Hounds hope recruits can bolster defense

CNJ staff PORTALES — Shawn Scanlan is hoping his Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can get back to its defensive roots next season. Scanlan said the Greyhounds won back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division titles in 2003 and 2004 primarily because of defense. That element has been lacking since then, he said, and […]

Hounds add local flavor in recruiting

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In their second wave of recruting, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has added local flavor. The third-year Greyhounds coach said around 52 freshmen are expected to report for practice Aug. 5. All told, about 130 players will be on hand for the start of drills. Among […]

A-AA all-stars named

CNJ staff Eight players from Texico and Fort Sumner were selected to play in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association North/South Senior All-Star football game this summer. Fort Sumner’s Tell Montoya, Shawn Perkins and Vincent Sena were selected as defensive lineman on the Class 1A North team along with Josh Pachecoat at linebacker and […]

Hounds expect big recruiting class

CNJ staff PORTALES — If everything falls into place next week on national signing day, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says he’ll be one happy man. The third-year coach said Tuesday the Greyhounds have 16 verbal commitments from high school prospects for next season, and he’s hoping to add more in the […]

Lady Cats rip Gadsden

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Clovis High’s Brittany Johnson gets defensive pressure from Gadsden’s Alma Gallegos during Thursday’s first-round game in the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer There wasn’t much doubt Thursday night about whether or not Clovis High would advance to the semifinals of the Plateau […]

Rams rout NMMI, clinch district

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Portales senior Zach Vigil brings down ENMMI Junior Mandela Thomas while junior Alejandro Chavez, left, tries to set up a block in the first half of Friday night game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams did what they had to do to […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats looking for third consecutive trip to 5A finals

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Senior Brian Mead (28) scored 21 touchdowns last season in helping the Clovis High football team reach the Class 5A state championship game last season. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two years ago, the Clovis High football team started its season on an ominous note with a 35-0 loss […]

Cats preparing for scrimmage with Cruces

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Junior Diondre Hunter warms up with the rest of the Clovis High varsity football team on Friday. The Wildcats are preparing for a preseason scrimmage on Friday against Las Cruces High at Tularosa. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s football coaches weren’t too sure they liked what they […]

ENMU linebackers expect solid year

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Junior Tony Johnson, left and senior Jeremy Mullins listen to assistant coach Todd Wallis Thursday on the first day of Eastern New Mexico University football practice. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Jeremy Mullins and Tony Johnson were part of an Eastern New Mexico University defense which struggled […]

Cats begin two-a-days Monday

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Brian Mead returns for his senior season at Clovis High School after rushing for 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, helping the Wildcats reach the Class 5A state championship game. (CNJ file photo) CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats will be looking to reload when they start two-a-day practices Monday. Clovis graduated 18 starters from […]