Letter to the editor: Coyotes forced to feed on livestock

I tried to stay out of the debate, but Calvin Lary’s letter about “nature’s way of balance” was just too much to swallow. Yes, nature has a way of balancing life out here on the Plains. It is an ancient plan and has worked for eons, until man came out here and tried to turn […]

Lady Cats rally to win

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High junior Jasiman Dykes moves the ball around a Roswell High player during Monday’s girls soccer match-up at Yucca Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Down by three goals, the Clovis High girls soccer team went on an offensive explosion Monday night. The Lady Wildcats scored four goals […]

Dora starting up football program

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Dora Coyotes are joining Floyd, Melrose and Clovis Christian in area 8-man Friday night football frenzy. Dora may be fielding its first football team, but the Coyotes expect to win. “We set high expectations,” coach Pablo Pena said. “We plan on going out there and not just […]

Gateway pulls away from Dora

Dora’s Clay Smith splits Gateway Christian defenders Joshua Hunter, left, and Jevvon Hunter during Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Gateway pulled away late for a 59-43 win. By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Dora knew it would have to contain Gateway Christian brothers Jevvon and Joshua Hunter […]

Dora wakes Elida from dream streak

Elida’s Ryan Best, right, shoots over Cliff defender Ryan Robertson in a Class 1A semifinal at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer RIO RANCHO — The Dora Coyotes will go for their second Class 1A boys state championship in five years on Saturday. Reserves Wesley […]

Saturday’s area prep capsules

CNJ staff Boys * House defeated Grady 53-44 in a District 4-1A matchup on Saturday at House as Ronnie Eldridge scored 17 points and Chris Wooldridge added 13 for the Cowboys. “We made some crucial turnovers,” Grady coach Jim Kneipp said. “And that gave them the momentum.” Grady (4-15, 1-4 district) scored just four points […]

Elida girls take charge early against Dora

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers DORA — The Elida Lady Tigers were on the prowl Friday night, beating the Dora Lady Coyotes 67-31 in District 3-1A play. “I thought we came out aggressive; that’s what we wanted to do,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “We jumped on them with our press early.” The Lady Tigers […]

Roswell High turns back Rams

Portales’ Chance Sherburne looks for a shot over Roswell High defender Andrew Aho, right, during Friday’s matchup at Portales High School. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales boys coach Mark Gallegos wanted to know if his Rams could compete with one of the top teams in Class 4A. After Friday […]

Cats improve to 7-0 with rout of Coyotes

Clovis junior Manuel Robles scored 12 points off the bench in the Wildcats’ win over Roswell High. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer J.D. Isler believes opponents aren’t always ready for what they get with his Clovis High boys basketball team. “We’re the kind of team that doesn’t look very […]

Vixens topple Tatum

CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleFort Sumner’s Bree’Anna Lucero jumps to spike the ball Saturday’s Class 1A state volleyball championship match at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. The Vixens defeated defending champ Tatum in four games. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — With the championship in sight, there was no messing around by Fort Sumner’s […]

Turnovers hurt Rams in Roswell

Portales junior Jacob Brady brings down Roswell High quarterback Colton Cisco iin the first half of Friday’s game at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) ROSWELL — The Portales coaching staff viewed Friday night’s game at Roswell High as an opportunity for the Ram defense to make a statement. Instead, the […]

CCS rolls against San Jon

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Figuring her team needed a jolt earlier this season, Clovis Christian volleyball coach Cecil Boatman decided to switch up the Lady Eagles’ offense. She decided to move junior hitter Whitney Miller to setter, and the change proved fruitful Thursday night when Miller helped Clovis Christian to a 25-11, 25-20, […]

Clovis figures out Tatum to win invitational

Clovis High setter Britni Montague, left, sets the ball for middle hitter Lainey Flatow against Tatum during Saturday’s championship match of the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Twenty-seven times last year, little Tatum dominated volleyball match after match with experience, solid defense […]

Endangered coyotes may endanger you

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist A visitor from New Mexico is lurking behind my California home. No, it’s not a prairie dog, a rattlesnake or Gov. Bill Richardson. It is a coyote. And it wants to eat my dog. Actually, my mom, who is visiting from Michigan, is the one who spotted the coyote when […]

Lady Cats pull away in second half to beat Roswell High

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Once the Clovis High Lady Wildcats backed off a little bit, they took over the game. Limiting Roswell High to just 10 field goals for the game, Clovis pulled away during a strong third-quarter run and beat the Lady Coyotes 59-38 on Friday night, stretching their winning streakto 11 games. The […]

Coyotes hold off Cats

Clovis’ Devin Sweet splits two Roswell defenders during the first half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Roswell High and Clovis switched roles in their two meetings this season, but the outcome didn’t change — the Coyotes won both. Roswell beat Clovis 60-57 […]

Cats prepare for rematch with Coyotes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis coach J.D. Isler said his team is playing much better basketball since then a lopsided loss at Roswell three weeks ago. “We’re playing with more confidence, and we’re healthy,” Isler said. “Our kids are in a good frame of mind. I think they understand their roles and they’re […]

Dora rides first-half lead to victory

Dora forward Casey O’Connor shoots a jumper over the defense of Farwell post Cotton Sudderth in the first quarter of Friday’s game at Dora. O’Connor had 10 points in Dora’s 65-47 win. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers DORA — The final 4:37 without scoring. Nineteen Coyote turnovers. All in all, it […]

Dora starts season with win

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers DORA — Like the city they represent, the Coyotes are trying to make sure whatever success they have starts with a “D.” The host Coyotes held San Jon scoreless for a five-minute span bridging the first and second quarters, and Dora got its season off to a rousing start with […]

Roswell handles Lady Cats

Clovis’s Calie Rush, left, tries to dribble out of traffic as Roswell’s Alyssa Hickey, right, defends on the play during the second half of Saturday’s game at Yucca Soccer Complex. Roswell defeated Clovis 4-1. Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent There was a whole lot of clangin’ going on at the south end Saturday afternoon. But the […]