Coach splits time between family, chili

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Sesario Ramos holds a spoonful of asado Wednesday at his home in Clovis. Ramos has competed in chili cook-offs for more than 30 years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Torn between two loves — chili and family — seasoned chili chef Sesario Ramos chose family. Instead of attending the International […]

Choices can lead to God — or stomachaches

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I wrote about Mother’s two cousins about five years ago. The time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a school club […]

Perkins ready for national meet

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After qualifying for national Junior Olympics track and field competition last year but not being able to go due to lack of funds, Kim Perkins is anxious for another crack at it. The Clovis High senior-to-be qualified in the 400 hurdles last summer when she was in the 15-16 […]

Girls battle for state seed at Lil’ Custom Classic

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tony Cordova is in for a busy weekend. Cordova has two teams in the fourth annual Lil’ Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex — one in girls 16-and-under and another in boys 12-and-under — and, he said, they approach it in different ways. For the girls, […]

PRCA rodeo begins weekend run

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Chase Runyan of House looks to get out from under a cow during the Wild Cow Milking Contest in the 35th annual PRCA Rodeo Thursday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler The 35th annual Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo kicked off in grand fashion Thursday […]

5/12 Education Digest

Yucca brings home silver, bronze The Yucca Junior High School branch of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America brought home 11 silver and bronze medals in April’s state competition held in Albuquerque. Formerly called the Future Homemakers of America, the club competed in a variety of competitions, winning bronze and silvers in the […]

Experience paying off for Ortiz

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Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz enters this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state track meet in Austin ranked near the top in his class in the 1,600 and 3,200. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Preparing for his third trip to the Texas state track meet, Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz has become […]

Withrow, Ortiz advance to Texas state track meet

CNJ STAFF Seniors Jessica Withrow of Muleshoe and Edgar Ortiz of Bovina will represent the area in Texas high school state track competition, scheduled for May 12-14 at the University of Texas in Austin. Withrow won two events and placed second in two others in the Region I-3A meet over the weekend at Odessa, including […]

Reporter’s notebook: Miss Clovis moving on to Miss New Mexico pageant

For the third year in a row, Aleiha Applegarth has been crowned Miss Clovis. She said the pageant, held March 13 in Las Cruces, was something she “just fell into” after receiving a flier at work. With the encouragement of her co-workers and friends, Applegarth entered her first pageant competition. “I figured ‘why not?’,” she […]

Gerleve captures LSC men’s javelin title

CNJ STAFF SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Zach Gerleve remained unbeaten in javelin competition this season and gained the NCAA provisional qualifying distance by throwing 194 feet, 3 inches on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference track and field meet, hosted by Angelo State University. Gerleve, who has won in all […]

Lady Wildcats defend home turf

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Clovis junior Kim Perkins jumps over the last hurdle during the 300 meter hurdles Friday during the Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium. Perkins won her heat and had the best time to give her first place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With the home track advantage and a pretty […]

Peak Performance

By Eric Butler – Wildcadettes earn trophies at nationals. There’s always something to prove, as long as someone is around to watch. That’s the approach the members of the Clovis High drill team, the Wildcadettes, took while getting ready to perform Thursday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. “I guess you could say it’s more relaxed,” […]

Yucca 8th-grader repeats as regional spelling bee champ

By David Irvin: CNJ Staff writer A little extra effort each day helped Zach Gillooly repeat Saturday as the regional spelling bee. The next stop for the 13-year-old Yucca Junior High student on the spelling bee circuit is Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the national level. “There’s a lot of competition there (in […]

Local student named state queen

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Ashlee Stallings poses with Wilma Fulgham after winning the state fair queen crown while representing Curry County Saturday night in Albuquerque. (Courtesy photo) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Ashlee Stallings spent Sunday in bed battling strep throat. There was no way she could compete for the state fair queen crown, she thought. If that […]

Special olympics comes to Clovis

CNJ STAFF Today, 40 special Olympic athletes will be in Clovis to compete in the state special Olympics equestrian competition. The athletes will compete in events such as showmanship at halter, figure eight and pole bending. Gena Hankins is a volunteer helping with the event. Her 14-year-old daughter Brooke is competing in the competition. She […]

CHS’ Perkins gears for Junior Olympics nationals

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Kim Perkins works on her starts in the 400 hurdles this week as she practices for Junior Olympics national competition in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Kim Perkins didn’t know she’d be working so hard in track this summer. Perkins, who will be a junior this fall at Clovis High, finished […]

Tae kwon do qualifiers head for Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]

Ranchvale student wins Clovis Soap Box Derby, trip to nationals

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Jared Womack, 12, of Clovis, left, and Stephanie Martinez, 14, of Clovis, race down Sycamore Street during the 3rd annual Soap Box Derby Saturday in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham: CNJ correspondent Eight-year-old Geoffrey Holmes could not contain his excitement Saturday morning as he stood with his mother and awaited the […]

Local 11-12 squad qualifies for AAU nationals

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Clovis racers on their soap box

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Seventeen Clovis youngsters are signed up to race in this year’s Clovis Soap Box Derby, sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club. The winner of Clovis’ “Gravity Grande Prix” will join more than 400 other young racers for the 67th running of the American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs […]