Prep hoops: Girls capsules

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Grady’s Heather Blackburn tries to drive past Farwell’s Salida Edwards during a game earlier this month in Farwell. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Clovis Christian Lady Eagles District 4-1A Coach: Max Kralicek (3rd year) 2004-05 record: 12-14 Returning starters: Mollie Peterson, 5-3 PG, Sr.; Sam Barnett, 5-8 F/P, Sr.; Tasha Daale, 5-9 F, Sr.; […]

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 […]

New, old faces for area teams

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Two coaches who have a combined 61 years experience are among the five new high school boys basketball coaches in the area. Jimmy Joe Robinson at Clovis Christian and Jim Kneipp at Grady each return to coach after a three-year hiatus. Robinson has 528 wins and four state titles […]

Fort Sumner, Grady have eyes on title

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Farwell’s Danielle Cargile, right, saves the ball inbounds past Lazbuddie’s Chelsee Nichols during the second half of their game earlier this month in Farwell. Farwell defeated Lazbuddie 51-41. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Fort Sumner girls captured the state Class 1A track and field title last spring. The […]

How Sweet it is

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Clovis junior running back Tanner Fickling can’t corral a pass in front of defender Elliot Hita during practice Wednesday at the high school. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ sports editor He comes from a long line of Clovis Wildcats. His brother Kane was an all-state Wildcat linebacker in the mid-90s and […]

Eastern hangs playoff hopes on defense

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson/Corey White applies a stiffarm to Kwame Darko on a punt return during Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University football scrimmage. Dave Wagner PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are to end a 20-year playoff drought, they will rely heavily on a veteran defense and an offense that has some […]