CAFB team tuning up for ‘World’

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Cannon Air Force Base left fielder Staff Sgt. Richard Wickenkamp makes a sliding catch during a game against Da Crew of Carlsbad on Saturday during the New Mexico USSSA men’s Class D state tourney at Guy Leeder Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After a first-round loss early Saturday […]

Clovis native Goff second at Sun Country Amateur

CNJ staff Las Cruces — Clovis’ Robert Goff played the course well, but Lee Sanchez Jr. was better. Sanchez hit a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Sun Country Amateur Championship at the New Mexico State University Golf Club to finish 11-under for the tournament. Goff, who will be a senior for the NMSU golf […]

Moore eyes bigger role next season

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Tyler Fontenot of Clovis watches as his par putt misses the mark on the 18th hole of Wednesday’s Sun Country Junior PGA event at Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jordan Moore is getting ready for a big change next year. After several seasons in the background, […]

Yucca student makes it to second round of national spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer WASHINGTON — Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly spelled decoupage — the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts — without a hitch, but he did not advance beyond the second round of the 78th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Gillooly, two-time regional spelling champ, did not score enough points Wednesday in […]

Pentagon agrees to release closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Under fire from Congress, the Defense Department has promised to give lawmakers access by next Tuesday to detailed material backing up its recommendations to shut down about 180 military installations across the country. Parts of the report are classified, so the Pentagon said lawmakers and staff […]

Gallegos looking for spot in finals

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Clovis junior Adam Quintero hits a return back during his singles match against Carlsbad’s Michael Ongaga Saturday at the high school. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Patricia Gallegos knows her work is cut out any time she faces Sandia’s Anna Surviladze — she’s never beaten her. She’d like to get another […]

Cats win 4-5A golf title again

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Solid ball-striking helped Clovis High senior Guillermo Chavez make up for a few hiccups in his putting game as he shot the day’s only round under-par to lead the Wildcats to their fifth straight District 4-5A boys golf title. Chavez fired a 2-under 70 Monday at Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course, […]

Farwell’s Nichols captures I-1A golf title

By Dave Wagner Tate Nichols didn’t give anybody else a chance on Tuesday. Carrying a two-stroke lead into the second and final day of boys Region I-1A golf competition at Reese Golf Course in Lubbock, the Farwell senior put together a round of 67 to finish at 4-under 140 for a nine-stroke margin over Iraan’s […]

CHS alum leads NMSU in conference championships

CNJ staff PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Clovis High alum and New Mexico State junior Robert Goff is tied for 13th place going into the final round of the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship. Goff led the tournament after round one with a 5-under-par 67. But he ballooned to a 9-over 81 in Tuesday’s […]

Clovis run at Ruidoso ends at four

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Clovis senior Travis Reid made a late charge to earn his first tournament win of the season Tuesday at the Leroy Gooch Invitational golf tournament. Reid birdied three of his last four holes, including No. 18, and shot a 1-over-par 73 at the Links at Sierra Blanca. His two-day total of […]

Ex-Clovis standout drafted by Sacramento

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer From the time she started dribbling the basketball, Clovis’ Cisti Greenwalt has always dreamed of playing in a professional basketball league. “There wasn’t one then, we just assumed there was going to be one,” said Greenwalt, who graduated from Clovis High School and moved on to Texas Tech University. […]

Great Lakes makes first Clovis flight

CNJ Staff At noon Sunday, Great Lakes Aviation made its first flight as Clovis’ new air carrier. Airport director Steve Summer said the Department of Transportation recommended that Clovis switch to Great Lakes after having used Mesa since 1985 because of their ability to promote themselves at Clovis’ carrier as part of their marketing plan. […]

BRAC Q&A, part 4

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]

Area Scores

Friday FOOTBALL Prep Playoffs New Mexico The Associated Press Class 5A Round 1 Highland 20, Rio Rancho 14 La Cueva 61, Eldorado 0 Class 4A Round 1 St. Pius 42, Kirtland Central 20 Texas Class 3A Division II Region I Snyder 42, Muleshoe 12 Basketball Prep Boys Clovis Christian 70, Plainview (Texas) Christian 39 Ascension […]

Mules crush No. 11 Perryton

CNJ Staff AMARILLO — Brady Black rushed for 182 and two touchdowns as Muleshoe extended its playoff mastery over Perryton with a 30-13 win Thursday at Dick Bivins Stadium. Brant Hamilton passed for 103 yards and a touchdown and ran for another as the Mules rolled up 422 yards of offense while beating the 11th-ranked […]

Jackson falls in quarterfinals

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Recent Clovis High grad Perry Jackson advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sun Country Amateur Match Play Championship at Four Hills Country Club before losing on Friday to defending champion Robert Gonzales of Albuquerque 2&1. After qualifying for round-of-32 match play on Thursday morning, Jackson advanced by defeating Brett Greer 2&1. […]

Roosevelt County jumps out early

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Clovis Zias’ Marcellino Prucey throws a pitch in the first inning of Tuesday’s Major League all-star tournament game at Portales. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Nothing could stop Roosevelt County Tuesday night, except the weather. The Portales-based squad pounded out five extra-base hits in a six-run first inning and […]

Like wine, Gutierrez’ golf game gets better with age

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Tom Harden of Clovis just missed his birdie putt on the 13th hole Saturday during the first round of the Clovis City Golf Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. CNJ staff Dave Gutierrez said he hasn’t played at Clovis Municipal Golf Course in seven years. It didn’t seem to matter […]

Chavez wins in sudden-death

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Guillermo Chavez didn’t have much time to dwell on his bogey-bogey finish. Less than five minutes after he sailed his third shot over the green and failed to get up-and-down for par, the 17-year-old Clovis golfer was back on the tee box as part of a three-man playoff. This time, Chavez […]

‘Reresupper’ stumps spelling bee contender

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using […]