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 […]

CHS senior recovers to play in scrimmage

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Clovis senior Luke Bussen stretches for a pass during Wednesday’s practice at Leon Williams Stadium. Bussen, who handled kicking duties for Clovis last season, may also see time at the receiver and secondary positions this fall.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com About a week ago, the assumption was senior Tyler Bonner was just going along for the ride to Ruidoso when the Clovis Wildcats scrimmaged Las Cruces. He had suffered a sprained MCL, and there was no telling how healthy he’d be. Not so, said Bonner, as he tied up […]

Cats post win over Lovington

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Clovis sophomore Spencer Rollins looks upfield for open space against the defense of Lovington’s George Sanchez during the first half of Tuesday’s season-opening boys soccer match at Leon Williams Stadium. CHS posted a 2-1 victory.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com On paper, it might have looked like an easy opener — especially when Clovis High took advantage of an own-goal by Lovington to jump on top inside the first three minutes. It turned out to be plenty more difficult than that. CHS got a goal from freshman forward Elias […]

Lady Cats dominant in opener

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Clovis High senior Samantha Meza splits Lovington defenders Tuesday’s on her way to her first of four goals at Leon Williams Stadium. The Lady Wildcats cruised to a 10-0 victory in the season opener for both teams.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Lady Wildcats, with wholesale changes in their defensive personnel, didn’t know entering Tuesday’s season opener what kind of unit they’d be. For what it’s worth, this unit is still much better than Lovington, as the purple and white won the battle of Lady Wildcats 10-0 on Tuesday […]

CHS SOCCER: Cats hope to bounce back

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Clovis High senior forward Eduardo Hernandez fights for possession of the ball with Elder Miranda of the Clovis alumni during Saturday’s boys alumni match at Yucca Complex. The Wildcats open the season on Tuesday against Lovington at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High boys soccer coach Greg Trujillo had counted on a senior-laden team after the Wildcats came up short in District 4-6A play last season. CHS is about four short of what it anticipated in that department as it tries to rebound from a so-so season last fall after […]

ENMU FOOTBALL: Brothers stick together

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Eastern New Mexico University senior quarterback Ryan Greene makes a pitch during the first half of Saturday’s intrasquad scirmmage at Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Todd and Charles Countee always played football together while they were growing up, and they saw no reason to change that when they both had the chance at college ball. When Todd signed on at Eastern New Mexico University, Charles said, it was almost a foregone […]

Lady Cats rebuilding

Staff report With nine seniors graduating off last season’s Clovis High volleyball squad, it was pretty inevitable that the Lady Wildcats would have a wide-open audition process this year. The parts are just about filled, with a mix of upperclassmen and sophomores, but limited varsity experience heading into 2015. “Our No. 1 concern,” Clovis coach […]

Cats’ first week goes well

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Senior Jared Duncan looks for a running lane during Saturday’s Clovis High football practice. The Wildcats wrapped up their first week of drills with a two-hour session at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With two weeks remaining before their first chance to hit somebody else, the Clovis Wildcats feel the first week of work has been productive. “They’ve had a good week,” coach Eric Roanhaus said Saturday morning, after the Wildcats practiced on the turf of Leon Williams Stadium for the first […]

Most CHS sports to begin Monday

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s the second week of fall sports practices, better known as the first week of practice for fall sports that don’t involve first downs. Monday is the first day Clovis High soccer, cross country and volleyball teams can get going, and most teams are looking at two-a-day practices when […]

Hounds start practice Tuesday

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn expects to have the largest turnout for the start of practice in at least a couple of years when the Greyhounds begin drills this week. Around 140 to 150 players are expected to check in on Monday morning, and the team will begin […]

ENMU tabbed for fourth in LSC women’s soccer

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fourth place in the Lone Star Conference women’s preseason soccer poll this week, while both ENMU cross country squads have been tabbed for third place in rankings. Angelo State finished with 82 points and eight of 15 first-place votes in the six-team women’s […]

CHS reserved seats include military discount

Clovis High School is offering a military discount on reserved seat season tickets for the 2015 season. Current reserved seat ticket holders have until Aug. 17 to purchase or relinquish their seats for the upcoming season. Any unsold tickets will go on sale to the public after that point. The tickets are $60 per seat, […]

ENMU adds former post to coaching staff

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has hired former post Jasmine Johnson as a graduate assistant. As a senior Johnson played 27 games for the Zias — since renamed the Greyhounds — last season, with six starts. She averaged 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

ENMU eighth of nine in LSC volleyball poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team was picked for eighth place in the nine-team Lone Star Conference in the league’s preseason poll, released on Tuesday by the conference office. West Texas A&M, which ran through the LSC unbeaten a year ago, is the favorite to win it again this season. […]

ENMU adds transfer for women’s basketball

Staff report PORTALES — Briana White, a 5-foot-9 wing player from Phoenix, has signed a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball this season at Eastern New Mexico University. White transferred from NCAA Division II Dixie State, where she averaged 10 points, 2.8 rebounds and nearly two assists per game in 2013-14, and ranked […]

Cats in conditioning portion of preseason

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Clovis assistant Drew Hatley talks about defensive positioning with senior Tucker Dobbs during Monday’s opening Wildcats football practice. Clovis faces Las Cruces High in the team’s annual preseason scrimmage, to be played on Aug. 21 at Ruidoso.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@dnjonline.com As Wildcats football practice concluded Monday, veteran coach Eric Roanhaus gave his players wisdom on hydration — no caffeine — and pain. The latter: Two-a-day practices are supposed to wear you out. They may wear you out less if you did 7-on-7 camps in the summer, but they still […]

Cats ready to get started

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Senior quarterback Daulton Hatley, talking to coach Eric Roanhaus on the sideline during a game last season at Leon Williams Stadium, is one of four returning starters on offense. Clovis opens its two-a-day practices Monday morning at the high school.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com As of today, the Clovis Wildcats are 19 days away from their scrimmage against Las Cruces, 26 days from their season opener against Goddard and 82 days away from their district opener against Hobbs. More importantly, they’re one day away from starting practice. Two-a-day practices for the Wildcats begin […]

Majors inducted into NMHSCA Hall of Honor

Staff report A Clovis resident and Grady assistant coach was inducted last weekend into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Honor. Mike Majors, a 1980 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, was inducted along with Allan Lockridge (Pojoaque) and Bill Cawood (Kirtland Central). Majors won eight state volleyball titles and a girls […]