Portales girls thump Kirtland Central

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers With another contest about 20 hours away, Portales’ first unit did more than enough Friday night to save energy for Saturday. Morgan Hill had 18 points and Briana Hernandez 16 in three quarters, and Portales rode an early 14-2 start to come away with a 54-39 victory over Kirtland Central. […]

Hot-handed Frenship outguns Wildcats

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Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury and Frenship’s Trey Merchant fight for a loose ball on Tuesday during the third quarter of the Wildcats’ matchup against Frenship. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When your opponent shoots 66 percent from the field, suffice it to say, you’re in trouble. Clovis High’s boys, […]

Find a stray, stay away

This is the cycle of infection and replication in rabies. (Courtesy of the CDC) Airman Thomas Trower Stray animals may be in need of help, but only professionals should attempt to approach or capture one, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rabies can be transmitted by many mammals such as: raccoons, […]

St. Edward’s topples ENMU

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ENMU forward Rob Humphrey tries to beat a St. Edward’s defender to the ball on an offensive rush in the second half of Sunday’s Southwest Soccer Conference match at the ENMU pitch. (Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES —Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo hoped the Greyhounds […]

Rams reach final

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Daniel Aranda has been battling the flu, but you would never know it by his performance on the basketball court Friday. Aranda scored 12 points, including 10 in the final quarter, to lead Portales to a 47-36 win over Pojoaque in the state tournament. Portales advances to meet the winner […]

Greenwalt leaves mark on Tech

By Sue Jane Mayes: CNJ correspondent The first hurdle Cisti Greenwalt had to clear four years ago had nothing to do with basketball. It was her name. Fans in Lubbock couldn’t pronounce it. Kisti, Sisti, Christi … not since Michi Atkins in the mid-90s had Lady Raider fans had such a phonetic dilemma. It wasn’t […]

Flu warnings are government advice, not orders

Freedom Newspapers If people want to understand why more and more Americans increasingly take lightly declarations by our federal government, they need only look at the policies regarding flu shots. The National Institutes of Health reported last week that flu shots don’t really help elderly people, despite the government’s insistence that older Americans continue to […]

Wildcats jump on rival Hobbs in crucial district game

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Clovis’ Jacob Jones changes direction as he dribbles up the court during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer When the Wildcats calmed down and executed, they took control. Clovis outscored Hobbs 22-8 in the third quarter on their way […]

Bunton shrugs off injury

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Clovis senior Dominique Easterlin tries to put the shot up despite Coronado’s Tanner Thetford. Easterlin had 13 points and seven rebounds. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) CNJ Staff Clovis senior Tigg Bunton walked across the court Friday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium with a heavy limp. That limp was nowhere to be seen for the previous […]

All calm this New Year’s eve

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Year’s eve was relatively calm and quiet compared to previous years, according to local law enforcement officials. There were no major accidents or crimes reported in the area. Strong police presence in Clovis and check points along area roads may have helped reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic […]

Wildcats three-peat

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Wildcats’ Dominique Easterlin shoots over a Rio Rancho defender during Wednesday’s championship game of the Milk Cow Classic. Easterlin scored nine points in the win. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Tigg Bunton scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Clovis Wildcats pulled away in the fourth […]

Cibola sinks Cats in OT

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Clovis senior Kendal Essex walks on the field moments after Cibola’s Javier Jimenez scored the game winning goal in overtime. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Bullets can only be dodged for so long. Cibola’s Javier Jimenez put a shot from the left side by Clovis sophomore goalie Josh Bussen, […]

CHS girls state tournament notes

Sophomore Tori Quintana has hit big shots all season — and she did again in Wednesday’s 56-32 win over Gallup. After a nightmarish first half, Quintana hit 3-pointers to start the third and fourth quarters and finished the second half 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She missed all six of her shots in the first […]

It’s flu season in New Mexico, but not yet in Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Curry, Roosevelt, or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been […]

Quick goal tops ENMU

CNJ STAFF ADA, Okla. — It took East Central just 11 seconds to get on the board Sunday, and that’s all the Lady Tigers needed. ECU handed Eastern New Mexico University a 1-0 Lone Star Conference women’s soccer loss when Jenny Cruz took a pass to the middle off the opening kickoff and drove in […]

Greenwalt determined to shrug off inconsistency

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Cisti Greenwalt led Clovis to back-to-back state titles in 1999-2000. Rick White Cisti Greenwalt had a sophomore season at Texas Tech pockmarked by inconsistency, injury and adversity. Stat-stuffer games such as a 21-point, 11-rebound effort against Southern Mississippi that also included five blocked shots would often be followed by games where her line in the […]

Zias win LSC soccer opener

CNJ STAFF DENTON, Texas — Forward Megan Dozier didn’t get many shots, but she made them count. The Eastern New Mexico University freshman scored two goals on three shots, including the game-winner in overtime to give the Zias a 2-1 win over Texas Woman’s on Friday in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams. […]

Zias win in final tuneup

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Freshman midfielder Anna Funck scored a hat trick Saturday as the first-year Eastern New Mexico University soccer program completed its preseason scrimmage schedule with a 3-0 victory over the Lubbock Ice Club team at the ENMU soccer field. The Zias, who finished the preseason with a 1-2 record, open the regular […]

Fair mixes fitness, fun

By Darrell Todd Maurina Getting stuck in the arm by a nurse wielding a sharp needle wasn’t K’Lynn Ferguson’s idea of fun, but her mother Sabrina said she was glad Wednesday’s health fair combined fun with important medical services. Ferguson was among the dozens and dozens of Clovis children and teenagers who showed up at […]

Police blotter 7/13

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police responded at 10 a.m. Saturday to the 800 block of Connelly and found two pit bulls barking and growling at two residents of a home who were pinned up against their porch. When the officer arrived, the dogs began charging […]