Feb. 1 – Littlejohn wants to play

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lady Cat assistant coach Joshua Littlejohn’s son, Jude Littlejohn, wandered onto the court during half time. The fifteen-month-old boy wanted to play with the Artesia junior varsity girls who were practicing shots at the net.

9-23 Engagements

Adams-Williams Jim and Donna Adams of Amarillo, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lori Adams of Amarillo, to Ryan Williams, of Amarillo. He is the son of Brad and Jan Williams of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows Oct. 13, 2007, at The Wedding Chapel in Amarillo. The reception will follow the […]

Lady Wolverines, Vixens prepare to defend crowns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Senior Brooke Bailey passes the ball to a teammate during Texico volleyball practice on Friday. The Lady Wolverines are preparing to defend the Class 2A state championship they won last November. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The last time a group of athletes like this came through, Texico volleyball coach […]

Texico turns tide to claim 2A title

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTexico coach Mike Littlejohn and the Texico Wolverines celebrate after capturing the Class 2A volleyball championship Saturday in Albuquerque. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — The Texico Wolverines didn’t let a little thing like losing the first game affect them. After all, they’ve been here before. Texico, which reached […]

SMALL-SCHOOL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Texico matures quickly

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In 28 years as Texico’s volleyball coach, Mike Littlejohn said his 2006 squad is the youngest and least experienced he’s coached. The Lady Wolverines (19-3) start two freshmen, three juniors and a senior, with only two of the players having varsity experience. So much for the importance of experience. […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Texico notches big victory

CNJ staff WITH THE FIRST GAME already under its belt, Texico faced 22-18 and 21-15 deficits in the next two games Saturday against District 6-2A rival Clayton. The Lady Wolverines, though, rallied to win both games against a team Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes is the best in district. The only losses this season for […]

Prep volleyball: Texico in 2A finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE —Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes energy always prevails over emotion. Littlejohn’s energetic Texico squad defeated Tularosa 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19 in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday at Eldorado High School. “You can play on emotion for a while, but emotion runs out and energy lasts,” Littlejohn said. […]

Lady Bronchos overcome slow start

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer AFTER GRADY STARTED THE season 0-3, coach Missi Glover said she was worried about her young team. “I thought this year might be rough,” Glover said. After six consecutive wins, Grady is 6-3 and thinking about a district title. Glover said her team is playing together, something they failed to […]

Prep volleyball notes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said sophomore Bryn Mayfield is a clutch server. “She’s saved our bacon lots of times with her serves,” Littlejohn said. Her serving line from last weekend’s Mountain Top Tournament at Cloudcroft backs that up. She was 74 of 75 on serves with 28 aces. “She […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Texico, Estancia building rivalry

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer CLASS 2A HEAVYWEIGHTS Texico and Estancia could be starting quite a rivalry. After splitting the first four games, Estancia took the deciding game 15-9 Sept. 6 in Estancia. The loss was Texico’s first of the season. Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said his team learned a lot from the match. […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Lady Spikers holding up well

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer YOU WOULD THINK THE Texico Lady Spikers might struggle with Class 2A all-state outside hitter Lori Richardson starting the season on the bench with an ankle injury. To put it mildly — they haven’t. They are undefeated in two matches into the season, not losing a game against Capitan […]

Strength in numbers at district track meets

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Texico senior Braden Vaughan took first in the shot put with a throw of 42-7 Tuesday during the Texico Relays. Vaughan, who also plays baseball, has already qualified for state in all three throwing events. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer This weekend’s Class 1A district track meets will be decided […]

Grady going to state; Texico going home

CNJ Staff CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Grady Lady Bronchos made things extremely difficult for themselves in the Class 1A Region B tournament at Menaul High School, but still managed to come through with two wins and a spot at the this week’s State Tournament. Grady dropped the first two games of Friday’s semifinal before […]

Littlejohn, Ruby

Ruby Littlejohn Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ruby Littlejohn, 86, of Portales, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 at La Posada Hospice Center in Las Cruces. She was born on April 13, 1918, in Manila, Ark., to Mary Matilda and William Joseph Rhodes. Her family moved to Otis in 1923 and on to Hagerman in 1924. […]

Texico passes tourney tuneup with ease

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Texico junior Lori Richardson spikes the ball past Santa Rosa senior Melissa Chavez during the second game of Thursday’s match. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer TEXICO — Texico freshman Bryn Mayfield provided the ammo. Junior Lori Richardson pulled the trigger. And a wounded Santa Rosa team hobbled out of […]

Weddings, Anniversaries and Engagements for Oct. 17

Weddings Hoggatt Jennifer Coyle of Clovis and Phillip Hoggatt of Oklahoma City were joined in marriage on Aug. 14, 2004, at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. The Rev. Maurice Monson performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Marietta Coyle of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of William and Margaret Coyle […]

Vixens poised for state-title run

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Texico junior Lori Richardson looks to tap the ball during practice Thursday at Texico. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Many observers at last year’s state tournament felt Fort Sumner was more than capable of winning the Class 2A or even 3A title. Only one problem for Fort Sumner: Those observers […]

Texico likes chances in state volleyball

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Texico’s Ashley Littlejohn (left) and Amber Parmer go up for a block in Friday’s Class 2A Region B semifinal victory over Questa at Texico Sports Arena.Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner The Texico Lady Spikers may not be the favorites going into this weekend’s Class 2A state tournament in Roswell, but veteran coach Mike […]

Businesslike style carries Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner THE CLOVIS LADY WILDCATS approached Tuesday’s District 4-5A volleyball opener at Hobbs in a businesslike manner, according to coach Darrel Ray. The Lady Cats rode 13 blocks and 10 kills from senior middle hitter Monique Walker to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 win over the Lady Eagles. “Probably 10 of (Walker’s blocks) were […]

Littlejohn, Arthur

Arthur Littlejohn Services: Have been held. Mr. Arthur Littlejohn, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 11, 1921, on the family farm 12 miles south of Portales, to Virgie and Jimmy Littlejohn. He grew up on the family farm and attended school […]