Roosevelt downs Zia to force ‘if’ game

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The second match-up between Roosevelt County and Clovis Zia in the New Mexico District 3 9-10 division tournament produced a different outcome than the first as Roosevelt County cruised to an 11-1 win on Tuesday night at Rotary Park. Roosevelt thus forced a second game for the championship […]

Greenwalt sees first WNBA action

CNJ Staff Former Clovis High standout Cisti Greenwalt saw her first game action Wednesday night with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. Greenwalt played the final 4:30 of the Storm’s 86-73 home victory over the Chicago Sky. She finished scoreless on 0-for-1 shooting. Greenwalt signed with Seattle on May 26, according to her mother, Terri Greenwalt. She […]

Lady Cats no match for West Mesa’s ace

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico recruit Gabby Parra struck out 14 batters in a complete game no-hitter, leading top-seeded West Mesa past Clovis 5-0 on Saturday in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. Seeded 16th, Clovis (13-14) was making its first state tournament appearance. “She was every bit as […]

Wildcats split doubleheader with Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats came within one game of what looked impossible only weeks ago. Needing a doubleheader sweep to have a chance to finish second in District 4-5A and earn and automatic state playoff berth, Clovis beat Hobbs 10-6 in the opener. But the Eagles blanked Clovis 8-0 in the nightcap, […]

Lady Eagles take two from Clovis

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Hobbs Lady Eagles came from behind for wins in both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Lady Wildcats. In the first game, Clovis held a one-run lead until the bottom of the seventh, when the Lady Eagles scored two runs for the 2-1 win. In the second game, Clovis […]

Top-seeded Tatum overpowers Lady Buffs

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Melrose Lady Buffaloes gave it a shot Tuesday against Tatum, but came up short. Now the Elida Lady Tigers will have a crack at the top seed in the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament. Tatum beat Melrose 47-27 for its 29th consecutive game with in a quarterfinal matchup at […]

ENMU faces Southeastern in LSC tourney opener

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Suffice it to say, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team picked the right time to play arguably its best road game of the season. In a winner-take-all situation, the Greyhounds edged Midwestern State 84-82 in overtime on Saturday at Wichita Falls, Texas, claiming the Lone Star Conference […]

Cats’ coach uphappy with No. 9 seed

Senior Devin Sweet and his Clovis High teammates, seeded ninth in the Class 5A boys state playoffs, travel to Albuquerque to play Valley in a regional game on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters isn’t sure his defending Class 5A state champion […]

Hobbs upends Cats for 4-5A crown

Clovis’ Michael Lewis releases a shot during the second half of their District 4-5A tournament championship game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ Photo:Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent First-round road games for the state tournament have been the bane for the Clovis Wildcats boys basketball team the last few years. Even with a […]

Clovis home to its fair share of good musicians

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Clovis has been home to many good musicians. Here are some tidbits on Gus Nunez and a few more: “A lot of people in Clovis, all musicians, have told me that possibly the best guitar player around Clovis in the old days was Gus Nunez,” said Ken Tucker, a pretty […]

Dinner with music affair for family

By Harvey Brady: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music has always been an important part of my life. My mom played the accordion a little bit, but no one else could play an instrument or sing (other than along […]

Former ENMU standout cherishes college days

Former Eastern New Mexico University football standout Michael Sinclair played 12 seasons in the NFL. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Former Eastern New Mexico University football player Michael Sinclair had his No. 72 jersey retired by the school during halftime of Wednesday’s ENMU men’s basketball game. Sinclair played at […]

Willett, Ruby L.

Ruby Lee Willett, 89, of Clovis, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born Jan. 28, 1916, in Snyder, Texas, to James and Angie Pemberton. She had been a Clovis resident since 1926. She married J.B. Willett on Jan. 27, 1934, in Clovis. Family members said she volunteered and played […]

Zias sweep doubleheader in Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — Behind good pitching and senior infielder Jessica Nocas’ 7-for-9 day, Eastern New Mexico University swept the College of the Southwest 4-0 and 10-2 Wednesday in a softball doubleheader. “I think we played well, although we can play better,” ENMU coach Armando Quiroz said. “For whatever reason, we came out a little […]

Hounds control postseason destiny

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The fate of the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is still in their hands heading down the stretch. A four-team race appears to be brewing for the South Division’s final two spots in the Lone Star Conference’s postseason tournament, and the Hounds face each of the other […]

Zias get first division win

Zia forward Megan Ratliff drives past a Texas A&M-Kingsville defender in the second half of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women led all the way Thursday night, but it turned into anything except an […]

Defense major concern for Hounds, Zias

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer As they prepare for Lone Star Conference South Division games tonight against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Arena, Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan and women’s coach Dan Buzard have a similar concern. Defense. Buzard wasn’t happy with the way the Zias played defense in their last outing, […]

Texans hold off ENMU down stretch

ENMU’s Ira Cross (32) and Donald Young try to grab a rebound from Tarleton State’s LaShon Sheffield (10) and John Davis during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University played hard enough, just not quite well […]

Clovis Christian posts win over Cardinals

Clovis Christian’s Ryan Boatman drives past Amarillo Ascension’s Tyler Bixler during the second half of Tuesday’s game Tuesday in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Christian Eagles beat Amarillo Ascension on Tuesday and impressed Cardinals coach Kyle Johnson in the process. “Clovis (Christian) plays real well together; […]

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 […]