ENMU ready to roll

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With virtually no outside practice time yet due to the recent winter weather, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is a work in progress as a season-opening series approaches against Sul Ross State on Friday and Saturday in Alpine, Texas. Of course, the Greyhounds are in […]

Thursday prep capsules

Girls * Clovis Christian played House even-up until overtime, when the Lady Eagles lost three players to fouls and dropped a 53-44 decision in a District 4-1A matchup. Jennifer Schaap scored 20 points, Jocelyn Swann added 17 and Sidnee Pool scored 10 for the Lady Eagles (8-8, 0-2 district), but all three were lost to […]

Area high school boys basketball capsules

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Texico’s Ruben Lindley, right, applies defensive pressure to Friona’s Caleb Miller in the boys finals of the Farwell Invitational earlier this month. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff New Mexico TEXICO WOLVERINES District 6-2A Coach: Richard Luscombe (18th year) 2006-07 record: 9-2, including a runnerup finish in the Farwell Invitational and the championship in […]

Area high school girls basketball capsules

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Bovina’s Jessica Bachicha, right, tries to keep the ball away from an opponent during a game in the Farwell Invitational earlier this month. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff New Mexico TEXICO LADY WOLVERINES District 6-2A Coach:

Ideal body shouldn’t be child’s main focus

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice-skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied dance […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Playoff delay slows Cats

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Clovis High’s Maria Sena runs the floor during a ballhandling drill in Lady Wildcats basketball practice on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is used to waiting for the football team to wade through the Class 5A state […]

Hounds gear up for exhibition with Aggies

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette has overcome a lot to return to basketball this season. After playing two years off the bench at the University of New Mexico, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior post transferred to ENMU and tore his ACL just before the start of the […]

‘42’ players hear shuffling of white bones with black spots

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist In March 2002 it was claimed that the Curry County Men’s 42 League was the largest such league in the state. If “Forty-Two,” the only exciting dominoes game, ever becomes one of the Olympic games, this county in Eastern New Mexico could supply the U.S. team. One warning: These guys […]

Youngsters learning game of football

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Cowboys quarterback Juan Gutierrez take the snap and looks to pitch to his running back during Saturday’s afternoon game against the Sundevils at Jim Hill Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Wrapped in a warm blanket with his family, Jack Jones looks on as his 10-year-old grandson Michael Petersen […]

Baskett voted NFL rookie of the week

CNJ staff After two days of Web voting, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett of Clovis has been chosen the National Football League’s Rookie of the Week. Baskett, who beat out highly touted players such as New Orleans’ Reggie Bush and Arizona’s Matt Leinart for the honor, caught three passes for 112 yards and a […]

Canadian sport perfected by U.S. Air Force

2nd Lt. George Tobias They swarm around the table pushing and jockeying for position, trying to knock their opponent’s ball into a pocket, “crack” the balls collide. And just as fast, the roles have changed. This was the scene at The Landing on Aug. 18 when a Crud tournament pitted teams from the 27th Mission […]

Hounds gear up for start of practice

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University football team should have plenty of time to get ready for its first game. Around 140 players reported Wednesday for the start of preseason workouts, which begin today. School doesn’t start until Aug. 28, with the Greyhounds scheduled for a Thursday night […]

Players’ notions change after all-star week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Heading into the week of all-star football practices, which culminated in a 24-7 victory for the South on Friday, Clovis linemen Randy Cerda and Aaron Simon may have had certain preconceived notions about some things. At the end of the week, some of those were all but forgotten […]

Gadgets make cars more comfortable for owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Satellite radio, global positioning satellite mapping and DVD screens are hot items on today’s vehicles, according to car accessory dealers. And the more gadgets a vehicle has, the faster it sells, according to Greg Bass, Hamilton Big Country Truck Center manager. Vehicles equipped with satellite radio, global positioning satellite […]

Local teams get ready for Little League state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two Clovis American Little League teams are preparing to represent District 3 in double-elimination state tournaments this weekend in Albuquerque. The American 13-14 squad is scheduled to open play at noon on Saturday against the winner of District 7. The tournament is at Albuquerque’s West Mesa field. American manager […]

Custom Classic has unwritten rules

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleFlorence Jackson of the Clovis Benchwarmer swings at a pitch Friday during the 23rd annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. The tournament drew 126 teams. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Ask before taking the last slice. Don’t date your friend’s sister unless you plan to […]

Area athletes participate in all-star competition over weekend

CNJ staff Several 2006 area high school graduates participated in New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star games over the weekend. In Class 4A-5A baseball at Las Cruces, Clovis High’s Shane Shallenberger coached the South All-Stars to a three-game sweep of the North, with help from two of his players — infielder Sean Cruce and […]

Zias’ coach taking measured approach to job

CNJ staff PORTALES — Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good […]

Summer season begins Tuesday for CHS baseball

CNJ staff Three weeks after being bounced out of the Class 5A state playoffs in the round of 16, Clovis High is ready to begin its month-long summer baseball program. Assistant coach Shane Leatherwood will run the program, with head coach Shane Shallenberger taking more of a background role. “It’s just a learning time for […]

Softballers rev up to defend title

Janet Taylor-Birkey Janet Taylor-Birkey The Defending United States Softball Association Military World Champion, Cannon mens’ varsity softball team, opened their 2006 softball season with an impressive first place finish in the Clovis Umpires Tune Up and a second place finish in the Knights Challenge, May 6 and 7. The team is currently in first place […]