Cats fifth in Los Alamos tourney

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Seniors Eduardo Hernandez and Drew Kernan scored about eight minutes apart and the Clovis High boys soccer team made it stand up for a 2-1 win over Farmington on Saturday in the fifth-place match of an eight-team tournament hosted by Los Alamos H.S. Hernandez gave the Cats (5-0-1) the lead […]

CAT TRACKS: Transfer back makes mark

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Clovis High senior Jose “Bubba” Alonzo applies a stiffarm to Goddard defender Kane Daniel during Friday night’s season opener at Leon Williams Stadium. Alonxo carried the ball seven times for 50 yards in the Wildcats’ 37-14 victory over the Roswell-based Rockets.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Rushing for first downs, punishing defenders and barking encouraging words on the sidelines to his teammates. Jose “Bubba” Alonzo looked every bit like a senior with a four-year backstory in the Clovis Wildcats football program. Not bad for a junior in his first year with the squad. With four returners […]

Rams claim opener 26-13

By Matthew Asher Staff reporter email: masher@pntonline A beauty of sports exists that even after a crucial mistake, a good player can still make it a pivotal play. Enter Portales senior Bronte Staugaard, who overcame a pair of lost fumbles to lead Portales to a 26-13 victory over Las Vegas Robertson in a disjointed season […]

Wildcats ground Rockets

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Clovis sophomore Seth Lopez is lifted in celebration by senior teammate Jaron Gonzales after his 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game against Goddard at Leon Williams Stadium. Lopez rushed for 71 yards on six carries in the 37-14 win.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Goddard coach Mike Whelan said coming into the season that anybody who didn’t pick the Clovis Wildcats in or on the cusp of Class 6A’s top five simply didn’t know football. And then, on a breezy August night, the Wildcats proved they did know football. The end result was […]

Friday area prep football roundup — Aug. 28

Texico 28, Santa Rosa 6 Records: Texico 1-0, Santa Rosa 0-1 Difference: Junior RB Mason Golden scored a pair of touchdowns in a two-minute span of the first quarter to give the Wolverines control against a team which has been their nemesis in recent years. Difference-makers: Golden added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 37-yard run […]

CHS soccer teams split tourney matches

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Clovis High’s boys suffered a tough loss to host Los Alamos in the quarterfinals of the Hilltopppers’ eight-team tournament on Friday, but bounced back to beat Piedra Vista 7-0 in the consolation semifinals. Coach Greg Trujillo said that because the New Mexico Activities Association has taken out overtime this season, […]

Lady Cats notch title, boys third

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Clovis sophomore Kelsey McNaughton overcame a bit of cramping to claim first place in the varsity girls division of the season-opening Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. McNaughton, who successfully defended her title from last year, posted a time of 20 minutes, 6.86 seconds.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The top two runners for Clovis High’s girls were struggling a bit in Friday’s season-opening Clovis Invitational cross country meet at Ned Houk Park. In the end, it only made their jobs a little tougher. Sophomore Kelsey McNaughton battled cramps during the race to successfully defend her meet title […]

Thursday prep volleyball summaries — Aug. 27

Texico 3, Lubbock Christian 0 Lubbock Christian    8    14    16 Texico    25    25    25 Texico individual statistics Kills — Jasmine Gannon 16, Brianna Reyna 14. Blocks — Gannon 1, Reyna 1. Digs — Audrey Wren 8, Kaylee Miller 5, Micah Pinnell 5, Reyna 5, Jaden Stephens 5, Gannon 4. Aces — Wren 4, Gannon 3, […]

Cats to test Goddard in opener

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Clovis center Wes Lemke, left, teams up with Antonio Martinez to block Anthony Bildilli during Thursday’s practice. The Wildcats open the season tonight at home against Goddard.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com When Goddard and Clovis line up on a Friday night, there’s usually not much concern about which team will have a jaw-dropping highlight or a flashy play. Usually, the athletes who perform better win the game. “We just want to come out ready,” Clovis senior Wes Lemke said. “It […]

Lady Cats win opener in five sets

Staff report AMARILLO — With a relatively new squad and facing an opponent which has already played several matches, Clovis High’s volleyball team struggled early in its season opener against Amarillo Palo Duro on Tuesday night. The Lady Wildcats recovered, though, and dominated Game 5 en route to a 16-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-3 win […]

Tuesday area prep volleyball summary — Aug. 25

Fort Sumner 3, Tucumcari 2 Tucumcari    25    18    26    24    15 Fort Sumner    23    25    24    26    17 Fort Sumner individual statistics Kills — Paris Allred 12, Kylie Daugherty 10, Claudia Torres 6. Blocks — Allred 2. Digs — Kurstin Webb 8, Autumn McMath 7. Aces — Daugherty 8, McMath 6, Torres 6. Assists — […]

Cats cruise past Portales

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Clovis High’s Elias Ortega, center, celebrates his first half goal with his teammates during Tuesday’s boys soccer match at Portales High. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 with a 5-0 victory over the Rams.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — The Clovis Wildcats continued their fast start to the 2015 boys soccer season on Tuesday by beating Portales 5-0 in the Rams’ season opener at PHS. Both teams started a little sluggish, but Clovis (3-0) took control midway through the first half when Michael Bodine scored the […]

CHS opens with home invitational

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Clovis High’s girls team returns four of the top 10 finishers in last year’s District 4-6A meet. The Wildcats will open the season Friday with their annual meet at Ned Houk Park.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com With most of their top runners returning, Clovis High’s girls expect to field a solid squad in cross country this season. The boys, meantime, are a work in progress, although coach Mark Bussen is confident they’ll make strides as the season goes along. The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats open […]

ENMU women’s basketball schedule released

Staff report PORTALES — A 30-game women’s basketball schedule for Eastern New Mexico University will include games in five states with 16 Lone Star Conference games, nine home games, four games (three exhibitions) against Division I opponents and a neutral-site game at Clovis High School. The Greyhounds open the season on Nov. 7 with an […]

Hounds fine-tuning for opener

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Clovis High alum Kamal Cass breaks for the outside on a running play during ENMU’s ENMU’s intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning at Blackwater Draw. The Greyhounds open their 2015 schedule at home on Sept. 3 against New Mexico Highlands.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — For the second consecutive Saturday, the Eastern New Mexico University football team played a full-speed scrimmage as they tune up  for their Sept. 3 season opener at home against New Mexico Highlands. Coach Josh Lynn said this scrimmage served two major purposes — evaluating how the […]

Cats cruise past NMMI

Staff report ROSWELL — Junior forward Alejandro Medina and sophomore forward Marcus Baughman each had two goals and an assist on Saturday as the Clovis High boys soccer team thumped New Mexico Military 6-0. Medina put the Wildcats (2-0) in front in the 10th minute. After an own-goal by the Colts (0-1), Baughman, Medina and […]

Lady Cats ready to go

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Clovis’ Victoria Muffley tries to hit throgh the block of Portales sisters Kambrey and Lindsay Blakey during Saturday’s scrimmage at Rock Staubus Gym. The Lady Wildcats open the season on Tuesday in Amarillo against Palo Duro.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com After seeing his relatively inexperienced squad play over the summer, Clovis High volleyball coach Gabe Apodaca said he feels a bit better heading into the new season. Clovis High senior outside hitter Victoria Muffley Only one starter, sophomore outside hitter Makinzie Johnson, returns from last year’s team which compiled […]

Rams settle on QB

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — In less then one week, the Portales Rams have their first official football game of the season against the Robertson Cardinals. On Friday afternoon, they faced a different Cardinals team, Eunice, in a scrimmage as a final tune-up. In addition to playing against someone other than the […]

Lady Rams blanked in opener

Staff report ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams soccer team got off to a bad start oon Friday in a tournament at Roswell Goddard, losing 5-0 to the Lady Coyotes. Caitlyn Schmidt scored a pair of goals for Goddard, which took a 2-0 lead 100 seconds into the match on goals by Bethany Alvarez and […]

Cats post slight advantage in scrimmage

Staff report RUIDOSO — Clovis came out slightly on top in its scrimmage with Las Cruces on Friday, scoring nine times to seven for the Bulldawgs. But the real focus, Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said, was if the Wildcats improved in the neutral-site battle in Ruidoso. “The main thing you want in a scrimmage is […]