CHS prepares for baseball season

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Clovis senior catcher Richard Urdan, getting in his swings Wednesdy in the batting cage, is one of seven returning staters for the Wildcats. By Rick White Richard Urban wrings the handle of the wooden bat with his strong hands, the easterly wind nipping at his smiling face like a 2-month-old puppy. The infield grass only […]

An exercise in deployment

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A1C Sean Ellenburg, of the 27th Comm Squadron, secures a pallet full of equipment before it’s weighed in the cargo yard at Cannon Air force base Thursday during a training exercise (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Robert Yates wants his Cannon Air Force Base personnel […]

Where a strike is a good thing

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Gene Davis grips his bowling ball in his stance before throwing during practice Wednesday at the lanes. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber Gene Davis fell in love with bowling when he was 9 years old. He got into bowling, he said, because his brother played baseball, and Davis didn’t like baseball. His […]

Clovis senior grows into leadership role

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Clovis senior Monique Walker blocks out Manzano’s LaToya Jackson. CNJ photo by Rick White. Rick White Monique Walker has always played a good game. Now she’s talking one, too. A three-year starter, the 5-foot-9 senior Clovis post has stepped up her leadership role this season, according to Lady Wildcats coach Miles Watters. Being more assertive […]

CHS senior content with backup role

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Clovis senior Jesscia Hohn and Tascosa’s Katie Titus battle for a rebound. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Vanessa Vaca’s contribution was barely a blip on the statistical radar screen. One point, two rebounds and a steal for the Clovis Lady Wildcats in Tuesday’s 62-21 blowout over Amarillo Tascosa at Rock Staubus Gym. […]

Wanted: 50 doctors, and now

By Jack King If you dropped 20 new general practice physicians into Clovis’ pool of patients, they would hardly make a ripple. That was how Plains Regional Medical Center’s new administrator Brian S. Bentley described the city’s physician shortage recently. And it’s not just GPs that the city needs, he said. “Clovis probably has never […]

Long-standing house has wild history

Don McAlavy The first homes in early-1900s Clovis were tents and one- or two-room shacks. But one of the homes built in 1908, at Ninth and Gidding streets (almost out of town at the time) was the J. S. Fitzhugh home that ranked among the best homes in eastern New Mexico. It cost more than […]

Hounds, Zias get down to work

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Garland Coleman isn’t satisfied with Eastern New Mexico University’s spot — third — in the Lone Star Conference South Division men’s preseason basketball poll. After all, the Greyhounds won the division championship a year ago. Still, the 6-foot-3 senior guard-forward from Flossmoor, Ill., near Chicago, plans to make use of […]

Q&A: Rajan K. Mirchandani, M.D.

Rajan K. Mirchandani, M.D., 46, will be opening a private practice in Clovis in January. Q: Where do you presently work? A: I’ve been working in the Urgent Care Center at Plains Regional Medical Center for the last 2 1/2 years. Q: What brought you to the Clovis area? A: Dr. William Gaspar and I […]

Improved practice habits key for Cats

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams was the leading rusher against Valley in his first varsity start. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Rick White Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley isn’t ready to declare the Wildcats’ roller coaster ride in the first four games of the season over yet. The Wildcats have won two games by a combined […]

Cats break out pads

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Clovis High School junior running back Phillip Williams cuts back against senior cornerback Chris Mondragon during Thursday’s first practice in full pads for the Wildcats at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler There’s a different sound to football practice once the pads are strapped on. The general noises of breathing hard […]

Hounds welcome 135

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott still looks forward to the start of practice each fall. A broken hip sustained during spring practice when he couldn’t avoid a collision on a play which spilled over the sideline has slowed Elliott a bit, but coaching football helps keep […]

Bring on the pads

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Farwell High junior linebacker Rowdy Mitchell fires out of his stance during sprints. Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner FARWELL — Farwell High senior Grant Gregory says football practice doesn’t really get started until he puts the pads on. He and his Farwell teammates still have to wait two more days to start hitting. […]

Vaughan helps improve Wolverines

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — Buddy Vaughan’s backyard is certainly not a cornfield in Iowa. But thanks to his frustrations and adaptations six years ago, it’s become a field of dreams for Texico High School baseball. In the late 1990s, Vaughan was a Little League coach in Clovis. The problem wasn’t his players, but instead […]