Professor dedicated life to music

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Harry Barton spent 39 years as a music teacher to thousands of Clovis High School students. He was one of the best known and beloved teachers in high school, a gentleman all the way. Harry E. Barton was born Aug. 22, 1901, at Plymouth, Ind., and came to Clovis in […]

National park safety needs growing issue

By Freedom Newspapers We only wish he’d done this two years ago. Virginia Sen. George Allen, a Republican who narrowly lost to Democrat James Webb on Nov. 7, in one of the races that overturned control of Congress, seems intent on going out with a bang rather than a whimper. Allen recently unveiled S. 4057, […]

Fort Sumner beats Jal, advances to finals

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — Braeden and Cass Dimitroff combined for 212 yards of total offense, and the Fort Sumner Foxes held off an improbable comeback attempt from the visiting Jal Panthers to earn a 21-14 win and a repeat trip to the Class 1A championship. The Foxes (8-4) scored the game’s first 21 points […]

Garcia, Tech roll past Baylor

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Texas Tech junior Joe Garcia of Clovis, left, jokes with teammate Darcel McBath during the final minutes of Saturday’s 55-21 win over Baylor at SBC Jones Stadium in Lubbock. Garcia had two tackles and an interception. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor LUBBOCK — Even a fat lip, courtesy of […]

Hounds snap losing streak with win over Kingsville

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Eastern New Mexico University linebacker Tony Johnson (43) tackles Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Raymorris Miller in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division football game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — If Michael Benton was feeling any effects from a mild concussion which knocked him out of […]

Turnovers hurt Rams in Roswell

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Portales junior Jacob Brady brings down Roswell High quarterback Colton Cisco iin the first half of Friday’s game at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) ROSWELL — The Portales coaching staff viewed Friday night’s game at Roswell High as an opportunity for the Ram defense to make a statement. Instead, the […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats ride big night from Mead to win

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Clovis High fullback Manuel Robles lays out out Rio Rancho’s T.J. Harris (28), clearing the way for Brian Mead during the Wildcats’ 36-33 win over Rio Rancho on Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What happened: Senior running back Brian Mead rushed for three touchdowns […]

Clovis’ Baskett opens NFL career

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis native Hank Baskett began his NFL career Sunday with some playing time, but no receptions in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-10 win over the Houston Texans. Baskett was part of a four-wide-receiver formation with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter and the Eagles down 7-0. Two plays later, Eagles […]

Prep football roundup

CNJ staff Cass Dimitroff sparks Foxes CARRIZOZO — Cass Dimitroff ran for 195 yards four touchdowns and threw for another score as the visiting Fort Sumner Foxes defeated the host Grizzlies 38-26. Dimitroff ran for got TDs of 28, 25, 14, and 2 yards for the top-ranked Foxes (2-0), kicked four PATs and threw a […]

Mules test Portales pass defense

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Portales senior Hunter Rackler catches the ball over Muleshoe junior Dusty Clayton Friday at Greyhound Stadium. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Mother Nature did what the Portales defense couldn’t do Friday night: Stop the Muleshoe aerial attack. With just under two minutes remaining in the first half, and […]

Clovis and Socorro linked by Abo Highway

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist I love to travel over the southwest highways. You can almost see forever on some of the highways. Not too many people today know much about the Abo Highway, now called Highway 60. Soon after the creation of the State Highway Commission in 1912, future U.S. 60 (from the Texas […]

Gritty Bovina falls in 1A playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer AMARILLO — Bovina didn’t win in its first playoff appearance in nine years, but the Mustangs earned some respect. Outmanned by speed-laden Quanah, the Mustangs hung close by forcing four Indians fumbles Friday night before going down to a 19-8 loss in a Class 1A second-round game at Dick […]

Cats roll into semifinals with rout of Manzano

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Clovis’ Chris Finch, left, and Randy Cerda take down Manzano quarterback Adam Jaramillo during the second half of Friday’s Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Big plays kill. Clovis scored on four plays of 33 yards or longer and beat Manzano […]

Buffs falter in six-man final

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — In its bid for a second consecutive state six-man football title, Melrose dominated most of the statistics against Gateway Christian on Saturday — except one. The Buffaloes rolled up an 18-9 advantage in first downs and a 566-310 margin in total yardage, but the Warriors converted five […]

Regulating blogs another attack on free speech

Freedom Newspapers Internet free speech isn’t under attack just in the People’s Republic of China, where “at least 23 journalists and about 50 cyberdissidents are in jail,” according to a 2004 report by Reporters Without Borders, a civil-rights group. Internet free speech also is under attack, albeit in a much different way, in the country […]

Texico, Fort Sumner advance in 1A playoffs

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor TEXICO — Texico’s bid for a third-straight Class 1A state title started slowly Saturday as the Wolverines had nearly as many fumbles as first downs in the game’s first 14 minutes. The Wolverines recovered from their butterfingers ballhandling by halftime and rolled to a 53-0 win over Ramah in […]

Melrose returns to six-man title game

CNJ staff LOGAN — The Melrose Buffaloes are ready to defend their state six-man football championship. Senior Brock Graham ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from Carlos Ruiz and sophomore Adam Hairgrove added three touchdowns and a safety Friday night as the Buffs routed District 3 rival Logan 86-40 in a semifinal […]

Rams drop shootout at Ruidoso

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — After playing a catch-up game for the most part, the Rams will now play a different kind of game — a waiting one. After a 56-35 loss at Ruidoso, Portales’ season hangs in the balance of a seeding meeting tonight after it failed to qualify for one of […]

Midwestern State roughs up Hounds

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ENMU special teamers Corey White (left) and Fide Davalos tackle Midwestern State’s Jessie Lewis on a first-quarter kick return during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Midwestern State hardly looked the part of a .500 team Saturday night. […]

Weekend prep summaries

CNJ staff Football Saturday District 2-1A Fort Sumner 54, Mora 14 Fort Sumner 14 18 22 0 — 54 Mora 0 8 0 6 — 14 Scoring summary First quarter FS — Cass Dimitroff 49-yard run (kick failed), 8:59 FS — C. Dimitroff 25-yard run (pass failed), 4:57 FS — Safety, Mora’s Jeorge Trujillo tackled […]