Longtime Lady Rams coach steps down

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After leading the Portales girls basketball team to five New Mexico Class 3A state championships, and seven consecutive championship game appearances, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez is stepping down after 22 years as head coach. Gomez will be coaching girls basketball at Robinson High School in Waco, […]

Parting ways

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Donna Gomez is the finance director for the Beacon of Light mission. Disciples call her Momma Donna By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Randy and Donna Gomez have left the Lighthouse Mission after 19 years to start their own drug and rehabilitation program. Randy Gomez said the couple left over […]

Hope Christian downs Portales

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Portales senior Amanda Terry looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday […]

Class 5A & 3A girls capsules

Today’s semifinal At The Pit, Albuquerque Class 5A What: No. 2 Clovis (21-5) vs. No. 6 Gallup (19-8) When: 1:15 p.m. Coaches: Clovis, Miles Watters; Gallup, John Lomansey How they got here: Clovis def. Manzano 54-32, def. Las Cruces High 53-42; Gallup def. Eldorado 54-48, def. Alamogordo 35-25. Of note: The teams are meeting at […]

Zias defeat Tarleton State in finale

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Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Missy Kirkland drives to the basket against Tarleton State’s D’Anna Dingler in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division women’s game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Roni Gomez knows she’s never going to be a big scorer, but she realizes […]

Lady Rams snare district title

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Portales junior Vicki Huber goes up for a shot in the paint during Friday’s District 4-3A girls championship game against Ruidoso at Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the […]

Lady Rams post win at Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales beat Lovington 65-41 Friday to close out the first half of its District 4-3A schedule undefeated, but Lady Rams coach Brenda Gomez said the score does not necessarily indicate Portales dominance. Senior Briana Hernandez led the Lady Rams with 22 points, including five three-pointers, in her second game since returning […]

Zias edged in double overtime

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior guard Stacey Staten hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie the score in the first overtime, then converted a 3-point play at the start of the second OT and Midwestern State went on to claim an 81-75 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Defense keys Lady Cats past Portales

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Clovis High’s Janea Eshleman, cener, drives to the lane through three Portales defenders in the Lady Wildcats’ 51-37 victory on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters is still looking for consistency on offense from the Lady Wildcats, he’s […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats prep for rematch with Portales

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — While the Portales Lady Rams play their final pre-district tuneup tonight, their Clovis counterparts are glad to be back on the court. Portales (8-7), riding a three-game winning streak, visits Rock Staubus Gym for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Lady Wildcats. Meantime, Clovis (8-5) had a scheduled […]

Lady Rams get past West Las Vegas

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Portales’ Kaycee Quick tries to attack the basket against West Las Vegas’ Kristen Encinias during Friday’s game in the Portales Shootout. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams overcame a tough man-to-man defense and a hot-shooting West Las Vegas point guard to defeat the Lady Dons 46-42 […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats roll past Portales

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Clovis High junior guard Ebony Bunton steals the ball from Portales’ Briana Hernandez in Friday’s game at Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Clovis junior Ebony Bunton scored 22 points in keeping the Clovis girls undefeated, leading the Wildcats to a 51-34 domination of the Portales Lady Rams Friday night […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats set to invade Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams have enjoyed plenty of success over recent seasons. Portales has reached the Class 3A state championship game in each of the last six campaigns, winning four times, while the Lady Wildcats were Class 5A state titlists in 2005 and have won 67 […]

Hunger hits home

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Leon Sweat, left, and Joe Taylor load a truck with donations for a Clovis resident at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food […]

Martinez-Villarreal, Federico

Federico Martinez-Villarreal, 19, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Born Sept. 18, 1986, to Geraldo and Maria Martinez-Villarreal in Durango, Mexico, he married Noehmi Sanchez in October of 2005 in Clovis. He was employed as a dairy laborer and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

Zias’ coach taking measured approach to job

CNJ staff PORTALES — Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good […]

Lady Cats’ Blackmon signs with South Plains

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Clovis High’s Brittany Blackmon, shown in a District 4-5A game against Carlsbad last season, has signed to play college basketball at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. (CNJ file photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just as one local product makes her way to South Plains Junior College in the fall, another will come back […]

Duran-Salas, Kadie

Kadie Janelle Duran-Salas, infant, of Clovis died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center where she had been born that day. She is survived by her parents, Destiny Salas and Jerry Duran, of Clovis; a brother, Lino Duran of Clovis; two grandmothers, Josette Salas of Amarillo and Jeannie Duran of Clovis; great-grandmother, Josefina […]

Betancourt, Victor

Victor Betancourt, 86, of Clovis died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. Born March 20, 1920, to Felix and Josefia Gonzalez Betancourt in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, he married Tillie Sandoval in 1944. After her death, he married Celina “Sally” Marquez Anaya in 1988. He served in the Mexican Army during the Mexican Revolutionary […]

Three’s enough for PHS seniors

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers LBUQUERQUE — No point in being greedy, according to Portales senior Morgan Hill, after she helped the Lady Rams to win their third Class 3A state title in four years. Portales made it to the finals in 2005, but was upset by Santa Fe Indian School. “I don’t want to […]