Author profiles area basketball teams

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of Curry County high school basketball teams based on the book “Ghost Town Basketball,” by Steven Flores of Albuquerque. Flores can be reached at flores_1@msn.com and 294-4275. • Lincoln-Jackson High School was established in Clovis in 1924. The school’s […]

Monday area prep basketball capsules

CNJ staff Girls * Panhandle dominated the third quarter, breaking open a one-point game, and the Pantherettes went on to eliminate Muleshoe 59-43 in a bi-district playoff game played on Monday night at the West Texas A&M Event Center in Canyon. The Lady Mules (17-13) trailed the entire game, but pulled to within 27-26 at […]

Clovis girls in control in District 4-5A

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis High girls were able to relax a little bit on Tuesday night. Leading by 25 points at halftime, coach Miles Watters turned most of the second half over to his bench and the Lady Wildcats coasted to a 52-35 District 4-5A victory over Carlsbad. While his team had the […]

Urlacher success surprises former opponents

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Brian Urlacher helped the Lovington Wildcats go undefeated and win the Class 3A state football title in his senior season. However, area players and coaches who faced Urlacher while he was at Lovington are mildly surprised he became an NFL superstar with the Chicago Bears. The five-time All-Pro middle linebacker […]

Hounds expect big recruiting class

CNJ staff PORTALES — If everything falls into place next week on national signing day, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says he’ll be one happy man. The third-year coach said Tuesday the Greyhounds have 16 verbal commitments from high school prospects for next season, and he’s hoping to add more in the […]

Buffs thump ENMU

ENMU’s Rece Hampton is trapped along the baseline by West Texas A&M’s Chris Hinz, left, and Kevin Green in Monday night’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — West Texas A&M’s men never gave Eastern New Mexico University a chance […]

Hounds blow out Angelo State

ENMU senior guard Tristan Largent goes up for a layup during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball game against Angelo State at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Fans saw more than a 94-78 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s drubbing of Angelo State on […]

Zias down Lubbock Christian

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Even though Eastern New Mexico University was trailing by three points at halftime, Zias coach Linden Weese thought his team was on the verge of taking control. Senior post Riikka Lehtonen collected 20 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes and the Zias dominated the final 10 […]

Cats blast Harvesters in opener

Clovis High’s Manuel Robles gets past Pampa’s Tyler Hall for a layup during Thursday’s first-round game in the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The only time Clovis wasn’t in control against Pampa on Thursday night was on the opening tip. Otherwise, the […]

Vixens slip, but come up big for victory

Fort Sumner’s Justyne McMath spikes the ball over Andrea Rigoni (22) in a 3-1 win over Roy at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Thursday. By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner slipped up a bit in the second game against Roy, but the Vixens were otherwise generally in control in beating […]

Texico earns home playoff match

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent TEXICO — There was quite a bit at stake, besides the District 6-2A volleyball championship, when Texico hosted Clayton Saturday afternoon: Quite a bit of miles, that is. The Ladyt Wolverines, with a 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14 victory, made sure it would be the visiting Lady Yellowjackets who would have to […]

Melrose advances in 3-1A district tourney

Melrose freshman Kelley Wagley sets the ball to a teammate during the third game of Tuesday’s District 3-1A volleyball tournament match against Dora at Melrose. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The fourth-seeded Melrose Lady Buffaloes are headed to the second round of the District 3-1A tournament after beating […]

CHS GIRLS SOCCER: Cavegirls down Lady Cats in 2 OTs

Clovis High’s Calie Rush, left, tries to work the ball past Carlsbad’s Danni McMahan during Saturday’s District 4-5A girls soccer clash at Yucca Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer For a team with little going on offensively, the Clovis High girls certainly pushed Carlsbad in Saturday’s District 4-5A soccer […]

Hounds play Northeastern to standoff

CNJ staff TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team got close to another Southwest Soccer Conference upset on Friday. This time, though, the Greyhounds salvaged a draw. Trailing 2-0, Northeastern State rallied for two goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation and the teams then played through two 10-minute overtimes […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Goddard turns back Lady Cats

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis Lady Wildcats couldn’t overcome a sluggish start, and once-beaten Roswell Goddard went on to post a 25-12, 25-21, 25-23 on Thursday night. The Lady Cats (8-8) made the trip without ailing senior outside hitter Siobhan Flatow, and coach Darrel Ray said they struggled to adjust to her absence. “She’s […]

CHS SOCCER: Lady Cats edge Ruidoso

CNJ staff RUIDOSO —Jasiman Dykes and Cassie Belford scored goals Saturday as Clovis High’s girls edged Ruidoso 2-1. The Lady Wildcats (3-4-2) trailed 1-0 when Ruidoso’s Allison Rigby scored with about six minutes left in the half. But Dykes countered three minutes later on an assist from Calie Rush. Belford got the game-winner in the […]

Redmen edge Hounds with late goals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Northeastern State men’s soccer coach Bobby Peterson wasn’t an overly happy camper Friday, except for one thing — his team won. The Redmen fell behind late, but scored twice in the final seven minutes to eke out a 2-1 Southwest Soccer Conference victory over Eastern New Mexico […]

Cats move into finals of own invitational

Clovis High junior Luis Esparza (12) battles New Mexico Military’s Elliot Girard (5) for the ball iduring the Wildcats’ 2-0 win over NMMI on Friday in the Clovis Invitational at CHS. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent At the start of the second half, the numbers on the scoreboard were getting […]

City Championship features close battle

Albert Rubio of Clovis chips onto the third green during Friday’s first round of the Clovis City Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff David Maldonado didn’t think he’d played that well on Friday, yet he kept himself in contention in the Clovis City Championship tournament at Municipal Golf […]

Fast-pitch league off to solid start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The fruits of the a new youth fast-pitch softball league in Clovis probably won’t be seen at the high school level for a few years, but league president Yolanda Aguilar said things went well during the league’s recently-completed first season. It was a learning experience for coaches as well […]