Cleanup crew tackles graffiti

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lee Conlin, with the city of Clovis Environmental Response Team, paints a wall Wednesday that was tagged with graffiti. Conlin and his team remove graffiti once a week from city and private property at no cost to property owners. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There’s a cover-up going on […]

Sept. 23 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Sept. 14 an officer responded to a parking lot in the 1900 block of Prince Street for a hit and run. A man told the officer his motorcycle had been hit while parked. […]

ENMU players picked up for NBC tourney

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Playing for the Amarillo-based West Texas Outlaws in the wood-bat Red River League, Eastern New Mexico University baseball players Seth Clabaugh and Clayton Young will have their summer seasons extended. Both were picked up by the Oklahoma A’s, another league member featuring mostly players from fellow Lone Star Conference […]

Area teams fall in state LL openers

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia League All-Stars got off to a slow start Saturday and couldn’t recover in a 13-3 loss to Los Alamos in the first-round of the double-elimination state Little League 11-12 tournament. Zia returns to action in an 11:30 a.m. elimination game today. Joe Shelley accounted for all the scoring […]

Roosevelt wins 10-11 crown

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Zia pitcher Aycell Villalobos fires one to the plate during the third inning of Tuesday’s District 3 Little League 10-11 year old championship game at Portales. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Roosevelt County 10-11 year old All-Stars are headed to the New Mexico state championship tournament in Taos […]

Senior center bounces back

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Sue Woodcock and Joe Lekovich dance at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center’s weekly Friday dance less than a month after the building was reopened. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Between 70 and 80 senior citizens danced to Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Friday night at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center. The […]

Zias sign nine JC transfers

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Zia softball team signed nine junior college players to National Letters of Intent Tuesday, led by Seward County Community College sophomore infielder Jena Rue. Rue made National Fastpitch Coach’s Association First Team All-American as a freshman. Rue hit .430, with 66 RBIs and six home runs. She also led […]

Road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Niki Bowers sands drywall Friday at Anastacio Urioste’s home. Kingswood United Methodist Church is assisting the Uriostes in rebuilding their home after it was damaged by the March tornado. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Anastacio Urioste sat in what was left of his living room the day after a […]

Cats get win, tie at Levelland

CNJ staff LEVELLAND, Texas — Outfielder Jordan Jacobs went 6-for-7 as the Clovis Wildcats earned a tie and a win in West Texas Baseball League action Tuesday night. The Cats settled for an 8-8 tie in the opener, then won the nightcap 10-5 in six innings. Both games ended early on the WTBL’s 2-hour time […]

Cats post pair of run-rule victories

CNJ staff SHALLOWATER — The Clovis Wildcats cruised to victories over Shallowater and Lubbock Cooper on Saturday, beating both by identical 15-4 scores. Both games ended early because of the 10-run rule — the first game in six innings, the second in five. The Cats (8-5) trailed 4-3 before erupting for 12 runs in the […]

Lady Cats sweep Goddard

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis Lady Wildcats improved their summer record to 3-3 on Tuesday, notching 7-5 and 10-6 wins over Roswell Goddard. Clovis had eight hits in the opener and 13 in the nightcap. “We hit the ball better than we have been,” coach Brandi Thomas said. Goddard erased a 4-0, fourth-inning deficit […]

Hobbs blanks Lady Cats twice

CNJ staff Right now, the Hobbs Lady Eagles just seem to have Clovis’ number in softball. Hobbs handed the Lady Wildcats 10-0 and 6-0 losses on Tuesday in Clovis’ summer opener at Lady Wildcat Complex. Hobbs took three of four from the Lady Cats during the District 4-5A season, including a 4-0, 9-1 sweep at […]

Cats rally to gain split

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Clovis’ Michael Sena collides with Plainview second baseman Ty Criswell during the first game of Tuesday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. Criswell jumped to catch a high throw, but couldn’t come down with it and landed on Sena. CNJ staff In a doubleheader featuring 49 runs, the Clovis Wildcats got the last […]

Five-run fourth lifts Texico into 2A semifinals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Texico didn’t put together much offense on Wednesday, but the Wolverines bunched most of what they got into one inning. A five-run fourth held up, and junior right-hander Casey Crist fanned Santa Rosa’s Bryan Campos with the bases loaded to end the game as Texico held on for a 5-4 win […]

Lady Rams reach first state title game

By Eric Butler: Freedom correspondent FARMINGTON — One step away from a softball state championship was pretty foreign territory indeed for Portales and Santa Fe Indian School on Friday night. But, after quarterfinal victories earlier in the day at the Class 3A tournament in Farmington, the Rams and Lady Braves were poised to make some […]

Zias’ Mayo Otis lands on All-LSC South first team

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico freshman outfielder Alex Mayo Otis has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division softball team, released on Tuesday by the conference office. Mayo Otis, from Phoenix, was one of seven Zias recognized by the conference. She finished fourth in the LSC in hitting at .436, […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cats play Cavemen tough in losses

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The pitching was good enough. Clovis High just couldn’t muster any offense against Carlsbad on Friday. Left-hander Kenneth Toves pitched a three-hit shutout as the Cavemen took the opener of the District 4-5A baseball doubleheader 10-0, and senior right-hander Corey Weldon scattered five hits as Carlsbad won the nightcap 3-1. “We […]

Zias ride hot bats to sweep of Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were smoking on Sunday, helping the Zias greatly improve their position in the battle for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. ENMU used consecutive big innings to outlast Abilene Christian 13-9 in the opener, then rode a five-hit pitching performance from freshman […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cavemen blank Cats twice

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Clovis High catcher T.J. Farmer can’t get the throw in time as Carlsbad’s Anthony Franks slides in with a run during the first game of Saturday’s District 4-5A baseball doubleheader at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s baseball team got off to a good start Saturday. […]

Early long balls lift Texico past Elida

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — A brisk south breeze blowing toward left field made a difference in the first inning, and the Elida Tigers could not recover. Casey Crist and Jesse Walthers hit towering two-run homers in the opening frame while freshman Seth Bailey went 4-for-4 at the plate and pitched six […]