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  • Q&A: Clovis football coach: We've got good momentum

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of interviews with local officials. Andrew McCraw is beginning his third year as Clovis High’s football coach. Q: What’re your overall thoughts on last season? A: We were excited where we finished the regular season. We kind of struggled early, and then we figured it out. We were waiting for some guys to develop a little bit. When that happened we went on a little roll. We were undefeated in district, won a district championship and had an awesome comeback in the distr...

  • Arkansas college football player spreads faith in Clovis

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 15, 2024

    Offensive lineman J.D. Crumby understands the sacrifice of spending time in Clovis – 739 miles from his Arkansas home – while attempting to become a pillar of Lyons College; an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in Arkansas. Back home, a chest day for example, would feature him using a typical bench press. But here in Clovis, he's relegated to using a Smith Machine bench press at the local Planet Fitness to continue his training. Without the option of a fre...

  • Guy Leeder Invitational honors slow-pitch 'Godfather'

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    While sitting in the Guy Leeder Complex bleachers at last weekend's Guy Leeder Invitational, Roger Jackson nodded to the field.   "This kid right here, (No.) 27," Jackson said.  Jackson, who helps run Clovis USSSA softball, was making the point that this "No. 27" likely never got to experience the legend that is Guy Leeder – the man who transformed adult softball in Clovis from a 1960s hobby to a cultural phenomenon – and that's why holding the tournament was so essential...

  • Q&A: ENMU's new AD discusses move to Portales

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Editor's note: This is one in a continuing series of interviews with local officials. Kevin Fite was recently named athletic director at Eastern New Mexico University. He most recently worked at Oklahoma State University where he was senior associate athletics director for compliance. Q: What was the hiring process like? A: I was looking for an opportunity, and I live in Oklahoma and I was wanting to stay as close as I could to my daughter who attends University of Oklahoma....

  • CHS star hopes to blaze Division I trail

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    Recently graduated Clovis High School girls' basketball star Zarai Lewis is sandwiched between two points in time: A few months removed from being the Wildcats' top scorer and shot blocker for the third straight year. A few months until she begins her next chapter at New Mexico Junior College. If Lewis can succeed at NMJC and collect a Division I offer, she can show young Clovis hoopers that it is possible to go from this rural town to the pinnacle of college athletics. "I...

  • Veteran forward will have say in NBA Finals

    Dallas Morning News, Syndicated content|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Mavericks fans are well-aware that former point guard Jason Kidd and current guard Kyrie Irving have led teams to championships: Kidd as a Maverick in 2011; Irving with Cleveland in 2016. Fewer fans probably know that veteran Maverick forward Markieff Morris played a significant role in the Lakers' 2020 championship run in the Disney World bubble. But how many fans know that another Maverick has NBA Finals experience? Granted, Derrick Jones Jr. played in only four of the six...

  • Ex-Lobo Toppin withdraws from draft, commits to Texas Tech

    The Santa Fe New Mexican, Syndicated content|Updated Jun 1, 2024

    One of the most promising young big men in the University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball history is trading in his cherry gear for scarlet. JT Toppin, a highly touted 6-foot-8 power forward who burst onto the scene as a true freshman for the Lobos during the 2023-24 season announced via social media Tuesday that he is signing with Texas Tech. He will have at least three years of eligibility remaining with the Red Raiders, a team that reached the 2019 national championship game. Toppin, who is originally from Dallas, was...

  • Negro Leagues stars join MLB stat leaders

    Kansas City Star, Syndicated content|Updated Jun 1, 2024

    Major League Baseball has a new record holder in several single-season and career categories. Legend and Hall of Famer Josh Gibson will take the top spot on lists that include single-season batting average (.466 in 1943) and slugging percentage (.974 in 1937) - and become the career leader in both - as Negro Leagues statistics become part of the Major League Baseball historical records. The Negro Leagues were officially elevated to MLB status in 2020. Some 2,300 people played...

  • Dallas Mavericks earn trip to NBA Finals

    Dallas Morning News, Syndicated content|Updated Jun 1, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS – Afterward, Luka Doncic hugged teammates and coaches, but someone was missing. As the Mavericks gathered for the Western Conference finals trophy presentation in Target Center following Thursday night's Game 5 rout of Minnesota, Doncic kept gazing around the court. Finally, he spotted the person for whom he was looking, his father, Sasa. They embraced. Sasa almost didn't make it from Dallas to Minneapolis in time because his original commercial flight had to r...

  • 'They gave it everything they had'

    Matt Weiner, The Staff of The News|Updated Jun 1, 2024

    Clovis High School southpaw Jasiah Mendoza doesn’t regret having bleached hair in the graduation photos he recently took. “Ten years from now I could look back and be like, ‘Why did I bleach my hair?’ Then be like, ‘Oh, yeah, because we made it to the playoffs,’” said Mendoza. Before the season, CHS baseball players agreed that “If we make the playoffs we’re gonna bleach our hair.” Mendoza was a pillar of a Wildcats squad that snapped a half-decade long playoff drought. He’s also one of 11 graduating seniors who laid a fo...

  • Commentary: Bill Walton was gangly giant, kind, quirky soul

    Bill Plaschke Los Angeles Times, Syndicated content|Updated May 28, 2024

    Fittingly, my favorite Bill Walton encounter involved only his voice. It was in October 2000, the day before John Wooden's 90th birthday. I was visiting with Coach in his modest Encino condo when the phone rang and the answering machine picked up. Suddenly the room was filled with a familiar deep and gravelly singing from across the globe. "Happy birthday to you ... happy birthday to you ... happy birthday from Australia..." Wooden smiled. "Oh, that's Bill Walton," he said....

  • Commentary: Golfer's death reminder of depression's grip

    Mac Engel Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Syndicated content|Updated May 28, 2024

    FORT WORTH, Texas - Whatever Scottie Scheffler is going through right now with a stupid legal issue is nothing. So some of the new grass as part of the complete course renovations at Colonial Country Club looks bad. Who cares? On Saturday afternoon, when news hit that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray was dead, everything was put in its proper place. So much of what we waste so much time worrying about is just that. A waste. Because there is life. And there is death. On Sunday...

  • State Class 4A, 5A track results

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Class 4A, 5A state meets Friday, Saturday at Albuquerque Boys Class 5A Team standings: 1. Rio Rancho Cleveland 75; 2. Rio Rancho 62; 3. Organ Mountain 52; 4. Santa Fe High 47; 5. Albuquerque High 41; 6. La Cueva 40; 7. Las Cruces High 23; 8. Sandia 20; 9. Centennial 19 ½; 10. (tie) Eldorado and Hobbs 19; 12. Piedra Vista 14 ½; 13. (tie) Alamogordo and Roswell High 9; 15. Volcano Vista 6; 16. (four-way tie) Cibola, Clovis, Gadsden and Mayfield 5; 20. (tie) Carlsbad and Farmington 4; 22. Atrisco Heritage 1. Clovis results F...

  • LSC recognizes 12 ENMU athletes

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2024

    RICHARDSON, Texas – Twelve members of the Eastern New Mexico University track teams earned All-Lone Star Conference recognition in selections announced by the conference office. Seven of the honorees were from the women’s squad, which finished third in the recent LSC championships, including first-teamers in sophomore thrower Kennedy Ulmer and freshman sprinter Grizell Scarlett. Ulmer took first place in javelin in the LSC meet at San Angelo, Texas, and also finished second in discus (154-6). Scarlett took first in the 100...

  • Barros wins LSC pole vault crown; Paden 4th

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2024

    SAN ANGELO, Texas – Angelo State junior and Clovis High 2021 grad Camryn Barros captured the Lone Star Conference women’s pole vault title earlier this month while teammate and Portales High 2022 alum Kylyie Paden came in fourth. Barros tied Texas-Tyler junior Abeni Kratzmeyer for the top spot at 11 feet,11 ¾ inches, but earned the No. 1 standing based on fewer misses. Meantime, Paden shared third with sophomore Olivia Mitchell of Tyler at 11-6 ½, but settled for the lower spot in the standings based on misses. Barros was n...

  • Lady Cats finish 10th at 5A state

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – Gabrielle Foggie didn't win the race she'd hoped to win, but she did enough to help Clovis High's girls earn a top-10 finish in Class 5A state track over the weekend. Foggie came up short in her bid to repeat last year's 400 title as a sophomore, but not for lack of effort. In a fast field, she claimed second place in the event in a time of 57.20 seconds, trailing Las Cruces High junior standout Kaselle Davis (55.58). Seven of the eight finalists ran times of u...

  • Lady Rams finish seventh in Class 4A state track meet

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 21, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – Portales High's girls certainly weren't going to catch Los Alamos on Saturday night, either in the 1,600 relay finale or the overall team standings. So the Lady Rams did the next-best thing – they took second in the relay, inching the team past Belen and into seventh place in final Class 4A girls standings. PHS finished with 23 ½ points while the Lady Eagles, who were sixth in the relay race, dropped to eighth place with 20 points. No one but no one was...

  • Lady Rams, Lady Cats solid on first day of state track

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – Portales and Clovis High's boys had a bit of a tough first day on Friday in state large-school track competition. The girls, on the other hand, did all right for themselves. The PHS girls scored seven points in field events and qualified four relays for Saturday's Class 4A finals, while Clovis earned two points from eighth-grader Nevaeh Barrow in Class 5A pole vault on a fifth-place finish at 9 feet, 6 inches. They Lady Wildcats also sent three relays and two i...

  • Texico girls rally for 1-3A championship

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    SOCORRO – If this keeps up, Texico might be inclined to add Paige Mallorey to the staff for all its sports. So far she’s gone 2-for-2, winning a Class 2A state title in volleyball as an assistant coach in the fall and adding the 1-3A girls state championship in golf on Tuesday. Down by nine strokes to host Socorro after Monday’s opening round, Texico put four players in the top 13 in the tournament and pulled away to six-stroke team victory (792-798) over the Lady Warriors at the New Mexico Tech golf course. “I think the girl...

  • ENMU names Fite for AD position

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Eastern New Mexico University has selected Kevin Fite as its next athletic director, the school announced in a release on Thursday. He is scheduled to begin his new duties on July 1. Fite, who spent the last 13 years as the senior associate athletics director for compliance at Oklahoma State. He brings nearly 35 years of athletic administrative experience from Oklahoma State, Houston and the NCAA national office. ENMU began the search for a permanent AD after Paul Weir resigned in October and accepted a position as deputy...

  • Buffs post 2nd consecutive 1A state baseball crown

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 18, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – After winning its first state title in baseball last season since going back-to-back in then-Class 1-2A in 2015 and 2016, Melrose was bound and determined to do it again. In the end, the Buffaloes left no doubt. Seeded third in the six-team Class 1A field coming in, Melrose outscored its three opponents 33-5 and capped off a repeat title on Friday with a 9-1 win over top-seeded District 3-1A rival Logan at the University of New Mexico's Santa Ana Star Field. S...

  • Lady Rams finish second, Rams third in district meet

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 14, 2024

    It was a satisfying day overall for Portales High sophomore Skyler Massey, especially in high jump. Massey set a personal best, clearing five feet to win the event and help the Lady Rams to a second-place team finish in Friday's District 4-4A meet at Greyhound Stadium. Now she has her sights on a possible win in Class 4A state competition in Albuquerque this weekend. "My goal is to PR (set a personal record) again in high jump, and hopefully in every event," Massey said....

  • No. 2 Grants finishes off Rams 13-3

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 14, 2024

    GRANTS – At the end of the day, it just wasn’t in the cards for Portales High’s baseball team. The 15th-seeded Rams gave it a great shot in Friday’s opener of the best-of-3, Class 4A first-round playoff series, only to see Grants rally late for a 4-3 win. Saturday’s game turned out to be no contest. The Pirates (22-6) jumped on top 4-0 in the first inning, then finished off a 10-run rule win with six in the sixth to oust the Rams 13-3. “We started off bad and ended bad,” Rams coach Arturo Ontiveros said of Saturday’s cl...

  • Rio Rancho sweeps Cats in best-of-3

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 14, 2024

    RIO RANCHO – Seeded 15th, Clovis High’s baseball team gave No. 2 Rio Rancho a run for its money in their Class 5A opening-round best-of-three series over the weekend. In the end, the Wildcats came up short, dropping a 2-0 decision to the Rams in Saturday’s second game, winning the series 2-0. Rio Rancho (24-4) advanced to a 10 a.m. Thursday quarterfinal matchup at Jennifer Riordan Spark Kindness Sports Complex in Albuquerque against seventh-seeded Carlsbad (21-7), which completed a sweep of Centennial on Saturday by edgin...

  • Three area squads finish second in state track

    the Staff of The News|Updated May 14, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE – Three area teams came home with second-place finishes in small-school state track competition over the weekend at the University of New Mexico’s track complex. District 6-1A rival Logan, led by a strong performance from junior Hayden Judd, nipped Melrose 100-98 for the Class 1A boys team championship. The teams were tied 90-90 going into the 1,600 relay finale, and the Longhorns finished first in the event while the Buffaloes were second. Meantime, Texico led for much of Class 2A boys meet before defending cha...

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