Nursing in her future

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Cristen Wofford is a 5-foot-8 junior guard who plays basketball and volleyball at Clovis Christian. The Lady Eagles are 8-5 this season. A self-proclaimed sports lover, Wofford spoke about time away from school, some of her favorites in movies and television and her plans for the future. What do […]

Inspirational sports movies overrated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 […]

Ideal body shouldn’t be child’s main focus

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice-skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied dance […]

CNJ wins 14 awards

CNJ Staff The Clovis News Journal captured 11 first-place honors and three second-place awards Saturday in the New Mexico Press Association contest. Two other Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, the Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, earned four first-place awards as well. First place for newspapers with under-10,000 circulation went to the Clovis News Journal […]

Kids can say the darnedest things

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re looking for answers that have eluded mankind for a dozen millennia, find a bunch of kids. They have all the answers. I received a real-life list of these answers recently from my niece Whitney, a soon-to-be college graduate. (No gifts please; send money!) Here they are: How do […]

Being polite can be more important than winning

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Somewhere along the line, I learned this. It may have been when Mr. Johnston, Richie’s dad, who coached our Little League team the Ravens, made us shake hands with the Eagles after they beat us 12 to nothing. It may have been when Coach Kasimankas grabbed Jeff Tracy by the […]

Eastern’s new SID rarin’ to go

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Adam Pitterman has wasted little time getting acclimated to the position as Eastern New Mexico University’s sports information director. The native of western New York was hired in early June to replace Robert McKinney, who left after eight years at ENMU to take a similar position at […]

Baskett hopes to fly high with Eagles

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Former Clovis High and University of New Mexico standout Hank Baskett signs autographs and greets fans at Sports Connection on Saturday. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Hank Baskett III knows his work is cut out trying to make it as a free agent rookie wide receiver in the NFL. […]

Famous minds give inspiring quotes

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here at the Trivia Memorial Library (Motto: If you wish you were young again, think algebra), we’ve been gathering thought-provoking quotes from icons so that someday we can publish them and make big bucks. These samples are gleaned from politicians, industry leaders and bureaucrats, followed by movie stars and sports […]

Student profile: Jonathan Sweet

Jonathan Sweet is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Andrew and Diana Sweet. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football is a very physical sport where I can take out all my frustrations on the other team and not get in trouble for it — unless I get a […]

Lantz-Casados, Darla

Darla M. Lantz-Casados, 48, of Los Alamos, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006. Family members said she was a giving and creative person who enjoyed life to its fullest. She enjoyed painting, photography, creating flower arrangements, snow skiing, bicycling, and sports. Family members said her greatest pleasure in life was being a grandmother. She was a […]

World could use less criticism, more critique

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist An article on the sports pages caught my eye the other day. The focus was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe and some of the negative press he has seemingly attracted over the course of his career. Now, I am not much of a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Cowboys […]

Civil rights protectionism goes overboard

Ned Cantwell The American Civil Liberties Union is once again astride her black steed, charging around the countryside saving New Mexico from God. Specific target this time is God in sports. Let’s make this clear: There is no place for God in sports. Sports, and we’re talking about big-time college and professional sports, belongs in […]

Radio stations making area football games available on web

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Webcasts have allowed fans hundreds of miles away from the game be able to follow to their favorite high school and college sports team. (CNJ illustration: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer The Internet is making it easier for sports fans to keep in touch with their favorite high school and college teams. […]

America’s leaders brought their team to victory

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist “Any resemblance in persons living or dead in the following story is purely on purpose,” said Mark Morris, Clovis High School sports editor of the Purple Press back in 1976. “The spirit of ’76 is now upon us in shades of red, white, and blue, and everywhere one looks, Ben Franklin, […]

8/18 Letters to the editor

Sports drinks unsafe for young children What are we doing to our children? They trust us to know what is good for them and what is dangerous. I have observed several mothers and fathers giving their infants and young children sports drinks like they were Kool-Aid. I saw one mother pour some of her sports […]

6/22 BRAC letters to the editor

Military families have it good in Clovis I am a military spouse (Army) living in El Paso, Texas, and have no problems putting my name on any comment I make. Growing up in Clovis, I heard Air Force spouses moan about the shopping, restaurants and lack of anything to do. Frankly, I blew it off […]

Reporter’s notebook: Business owner donating flags

A Clovis business owner said he is donating about 400 minature American flags to the area effort to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Steve Deleon of Sports Angle said he hopes the flags will be used by base supporters during a planned parade rally when members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission holds […]

Sports have no comparison to war

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist The other day, I was walking past the TV just as someone lamented, in a weary voice, “It was a war out there.” But this was not an American Marine in Baghdad. It was not a Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan. It was not a human rights worker in Darfur. […]

Feminists overreacting to new guideline

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Title IX, the 1972 federal law mandating equal opportunity for females in high school and college sports, has helped spur huge changes. But its supporters have trouble believing their eyes. Despite the enormous gains for female athletes, they act as though the gains could be erased overnight. They are currently […]