Rio Rancho’s Rode California bound

Rio Rancho senior Brio Rode has her team off to an 8-0 start headed into today’s semifinals of the Plateau Holiday Classic at The Rock. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Brio Rode has done almost everything she can at Rio Ranch, except win a Class 5A girls state basketball title. Surrounded by […]

ENMU survives another road challenge

By Dave Wagner Preseason conditioning can be real drudgery, and Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan is known to crack the whip. As far as Greyhounds senior Garland Coleman is concerned, though, all that work was worth it Saturday night when ENMU went four overtimes to eke out a 91-89 win over […]

Routine win puts Cats into semifinals

CNJ STAFF SANTA FE — Maybe it’s high expectations that left Clovis coach J.D. Isler disappointed after a 27-point win. Or maybe it’s just part of being a coach, he said. “I was hoping we’d play a little sharper,” Isler said after a 60-33 win over St. Michael’s on Thursday in the first round of […]

Fab 5

CNJ staff Top area performances in the past week: o Eastern junior Laci Lee finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in Friday’s 59-57 win over Grand Canyon University. o Clovis junior Dominique Easterlin had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s season-opening 80-29 win over Hereford. o Farwell senior Kyra Christian scored 16 points, […]

Lady Bronchos hand Bovina 78-40 setback

CNJ STAFF GRADY — Jennifer Blackburn, Taris Pond and Stephanie Bailey all scored 16 points Friday night as Grady’s girls rolled to a season-opening 78-40 win over the Bovina Fillies. The Lady Bronchos held Bovina (0-2) to just four second-quarter points in building a 40-16 halftime lead. Aerial Verbel gave Grady four players in double […]

Texico working for perfect end to season

Texico backup quarterback Zane Anderson stiff-arms a Cloudcroft defender in last week’s semifinal contest. CNJ staff photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner Having already soundly beaten Loving this year, Texico senior lineman Bryce Bailey thinks the Wolverines can build off that as they prepare for Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game against the Falcons […]

Zias overcome turnover woes to take opener

By Dave Wagner IT’S PRETTY HARD TO win a basketball game with 31 turnovers. Of course, it helps if you dominate the boards 59-33 and shoot 22 of 27 from the free throw line. All those numbers accompanied Sunday’s season-opening 65-55 road win for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team over Colorado-Colorado Springs. […]

Wildcats prove me wrong

Ramblin’ Rick C lovis has come a long way since September, when a 1-2 start left plenty of doubters — including yours truly. The Wildcats looked dreadful in a 32-7 loss to Mayfield in the season opener and not much better in the loss to Highland. A program built on running the ball and stopping […]

Cats win in 3 OTs

Clovis senior Travis Loomis jumps into the arms of a teammate Jason Burns after the Wildcats defense held Carlsbad from scoring in the third overtime of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White With the clock winding down, Clovis’ chances of winning the District 4-5A title appeared to be […]

Cats hunt 4-5A crown

Junior Elliott Hita will start at free safety in place of Mark Young, who injured his knee. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Rick White Unfinished business. Webster’s Dictionary describes it as something incomplete. For the Clovis Wildcats it means beating the Carlsbad Cavemen tonight and winning the District 4-5A title. “We want to be remembered […]

Newest feature not in black and white

David Stevens — From the editor’s desk The Clovis News Journal has added two new features, but you won’t find them in the pages of our newspaper. They’re on our Internet Web site. Pull up our site — www.cnjonline.com — and on the left side you’ll see a section called “Web Exclusives.” Below that heading […]

Lady Cats lose heartbreaker to Cruces

CNJ STAFF LAS CRUCES — The Clovis High Lady Wildcats had Las Cruces High on the ropes Saturday night, but couldn’t quite close the deal. The Lady Bulldawgs rallied for a 25-19, 21-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13 win over the Lady Cats in Class 5A regional competition, thus advancing to the state tournament on Friday in […]

Cats one win away from playoffs

Clovis defensive coordinator Darren Kelley goes over formations with senior linebacker Jeff Epps during Thursday’s practice at the school. Epps is the Wildcats’ leading tackler this season. CNJ photo: Rick White By Rick White The Clovis Wildcats know two things this week. A win over Manzano earns them a third-straight state playoff appearance, and in […]

Prep news & notes

Dave Wagner FORMER CLOVIS AND Muleshoe assistant coach Eddie Kilmer knew he wasn’t exactly walking into a football cathedral when he took the head coaching job this season at Slaton, Texas. After all, the Tigers were on a 31-game losing streak, beginning with a playoff loss in 1999 and continuing through consecutive 0-10 marks the […]

Zias upend Abilene Christian

Emilie Rodman searches for a way around the lock of Abilene Christian’s Sophia Kindred during Saturday’s match at Greyhound Arena. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Already assured a spot in the Lone Star Conference tournament, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team picked up a shot of confidence Saturday in its […]

Eldorado sends Lady Cats packing again

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Until the Clovis Lady Wildcats figure out how to beat Eldorado they’re doomed to play on the road in the Class 5A state volleyball playoffs. Regular-season champion Eldorado completed a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 win Saturday in the championship match of the District 4-5A […]

Passion for game still burns for veteran ENMU coach

Kevin Wilson Harold “Bud” Elliott is Greyhound football, and Greyhound football is Bud Elliott. Elliott is in season No. 10 with Eastern New Mexico University, at the tail-end of a career that has taken him through 36 years at numerous levels of college football. Elliott, 71, entered Saturday’s game at Texas A&M-Kingsville one win away […]

Kingsville not friendly for Hounds

Sukora Cooper attempts to slip past Bobby Reed during Thursday’s Greyhound football practice at the Portales High School field. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. Dave Wagner History is not on the side of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds this week as they continue their quest for the program’s first playoff bid in nearly […]

Weekend area prep football capsules

All Times MST FORT SUMNER (7-2) AT SPRINGER (7-2) WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday DISTRICT 2-1A RECORDS: Fort Sumner 2-0, Springer 2-0. LAST WEEK: The Foxes roughed up Questa 61-14 at home. Springer shut out McCurdy 63-0. LAST MEETING: 2002, the Red Devils came to Fort Sumner undefeated, but were drilled by the Foxes 47-0. Springer […]

Lady Buffs roll to three-game win over ENMU

CNJ STAFF CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M extended a couple of long winning streaks and gave coach Tony Graystone his school record 160th career victory Tuesday night as the Lady Buffaloes defeated Eastern New Mexico University 30-20, 30-25, 31-29 in Lone Star Conference South Division action. The win kept the Lady Buffs (24-6, 7-1 […]