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 […]

Late call helps Steers hold off Logan

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Logan team members console each other following the team’s 61-60 defeat to Magdalena in overtime in the Class 2A championship Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE  — In a fast and furious finish to overtime, Logan’s Brinton Roach took the ball hard to the basket as the final seconds ticked away. With his team down by one and the state boys Class 2A championship on the line, he put in his driving shot and […]

Big innings help Commerce sweep Zias

STAFF REPORT Host Texas A&M-Commerce scored 11 runs in a three-inning stretch bridging both games of its Lone Star Conference doubleheader Saturday. The outburst bolstered the Lions to a 10-5, 8-0 sweep over Eastern New Mexico. The teams will meet again in a noon (MDT) doubleheader to close out the series. Catcher December Rivers led […]

Clovis’ run in Roswell ends with 12-6 loss to Goddard

STAFF REPORT The Clovis Wildcats were hoping to head back home Saturday afternoon with a unblemished experience in the Roswell Invitational. Goddard had other plans. The Rockets improved to 3-0, with a five-run third highlighting a 12-6 victory Saturday. The loss made it a 2-1 tournament for the Wildcats, who had beaten Lovington and Del […]

Commerce sweeps Zias to open series

STAFF REPORT Host Texas A&M-Commerce scored 11 runs in a three-inning stretch bridging both games of its Lone Star Conference doubleheader Saturday. The outburst bolstered the Lions to a 10-5, 8-0 sweep over Eastern New Mexico. The teams will meet again in a noon (MDT) doubleheader to close out the series. Catcher December Rivers led […]

Hope Christian rallies, beats Portales in 4A title game

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Portales junior Sheraya Cox shoots over the hand of a Hope Christian defender during Friday’s Class 4A title game at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian’s boys have dominated the last decade or so in what was Class 3A, and now in 4A will chase another state title tonight. The Hope girls now have a second title in school history — again at the expense of the Portales Lady Rams. PHS […]

Hope Christian ousts Rams in semifinals

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Portales senior Matt Martinez dives for a loose ball as a Hope Christian defender moves in to grab it during the first half of the Rams’ 4A semifinal Friday morning at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — For one quarter, the Portales Rams had top-seeded Hope Christian on the run in Friday’s Class 4A boys state semifinal at The Pit. That changed quickly in the second period. Huskies senior Alex Bellinger keyed a 17-2 domination of the segment with 11 consecutive points and Hope […]

Zias’ series postponed one day due to weather

STAFF REPORT Inclement weather has forced a one-day postponement of the Eastern New Mexico University softball team’s Lone Star Conference series with Texas A&M-Commerce. The series will open with a 1 p.m. (MST) doubleheader Saturday, and close with a noon (MST) doubleheader Sunday. The postponement has also impacts the Zias’ home doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma […]

Clovis routs Del Norte

STAFF REPORT ROSWELL — The Clovis Wildcats haven’t had much to fret about in their first two days of the Roswell Invitational. Suits first-year coach Richard Cruce just fine. Clovis cruised Friday against Del Norte, winning 10-0 in a game called in the bottom of the Wildcats’ four-run fourth. Joseph Ramos led the Wildcats with 2-for-3 […]

Tigers play, win with purpose

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Tiger senior point guard Marily Varela maneuvers around a Cimarron defender on her way to the basket during the Tigers' 1A state championship game Friday morning at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — In the four years the New Mexico Activities Association sponsored Class B, Elida made mince meat out of the rest of the field in winning the state title each year and not losing a game to anyone in their class in that time. Now in Class 1A, […]

Texico tops in 3A

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Texico sophomore Jasmine Gannon takes a shot for two of her 14 points in Texico’s 50-39 win over Clayton for the Class 3A title.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — If Texico junior Brianna Reyna knew, she may have tried for one more assist. She had other concerns, though, like making things right for the Lady Wolverines after last year’s heartbreaking three-point loss to Tularosa in the then-Class 2A title tilt. Reyna finished one assist short of […]

Lady Buffs hold off Tatum, win 2A

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Melrose senior Caley Barnard pushes past the Tatum defense for two of her 16 points in Friday’s Class 2A championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Barnard added 10 rebounds and five assists in the 52-48 win.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — It almost seemed as if Melrose’s Caley Barnard was a decoy for a long stretch on Friday. The high-scoring Lady Buffs senior actually went two full quarters without scoring. She was busy making other things happen. Barnard still finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high […]