5A STATE VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats confident

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Clovis High’s Lainey Flatow, left, watches Tuesday as Tori Northcutt boards a bus that will take the team to the Class 5A state volleyball tournament in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports wrier With some inexperienced players on its roster, the Clovis High volleyball team wasn’t sure what to expect […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a report on Thursday’s City Commission meeting: • Commissioners recognized Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey for his service, and Mayor David Lansford presented him with a key to the city and a plaque. Lansford described Carey’s contributions during his 29 years on the force as “enormous,” adding, “you cannot measure the contributions […]

Lady Cats reach semifinals in CHS volleyball invitational

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CHS hitters Siobhan Flatow, center, and Jasmine McDonald, right, block a shot by Hobbs setter Cynthia Mendez (11) in pool play of the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament on Friday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Whether it was because they were mad about losing a pair of […]

CHS GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Cats manage tie with Artesia

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Clovis freshman Danielle Valdez (21) attempts to move the ball around Artesia junior Stacey Poe during Friday’s pool play match in the Clovis Invitational girls soccer tournament at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Freedom Newspapers Clovis High’s girls will have to wait until this morning to find out whether they’ll play for […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats host invitational

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament has a recent history of two things — producing a champion that eventually wins a state title in its classification, and showcasing unusually talented small school teams. Tatum fit both criteria last year as the Class 1A Lady Coyotes swept through the Clovis tourney and […]

CHS SOCCER: Lady Cats try to reverse losing atmosphere

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Clovis High senior Brittni Jimenez, left, and freshman Cynthia Madrid get some extra work in after practice on Wednesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. The Lady Wildcats host a six-team invitational this weekend. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ correspondent Changing a losing atmosphere can be one of the hardest tasks a coach […]

Portales accident victim remembered for helping others

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a dull […]

CHS soccer: Cats confident in postseason chances

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Clovis High senior Luis Miranda, center, goes up for a header over Everardo Dominguez, left, and Taylor Burnett during a corner-kick drill Thursday at Yucca Soccer complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ correspondent A late-season 1-0 loss to rival Hobbs cost the Clovis High boys soccer team a District 4-5A championship […]

Lifeguard shortage could induce pool restrictions

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The state mandated stricter safety guidelines at Potter Pool last year following the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has asked the state to lift a staffing stipulation placed on a Clovis public pool after a boy drowned in it last […]

Endangered coyotes may endanger you

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist A visitor from New Mexico is lurking behind my California home. No, it’s not a prairie dog, a rattlesnake or Gov. Bill Richardson. It is a coyote. And it wants to eat my dog. Actually, my mom, who is visiting from Michigan, is the one who spotted the coyote when […]

Clovis, Portales gain semifinals

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Clovis’ Jonathan Ware pitches to a Levelland hitter during Friday’s Clovis Invitational tournament at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Cade Wheeler didn’t get off to the kind of start on Friday that he’d hoped for on the mound. Leave it to an older hand to help him […]

Safety priority at public pools

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Lifeguard Britta Gordan, 19, of Texico, watches children Friday at Potter Park Pool. Gordon just finished her second year at New Mexico State and is home for the summer. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards […]

Potter Park Pool opens noon today

CNJ staff Potter Park Pool opens at noon today with free admission. Admission after today is $2. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. Proper swimwear is required. Pool hours are: • Saturday — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Sunday — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Monday, Friday — noon […]

College happy with president applicants

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of a presidential search committee are sifting through a dense pile of applicants in hopes of finding a new Clovis Community College president by May, according to search committee chairman Jay Gurley. The window to apply for the position closed Friday. The three-month search yielded 35 to 40 […]

Texico first in pool at 2A state volleyball tourney

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales in Class 3A and Texico in Class 2A captured first place in state volleyball tournament pool-play competition on Wednesday, setting up today’s eight-team bracket quarterfinals. At La Cueva High School, Portales swept all six of its games — two games to 15 against three pool opponents — to earn the […]

Texico likes chances in 2A tourney

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Texico’s Zandi Queener spikes the ball during Saturday’s Class 2A Region C championship game in Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn thinks experience can be overrated. Despite having only four players with state tournament experience, the veteran Texico coach likes his team’s chances of winning […]

Lady Cats set for state

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Clovis’ Tarrah Sweet looks to tip the ball over an Onate defender during Saturday’s Class 5A regional match Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis advanced to state by winning the match in four games. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats have lofty expectations for the Class […]

Relaxing in pool worth some extra work

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist As the end of summer approaches, I’ve been thinking about how nice it was to have a swimming pool this year. Thanks to modern design, a number of us in Clovis have our own swimming pools. For somewhere between $100 and $200 you can get one of these plastic contraptions […]

Melrose city pool scheduled to open

CNJ Staff The pool at Melrose’s city park is scheduled to open today — just in time for the end of the community’s first day of school. State environmental officials on Tuesday night approved the pool’s opening after nearly two years and more than $100,000 in repairs, City Council member Lance Pyle said. Pyle said […]

Cats set to make move up

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Clovis high school junior goalie Josh Bussen clears a corner kick in front of junior teammate Luis Miranda during practice Wednesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fourth-year Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill thinks team chemistry could help the Wildcats achieve a spot in […]