Resident maintains oasis for victims

Hank Baskett of Clovis explains the purpose of the Oasis Children’s Advocate Center, recognized by the 9th District Attorney’s Office for its work. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett, Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center director, believes God directed him down a path he could never have envisioned. He conducts forensic […]

Clovis grad Hank Baskett only days away from making jump to NFL

NFL prospect Hank Baskett roots on the Lady Wildcats softball team during their doubleheader Tuesday at the Lady Cats softball park. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an […]

Clovis grad Baskett Senior Bowl bound

New Mexico’s Hank Baskett will play for the South team in the 2006 Senior Bowl on Saturday (AP photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver […]

Baskett’s NFL stock rising

Hank Baskett has gone from a quarterback at Clovis High School to a potential NFL draft pick as a wide receiver. By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III has put himself on the NFL draft radar with his breakout senior season at New Mexico. Baskett, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, finished the regular […]

Baskett semifinalist for national honor

CNJ staff New Mexico senior wide receiver Hank Baskett has been named one of 15 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s top wide receiver. A 2000 Clovis High graduate, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound former prep quarterback has flourish in the Lobos’ expanded passing attack in 2005 with 65 catches for 1,063 yards […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats draw Las Cruces in first round

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats were accorded the second seed in the Class 5A football state playoff bracket released Saturday, and will host 15th-seed Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Friday. Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said Las Cruces is a team the Wildcats know well. “We are real familiar with them,” […]

Baskett burns Rebels as UNM wins opener

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor ALBUQUERQUE — It was supposed to be a post route. But Hank Baskett noticed the cornerback shading him to the inside, and instead of cutting toward the middle, kept running straight. Sitting in the pocket, New Mexico quarterback Kole McKamey spotted the adjustment and lofted a high spiral toward […]

Baskett looks for big year to impress NFL scouts

One pro scouting service believes Hank Baskett will be at worst a middle-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft. (UNM media relations: David Benyak) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In his 22 years, Hank Baskett has grown into a 6-foot-4, 220-pound specimen that Mountain West Conference defenses can’t ignore. Recently, he’s also grown out of […]

College athletes come home, discuss education, football with Yucca students

Texas Tech safety Joey Garcia jokes with a Yucca Junior High student Monday during a visit to the school with fellow former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett, now a wide receiver for the New Mexico Lobos. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Three-sport Yucca Junior High athlete Jason Roberts listened […]

Clovis grads on national TV

CNJ staff Hank Baskett and Joey Garcia hogged plenty of headlines as multi-sport standouts at Clovis High School. Teammates for a season at Clovis in 2000, Baskett and Garcia take their talents to the national stage today when New Mexico and Texas Tech play in separate bowl games on ESPN2 and ESPN. Baskett and the […]

Top 10: Baskett catches on in breakout year

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The University of New Mexico coaching staff challenged Hank Baskett after the last year’s season-ending Las Vegas Bowl. As the only returning wide receiver on the roster with Division-I experience, the former Clovis High standout needed to step up his game. The 6-foot-4 junior responded with a breakout year. […]

Weekly watch

CNJ staff All times MDT The Clovis News Journal’s circulation area boasts four Division I college football players. Here are updates on their most recent performances: University of New Mexico • Hank Baskett Junior wide receiver from Clovis • Danny Ramirez Junior tailback from Muleshoe Baskett caught nine passes for 165 yards, but Washington State […]

Washington St. edges Lobos

Washington State’s Alex Teems (21) breaks up a pass to New Mexico’s Hank Baskett during the second quarter of Friday’s game at University Stadium in Albuquerque. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High grad, caught nine passes for 165 yards in the Lobos’ 21-17 l The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Josh Swogger passed for three touchdowns and […]

Swann song for CHS grad

Former Clovis standout Amanda Swann was a three-time junior college All-American. Courtesy photo. By Dave Wagner Now that she’s healthy, Clovis High grad Amanda Swann hopes to wrap up her collegiate track career with a flourish. The University of New Mexico senior, bothered in her two years with the Lobos by foot problems, ran a […]

Former CHS star on national TV

By Dave Wagner No matter what happens in New Mexico’s Christmas Eve appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has already had at least one personal highlight for the year — an appearance on ESPN’s “Top 10 Plays.” His moment came in a game against Mountain West […]

Advocacy center driven by truth

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. The Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis is an organization driven by the needs of more than one arm of law enforcement to interview the same child. […]

Former Clovis star takes hands-on approach at UNM

Rick White Former Clovis star Hank Baskett is drawing accolades for something other than his athletic talent. University of New Mexico coaches recruited the sturdy 6-foot-4 sophomore to play wide receiver based on his rare combination of size, speed and jumping ability. Coaches now talk about his work ethic, determination, and ability to make plays […]

Young beats old at alumni game

By Eric Butler They tried various forms of distraction — physical and verbal — when their younger counterparts came to the free throw line. They tried to literally throw their weight around on their thinner opponents. They even put six men out on the court for two exchanges in the fourth quarter. But alas, the […]

Area athletes get chance to shine

By Dave Wagner So much for New Mexico State University redshirt freshman and 2002 Clovis High graduate Nathan Nuttall easing into his college football career. Nuttall is a leading contender for the starting strong safety position for NMSU, which opens its 2003 schedule on Aug. 30 at the University of Texas. “‘Hello, Nathan, you get […]