Baskett golf tourney set for April 28

CNj staff The Hank Baskett III Tee’d Off About Child Abuse golf tournament is being held April 28 at Chaparral Country Club. The tournament benefits the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis. Baskett is entering his second year with the Philadelphia Eagles. Registration is 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee […]

Baskett honored at ceremony

CNJ staff Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett had his No. 18 Wildcats football jersey retired during halftime of the Carlsbad-Clovis boys basketball game Tuesday night, with a packed Rock Staubus Gym cheering on his achievements. A proclamation declaring Tuesday “Hank Baskett Day” from Clovis Mayor David Lansford was read […]

Living the dream

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Hank Baskett shows how he caught a pass in an NFC playoff game against the Saints. The catch, which would have kept Philadelphia’s last-minute drive alive, was negated by a penalty. New Orleans escaped with a 27-24 win. (CNJ staff 0photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Hank Baskett describes his rookie season […]

Letters to the Editor: Warden deserves credit for jail successes

I think it is time the public has another viewpoint involving Curry County Detention Center. I have attended a majority of the County Commission meetings the past three years and, therefore, have been able to tour the Detention Center four times, the latest being Jan. 5. The vast changes that have occurred since Warden Leslie […]

Singing legend Hank Williams remembered on stage

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Kenny Maines said in researching and preparing for his role as country music legend Hank Williams he learned a great deal about Williams’ impact on country music. Maines is star of a two-hour musical filled with humor and darkness that portrays Williams through his rise from his early days to […]

Baskett has solid Monday Night debut

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Jason Spradlin, left, points out Hank Baskett on the screen to his father Don on Monday at Kelley’s Bar and Grill.The Spradlins hope to get tickets when the Eagles play at Dallas. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Don and Jason Spradlin sat amongst a crowd sprinkled in front of a […]

Baskett’s CHS peers watching with interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]

Baskett hopes to fly high with Eagles

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Former Clovis High and University of New Mexico standout Hank Baskett signs autographs and greets fans at Sports Connection on Saturday. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Hank Baskett III knows his work is cut out trying to make it as a free agent rookie wide receiver in the NFL. […]

Baskett agrees to deal with Vikings

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Clovis High School alum Hank Baskett III talks to his agent on his cell phone from the floor of his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III watched and waited for 14 hours over two days as 255 players were picked in the National […]

Clovis grad Hank Baskett only days away from making jump to NFL

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NFL prospect Hank Baskett roots on the Lady Wildcats softball team during their doubleheader Tuesday at the Lady Cats softball park. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an […]

Inherited house-pigeon both pet, pest

By Bill Sconone: Guest Columnist About eight years ago, when my wife’s cousin Sheila lived in Nevada, a pigeon decided to follow her brother home from fishing. No one thought too much of it until the dirty bird took up residence. Sheila and her husband Hank traveled a lot and began to haul the dirty […]

Baskett’s NFL stock rising

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Hank Baskett has gone from a quarterback at Clovis High School to a potential NFL draft pick as a wide receiver. By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III has put himself on the NFL draft radar with his breakout senior season at New Mexico. Baskett, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, finished the regular […]

Charges pending in bond shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he will decide today whether to file charges against a Clovis bail bondsman involved in shooting two people — including a co-worker — while attempting to revoke a bond. Hank Bayless of Hank’s Bail Bonds shot Christina Snell and suspected bail-jumper Javier Sanchez, Chandler […]

Top 10: Baskett catches on in breakout year

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The University of New Mexico coaching staff challenged Hank Baskett after the last year’s season-ending Las Vegas Bowl. As the only returning wide receiver on the roster with Division-I experience, the former Clovis High standout needed to step up his game. The 6-foot-4 junior responded with a breakout year. […]

Many readers behind Bonds if steroid free

Project: Reader Reaction Going into Wednesday’s games, Barry Bonds needed one home run to tie Willie Mays for third on the all-time list and 97 home runs to pass Hank Aaron as the greatest home run hitter ever. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked “Are you rooting for him?” Some responses: “If his record […]

Former Clovis star takes hands-on approach at UNM

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Rick White Former Clovis star Hank Baskett is drawing accolades for something other than his athletic talent. University of New Mexico coaches recruited the sturdy 6-foot-4 sophomore to play wide receiver based on his rare combination of size, speed and jumping ability. Coaches now talk about his work ethic, determination, and ability to make plays […]