Portales’ Gomez honored during North-South tilts

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LAS VEGAS, N.M. — When the Class 3A North-South all-star basketball games took place Friday night, five recent Portales seniors were there to represent the South squad. It seemed only right that Brenda Gomez, who coached them throughout their high school careers, was also honored. Prior to the girls contest, […]

May 8, 1945

President Truman proclaimed “complete and final victory” in the European theater “of the greatest war in history.” He cautioned, however, “the victory is but half won. The West is free, but the East is still in bondage to the treacherous tyranny of the Japanese.” … Mandell’s department store was among Clovis businesses celebrating Victory in […]

Spell-binding finish

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Christina Benitscheck, 11, of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday morning at Clovis Community College. The winning word was chimichanga. She advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but […]

Lady Cats notch victory in tennis dual at Portales

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Clovis High’s Devin Aragon hits a shot during a doubles match against the Portales Rams on Tuesday in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Clovis High girls tennis team used a dominating doubles performance to charge to a 6-3 victory over Portales in dual competition on Tuesday […]

Zias beat Grand Canyon

CNJ staff SILVER CITY — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team completed play in the season-opening Western New Mexico Invite on Saturday, scoring a 6-3 victory over Grand Canyon. ENMU went 2-0 over the weekend, beating Sul Ross State on Friday night. A Thursday match against WNMU, suspended with the Mustangs leading 4-3, […]

Eagles hold off Buffs

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Melrose defenders Wesley Hollaway, left, and Adam Hairgrove battle with Clovis Christian’s Keeson Bell for a rebound during Tuesday’s boys matchup at the CCS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Christian boys defeated Melrose 57-47 Tuesday night at the CCS gym. Clovis Christian senior Will Genitski led […]

Friday Farwell Invitational capsules

CNJ staff Boys * Texico (5-1) led 17-14 after one quarter, but dominated host Farwell (3-7) the rest of the way to advance to tonight’s championship game. Sophomore Jordan Broome scored 19 points and freshman Seth Bailey added 13 to lead a balanced Wolverines attack, while the Steers’ top scorer was junior Ross McClaran with […]

Victory missing from ballots this year

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist It is almost surreal to watch the 2006 campaign wind down to its conclusion. The one overriding issue is the war in Iraq. Polls reflect deep public unhappiness with the course of the war, and Democrats will most likely reap the benefit of this frustration. And yet neither party offers […]

Benton, ENMU feel better after victory

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University football team was coming off a five-game losing streak. And to make matters worse heading into Saturday’s Texas A&M-Kingsville game, the playing status of junior quarterback Michael Benton was in question due to a concussion. As it turned out, Benton played […]

Midwestern State beats Hounds in SSC tournament

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State limited Eastern New Mexico University to just two shots on goal Thursday night and the top-seeded host Mustangs notched a 5-1 victory in the semifinals of the Southwest Soccer Conference tournament. Goals by Scott Leonard and Brandon Swartzendruber midway through the first half staked Midwestern (16-2-1), ranked […]