Hounds rally past Tarleton

CNJ staff PORTALES — Junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter’s 3-pointer with nine seconds left — his only field goal of the night — forced overtime and Eastern New Mexico University’s men never trailed in the extra session in upending Tarleton State 77-74 on Saturday at Greyhound Arena in a Lone Star Conference South Division clash. The […]

Clovis swimmers notch season-bests at state

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis junior Miles Ware lopped almost two seconds off his qualifying time in 100-yard backstroke Friday in the preliminaries of the New Mexico state swimming and diving championships. It wasn’t quite good enough as three swimmers passed his mark in the final heat and knocked Ware out of […]

Kingsville rallies late to beat ENMU

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s men took another hit in their bid for a Lone Star Conference postseason tournament berth Saturday night. Texas A&M-Kingsville, which beat the Greyhounds in the closing seconds last week on its home court, rallied from a 15-point deficit to notch a 78-76 South Division win Saturday night […]

Hounds’ rally falls short at Kingsville

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Center Stephen Story’s rebound basket with seven seconds left Saturday lifted Texas A&M-Kingsville past Eastern New Mexico University 85-84 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game. Senior guard-forward Remi Yusuf, the South preseason player of the year, went 11-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for […]

Navajo Pine handles Rams

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Portales thought it played at the opponent’s preferred tempo in the semifinals of the Hope Christian tournament on Friday. Navajo Pine, meanwhile, thought it played at the Rams’ pace. Whatever was the truth, it was Navajo Pine that came away with a 48-44 victory over Portales to move […]

At 300 million strong, U.S. keeps going

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The other morning my family and I ogled a beautiful one-day-old infant girl featured on Fox News as the 300 millionth American. She was so cute we were prompted to dig out pictures of our own kids as babies. But, shhh, can you keep a secret? There is no actual […]

CHS tracksters score in four events on first day of Hereford Invitational

CNJ staff HEREFORD — Clovis High athletes scored in four finals on Friday on the first day of the Hereford Invitational track meet. The girls came away with 14 points, including a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 relay with Vanessa Croke, Nicole Russell, Nicole Johnson and Lula Hita running a time of 12 minutes, 19.25 […]

First-half lull costs Buffs

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Ryan Fikany shoots a short-range shot in the first half of Thursday’s Region A semifinal at Logan. The Foxes defeated Grady 65-59. (Courtesy photo: Scot Stinnett) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOGAN — Sometimes it takes only a minute for a dream of reaching the state tournament to vanish. The Melrose Buffaloes held a lead […]

Hounds win in OT to make LSC tournament

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Freshman guard Joshua Jackson’s baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left in overtime Saturday lifted Eastern New Mexico University past Midwestern State 84-82 in a battle for the Lone Star Conference South’s fourth and final berth in next week’s LSC tournament. The Greyhounds (12-15, 6-6 South) will travel to face […]

Hobbs edges Wildcats in overtime

CNJ staff HOBBS — Senior Austin Turner scored 33 points and hit six counsecutive free throws in the final minute of overtime, lifting Hobbs past Clovis High 96-94 in the District 4-5A and regular-season finale for both teams Friday night. Despite the loss, the Wildcats (16-8, 3-1 district) were already assured of the regular-season title. […]

Fort Sumner posts district sweep at Melrose

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MELROSE — After a trip east to meet its nearest rival, Fort Sumner’s basketball teams found themselves in more solid positions as the regular season approaches its end. The Foxes stayed unbeaten in District 3-1A boys play by knocking off Melrose 66-49. The earlier girls contest saw the Vixens win […]

Zias gut out win over Commerce

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ENMU sophomore guard Erika Cook drives the right baseline past Texas A&M-Commerce’s Kanani Marshal in the second half of Thursday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Playing shorthanded, Eastern New Mexico’s women did what was necessary. Junior guard Ashley Sutton hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from […]

San Jon girls hang on late to post victory

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers DORA — In her first experience as a basketball coach, San Jon’s Kristi Cargile learned the game, like many other sports, can be one of inches. Danielle Lee led the visiting Lady Coyotes with 19 points, and San Jon held off a dominant performance from Dora senior Rana Terry for […]

Higgins improves in bull riding

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins won the second-go in bull riding competing with a score of 79 on Tuesday in the College National Finals rodeo to move into a tie for sixth place in the overall standings. Higgins’ third-go was scheduled for Tuesday night during the “performance” phase […]

Area barrel rider takes fourth

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Bill Warner of Minden, La., received a no time in the calf roping event during 35th Annual PRCA Rodeo Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Katti Autrey made the hour-long drive worth it. The barrel racer from Fort Sumner finished her run in 16.76 seconds Saturday night to take […]

Sprinter leads Rio Rancho

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Clovis freshman Manuel Robles flies through the air during the long jump competition Friday during the Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho was fourth when Chris Williams took the baton in the final leg of the 1,600 relay. Disappearing into the shaded section […]

Zias rebound from blowout loss

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas —Bouncing back from a 47-point loss on Monday at rival West Texas A&M, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team gutted out a 62-57 Lone Star Conference South Division victory Thursday night over Texas Woman’s. Juniors Riikka Lehtonen and Tiana Bryant led a balanced Zias attack, each scoring 12 points. […]

Zias fall in LSC opener

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Tia Doss goes up for a layup in the first half of Monday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — West Texas A&M came out with a rush Monday night. The Lady Buffaloes used aggressive pressure defense to dominate the first 10 […]

Wildcats suffer first loss

CNJ staff WOLFFORTH, Texas — A valiant comeback in the final seconds Tuesday fell short when Clovis’ Tizrick Phillips narrowly missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in an interstate matchup. The 49-47 loss to Frenship is the first of the season for the Clovis Wildcats, who struggled with fouls much of the game. Even so, the […]

EPAC: Bronchos rally for win

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — The last time Jim Kneipp coached a Grady team in an EPAC tournament, the opponents had names such as Causey on the jersey and the games were played at Portales High School. On Tuesday, Kneipp saw another raucous, old-fashioned see-saw game — played in the former main gymnasium […]