Trujillo, Wright eliminated at state

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Heather Trujiilo and Marlon Wright were eliminated Friday in the first round of the Class 5A state tennis tournament. Unseeded Amanda Kane of Onate knocked off the eighth-seeded Trujillo 6-4, 6-4. Trujillo, and eighth-grader, qualified for state by finishing second in the District 4-5A tournament. Meanwhile, No. 8 seed Mark […]

Baskett enjoys giving back

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett watches his putt on the 10th hole during Saturday’s Tee’d Off About Child Abuse charity golf tournament. The annual tournament was the first held since Baskett took over running the event, which benefits the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Cen By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When the National Football […]

Zias in precarious position after pair of losses

CNJ staff PORTALES — Two weeks ago, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team appeared to be a virtual lock for one of four South Division berths in the upcoming Lone Star Conference tournament. Now, after losing five of six in division play, the Zias are hanging on by a thread and probably need a […]

CHS TENNIS: Lady Cats topple Portales

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Clovis High’s girls defeated Portales 6-3 on Wednesday in their final tuneup before the District 4-5A tennis tournament. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Billie Merritt knew her Clovis High girls tennis squad didn’t face the full Portales “A” team on Wednesday at CHS, but she said the Lady Wildcats […]

Aggies’ Reid shares 20th place in tourney

CNJ staff PROVO, Utah — Clovis High grad Travis Reid fired a career-low 6-under-par 66 on Thursday en route to a tie for 20th place in the Cougar Classic golf tournament, hosted by Brigham Young University. Reid, a sophomore at New Mexico State, came back with a round of 73 on Friday and 76 on […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams complete play in Leroy Gooch Invite

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Senior Amanda Estes led Clovis High’s girls for the second straight day as the Lady Wildcats finished 10th out of 13 full teams Tuesday in the two-day Leroy Gooch Invitational golf tournament. The Lady Cats improved their score from Monday by 12 strokes, finishing at 436-424 —860. Alamogordo won the team […]

Baskett golf tourney set for April 28

CNj staff The Hank Baskett III Tee’d Off About Child Abuse golf tournament is being held April 28 at Chaparral Country Club. The tournament benefits the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis. Baskett is entering his second year with the Philadelphia Eagles. Registration is 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee […]

Greyhound assistant heading to Adams State

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Mark Murdock, former Greyhound assistant, is the new men’s basketball coach at Adam State College in Alamosa, Colo. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Greyhound assistant basketball coach Mark Murdock is going north. Following five years as the top assistant to Shawn Scanlan, Murdock has accepted the head coach position at Adams State College in […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams in middle of pack

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Clovis High’s golf teams were lodged in the middle of the pack after Monday’s first round of the two-day Roswell Invitational golf tournament. Clovis shot 332 and was tied with Deming for ninth in a field of 20 boys teams who played at New Mexico Military Golf Course. The CHS girls […]

ENMU grads to match wits in NCAA tourney game

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Creighton’s Dana Altman and Nevada’s Mark Fox have more in common than leading their teams to the NCAA tournament. They both played basketball for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. Their teams will collide in the first round of the South Regional on Friday in New Orleans. Nevada […]

Wildcats rally to take third

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger figured sophomore Parker Wood would be a force on the mound. He just didn’t think it would happen this quickly. Wood pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of senior starter Cade Wheeler and the Wildcats rallied to beat St. Pius 8-7 Saturday in the third-place […]

Cats earn desired Pit stop

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Making the state tournament in Albuquerque is something they’ve been dreaming of since they picked up a basketball. For Clovis seniors Michael Lewis and Cody Thornsbury, it’s taken four years to reach the pinnacle of high school basketball in New Mexico. Others, such as freshman Jaye Crockett, didn’t have […]

Clovis girls take second

CNJ staff HOBBS — Senior Tiffani Reid shot 41-44 — 85 to finish second and lead Clovis High’s girls to a second-place finish in the season-opening Tasker Invitational golf tournament on Monday at Hobbs Country Club. Reid earned a leg for the Class 5A state tournament, but the Lady Wildcats fell three shots short of […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams open at Hobbs

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Clovis golfers, from left, Austin Spears, Ben Blair and Kyler Brewer watch teammate Brad Props, attempt a putt during Friday’s practice at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Clovis’ squads open the season Monday at Hobbs.(CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With the end of the Travis Reid-Guillermo Chavez era two years […]

Boys prep basketball capsules

Freedom Newspapers Class 2A Texico (21-5) at Lordsburg (17-11) 6 p.m. today Texico coach: Richard Luscombe (18th year). Last time to state: 2005, lost to Mesa Vista in quarterfinals. Leading scorers: Junior F Courtland Luscombe (17 ppg), junior P Daniel Schueler (15.8 ppg). Those two also combine for nearly 20 rebounds a game. Of note: […]

Prep basketball

Staff and wire reports State tournament Class 5A State tournament Round of 16 Class 1A Cimarron 69, Clovis Christian 34 Cliff 48, Gallup Catholic 41 Des Moines 46, Grady 43 Fort Sumner 58, Temple Baptist 29 Hagerman 75, Carrizozo 47 Magdalena 52, Animas 40 Tatum 55, Hondo 41 Class 2A Capitan 39, Bosque 24 Clayton […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats open with invitational

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Clovis High’s Lynnae Logan, left, Laura Gulley, center, and Valerie Gallegos cheer as a teammate makes a hit during a team scrimmage on Thursday at Lady Wildcat Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Clovis High softball team made its first appearance in the Class 5A state tournament last year, […]

CHS TENNIS: Clovis teams get into swing

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Clovis High senior Tiffany Romero prepares to hit a backhand return during Lady Wildcats practice on Wednesday at the CHS tennis courts. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like many spring programs, Clovis High’s tennis squads got off to a slow start because of the January snows. CHS girls coach […]

Clayton survives Texico’s late burst

CNJ staff TEXICO — In a see-saw matchup that went down to the final seconds, third-seeded Clayton outlasted Texico 62-59 on Saturday in the boys District 6-2A tournament championship. Tanner Beckner scored 18 points for the Yellowjackets (17-13), while John Fernandez added 17. Meantime, junior Courtland Luscombe took game honors with 29 for the Wolverines […]

Rams host NMMI for District 4-3A title

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer PORTALES — Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos doesn’t believe his team has put together four complete quarters in any game this season. He believes if they do that tonight, they’ll win their third consecutive District 4-3A championship. Portales and the New Mexico Military Institute Colts split a pair […]