraq make […]

Fast-pitch league off to solid start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The fruits of the a new youth fast-pitch softball league in Clovis probably won’t be seen at the high school level for a few years, but league president Yolanda Aguilar said things went well during the league’s recently-completed first season. It was a learning experience for coaches as well […]

Clovis AD adapting to new job

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy said his first six months as Clovis athletic director has been about what he expected. “The (overall) athletic program is going fantastic,” he said. “Just look at the number of teams that made the state playoffs. Even though (the New Mexico Activities Association is) going back from […]

AWOL tracksters derail meet

Freedom Newspapers A high school track meet at Hobbs was canceled Tuesday after two female Portales track athletes were reported missing. The two athletes left with friends and returned to the meet about two hours later, according to Hobbs school and law enforcement officials. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said he did not know the […]

Farwell, Bovina fill coaching positions

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer District 4-1A football rivals Farwell and Bovina will have new coaches leading their teams next season. Mark Anglin, the head coach at Class 1A Bartlett, Texas, has been hired at Farwell to replace Jacob Thompson. Meanwhile, Bovina promoted defensive coordinator Hector Guevara to take over for Kent Torbert, who […]

Play Inc. boards debate basketball program

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of the Play, Inc. executive board and basketball board discussed a controversial pilot program at a Monday night meeting. About 500 basketball players this season have been divided into two leagues — competitive and recreational — rather than by district as in the past, but some executive board […]

ENMU coach found calling in football

CNJ Editorial Our region lost a good man last week. Bud Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died early Tuesday morning. He was 73. Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Campus Union Ballroom on the ENMU campus. Elliott was one of college football’s all-time winningest coaches, compiling […]

Area weekend high school football capsules

CNJ staff All Times MDT Clovis Christian at Lake Arthur When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday 2004 records: Clovis Christian 2-7, Lake Arthur 3-5. Coaches: Clovis Christian, Greg Darden; Lake Arthur, Jose Porras. Last meeting: First times teams have met. Lake Arthur players to watch: Manuel Salcido, 5-10, 175, Sr., QB-S; Edward Rubio, 5-6, 145, So., WR-DE; […]