Saturday area prep summaries – Feb. 23

BOYS District 3-1A Fort Sumner 66, Melrose 33 Fort Sumner (17-8, 4-0) — Anthony Aragon 2, Garrett Hisel 11, Shilo Boyle 10, Nick Snchez 14, Talen Crist 11, Hunter Sparks 4, Michael Giannini 12, Brenden Lee 2. Totals 28 4-10 66. Melrose (6-17, 0-4) — Colton Draper 3, Rowdy Allen 3, Braden Hemminger 13, Randall […]

Curry County Cats post second win

After having a 78-yard punt return nullified by penalty in the opening period Saturday night, Clovis High grad Phillip Williams responded with third-quarter touchdown runs of 1 and 17 yards to help the Curry County Cats beat the West Texas Outlaws 21-6 in the Professional American Football League opener for both teams at Leon Williams […]

Hounds improve to 11-1 with sweep

Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team is off to the best start in the program's history, and it's pretty obvious why — solid hitting and clutch pitching. CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroENMU shortstop Luis Quinones attempts to snag a ball in the hole hit by Metro State's Alex Schrupp during the seventh inning of Saturday's first […]

Area road construction information – Feb. 24

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County grading and renovations continue on Curry Road AI from Curry Road 12 and Curry Road 13 in Melrose this week. State and federal Constructors Inc. has suspended all work on First and Second streets in Portales due to cold weather conditions and […]

Zias earn LSC tournament bid despite loss

Incarnate Word couldn't find the range from 3-point distance for virtually the entire game Saturday. When the Cardinals desperately needed one, they got it on a fortunate bounce. Junior guard Katie Novak had her shot bounce high of the rim and fall through with 1:04 left in regulation — ending the team's 0-for-12 performance to […]

Hounds heat up in second half

PORTALES —It didn't take long for Eastern New Mexico University's men to break open a tight game on Saturday. Junior guard Rodney Blackmon and freshman forward Lawrence Domingo scored 21 points each and junior guard Rodney Love posted his sixth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Greyhounds rode a […]

Habitat dedicates new home

The Ramos family of Clovis can literally say nearly 240 pairs of hands have touched their home on North Thornton Street. Volunteers from Curry and Roosevelt counties as well as Cannon Air Force Base donated their time and skills to build the house for Roman and Erica Ramos and their two children through Habitat for […]

Spousal training breeds successful marriage

One of the most important things in the success of a marriage is spousal training. Many stories exist when a "cowboy type" (male or female) marries someone with an urban upbringing. Usually it is the male heir to the ranch who goes to A&M, falls in love with a city girl and brings her home. […]

Conchas Lake at historic low

An extended drought that has included the hottest and driest 24-month period on record in New Mexico has led to a historic low water level at one area lake. Several other area lakes are well below capacity, officials said. The water level at Conchas Lake in San Miguel County is at 4,155 feet, which is […]

Events Calendar – Feb. 24

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. The Negro Baseball League: An American Legacy — 7 p.m. Eastern New Mexico University's Sandia Room. Author […]

My Turn – Criticism comes with privilege

Most of the feedback I receive from readers is positive; a minority is hostile. Here is a sampling of the latter: "You are disgusting and immoral." "You must accept Him; there is no other way. The choice is up to you. Choose wisely." "You are in good company with Al Jezeera." "People choose their eternal […]

Q&A – Los Angeles transfer averaging 16 points

Rodney Blackmon, a cat-quick junior guard from Los Angeles, is averaging more than 16 points a contest this season for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. On his 2012-13 resume are three game-winning shots and, in one recent win over Cameron, a stretch where he scored 18 of his team's last 23 points. After playing […]

Cats complete perfect district run

Kamal Cass has had a lot of big scoring games — in football. Not so much in basketball. The junior guard was on his game Friday night, though, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the first half to help Clovis High's boys wrap up a perfect run through the District 4-5A schedule with a […]

Hobbs girls beat Clovis to force playoff

HOBBS — The Clovis High girls have had a terrific season, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A essentially all year. The one stumbling block so far has been District 4-5A rival Hobbs. The Lady Eagles upended CHS again on Friday night, opening a commanding lead with a dominating third quarter in a 53-43 victory that […]

Rams squeak past Ruidoso again

Zach Blaeser and Daniel Sanchez converted back-to-back steals into layups with a little less than two minutes to give Portales the lead for good and the Rams held on for a 65-64 District 4-3A win over Ruidoso on Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center. CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroPHS senior forward Zachary Blaeser is guarded […]

And the Oscar goes to …

Editor's note: The following are the results from our Oscar ballot online this past week. Numbers indicate total votes. Best picture "Lincoln" — 18 "Argo" — 8 "Django Unchained" — 6 "Les Miserables" — 6 "Zero Dark Thirty" — 4 "Amour" — 1 "Beasts of the Southern Wild" — 1 "Life of Pi" — 1 […]

ENMU extends win streak to five with 6-3 win over Metro

Senior center fielder Brooke Brooks hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday and Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team opened a four-game series with Metro State by beating the Denver-based Roadrunners 6-3 at Greyhound Field. ENMU junior right-hander Ben Monticello (2-0) pitched eight sharp innings, throwing 102 pitches […]

ENMU basketball capsules – Feb. 23

Men Incarnate Word (13-10, 9-6 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (10-13, 7-8) When: 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: Both teams played on Thursday. UIW won at West Texas A&M 69-67 on a putback by senior G Lyn'Dale Brown with less than two seconds left, while ENMU dropped a […]

On reflection, Grandma’s advice spotty

Do you ever think of your relatives, you know, those who have "gone on to glory"? I thought about my father's parents the other day. A few weeks ago their 100th anniversary passed on by. They were married Christmas Day, 1912. She was a cigarette-smoking, Bible-quoting, stern yet fun Virginia mountain girl and he was […]

Dog doesn’t deserve brunt of day’s frustration

It's easy to kick the dog; in fact they almost seem to ask for it, eagerly adopting the role of living shadow and always sticking their noses in, wanted or not. In fact, animals in general provide ample opportunity to vent frustrations and sometimes even a convenient excuse to channel hostility. Admit it, after a […]