Those who believe won’t be left behind

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Over the last several years, “Left Behind” has been a popular Christian fiction book series. I read the first book because I had met one of the book’s authors, Tim LaHaye. I found myself waiting for the next in the series to come out. Because of the series’ success, countless […]

South takes third game from North

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South All-Stars Kat Crawley (left) and Kayleigh Montano, both of Mayfield, give a high-five after defeating the North 5-0 in the North/South All-stars softball game on Saturday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The North/South All-Star Softball Series came to a close on Saturday and the South players went home with some […]

Struggling Hounds face crucial series

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — While West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico University have both endured 10-game losing streaks this season, and have nearly identical records, they are teams headed in opposite directions. The struggling Greyhounds host the surging Buffaloes in Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheaders set for 4 p.m. today. WT (18-18, 3-1 […]

Angelo State pounds Hounds

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — What started out as a promising weekend went downhill quickly for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Angelo State bounced back from a 15-1 loss in Friday’s series opener to take the final three games of the Lone Star Conference South Division-opening series for both teams, crushing the Greyhounds 24-6 […]

Dramatics help Zias sweep WT

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Eastern New Mexico University pitcher Natasha Lindsey worked 6 1/3 innings of relief in the Zias’ first game against West Texas A&M Saturday in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior Kelsey Kubik had more-than-respectable numbers coming into a four-game weekend series against West Texas A&M. She’s […]

CCC hosting agriculture series

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College is reaching into an historically neglected hemisphere, hoping to patch the gap between higher education and agriculture, according to college officials. CCC will host an agricultural seminar series this spring, segmented into three sessions. “This is the first time we’ve done a seminar quite like this,” […]

Hounds edge Colorado Mines in ninth, take series

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh got what he was hoping for in the Greyhounds’ four-game set against Colorado School of Mines — a series victory. Senior right fielder Justin Gee hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, then beat out a fielder’s choice with two out in […]

Hounds suffer first loss in split

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David Swinconos tags out Colorado School of Mines third baseman Joel D’Cristina on a rundown between third base and home plate in the fourth inning of the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Greyhound Field. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With a six-game winning streak hanging in the balance, […]

Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series can give fans quick rodeo fix

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For nearly three decades, Charlie Thompson has produced winter training rodeos. This season’s rodeo offers spectators a chance to get a glimpse at potential future world champions, in addition to names they may already recognize. What is it? The Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series was spawned from a small organization called […]

Texico teenager racks up victories

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent L.J. Jenkins has probably got a pretty good claim to being the richest teenager in Texico. If Jenkins were ever in Texico, he would be basking in the glow of his accomplishments. As it is, Jenkins is busy criss-crossing the nation with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) association as a […]

10/8 Local Briefs

Police seeking identity of Caucasian female Clovis Police are seeking assistance in identifying a Caucasian female found Friday lying in an alley in the 3100 block Ross Street. Unable to relay information to emergency officials, she was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment before being transported to a Lubbock hospital, according to police. […]

Christian author offers Harry Potter alternative

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Stores such as Hastings in Clovis have already started gearing up for the release of the newest Harry Potter book. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Leslie Radford: CNj staff writer Since the release of the first Harry Potter book in the mid-1990s, J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular tales of sorcery and witchcraft have been viewed […]

North takes All-star series for fifth time in 18 years

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North All-Star Heather Carter of Manzano catches a fly ball in the third game of the North/South All-Star softball series Saturday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex in Clovis. The North won the game 9-7 and series 2-1. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It was just the kind of springboard an […]

Plenty of work to do for tourney

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Clovis’ Annie Tweedy rakes the field between the first and second game of the North/South All-Star softball series on Friday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Now, the offseason can begin. For a handful of people associated with the Clovis High softball program, the […]

All-stars battle in Clovis

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The South All-Star team huddles up at the end of their practice Thursday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. The South All-Stars will take on the North All-Stars in a three-game series starting today at 6 p.m. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer A series that has held a clear southern […]

Lady Cats finish on positive note

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — Senior Julie Surina, pitching her third game of the series, tossed a two-hit shutout to and sophomore left fielder Jordan Garrett went 4-for-4 with a triple and a homer to lead the Clovis High softball team past Hobbs 7-0 in the finale of their District 4-5A series on Saturday. The Lady […]

CHS baseball in spoiler role

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Clovis senior John Props catches the ball as a Sandia baserunner slides safe into second base during a District 4-5A game earlier this season. The Wildcats host Hobbs in a three-game series starting today at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Hobbs Eagles are in position for their […]

Struggling Wildcats try to stay positive

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s “wait til next year” for the Clovis High and Cibola baseball teams. Both have already been eliminated from the District 4-5A race as they prepare for a three-game weekend series, starting with today’s 4 p.m. single game at Cibola. While the defending Class 5A state runnerup Wildcats (7-13, […]

Margin of error slim for Wildcats

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High baseball team has put itself squarely behind the 8-ball in District 4-5A. The Wildcats, who dropped all three games last weekend in a district-opening series at Carlsbad and looked ugly doing it, try to begin their climb back into postseason contention when they host Sandia in […]

Lady Wildcats confident going into trip to Sandia

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Clovis sophomore Sonia Chavez looks to second as she fields a ground ball during practice April 6 at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis came out of its three-game series over the weekend against Carlsbad with increased confidence, according to coach Brandi Thomas. After being […]