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 By Peter Stein    Sports    August 17, 2018

Texico pair extend baseball careers to college

TEXICO — As high school coaches watch their players step up to the next level, it’s bittersweet. For Texico baseball coach Ty Thatcher, it was mostly the “sweet” part on Thursday afternoon. Thatcher hosted a brief ceremony in the Texico High... Full story

 By Peter Stein    Sports    August 12, 2018

Runners, spikers and soccer start Monday

CLOVIS — The high school games will start soon enough. Before they can, though, Clovis teams will be practicing, gearing up for what they hope are seasons that end with lengthy state playoff runs....

 By Peter Stein    Sports    August 12, 2018

Cats close out first week

CLOVIS — In a cool evening breeze — early-season football weather already — Clovis High's football team wrapped up two-a-day practices Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Though just four days remo...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    August 7, 2018

Wildcats begin football practice, as Hobbs opener gets closer

CLOVIS — Hobbs and the Wildcat balloon tunnel and the trappings of opening night are still two and a half weeks away. Plenty of time for Clovis High's football coaching staff to make the necessary t...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 27, 2018

OU coach Riley hasn't forgotten Muleshoe roots

On a recent late-night broadcast of ESPN's Sports Center, anchor Neil Everett said, "When it comes to college football coaches, there's Nick Saban and there's everyone else." Muleshoe, Texas might... Full story

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 24, 2018

Zia All-Stars fall in Carlsbad

The Zia 9 & 11 All-Star baseball team overcame obstacle after obstacle, opponent after opponent, in its state championship quest. Saturday night, though, teams from Carlsbad and Albuquerque Eastdale proved to be peaks Zia couldn’t climb over at...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 21, 2018

Clovis American begins regionals

CLOVIS — On Thursday it was about practicing, hitting softballs into nets and getting ready for a big weekend. Friday was a travel day, time to make the 3 1/2-hour trek from Clovis to Albuquerque....

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 20, 2018

Zia 9 &11 players are ready

CARLSBAD — The Zia 9 & 11 All-Stars can only hope they play up to the nickname they themselves came up with for the team. Hit City. Beginning tonight, that Clovis boys team is playing Las Vegas Little League in the semifinals of the 9 & 11 New...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 18, 2018

Wolves honored

Championship seasons don’t go unnoticed by All-Star voters. And this year was no exception. When the votes were in for the 3A All-State baseball team, seven players from Texico’s 27-2 state championship squad had been selected. Among that seven...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 17, 2018

All-American boy

CLOVIS — Any father will say that his son is uniquely talented. In this case, though, Clovis resident Johnny Jimenez might be on to something. Johnny's son Javier can give radar guns a jolt, throwin...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 15, 2018

State champs again

CLOVIS — The players on last year's Clovis American 13-14 Junior League softball team know well what it means to repeat as New Mexico state champions because they had hands directly in both. The...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 14, 2018

BREAKING: Clovis American wins semifinal

CLOVIS - Clovis American's 13-14 junior softball team has inched closer still. With this morning's 12-2, five-inning New Mexico State Little League semifinal rout of Copper at the Lady Wildcats...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 11, 2018

School of basketball

CLOVIS - Jaye Crockett and Teya Morris have a few things in common. They both graduated from Clovis High School after stellar basketball careers. They each chose Texas colleges at which to continue...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 11, 2018

Jaye Crockett: Pro player, world traveler

CLOVIS - In a LeBron-weary world of max contracts, free agent departures and trade demands, there are highly-skilled players who don't get much national attention, but are living pretty cool lives...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 8, 2018

Local rodeoers ready for prep national finals

Every lasso they’ve swirled, every calf or goat they’ve roped, every bull they’ve managed to stay atop have all been in preparation for moments like this. Eight local teens have qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo, to be held...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 8, 2018

Clovis American takes control in softball tourney

CLOVIS — Bats that got swinging after a slow start. Feet that motored around the basepaths turning doubles into triples. Opportunistic baserunners capitalizing on errors. Stellar pitching and crisp... Full story

 By Peter Stein    Sports    July 1, 2018

Texico's Luscombe to go into NMHSCA Hall of Honor

TEXICO — A last-second shot to win a state championship doesn’t define Richard Luscombe. Nor do the six championships he won prior to that. Luscombe is a teacher, a family man, so many things... Full story

 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 27, 2018

Clovis progresses at NM State scrimmages

Clovis High’s football team continues its small steps toward the 2018 season, with more of those steps taken over this past weekend. The Wildcats took part in the New Mexico State University 7-on-7 scrimmages in Las Cruces, and they saw some good...

 By Peter Stein    News    June 24, 2018

Analysis: Decades later, Warrant still feels lucky making music

CLOVIS — Big hair, electric guitars and ... mmmmm, cherry pie. If all that doesn’t make you think of the band Warrant, maybe you just don’t know rock ’n’ roll. The group perhaps best remembered for its 1990 hit “Cherry Pie,” which...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 22, 2018

It's Custom time in Clovis

CLOVIS — What started small has turned into a colossus. The 35th annual Plateau Custom Classic softball tournament begins tonight with 96 teams registered, a huge turnout even though it’s actually... Full story

 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 16, 2018

Clovis scrimmages at ENMU

PORTALES — What football players do in the spring and summer is almost as important as what they do in the fall. Preparation is, after all, a big part of the game. Succeeding in the warm-weather...

 By Peter Stein    News    June 15, 2018

Racers get ready for soap box derby

CLOVIS - Up over a ramp, down Sycamore Street, to 14th street they go. Where they'll stop? They hope in Akron, Ohio. Saturday, the 17th annual Clovis Soap Box Derby takes place from 9 a.m. to around... Full story

 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 15, 2018

Portales' Cox enjoys All-Star two-fer

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about local athletes who played in multiple North-South All-Star games Playing in state tournaments is nice. Winning them even nicer. Portales’ Zamorye Cox did both over the past seven...

 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 13, 2018

Phipps: Weekend busy, but fun

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about local athletes who participated in multiple North-South All-Star Games last week. If you’ve ever seen Nathan Phipps scrapping for rebounds in gyms across eastern New Mexico or belting... Full story

 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 3, 2018

Clovis cricket building solid reputation

CLOVIS — When thinking of cricket, most Americans likely think of a jolly good game played across the pond, maybe after a spot of tea and some crumpets. It is indeed a sport often associated with... Full story


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