Lady Cats top Portales for first-day tourney split

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brandi Thomas didn’t want to end the day on a sour note. Freshman pitcher Tisa Forrest made sure she and the rest of her Clovis High teammates wouldn’t, pitching the Lady Wildcats past Portales 4-1 Friday night for a first-day split in the season-opening Clovis Invitational round-robin softball tournament […]

Lady Rams roll over Lovington in final

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Portales’ Morgan Hill drives to the basket past a Lovington defender during the second half of Friday’s District 4-3A girls championship game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — It wouldn’t be a district championship game without coach Brenda Gomez marching back and forth on the sidelines. The […]

Camp, Georgia

Georgia Christina Camp, 80, of Roswell died on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at her home. She was born on Jan. 9, 1926, in Oakville, Iowa, to George William and Sophia Nell Cunningham. She graduated from Oquawka High School in Illinois in 1943. She worked at an ordinance plant in Burlington, Iowa, for two years after […]

Rams beat NMMI in district tilt

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — The Portales Rams survived Friday night at New Mexico Military Institute, and got an assist from District 4-3A rival Lovington as a three-team race tightened. Portales (11-11, 2-2 district) jumped out to a 25-11 lead midway through the second quarter and held off the Colts for a 48-36 win. “It was […]

Lady Rams rout Lovington in district opener

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Morgan Hill had 15 points to lead three Lady Rams in double figures, and Portales jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 71-42 victory over Lovington in Friday night’s District 4-3A opener. Portales (13-6) played an inside-outside game, with Hill scoring on the interior and her […]

Cats win belated opener

CNJ staff ARTESIA — It was a little rough around the edges, but it’s a win. Five days after the majority of their players were playing in the Class 5A state championship football game, the Clovis High Wildcats opened their season with a 58-48 win over Lovington on Thursday in the first round of the […]

Prep hoops: Rams reloading

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Like their female counterparts, the Portales High Ram basketball players are coming off of a Class 3A runnerup performance. Like the Lady Rams, the Rams are hosting Muleshoe on Tuesday night. That’s about where the similarities end for the Portales squads. “(Girls coach Brenda Gomez) basically returns most of her […]

Polk, Maxine

Maxine Martin Polk, 86, of Lovington, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in Lovington. She was born June 16, 1919 in Garrison. She married Richard Beecher Martin Nov. 14, 1936 in Portales. He preceded her in death in 1967. She was also married to T.M. Polk, also preceding her in death. She was a member of […]

Rams lose game and running back

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin WilsonPortales junior running back Cruz Ontiveros looks upfield on a third-quarter run in Friday’s District 4-3A game against Lovington. Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — By looking at their pre-district schedules and records, one could reason that Portales and Lovington’s football teams started their district seasons on even ground. After Friday’s […]

Black shares PGA experience

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Ronnie Black of Lovington helps Jimmy Joe Robinson of Clovis with his golf game Saturday during a lesson at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Black was at the course to give lessons. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer As he walked to a bench adjacent to the driving range, Ronnie Black […]

Former PGA player to be here Saturday

By Dave Wagner After 22 years on the PGA Tour, Lovington native Ronnie Black was ready to get back to his roots. A two-time winner on the Tour, Black will be in Clovis all day on Saturday giving golf lessons on an hourly basis to individuals or groups at Municipal Golf Course. He said he’s […]

Connelly, Bert

Bert Connelly Services: Have been held. Bert E. Connelly, 79, of Artesia, died Friday, May 27, 2005, at his home. He was born on July 28, 1925, in Atoka, Okla., to Herbert and Edna Usher Connelly. He married Joyce Byrum. He came to Artesia in March of 2005, from Bent. He was a former resident […]

Brinker, Ronald

Ronald Brinker Services: Have been held. Mr. Ronald M. Brinker, 55, of Portales, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at his home. He was born on Nov. 4, 1950, in Lovington, to Earlene and Glen O. Brinker. He grew up in Tatum and Lovington. He graduated from Lovington High School in 1969. After high school he […]

Clovis Christian junior wins tourney

CNJ staff LOVINGTON — Clovis Christian junior Mollie Peterson won District 4/1-3A golf competition Tuesday at Lovington Country Club, and she took no prisoners. Peterson, who had already qualified to represent CCS in next week’s state tournament in Grants, shot 85 for an eight-stroke margin win. “She’s qualified (a leg for state) in every tournament […]

Clovis captures Lovington Invite

CNJ staff LOVINGTON — A short course and near perfect conditions helped the Clovis boys shot 11-over par as a team Thursday en route to their second straight tournament title. Senior Travis Reid led the way for the Wildcats, who shot a season-best 295 on the 6,440-yard, par 71 layout at Lovington Country Club. Reid […]

Clovis softball confident for season opener

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Julie Surina planned to celebrate her 18th birthday on Thursday by going to dinner with her family. The Clovis High senior would like to celebrate a championship this weekend in the sixth annual Lady Wildcat Classic softball tournament at the CHS softball complex. “We really want to win this,” said […]

prep scores 2-4

Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Local Texas Muleshoe 58, Levelland 51 New Mexico Carlsbad 51, Cibola 40 Farmington 51, Aztec 42 Grants 66, Cobre 25 Kirtland Central 50, Piedra Vista 42 La Cueva 59, Albuquerque High 45 Lordsburg 44, Tularosa 43 Mayfield 66, Alamogordo 33 Moriarty 44, Albuquerque Academy 38 Pecos 44, Mora 31 Rio […]

Lady Cats pound Lovington again

CNJ staff LOVINGTON _ The Clovis girls continued their unbeaten ways, past Lovington for the second time this season. Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon scored a game-high 25 points and fellow junior post Aimee Hilburn added 13 points in Clovis’ 64-42 win that was decided before halftime. Clovis coach Miles Watters said Blackmon and Hilburn […]

Clovis basketball capsules 1-14

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Boys Purple Pepper Shootout Friday Gadsden (11-4) at Clovis (14-1), 7 p.m. Last game: Clovis beat Portales 57-47 Tuesday. At stake: Clovis’ top ranking in the Class 5A Albuquerque Journal coaches poll and momentum going into the start of District 4-5A play next week. Gadsden players to watch:Frank Borden, […]

Wednesday holiday tournament summaries

CNJ staff Boys Wednesday Valley 56, Pampa 47 The Valley Vikings scored 26 in the fourth quarter after trailing 32-30 to beat Pampa 56-47 in the Milk Cow Classic third place game. Travis Vigil scored 21 points and hit all seven free throws as the Vikings (9-2) made 11 of 12 from the charity stripe. […]