FNNM papers awarded

CNJ staff The Texas Panhandle Press Association awarded seven plaques to the Clovis News Journal on Saturday for work published in 2004. The CNJ earned first-place awards for feature writing, front-page layout and headline writing. The paper received a second-place honor for news writing and third-place awards for editorial writing, sports photography and its lifestyles […]

Baseball reform should be left to the fans

Freedom Newspapers Congress this week muscles its way into a controversy it doesn’t belong — alleged steroid use by professional baseball players. The House Government Reform Committee, which formerly confined itself to trying to combat waste, mismanagement and abuse in the federal government, evidently has been so successful at making the federal government a model […]

Spring sports bloom

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Clovis senior Like Gray, left, sophomore Jonathan Sisneros, center, and senior Jared Montoya take part in “mass bat” a dry hack drill Wednesday at Bell Park. Wednesday was the second day of practice for the Wildcats. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The rippling effects of President George W. Bush’s re-election […]

Legislating sports serves no interest in government

Freedom Editorial If you shine a spotlight anywhere in the country long enough these days, Sen. John McCain will eventually show up to stand in it. He seems drawn to camera lights and can’t seem to resist the temptation to meddle in matters that don’t concern government. McCain’s posturing is potentially significant, and even dangerous, […]

Wildcats football notebook

By Rick White Bruce is back Three decades after he started his coaching career at Gattis Junior High, former Texico, Bovina and Alamogordo head coach Bruce Scroggins is back at Clovis. He is coaching the defensive ends and tight ends. “The kids like to be around him and he likes to be around the kids,” […]

Portales priest understands vaule of sports

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Sports is so powerful in our collective psyche that everybody wants to win, says Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. And for this, Hitt said that Pope John Paul’s designation of a new sports department at the Vatican to help the Catholic church evangelize […]

Former ENMU athlete doing well as sports agent

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Steve Loy By Dave Wagner Former Eastern New Mexico University football player and golfer Steve Loy has carved out a solid career for himself in the sports world since his playing days. The 52-year-old Albuquerque native spent several years as a successful college coach and administrator, and now serves as managing partner/president and CEO of […]

Eastern athletes making the grade

By Dave Wagner ced with a two-fold task — recruit good enough athletes to be competitive on the playing field while also trying to help them achieve academic success as they prepare for the “real” world. Eastern New Mexico University appears to have found a good balance based on fall semester grades in 2003. The […]

Sports medicine classes offer hands-on training

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Clovis High School senior student trainer Amanda Thornton tapes the foot and ankle of Clovis senior Jeremiah Clark on Friday at the high school. Clark was getting his foot taped before practice. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner For Clovis High School students interested in the health field, the sports medicine program can be […]

Saturday is National Trading Card Day

By CNJ STAFF Free sample cards will be given away across the nation. Visitors to The Sports Angle on Saturday will get some collector’s edition trading cards for free as part of National Trading Card Day, according to Steve DeLeon, owner. The store is located at 522 N. Main Street in Clovis, and is one […]

Readers offer mixed views on Pete Rose

“Yes, Pete Rose should be eligible for the hall of fame. I have always thought so, even before he confessed that he bet on baseball games. Look how many athletes have been caught doing much worse than betting on sports. … He was an excellent baseball player in his time and I have always rooted […]

Sports an avenue to college education

Ramblin’ Rick It’s a shame Tig Bunton won’t be playing basketball for the Clovis Wildcats. Not for the Wildcats, but for Bunton. The Wildcats will survive the loss of the talented but inconsistent Bunton, a 6-foot-6 junior who was rated the second-best player in New Mexico by a Sporting News publication. Justin Pinckney, Dominique Easterlin […]

Athletes face tough choices

By Rick White One season flows into another. Football starts before Labor Day. By Thanksgiving, basketball practice is three weeks old. Baseball and track begin before Valentine’s Day. It’s a steady diet of practices and games for nearly 10 months that takes its toll on mind and body. For most high school athletes, playing three […]

Deaths rare in rodeos, officials say

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week […]

Perish the thought of prayer in schools

Ned Cantwell Wanda and Joe are in a stew as they brood over morning coffee in their modest Las Cruces home. Worry lines crease their faces. “So, what do you think? Shall we let him go to school this morning,” Wanda wonders? “Him” is son Bobby, a sophomore at Las Cruces High. “I’m at wit’s […]

Campbell, Henry Jr.

Henry Campbell Jr. Services: Have been held. Mr. Henry M. Campbell Jr., 54, of Mesa, Ariz., truck driver, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He was born Nov. 27, 1948, in Clovis, to Tracy and Henry Morgan Campbell Sr. He graduated from Clovis High School. He drove […]

Aye, Norene

Norene Aye Norene M. Aye, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at her home in Clovis. Mrs. Aye was born in Ranchvale on Dec. 3, 1927, to Wilburn David Moore and Lilly Pearl Huggins Moore. She married Ernest R. Aye on Nov. 2, 1953, at the chapel at Cannon Air Force Base. She was a […]

Wildcat fever catching again

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Clovis’ D&D Family Furniture is among many businesses with signs supporting the Clovis Wildcats. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Wildcats will play their first football game of the school year on Friday, but Roger Jackson of Ideal Auto Sales didn’t have to do anything to get ready for the season. […]

ENMU’s Johnson switches sports

By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Randy Johnson used up his college eligibility in basketball last spring at Eastern New Mexico University, but he wasn’t ready to give up sports. So he approached ENMU’s football coaches about the possibility of playing this fall. Given the chance during spring practice, the coaches liked what they saw […]