Hounds begin division play at Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two weeks ago, things weren’t looking too good for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. The Greyhounds were coming off solid spankings at the hands of Central Arkansas (51-0) and Southeastern Oklahoma (28-12), and their streak of seven consecutive winning seasons appeared in jeopardy. Now the Hounds have won […]

In tribute: Danny Thomas

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Family members remember Danny Thomas as a talented musician with a big heart — and an ugly dog. Aunt Bobbie Banister said she will miss his singing most of all. “One man told me one time that if you drink just three beers, (Thomas) would sound like Willie Nelson,” […]

Osborn, Billie

Billie Osborn Billie Doyle “Moses” Osborn, 66, of Abilene, Texas, died Tuesday, June 7, 2005, in Edinburg, Texas. He was born on May 8, 1939, in Clovis, to Calvin and Flossie Osborn. He came from a family of pioneers and ranchers who settled in the Portales area. He graduated from Chicopee High School in Massachusetts […]

Sudderth, Corbin

Corbin Sudderth Services: Have been held. Corbin Alan Sudderth, 2, of Abilene, Texas, died Friday, June 10, 2005, in a Fort Worth, Texas, hospital. He was born on Dec. 12, 2002, in Abilene, Texas, to Richard Dean Sudderth and Shawna Chick. Survivors are his parents; a brother, Richard Damon Sudderth; two sisters, Megan Chick and […]

Hounds’ bid for winning record falls short

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for its first winning season since 2000 came up just short. After earning a Lone Star Conference South Division split with NCAA Division II fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on Friday with a 5-0, three-hit shutout from junior left-hander David Swinconos, the Greyhounds went down twice on […]

Abilene Christian outslugs Zias

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — If you have to score runs in bunches to win, second-year Abilene Christian softball coach Chantiel Wilson figures she has the team to do it. Led by slugging first baseman Katie Bryan, the Wildcats banged out seven home runs and 33 hits in posting a 14-8, 11-7 Lone Star Conference South […]

Boles’ 24 leads Abilene Christian over Zias

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Senior center Jamie Boles scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots Thursday night to lead Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 72-53 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball. Point guard Alex Guiton added 16 points as ACU (15-6, 6-2 South) led the entire way. […]

Hounds senior not used to losing

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Jammal Hunnicutt is in a quandary. He’s having the best statistical season of a solid four-year at Eastern New Mexico University but the injury-ravaged Greyhounds are mired at the bottom of the Lone Star Conference South standings. Hunnicutt, the South’s current player of the week, is averaging 17.2 […]

Roberts, Kenneth

Kenneth Roberts Services: Have been held. Kenneth “Chief” Roberts, 73, of Amarillo, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2004, in Amarillo. He was born on Jan. 18, 1932. He married Lou Ella Graham in Clovis in 1951 and they moved to Amarillo in 1974. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Darrell Roberts of Ruidoso and Ronnie Roberts […]

Prep notes 1/4

By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer Pampa Harvesters coach Jeff Reed said playing and coaching at Clovis shaped the way he teaches the game. His first coaching experience was helping Clovis assistant coach Mike Hankins with the junior varsity team when he was student teaching. Current Hobbs girls coach Johnny Casaus was his athletic director […]

Holiday tournament summaries

CNJ staff Boys Tuesday Rio Rancho 69, Valley 68 The Rams earned another spot in the championship of the tournament by consistently holding leads of around 10 points until a late Vikings run shaved the final deficit to one. Rio Rancho (7-4) was led by senior Chris Williams (26 points) and freshman brother Marcus Williams […]

Defensive duo sparks Lady Cats

Clovis freshman Ebony Bunton scored three points and added four rebounds in Monday’s first-round game against Abilene Cooper. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior guard Melissa Roberts’ job is to harass opposing point guards. Sophomore Tori Northcutt draws the opponent’s top scorer. The pair teamed to disrupt Abilene […]

Muleshoe track star Withrow will pursue heptathalon career at ACU

Muleshoe junior Jessica Withrow, seen here long-jumping, will compete in the heptathalon at Abilene Christian University. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MULESHOE — Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow never had much experience doing things like throwing a javelin, until recently. But in the changing world of track and field, Withrow will get to experience it next […]

Be careful what you pray for; you might get it

by Helena Rodriguez How many of you actually got some of your “save it for a rainy day” things checked off your list during this week’s rainstorms? That’s a good way to know whether someone is sincere about doing something. Nothing like a little bit of rain to bring out the truth. And nothing like […]

College volleyball: ACU outlasts Zias

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Michelle Bernhardt led a strong hitting attack by Abilene Christian and the Wildcats outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 30-27, 25-30, 30-18, 27-30, 15-6 Saturday in a Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball match. Bernhardt led five players in double figures in kills for ACU (16-5, 2-0 South) with 25, while […]

Diet approach: One city at a time

by Helena Rodriguez Move over Atkins and Jennie Craig! My new City-By-City diet (copyright pending) is sure to take America (or at least eastern New Mexico and West Texas) by storm and make me millions of dollars (or make me fatter). Life has taken me in a full circle, actually, more like a weird-shaped little […]

Diversity spans from classic to conjunto

By Helena Rodriguez How many of you out there in newspaper land can say you’ve enjoyed both classical and conjunto music — on the same night? The music of famous symphonic composers and contemporary Tejano musicians? The smooth brass and strings of a philharmonic — and the rumbling, accordion-fueled sound of a Tex-Mex band? That’s […]

King, James

James King Services: Have been held. James Andrew “Andy” King, 87, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at his home. He was born on Jan. 25, 1917, in Abilene, Texas, to James Cleborn and Christi Anderson King. He married Hazel Day on Sept. 11, 1938, in Abilene, Texas. He later remarried Patsy Moody in […]

Wildcat chooses different route

Justin Pinckney averaged 20.2 points and 3.1 assists at Clovis High this season. CNJ file photo. By Rick White They share the same last name but a much different game when it comes to basketball. Armed with a silky smooth jump shot, recent Clovis High grad Justin Pinckney signed a letter of intent last week […]

Hounds eliminated from postseason chase

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Any slim hopes the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team had of making the Lone Star Conference tournament went by the wayside quickly against Abilene Christian. ACU catcher J-Bob Thomas drew a tie-breaking, bases-loaded walk in a five-run eighth as Abilene Christian beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-6 to complete […]