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 […]