Neighbors fear Gaza Strip after Hamas takeover

Freedom Newspapers There are losers all around the Middle East, and most decidedly in Washington, in the virtually complete takeover of the Gaza Strip by the militant Islamist faction Hamas. But the residents of that unhappy territory will suffer the most. A little more than a month ago, before the fierce fighting of the past […]

Cats get win, tie at Levelland

CNJ staff LEVELLAND, Texas — Outfielder Jordan Jacobs went 6-for-7 as the Clovis Wildcats earned a tie and a win in West Texas Baseball League action Tuesday night. The Cats settled for an 8-8 tie in the opener, then won the nightcap 10-5 in six innings. Both games ended early on the WTBL’s 2-hour time […]

Cats post pair of run-rule victories

CNJ staff SHALLOWATER — The Clovis Wildcats cruised to victories over Shallowater and Lubbock Cooper on Saturday, beating both by identical 15-4 scores. Both games ended early because of the 10-run rule — the first game in six innings, the second in five. The Cats (8-5) trailed 4-3 before erupting for 12 runs in the […]

North wraps up series sweep

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis’s Jordan Garrett waits for her turn at the plate during Saturday’s finale of the NMHSCA all-star softball series at Lady Wildcat Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In her last game at Lady Wildcat Complex, Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett went out with a bang. Unfortunately for her South […]

Lady Cats sweep Goddard

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis Lady Wildcats improved their summer record to 3-3 on Tuesday, notching 7-5 and 10-6 wins over Roswell Goddard. Clovis had eight hits in the opener and 13 in the nightcap. “We hit the ball better than we have been,” coach Brandi Thomas said. Goddard erased a 4-0, fourth-inning deficit […]

Cats roll past Levelland

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Levelland’s Garrett Claire races home safely as Clovis catcher Michael Sena tries to corral a high throw during the second game of Tuesday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High baseball team put the long ball together with solid pitching […]

Cats rally to gain split

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Clovis’ Michael Sena collides with Plainview second baseman Ty Criswell during the first game of Tuesday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. Criswell jumped to catch a high throw, but couldn’t come down with it and landed on Sena. CNJ staff In a doubleheader featuring 49 runs, the Clovis Wildcats got the last […]

Elida slips past Questa in 1A state meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a two-run deficit and moved into the today’s semis […]

Five-run fourth lifts Texico into 2A semifinals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Texico didn’t put together much offense on Wednesday, but the Wolverines bunched most of what they got into one inning. A five-run fourth held up, and junior right-hander Casey Crist fanned Santa Rosa’s Bryan Campos with the bases loaded to end the game as Texico held on for a 5-4 win […]

Lady Rams reach first state title game

By Eric Butler: Freedom correspondent FARMINGTON — One step away from a softball state championship was pretty foreign territory indeed for Portales and Santa Fe Indian School on Friday night. But, after quarterfinal victories earlier in the day at the Class 3A tournament in Farmington, the Rams and Lady Braves were poised to make some […]

Split enough to give Rams district title

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Portales needed a split to win the District 4-3A title. After coming up on the short end of a 43-run slugfest in the opener, the Rams rode the steady pitching of senior right-hander Phillip Danbom to a 13-5 win over Ruidoso Friday in the nightcap to wrap up the district title. […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cats play Cavemen tough in losses

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The pitching was good enough. Clovis High just couldn’t muster any offense against Carlsbad on Friday. Left-hander Kenneth Toves pitched a three-hit shutout as the Cavemen took the opener of the District 4-5A baseball doubleheader 10-0, and senior right-hander Corey Weldon scattered five hits as Carlsbad won the nightcap 3-1. “We […]

Zias settle for split at CSW

CNJ staff HOBBS — The hitting woes continued for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team on Tuesday. After scoring just nine runs in losing three of four games in a Lone Star Conference South Division series at Texas Woman’s over the weekend, the Zias dropped the opener of a twin bill to College of […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Hobbs sweeps Lady Wildcats

CNJ staff HOBBS — In need of a split to close in on a Class 5A postseason berth, the Clovis High softball team couldn’t find its offense Tuesday. Hobbs senior pitchers Patricia Huerta and Chelsey Drummond, who struggled in a high-scoring twin bill in Clovis earlier, allowed just six hits between them as the Lady […]

Pioneers hand ENMU seventh loss in row

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — Catcher B.J. Myers launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth on Monday and Wayland Baptist rallied past Eastern New Mexico University 11-8 in a non-conference baseball game. The Pioneers (21-25) hit four home runs and pounded out 15 hits in sweeping the two-game season series from […]

Division-leading Wildcats complete sweep of ENMU

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Senior right-hander Brian Kennedy tossed a four-hitter in the opener and second baseman Thomas Bumpass keyed a five-run fourth with a two-run single in the nightcap as Abilene Christian completed a four-game Lone Star Conference South Division baseball sweep of Eastern New Mexico University by beating the Greyhounds 6-1 and […]

Zias avoid sweep at Texas Woman’s

CNJ staff DENTON, Texas — Finally, after scoring only two runs on 19 hits — two doubles and 17 singles — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats broke out on Saturday. It almost wasn’t enough. The Zias, who had already dropped the first three games of their Lone Star Conference South Division series with Texas Woman’s, […]

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 […]