Zias drop seventh-straight match at West Texas A&M

Freedom Newspapers First-year Zia volleyball head coach Kim Falkenhagen probably could have imagined a better homecoming to her former stomping grounds in Canyon than she got Wednesday night. As it turned out, her Zias (3-14, 0-3 LSC) were swept by the 19th-ranked West Texas Lady Buffs (13-5, 3-0 LSC), 30-19, 30-28, 30-22. The bright spot […]

PHS squads win, advance to state semis

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Portales’ squads swept into the semifinals of the state Class 1A-3A team tennis competition with victories on Friday at Academy High School. The Portales boys, seeded fifth, upended Sandia Prep 6-3 while the second-seeded Lady Rams advanced with an 8-1 trouncing of Cobre. Brothers Walker and Skyler Partin won in straight […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff […]

Texico seeking 3-peat

Texico’s Eddy Segovia looks for room as he runs to the outside during practice Thursday in Texico. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico’s bid for a third-straight Class 1A state title has picked up momentum in recent weeks. A sub-.500 team until two weeks ago, the second-seeded Wolverines (5-4) […]

Fast curves better left to stuntmen

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist That new “Dukes of Hazzard” movie has been playing in Clovis. Remembering the old TV show it’s based on, I put a Waylon Jennings album on the stereo. There was Waylon singing the theme from the original TV show. “Straight’nin’ the curves, flattenin’ the hills,” are just some of the […]

Fort Sumner boys win third straight

Grady senior Jarrod Lindsey competes in the finals of the Class 1A track and field championships Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex. Staff photo: John Eisel CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — All Fort Sumner need to do to win its third straight Class 1A state track title was finish no worse […]

Place your bets on 2005’s top stories

By Ned Cantwell A pretty good year, was 2004, until a bunch of scumbags — and by scumbags we’re talking your basic media here — came along and made us read all those year-end stories. There was the best of this, the best of that. The top 10 here, the top 10 there. Even Dave […]

Prep volleyball: Clovis still winless in 4-5A

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Clovis volleyball team got to experience the thrill of coming from behind to tie the score several times in the course of its match Saturday with top-ranked Sandia. But actually going ahead? Unless you count a pair of 1-0 leads at the very beginning of games one and two, […]

Wildcats win second straight

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Jayme Nauman scored two goals as the Clovis soccer team beat Artesia 4-2 on the road Thursday. Clovis coach Shaun Gill said his team dominated play, but allowed their opponents to stay in the game until late. James Gant and Scott Elliott also scored for the Wildcats. Josh Bussen manned the […]

Clovis seeks its fifth-straight win against Hobbs

Clovis junior Phillip Williams has three-straight 100-yard rushing efforts. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Rick White The Clovis-Hobbs rivalry is built on proximity and generations of battles between the purple-and-white and black-and-gold: Two towns of similar size and makeup separated by 180 miles of barren ranch land and pump jacks battling for bragging rights. They […]

Mules finish off Caprock

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Sophomore Juan Reyes rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, as Muleshoe beat Caprock 40-20 on Thursday in a non-district game at Dick Bivins Stadium. Landon Sheets added a pair of TD passes and Daniel Campolla returned a kickoff for another score for the Mules […]