Roosevelt ousted in state Little League tourney

ALBUQUERQUE — The Roosevelt County 11-12 Little League all-stars dropped a pair of games over the weekend in double-elimination state competition, hosted by Albuquerque Roadrunner. Roosevelt County fell to Albuquerque Altamont 18-4 on Friday night before being ousted in a 16-1 loss at the hands of Roswell Lions Hondo on Saturday.

Local rodeo athletes compete at nationals

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By Betty Williamson Correspondent pepnm@hotmail.com Seven high plains area rodeo athletes participated in national college and junior high championships last month and three more with ties to the area started their quests for national high school titles on Sunday. Dora native Joshua Walker wrapped up his first year on the rodeo team for Western Texas […]

ENMU roundup: Men’s soccer joins Heartland, Harris joins women’s basketball squad

Staff report After two years without a conference, Eastern New Mexico University’s men’s soccer team has found a home in the Heartland. The Greyhounds were accepted to the Heartland Conference along with Midwestern State and West Texas A&M. The new teams bring the conference up to 12 teams. “It is obvious this affiliate relationship will […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo set for finale

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The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals will run Wednesday through Saturday at the Curry County Events Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s mid-July in Clovis. It means hot weather, but it also means rodeo and family. Clovis, and more specifically the Curry County Events Center, will play host once again to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals. The HPRJA, which was chartered in Clovis in 1974 and now boasts […]

Local roundup: Roosevelt eliminated at LL state

ALBUQUERQUE — Roosevelt County dropped a 12-6 decision to Albuquerque Petrogloyph on Saturday and was eliminated from the Little League age 12-13 state baseball tournament, being played at Zia LL in Albuquerque. Roosevelt County opened play on Friday night with a 10-9 loss at the hands of Noon Optimists of Roswell, then stayed alive in […]

Zia 10-11s advance

Staff report The Zia 10-11 All-Stars rallied after losing the first game of a best-of-3 District 3 playoff with Roosevelt County to win twice, taking Friday’s finale 10-2 at Rotary Park for the title. Zia advances to sectional competition next week. In 11-12 girls softball action at Greene Acres Park, American captured the best-of-3 series […]

District LL finals under way

Staff report District 3 finals are under way in three Little League divisions and one girls softball division. In baseball, Roosevelt County forced a second championship game in the 9-10 division on Thursday with a 5-3 win over Clovis Zia at Zia’s Beachum Field. The teams will meet again at 6 p.m. today at Rotary […]

Ex-CCS athlete honored

Staff report SEARCY, Arkansas — Clovis Christian alum Kevin Naceanceno, a senior this year at Harding University, earned Capital One Academic second-team All-America honors for the 2014-15 school year. Naceanceno, a third-team selection as a junior, placed fourth in the Lone Star Conference indoor meet and had the school’s second-fastest 200 time in outdoor competition […]

Clovis team nabs Custom Classic title

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — The Lady Cougars were the lone Clovis team to win a championship in the Clovis Softball Association’s 32nd Custom Classic over the weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, and they had to beat one of their league rivals to do it. The Lady Cougars edged A League of […]

Nine Cats earn District 4-6A honors

Staff report Nine members of the Clovis High baseball team were honored in all-District 4-6A selections for the recently completed season, including six on the first team. Named to the first team were first baseman Antonio Hicks, second baseball Keaton Greenwalt, utilityman Brody Edwards, pitchers Landon Williams and Matt Lanier and outfielder Joseph Ramos. All […]

ENMU women’s hoops adds point guard Hotchkins

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University landed a Division-I transfer Thursday, with point guard Jasmine Hotchkins joining the Greyhounds. The 5-foot-3 Phoenix native will have three years of eligibility left, following a freshman year at East Tennessee State. While at ETSU, she averaged 13.4 minutes per game with 2.9 points per game for the Lady […]

Dillard signs with ENMU

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Dora’s Taylor Dillard signed to play college basketball with Eastern New Mexico University for next season. The 5-foot-10 Dillard averaged 17.9 points and 12.9 rebounds in her final season.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Taylor Dillard knew she was going to college after she graduated from Dora, and looked into veterinary science programs at Oklahoma Panhandle State and West Texas A&M. But if she planned to play basketball, Dillard’s only choice was to stay close to home at Eastern New Mexico University. She […]

Custom Classic enters 32nd year

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The Custom Classic is entering its 32nd year. It begins Friday evening at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Matthew Asher Correspondent It’s the final weekend in June and, in Clovis, that can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 32nd annual Plateau Custom Classic Softball Tournament. This year’s event features 110 teams that come from all over New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. For those who have never experienced the tournament, beginning […]

ENMU women finish third in CNFR; Dora’s Walker third in tie-down

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com There was a palpable feeling of what could have been with a few more ropes catching and a few less barrels falling. But, a few days after the Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished third in the College National Finals Rodeo, the feeling of what did happen […]

ENMU women finish third at college finals

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Kortney Cleveland finished sixth in the nation in barrel racing Saturday, and Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished in third place at the College National Finals Rodeo. Hayden Todd did not compete in Saturday’s short go at the Casper Events Center, but still finished with 265 points in […]

Rams rally to win ENMU camp title

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Portales senior Kambrey Blakey applies defensive pressure to Hobbs' Amaya Lewis in the first half of Saturday's game.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com After a surprising run to the Eastern New Mexico University team camp title, Kambrey Blakey and a smattering of teammates got set for a photo with the first-place plaque. Only problem? The plaque was nowhere to be found. The photo shoot was held off for a few minutes, until […]

PHS names girls soccer co-coaches

Portales High School has doubled up to fill its only head coaching vacancy over the summer. The girls soccer team will have co-coaches for the 2015 season. Portales High Athletic Director Mark Gallegos said Laurel Kerg, an assistant on last year’s Ram squad, will be joined by Eanna O’Gorman. O’Gorman played two seasons for the […]

ENMU’s Todd leads field

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Hayden Todd is so far having a great third round at the College National Finals Rodeo. With a dozen riders still to compete, according to results posted at the CNFR website, Todd was first in the short go on barrel racing at a time of 13.74 seconds. […]

Junior high rodeoers heading to nationals

Staff report A half-dozen junior high athletes from Curry and Roosevelt counties are one week away from competing for top middle school honors at the Junior High National Finals Rodeo, scheduled June 21-27 in Des Moines, Iowa. Shad Mayfield, a two-time national champion and the 2013 all-around boys winner, will go for his third time […]

Greyhounds Pope, Kendrick drafted

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Clyde Kendrick was drafted in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Less than six weeks ago, Cody Pope and Clyde Kendrick were teammates. On Wednesday, they became division rivals. Both Greyhound pitchers were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Kendrick was selected in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers (798th overall), and […]