Sweep lifts Zias over .500 mark

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Junior Nicole Dickson pitched her third shutout of the season in the nightcap and freshman catcher Michelle Anderson homered in each game Tuesday as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team rolled to a 9-4, 14-0 sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Zias (17-16) moved over .500 by winning their fourth […]

ENMU netters fall in dual matches

CNJ staff TULSA, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team dropped a pair of duals on Friday, falling to East Central 7-2 and Washburn 6-3. Freshman Sarah McAfee was involved in both wins against East Central, beating the Lady Tigers’ Alyssa O’Neal 6-0, 6-0 in singles and teaming with Tracy Hughes for a […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name

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Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

Grand slam keys Zias in softball

CNJ staff PHOENIX — Freshman Kristen Cruickshank’s fifth-inning grand slam held up and the Eastern New Mexico University softball team edged San Francisco State 8-7 on Friday night in the Schutt Sports Division II leadoff Classic. The slam put the Zias (9-10) in front 8-3 and they held off a late rally by the Gators […]

Zias ride balanced attack to victory over Bronchos

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ENMU senior Rochelle Vance looks for a shot against Central Oklahoma’s Taylor Allen during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese said he has been waiting for freshman post Rochelle […]

Host Wolverines hold off Bovina in tournament

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Lovington defenders Stephanie Hernandez, left, and Shae Garcia try to block a shot by Bovina’s Lucero Saucedo during Tuesday’s girls quarterfinals in the Citizens Bank Border Shootout at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — For three quarters, the Bovina Mustangs were on course to knock host Texico […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats’ top runner unable to compete at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen had high hopes his girls squad could win a Class 5A state championship, or at least finish in the top three and win a trophy. But with top runner Caitlin Waters still recovering from a bout with walking pneumonia, Bussen said the […]

ENMU posts road win

CNJ staff HOBBS — Second-half goals by junior Ryan Atkinson and freshman Dustin Flores rallied the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over College of the Southwest on Wednesday. The Mustangs struck first early in the second half, but Atkinson netted his first goal of the season on a penalty […]

Lady Cats have plan in place

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Clovis High senior Siobhan Flatow goes high for a kill during the Lady Wildcats practice session this week at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray has a plan in place, with quite a few variables, to replace a significant corps of graduated […]

Former Vixen carries success to college level

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Fort Sumner grad Sandy Fortner is having a productive season in her first year at UNM. (Courtesy photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The way Sandy Fortner competes, it’s easy to forget she’s only a freshman. Fortner, a Fort Sumner grad in her first year at the University of New Mexico, is best on […]

Zia netters return solid nucleus

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team has probably gotten its toughest Lone Star Conference opponent out of the way. Now the Zias will see what the rest of the conference looks like. ENMU lost to Abilene Christian 9-0 on Feb. 1 at Zia Tennis Complex. […]

Greyhound baseball dealing with losses, hoping to top .500

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Freshman catcher Paden Vendrely takes throws in the dirt from redshirt Tyler Rutherford during Tuesday’s Greyhound baseball practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Last spring, a doubleheader loss at fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on the final day of the season prevented Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team from posting […]

ENMU campus evacuated after receiving bomb threat

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University campus was evacuated Friday morning after the Portales Police Department dispatcher received a bomb threat, according to school officials. After a three-hour search with nothing suspicious found, the campus was re-opened around 1 p.m. Campus police and resident hall assistants evacuated faculty and students from […]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. […]

ENMU harriers looking for improvement

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports wrietr Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams were a bit disappointed with their finishes in last year’s Lone Star Conference meet — fifth for the men, ninth for the women. They hope to make amends this season, beginning with Friday’s season-opening Buffalo Stampede at Canyon, Texas, hosted by West […]

Hounds like depth on diamond

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Greyhound third baseman Danny Martinez tags out Brett Scherer during a Saturday scrimmage at Greyhound Field. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Wallace is glad to finally have a set position. An infielder most of his high school career at Alamogordo, Wallace has moved from […]

College soccer: Fluke goal helps Zias beat Highlands

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Zias women’s soccer team was determined not to let anything spoil their debut on their new field. With just a bit of help from New Mexico Highlands, and a late insurance goal, the Zias posted a 2-0 win on Sunday to keep their […]

Tug of war battle a lesson in education

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A tradition persisted in my hometown involving freshman hazing at our local college, the Colorado School of Mines. It culminated in a public showing of manly strength in the center of town as sophomores faced freshmen in a mighty tug of war across Clear Creek. You have to understand that […]

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 […]

Area players could help ENMU this fall

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Their numbers are relatively small overall, but several area athletes could make noteworthy contributions to Eastern New Mexico University football next fall. First-team All-Lone Star Conference linebacker Jeff Howard of Portales and defensive end Larry Roybal of Fort Sumner, both of whom will be seniors, are already proven commodities. But veteran […]