Clovis gallups to state

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated for the second time in school history. The problem is defending champion Mayfield also finished unbeaten, leaving a newly created seeding committee with the tough decision of choosing the top seed in the eight-team Class 5A girls state basketball tournament. […]

Referee Jennings retiring whistle

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis’ Brooks Jennings has been one of the most long-lasting and respected members of the New Mexico high school officiating circle. Jennings donned the black-and-white stripes for the last time Saturday in Roswell. Jennings, 68, is a former boys coach at Clovis High (1962-69) and a former athletic director at […]

State tournament brackets

CNJ staff Class 5A Girls Quarterfinals at UNM Arena Tuesday Mayfield vs. Highland, 4:45 p.m. Sandia vs. Los Lunas, 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho vs. La Cueva, 1:15 p.m. Clovis vs. Gallup, 8:15 p.m. Semifinals at UNM Arena Thursday Mayfield/Highland winner vs. Sandia/Los Lunas, 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho/La Cueva winner vs. Clovis/Gallup, 1:15 p.m. Championship At […]

Basketball prep summaries

Freedom staff Wolverines “Schue”-in for state ALBUQUERQUE— John Schueller came up with the biggest game of his short Texico career, scoring a season-high 18 points as the Wolverines ended Hope Christian’s three-year reign as Class 2A champions with a 66-64 overtime win Friday in Region D play. “John really stepped up tonight,” Texico coach Rich […]

Friday prep scores 3-4

Grady senior Brittany Bailey releases a shot past Desert Academy senior Georgia Jenkins during the first quarter of their Class 1A Region B game Friday in Grady. Grady defeated Desert Academy 75-25. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Friday The Associated Press Local scores GIRLS Class 1A Region A Semifinals Des Moines 75, Melrose 58 Fort Sumner […]

Creativity evolves from past memories

By Clyde Davis The writing student with an exceptional talent for storytelling was talking with me about his fiction, a field to which I’d encouraged him to devote some time and energy. It became a discussion of style and approach when I told him there was a certain element in his writing that resembled the […]

Lady Wolverines on mission

Texico senior Brette Hadley drives around freshman teammate Faith Martin during practice Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Texico Lady Wolverines expect to see an aggressive opponent in Friday’s Class 2A Region D semifinal game against Hope Christian at Santa Rosa, but coach Buddy Little thinks […]

Letters to the editor: General letters

Youth deserve more free programs It was with great interest that I read about the little boy riding his skateboard on the basketball court at Greene Acres Park (last Sunday’s CNJ). Whatever happened to the proposed skating park the city has talked about? I guess it went the way of the improvements of the Patrick […]

Class action legislation step in right direction

CNJ staff At first glance a bill that would shift most class-action suits from state to federal courts looks like something of a power grab by federal authorities. Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada put it this way: The bill the Senate approved last week “turns federalism on its head by preventing state courts […]

Prep hoops coaches wary of new seeding process

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The New Mexico Activities Association is moving pretty fast these days. So fast, in fact, that local basketball coaches were still fuzzy on the details even after the prep athletic governing body decided to seed the eight teams in the state tournaments for Class 3A through 5A. Slowly but surely, […]

Prep Notes 1-11

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis, Texico and Fort Sumner will be well represented in the New Mexico North-South high school all-star football games. Four players from the Class 5A runner-up Wildcats were selected for the South squad. Running back Phillip Williams, quarterback John Props, defensive end Jason Burns and defensive back Jacob Jones […]

Ring of pride

Clovis senior Kady Urie, 17, who graduates in May, has had her ring for a year. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer High school class rings may have lost their luster. Rising prices and lack of interest has driven some students to bypass what once was a traditional symbol of school […]

Governor’s class opens academic doors

By Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Gov. Bill Richardson again steps into the role of pacesetter. He is going to teach a class at the University of New Mexico next semester. The class will attempt to teach students how state government works. Good luck. People who have been observing New Mexico state government for decades are […]

Area Scores

Friday FOOTBALL Prep Playoffs New Mexico The Associated Press Class 5A Round 1 Highland 20, Rio Rancho 14 La Cueva 61, Eldorado 0 Class 4A Round 1 St. Pius 42, Kirtland Central 20 Texas Class 3A Division II Region I Snyder 42, Muleshoe 12 Basketball Prep Boys Clovis Christian 70, Plainview (Texas) Christian 39 Ascension […]

For 55 years, men in Clovis have met outside of church to study the Bible

Don Reid studies from Hebrews chapter 11 Thursday as he prepares his lesson for the Clovis men’s Bible class Sunday. Reid’s lesson will be titled “How big was Abraham’s faith?” By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ Staff writer In 1949, I.D. Johnson, Ed Dillon, Lloyd Potter and Tom Seery decided the weekly Bible study in their homes […]

Fort Sumner romps in regional opener

Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson goes up for the block on Cimarron’s Mandi Trujillo Friday night in Fort Sumner. John Eisel: CNJ sports writer FORT SUMNER — Leslie Wood passed to her left. She passed to her right. Sometimes she even passed behind her. But the senior setter for Fort Sumner almost always put the ball […]

Marshall class learns through laughter

Freshman Josh Metrejean pokes fun at an Amarillo television station sportscaster who is not more than 5-feet tall as part of a skit Wedneday during Keith Ingram’s theater class at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Robert Barela, 15, was so nervous during his second-period class at […]

Tug of war battle a lesson in education

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A tradition persisted in my hometown involving freshman hazing at our local college, the Colorado School of Mines. It culminated in a public showing of manly strength in the center of town as sophomores faced freshmen in a mighty tug of war across Clear Creek. You have to understand that […]

Vixens play giant killer

Ft. Sumner junior Julie Wood spikes the ball between two Lubbock Christian players during their game at the 2004 Clovis Volleyball Invitational Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Buzz isn’t usually created around a fifth-place tournament finish. But, in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament, much of […]

Portales native honored by Cannon airmen

Dewey Langston displays a war tunic he recovered during a World War II battle Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base chapel. Langston was added to the Wall of Heroes at the base’s Airman Leadership School. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Dewey Langston never considered himself […]