CHS squads second at Lovington

Staff report LOVINGTON — If Friday’s Lovington Relays are an indication, Clovis High’s track squads could be in for quite a battle this spring with Hobbs in District 4-6A. The Eagles and Lady Eagles got the better of CHS in the event, but not by much. The Hobbs boys finished with 139 1/2 points to […]

Holguin signs at NAIA school

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Clovis High senior Jordan Holguin, who led the Wildcats with 123 tackles in 2014, has signed to play college football with NAIA Concordia in Seward, Nebraska.

Staff report As far as college football goes, Jordan Holguin decided to jump in with both feet. The Clovis High senior decided to sign a letter-of-intent to play football with Concordia, an NAIA school in Seward, Nebraska. Holguin, a 6-foot, 168-pound linebacker, was considering a handful of other schools, including Lewis and Clark in Portland, […]

Saturday prep baseball linescore — March 21

Hal Bogle Invite At Dexter Fifth place Mesilla Valley 5, Texico 0 Texico    000  000  0 — 0    1    3 Mesilla Valley    011  030  x — 5    7    2 Tanner Dickerman, Dalton Thatcher (5) and Jesus Maldonado; Alex Marrujo and Brannon Mobley. W — Marrujo. L — Dickerman. Top hitters — Texico: Dickerman 1-2. Mesilla […]

Hounds split with Aggies

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ENMU catcher Chad Highberger lunges unsuccessfully to try to tag Cameron’s Jonathan Reyes as he scored from third on a wild pitch during the first inning of Saturday’s second game in the team’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Cameron won the game 8-0 after the Greyhounds took the opener 2-1.

Staff report PORTALES — It’s a good thing Cody Pope was on his game Saturday, as quiet as Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were. The senior right-hander spun a seven-inning four-hitter as the Greyhounds edged Cameron 2-1 in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. ENMU’s bats were totally […]

Red-hot Cameron sweeps Zias

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ENMU third baseman Jackie Candelaria makes the play on a ground ball during the seventh inning in the opener of the Zias’ Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Cameron on Saturday at Zia Field. The  against the Cameron Aggies at Zia softball field. The league-leading Aggies swept the Zias 4-1 and 18-6.

Staff report PORTALES — Three years ago, Cameron and Eastern New Mexico University met in the final series of the regular season at Zia Field, trying to garner the final berth in the Lone Star Conference softball tournament. ENMU won a Friday doubleheader that weekend to pull even with the Aggies, then lost the series […]

Aggies get late homer, nip ENMU

Staff report PORTALES — Cameron second baseman Jonathan Reyes broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and the Aggies held on for a 7-6 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday night at Greyhound Field. ENMU (5-15, 1-8 LSC) closed to within a run in the bottom of the […]

Area prep baseball linescores — March 20

Melrose 9, Santa Rosa 8 Santa Rosa    004  100  3 — 8    6    2 Melrose    204  300  x — 9    7    2 Joaquin Lopez, Joseph Esquibel (4), Jacob Sanchez (5) and Joaquin Sanchez; Wyatt Williams, Chris Fisher (4), Gage Dietz (7) and Dietz, Williams (7). W — Fisher. L — J. Lopez. Top hitters — […]

Lady Cats move into semifinals

Staff report FARMINGTON — Sophomore Taylor Smith, making her first varsity start, allowed just two hits over five innings on Friday and Clovis High defeated Navajo Prep 5-1 in a quarterfinal game of the eight-team Scorpion Invitational, hosted by Farmington H.S. The teams played what was called a “pool play” contest prior to the start […]

Lady Rams cruise past Lovington

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — Senior Kailee Ramirez provided pitching and power hitting for Portales, which rolled to a season-opening 9-2 win over Class 5A Lovington in a four-team, round-robin tournament on Friday at Wheeler Park. Ramirez went 3-for-3 with two homers and a double, and struck out nine Lady Wildcats in […]

Cats, Lady Cats hope to build on first meet

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Clovis High sophomore Jaci Sievers and juniors Brianna Casimer and Hayley Kidd, from left, work on their starts out of the blocks during practice on Thursday at Leon Williams Stadium. CHS squads are slated to compete today in their second meet of the season, the Lovington Relays.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Longtime Clovis High boys track coach Darren Kelley admits he wasn’t expecting a second-place finish in the Wildcats’ season-opening meet last Friday, the Reagor Dykes Relays at Plainview. “I was definitely pleased last week,” said Kelley, entering his 16th season at the helm. “We did better than I thought […]

Hounds look to shake off slow start

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — Last season, the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds turned a lot of heads in the Lone StarConference as they finished over .500 for the first time since 2000 at 26-24. This season hasn’t started as smoothly. They’re 5-14 (1-7 LSC) heading into a four-game series this weekend […]

Prep golf: Young Cats hope to make mark

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Clovis junior Jake Foster chips during Wednesday’s practice at Colonial Park Golf Course. The Wildcats scrimmage Friday in Roswell before opening the season Monday in Tucumcari.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Even though the teams’ overall years played are a little below par, both Clovis High golf teams hope to perform above expectations. With no senior on either the boys or girls roster, a young Clovis golf program is preparing for its 2015 seasons with a Friday scrimmage at Roswell, […]

Fishing report — March 19

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: There were a few […]

Cats take advantage of Rams’ miscues

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Clovis junior Kurt Kelley dives back to first base safely on a pick-off attempt as Portales first baseman senior Ed Banda awaits the throw during Tuesday’s baseball matchup at Bell Park. Kelley drove in three runs with a pair of hits as the Wildcats cruised to a 17-2 victory.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com It might not have mattered much in the outcome, but whatever help Clovis High’s baseball team needed on Tuesday, it got in abundance from the Portales Rams. PHS committed seven errors and threw in six wild pitches, a passed ball and a balk as the Wildcats cruised to a […]

Williams takes third POY award

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Senior guard Danni Williams averaged 25 points in leading the Clovis High Lady Wildcats to a 27-3 record this season. In four years with the Lady Cats, the program compiled a record of 111-10.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Danni Williams didn’t get the real prize she was after last week. She got a pretty nice consolation prize, though, when she was named the New Mexico high school Gatorade Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. “It’s probably the most special because it’s three years in […]

Lady Cats ride big first past Lovington 11-1

Staff report Clovis High’s bats went a bit quiet after the first inning on Monday night. No matter. They were plenty loud in the opening stanza. Junior Jaren Piepkorn and senior Denise Garcia homered, pitcher A.J. Wright delivered an RBI triple and senior leadoff hitter Ashley Gallagher had a pair of hits during Clovis’ eight-run […]

Javs finish sweep of Hounds in 11th

Staff report KINGSVILLE, Texas — It was kind of a lost weekend for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Texas A&M-Kingsville second baseman Ryan Fickel hit a two-out RBI single to left-center field in the bottom of the 11th inning on Monday to give the Javelinas a 3-2 win and a four-game sweep of […]

Zias salvage one game at Commerce

Staff report COMMERCE, Texas — Senior catcher Aurelia Sandoval’s two-out, two-run homer in the top of the first got Eastern New Mexico University started on an 8-3 win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Sunday, but it couldn’t prevent the Zias from losing the Lone Star Conference softball series. Freshman Courtney Moore tossed her second shutout of […]

CHS senior invited to Australia trip

Staff report Clovis High School senior Tristen Pautler has received an invite to play basketball in a July exhibition in Sydney, Australia. Pautler will be part of the Mountain Conference boys team, which will play against other boys teams from Australia and New Zealand July 15-23. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Pautler said in a […]

Sandia sweeps past Lady Cats

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis softball team, in its long-delayed season opener, had the first inning its wanted with three runs against host Sandia. The next 10 innings weren’t nearly as kind to the Wildcats, who suffered a 5-4 comeback win from the Matadors in the opener. The nightcap wasn’t nearly as dramatic, with […]