Buffs poised to make return to six-man playoffs

By Eric Butler MELROSE — Melrose hasn’t been in the six-man football postseason round since losing to Ramah in the 2000 semifinals. Given the fact that two teams from each district move into the playoffs, the Buffaloes have good reason to expect they’ll be one of them this year — especially when taking into account […]

Lady Rockets break away from CHS in second half

By Dave Wagner Roswell Goddard let some early scoring opportunities slip away and went into halftime leading Clovis High just 1-0 Saturday in the girls season opener for both teams at Yucca Soccer Complex. That changed in a span of about 10 minutes early in the second half when the Lady Rockets erupted for three […]

Cats slip past JV for fifth

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Clovis eighth-grader Scott Clark (left), playing for the Clovis High junior varsity, battles junior Matt Gembrecht of the varsity for possession of the ball during Saturday’s fifth-place match in the Clovis Invitational at Yucca Soccer Complex. CNJ STAFF Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill said prior to the start of the Wildcat Invitational at […]

Lady Cats thinking big in ’03

By Dave Wagner Coach Darrel Ray thinks this could be a special season for the Clovis High volleyball team. The Lady Wildcats expected to get an indication of their potential on Saturday in an eight-team scrimmage session at Rio Rancho, with matches against the defending Class 5A champion Lady Rams, La Cueva, Eldorado and Las […]

Wildcats look vulnerable against defending state champs

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Las Cruces cornerback Gabe Oliver breaks up a pass intended for Clovis senior wide receiver Ben Teconchuk during Friday’s scrimmage in Artesia. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ARTESIA — Both teams scored three times, including one each by the second units. But by no means was Friday’s scrimmage between defending state champion Las […]

Young Vixens think they may contend again

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — With no seniors on this year’s squad and possibly needing time to integrate two of the state’s top small school athletes into the system, Fort Sumner’s volleyball team has the makings of a powerhouse in 2004. But don’t forget about this year. The Vixens returns several key players for […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]

ENMU’s Johnson switches sports

By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Randy Johnson used up his college eligibility in basketball last spring at Eastern New Mexico University, but he wasn’t ready to give up sports. So he approached ENMU’s football coaches about the possibility of playing this fall. Given the chance during spring practice, the coaches liked what they saw […]

Cats battle Cruces

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Clovis High School junior John Props takes the handoff from senior Jeff Epps during Thursday’s practice at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave W agner After nearly two weeks of going against each other in practice, the Clovis High Wildcats will see someone else on the other side of the ball today […]

Barb Lumley qualifies for national event

CNJ STAFF Barbara Lumley of Clovis has qualified as part of a five-person team for the gross portion of the 2003 Buick Scramble National golf tournament Oct. 8-12 in Orlando, Fla. Four amateurs and a club pro comprise each team. There will be 133 teams in Orlando, with the field pared to 24 teams for […]