HPJRA FINALS: Quick start helps Tularosa competitor

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers The first one out of the chute may be the victim of some nerves, but there are advantages to that, too. On Friday afternoon, Tularosa’s Lon Danley was the first to go in the 9-12 steer riding competition. Danley had one thing in mind as his steer, with him aboard, […]

HPJRA FINALS: Youngster has Plan B

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Audrey Wren of Texico, left, shows her friends the crosses she made and is selling at the High Plains Junior Rodeo. Wren had Thursday’s best time among 18 contestants in 8-and-under barrel racing. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It’s a long way from the 8 and under category at the […]

Roper shows off lineage

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lane Hedeman of Morgan Mill, Texas, ropes a calf on Tuesday morning during competition in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent All of the contestants for this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are from either New […]

Rodeo set for Clovis next week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than eight, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

Portales pair picks up state titles

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Portales’ Brandon McAfee runs a leg in the 1600 medley relay at the state track meet Friday in Albuquerque. The Rams failed to advanced to today’s finals. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Jordan Roehl didn’t give herself much in the way of style points in Friday’s […]

CCS’ Bell wins 1A triple jump, second in high jump

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Freedom correspondent: Scot Stinnett Fort Sumner sophomore BreeAnna Lucero cleared 4-9 on Friday to take the Class 1A girls state high jump title in Albuquerque. CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday […]

Texico boys Class 2A semifinal preview

Class 2A No. 3 Texico vs. No. 1 Penasco 8 a.m. at The Pit Records: Texico 23-5, Penasco 22-7 How they got there: Texico beat Lordsburg 43-32, Pecos 56-21. Penasco beat Escalante 65-54, Bosque Prep 82-60 in the quarterfinals. Lowdown on Texico: After erasing an early 18-point deficit to make it to the Class 2A […]

Cats make history at state finals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis High swim coach Vince de Maio said that the last day of the New Mexico Swimming & Diving State Championships on Saturday was the first day of the 2007-08 season. If that’s true, then the Wildcats are off to a decent start. On a team dominated by underclassmen, one […]

CHS SWIMMING: State meet begins today in Albuquerque

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent One finalist last year at state was the first building block. Now, the Clovis High swim team is looking to add on. The New Mexico state swimming and diving championships are scheduled for this weekend at Albuquerque Academy, with preliminary competition today and the finals on Saturday. In 2006, the […]

Texico cowboy wins PBR finals

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A Texico teenager won $225,000 Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev., and the only thing he gambled on was his health. L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title at the Thomas and Mack Center. Jenkins was one of three cowboys to successfully ride six bulls […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from […]

St. Mike’s pounds Clovis

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Clovis High junior Lora Esquivel (9) battles Clarissa Medina of St. Michael’s for control of the ball near the sidelines during the first half of Saturday’s finals in the Clovis Invitational soccer tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a while since the Clovis High girls have won […]

HPJRA finals: Short-go puts wraps on rodeo

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Abby Medlin races to the finish line after running her horse through the poles in the 9-12 age group in Saturday’s short-go of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent In essence, the last day of the High Plains […]

HPJRA finals: Dads give ‘mugging’ aid

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Tate Seaver, 12, Clovis, prepares his horse for competition in the 9-12 boys double mugging event on Tuesday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. He recorded the fastest time in Thursday’s draw. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent At the Thursday morning session of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals, […]

High Plains, high returns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksOwner Ron Waters, front, and employee Adrian Largo of ShyAnna Leather of Gallup get ready Monday for this week’s High Plains Junior Finals Rodeo in Clovis. ShyAnna Leather makes custom leather items. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent If ever there was such a thing as a traveling, summer rodeo camp for […]

SUMMER TRACK: CHS grad Perkins qualifies for national meet

CNJ staff EL PASO — Recent Clovis High graduate Kim Perkins qualified for national competition in two events over the weekend by placing in the Region X USA track and field youth championships at the University of Texas-El Paso. Perkins placed second in the 17-18 girls 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a personal-best time of 1:05.07, […]

Portales soph takes second in shot

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Portales sophomore Kandace Bergsieker qualified on Friday for today’s girls 200 and 400 finals in the Class 3A state track meet in Albuquerque. (Freedom Newspapers photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — One down, one to go for Portales sophomore Jordan Roehl. Roehl cranked out her best throw of the day in shot put on […]

Texico rides shutout pitching to finals

CNJ staff LOS LUNAS — It only took the Texico Wolverines 11 innings to make it to the finals. Texico beat Gallup Catholic 12-0 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 1A state tournament. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. The defending-champion Wolverines mercy-ruled Penasco 12-2 in six […]

Buffs’ Rush sets state mark

Melrose’s Cedar Rush leads during the first lap of the 800 meters. Rush won the event in a record time of 1:58.53. (De Baca County News: Scott Stinnett) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Melrose senior Cedar Rush normally doesn’t run the 800. On Friday, he ran it and he ran it well. Rush won the 800 […]

Cats’ Robles finishes second in high jump, long jump

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Clovis sophomore Manuel Robles finished second in both high jump and long jump and the Clovis track team qualified for the finals of six events Friday in the Amarillo Relays. Robles was already state-qualified in both long jump and triple jump, but he needed to clear 6-2 in the high jump […]