Former ENMU quarterback hired as Louisville’s coach

Recently-hired University of Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe started his collegiate career as a quarterback at Eastern New Mexico University, according to a press release from Louisville. Kragthorpe, hired away from the University of Tulsa, was a backup to record-setting quarterback Kevin Kott at ENMU in 1983 and 1984 under coach Bill Kelly. He transferred to […]

Cats’ WR makes verbal commitment to UTEP

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Clovis High Rishard Matthews, shown in a Class 5A state playoff semifinal game against Onate last November in Las Cruces, set a school record with 12 touchdown receptions last season as a junior. (CNJ file photo) CNJ staff Clovis High wide receiver Rishard Matthews hopes to use a big senior season as a springboard into […]

CHS’ Watters honored

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Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters was recently names the 2005 Southwest Sectional Coach of the Year for girls basketball by the National Federation of State High School Association. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Miles Watters is modest about his coaching success, which includes 12 New Mexico girls state basketball titles. […]

Every season should bring out thankful heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Christmas comes next and then Easter — which is the order of my favorite seasons. I suppose fall and all its colors of the changing season reminds me of life’s changes. We are not in one season for all the times of our […]

Sometimes we need to simply step outside and look up

By Curtis K. Shelburne I love where I live. I know. It’s Muleshoe, not Malibu. It’s the high plains of Texas, not a resort on the Riviera. The Virgin Islands it’s not! But I love it. I don’t mean to be obnoxious about this. I’ll bet where you live is a good place to live, […]

Carthel makes big splash in return to LSC

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When Don Carthel left the coaching ranks in 1991 after seven seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, it probably should have been obvious that it wasn’t out of his blood. His heart has never left the Lone Star Conference, either. A native of Dimmitt, Texas, and a resident of […]

Carthel looking to turn around West Texas A&M football

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Don Carthel has returned to the Lone Star Conference. Carthel was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach at West Texas A&M University to succeed Ronnie Jones, who resigned last week after a university investigation concluded that he used state and school resources […]

Top 10 of 2004: No. 6 ENMU’s Elliott ends run

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — If his health would let him, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott would probably go on coaching forever. As it is, it wasn’t easy for the veteran coach — he turned 73 on Christmas Eve — to step down. Elliott spent 48 seasons as a high school and […]

State preview: La Cueva chasing spot in history

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The numbers are staggering: • Eight shutouts. Only one offensive touchdown has been scored against them. • More quarterback sacks (38) than completions allowed (37). • Eight games scoring 40 or more points. • Twenty-five straight wins over two seasons. The La Cueva Bears are a game away from […]

God’s love brings security through life changes

By Judy Brandon: CNJ staff writer I have a flag hanging on the front of my house that says “Give Thanks,” and has a picture of a big fat turkey smiling like he is exempt from any event during Thanksgiving. Yes, Thanksgiving is here and the scattered leaves on the ground across our property remind […]