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 […]

Speller competing for national title

By Ryan Lengerich His friends call him Zack, but Tuesday he will be known simply as “Speller No. 141.” That number will be assigned to Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly when he represents eastern New Mexico in a three-day competition this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New […]

Muleshoe’s Withrow, Bovina’s Ortiz earn runnerup finishes

CNJ STAFF AUSTIN, Texas — Muleshoe junior Jessica Withrow wasn’t able to defend her Class 3A girls state high jump championship over the weekend, but she did pick up a pair of second-place finishes for the Lady Mules in competition at the University of Texas. Withrow went 5-8 in high jump on Friday to finish […]

Gallegos splits in 5A state tennis

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High junior Patricia Gallegos reached the quarterfinals of Class 5A state singles competition Wednesday before bowing out. Gallegos cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Rio Rancho’s Alyssa Anastasi in her opening match before falling to Mayfield’s Jackie Doak 6-2, 6-0. Gallegos was the lone CHS player to make it […]

ENMU teams sixth in LSC track

CNJ STAFF KINGSVILLE, Texas — Ricardo Hernandez and Zach Gerleve highlighted Eastern New Mexico University performances over the weekend in the two-day Lone Star Conference track meet. ENMU finished last in both divisions of the six-team meet, scoring 28 points on the men’s side and 11 in women’s competition. Angelo State ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year […]

Wolverines bid for regional title

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Burly senior first baseman Bryce Bailey is batting .608 for the season and shares Texico’s team lead in home runs with seven. Photo by Mike Linn By Dave Wagner Texico senior Justin Loven admits he’s got a few butterflies heading into the Wolverines’ first postseason baseball appearance today, but he wouldn’t have it any other […]

Bovina’s Ortiz advances to state in 1,600 and 3,200

CNJ STAFF LEVELLAND, Texas — Bovina junior Edgar Ortiz is on his way to the big show again in Texas small-school track. Ortiz, who made it to state in the 3,200 last year, qualified in the 1,600 and 3,200 by winning both events in Class 1A regional competition this weekend at South Plains College. Ortiz […]

CHS boys shoot for fourth Ruidoso title in a row

By Dave Wagner Clovis High senior Perry Jackson and juniors Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez have a simple goal over the next couple of days — win a fourth consecutive Leroy Gooch Invitational golf tournament boys team championship. All three have played on the previous three Gooch champions, including Reid and Chavez as eighth graders. […]

Target shooting helps bowhunters stay sharp

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Competitors at Saturday’s bowhunting competition determine the scores on their first target. Clockwise from bottom left are Jamie Hipp, T.J. Wood, Renae Hipp and Jim Wood. Walter Beevers of Clovis watches on the side. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson Oasis State Park saw a portion of people braving the slight winds to enjoy […]

CHS takes 2nd at mock trial comptetition

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Clovis High School senior Beverly Reynolds, an attorney for the mock trial team, gives opening statements at an exhibition against area lawyers on March 13. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Clovis High School has put its stamp on a competition dominated by Albuquerque schools. The CHS mock trial team placed second last […]

Clovis musician selected in contest

Reporter’s Notebook Santa Fe Pro Musica will present Clovis High School senior Julie Barnard as an honorable mention selection of Pro Musica’s Seventh Annual Young Artists Scholarship Competition. Barnard performed the Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Allegro and Andante by Strauss at a March 13 competition. There will be celebratory recital and reception featuring […]

Mock trial team ready for state competition

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Clovis High School senior Vincent Williams cross-examines a witness during the CHS mock trial team’s practice Saturday at the Curry County Courthouse. Williams and the team defended their case against practicing lawyers. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich Clovis High School mock trial team sponsor Therese Pacheco compared the organization to an athletic […]

Very few benefits are worth their cost

Walter Williams The first concept an economics student learns is that for every benefit there’s also a cost — or, as my longtime colleague and friend Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman has put it, “There’s no free lunch.” While the person who receives the benefit might not pay or even be aware of the cost, as […]

Area students want to bee best in spelling competition

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Michael Martinez (left) will compete in the regional spelling bee on March 6 at Clovis Community College. The Tucumcari eighth grader won the regional bee last year and competed at the national championship in Washington. Photo: TV Hagenah. Ryan Lengerich Clovis students are sanguine about a chance to visit Washington, D.C. — and many of […]

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Jessica Winstead, daughter of SSgt. Ray Winstead of Cannon air Force Base in Clovis, placed third in a competition of about 200 in a “Drill Down” competition held at Texas Tech in Lubbock this past weekend. She is member of the Clovis High School Air Force JR ROTC.

Couple ‘nails it’ at competition

Reporter’s Notebook For many a backyard handyman, a hammer, a nail and a high-stress situation would mean a sore thumb and the potential loss of a thumbnail. But for Everett and Donna Ewers, it meant a national championship for each of them, followed by trips to New York City and Hollywood to appear on television. […]

Win is music to ears of Wildcat band

By Jack King The Clovis High School Wildcat band beat 32 other high school bands from five states to win the Zia Marching Festival in Albuquerque on Saturday night, head band director Bill Allred said. The University of New Mexico, the festival’s sponsor, invites bands from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Texas to attend […]

Gymnasts do well in nationals

CNJ STAFF Katlin Luscombe of Texico and Ann Marie McLelland of Clovis were part of a team of ninth athletes representing Muleshoe-based Acrospirit Trampoline and Tumbling to participate in the USA Gymnastics National Championships from July 12-22 in Sacramento, Calif. Luscombe, who will be a sixth grader at Texico Elementary this fall, and McLelland, a […]

Bodybuilding detective

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Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum poses with his trophies and 28 cartons representing 504 eggs he ate while training for the Mid-USA/New Mexico State Bodybuilding Championships July 12 in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he […]

Fair planning winds down

By Jack King It’s almost time to load up those freshly canned pickles, secret recipe cookies and prized animals. The Curry County Fair is only four weeks away, plenty of time to plan to be at the Curry County Fairgrounds for a week of competition, entertainment and chances to learn about the latest in home […]