CHS’ Perkins gains national track berth

CNJ staff DENVER — Clovis High senior-to-be Kim Perkins has qualified for the national Junior Olympics track and field meet in the 400 hurdles in the 17-18 age division, winning the event on Sunday in the USA track and field Region X championship in a time of 1:05.58. Region X takes in New Mexico, Arizona, […]

Rodeoers happy to travel

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Jeremy Meledez hangs on during steer riding Tuesday night at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena during the High Plains Junior Rodeo finals. The rodeo will be going on throughout the week. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals began Tuesday in Clovis, it […]

Rodeo finals begin this week

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This young buckaroo tries to hang on during a timed event at last year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. The HPJR begins Tuesday at Mounted Patrol Arena with more than 300 contestants under the age of 19 competing in various rodeo events. By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats, it’s […]

ENMU falls short of rodeo finals

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding with his score of 79, attained in the second-go Tuesday. The […]

ENMU rodeo athletes fail to score

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University seniors Dusty Higgins and James Gililland did not score in third-go performances Tuesday night in the College National Finals Rodeo, and now must wait to see how others do to find out if they reach Saturday’s short-go finals. The top 12 finishers through three rounds in […]

Higgins improves in bull riding

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins won the second-go in bull riding competing with a score of 79 on Tuesday in the College National Finals rodeo to move into a tie for sixth place in the overall standings. Higgins’ third-go was scheduled for Tuesday night during the “performance” phase […]

Hound doesn’t score at CNFR

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico’s Dusty Higgins did not receive a score in the first go-round of the bull riding competition on Sunday at the College National Finals Rodeo. Only 12 of 35 competitors in the event received a score. ENMU’s James Gililland (team roping) and Brittany Bennett (barrel racing) will have their […]

Clovis freshman Robles wins triple jump

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Manuel Robles doesn’t handle himself like a freshman. Sitting third with one jump to go, the Marshall Junior High student soared a personal-best 45 feet, one-half inch to take Class 5A boys state triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico. Robles’ effort […]

Gallegos looking for spot in finals

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Clovis junior Adam Quintero hits a return back during his singles match against Carlsbad’s Michael Ongaga Saturday at the high school. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Patricia Gallegos knows her work is cut out any time she faces Sandia’s Anna Surviladze — she’s never beaten her. She’d like to get another […]

Instructor nails down national championship

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Frank Oborney demonstrates his technique for hammering in nails with both speed and accuracy Tuesday at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Frank Oborny is worried a national championship and a brief appearance on ESPN’s top 10 plays of the day is going to send the wrong […]