PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Texico, Estancia building rivalry

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer CLASS 2A HEAVYWEIGHTS Texico and Estancia could be starting quite a rivalry. After splitting the first four games, Estancia took the deciding game 15-9 Sept. 6 in Estancia. The loss was Texico’s first of the season. Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said his team learned a lot from the match. […]

ENMU men thinking big in soccer

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ENMU freshman Rhen Salas (left) tries to break up a pass to sophomore Albert Robinson during Tuesday’s soccer practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Playing with a roster comprised largely of freshmen, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team held its own as a first-year program in 2004. The […]

Restocking defense Greyhounds’ primary goal for spring practice

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All-conference wide receiver Derrick Hunter is one of several returning starters on offense for Eastern New Mexico University. The Hounds begin spring practice Tuesday. (Freedom Newspapers) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University football program is going to reach the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time, first-year […]

Weather or not, Wildcats ready to start season

CNJ staff If winter is making one its last gasps before giving way to spring, it must be time for the season-opening Clovis Invitational baseball tournament. A year after two games were delayed by a few inches of snow and two years after an inch of hail covered the field, the weather is expected to […]

Clovis determined not to overlook Matadors

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Clovis High School senior Elliott Hita drops back on defense during practice Thursday at the high school. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Overconfidence shouldn’t be a problem this week for the Clovis Wildcats even though they’re playing a Sandia team with two wins and more sophomore starters than seniors. […]

Sudden impact: Cats defense has posted back-to-back shutouts.

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Senior running back Phillip Williams draws a crowd wherever he goes. (Staff photo: Rick White) Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis junior linebacker Jonathan Sweet said the turning point on defense began a month ago in a loss to La Cueva, which seems odd since the top-ranked Bears put a 40-point hickey on the Wildcats. […]

Committee discussing pay hike for city police officers

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondnent Clovis’ public safety committee members were exploring avenues toward another one-time pay increase for Clovis police officers on Friday. Until, that is, Lt. Bob Morgan called it a “band-aid approach” to fixing a problem that he believes has forced more than 20 Clovis police officers to retire or move on […]

SWL suspends operations for another year

CNJ STAFF The Southwestern League, a Class A independent minor league baseball circuit which suspended operations for this summer hoping to field at least six to eight teams in 2005, won’t resume its operations now for at least another year. League president Bob Lipp said the league has only about four teams ready to go […]

Garcia pushing for starting spot

By Rick White As a high school free safety, Joey Garcia was known for his bone-crushing hits, leaving a trail of woozy players in his wake. In his freshman year at Texas Tech, about the hardest thing the former Clovis standout has hit is the books — so far. His grade-point average for the fall […]

Zia freshman guard thrives in starting role

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Hereford High grad Heather Brown is averaging 13 points a game since was inserted into the Zias’ starting lineup six games ago because of an injury. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University freshman guard Heather Brown expected an adjustment coming off the bench this season. She had […]

Hinson stands tall in the pocket

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Eastern junior QB Steven Hinson has had a hand in 10 TDs this season. Photo by Eric Kluth. Kevin Wilson Angelo State could have had Steven Hinson as its starting quarterback for this Saturday’s game. The Eastern New Mexico junior wouldn’t mind showing them that it should have. Hinson, in his first year as the […]