Still-dangerous Bears set to host Wildcats

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Clovis High School junior Rishard Matthews gets ready to throw a pass during practice Friday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor No motivational speeches are needed for the Clovis Wildcats this week. Here’s why. La Cueva is the top-ranked team in the state. They haven’t lost […]

La Cueva appears ‘human’

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The two-time defending Class 5A state champions La Cueva Bears still have the talent to add another title, but the graduation of a monsterly talented senior class has left the Bears at least vulnerable, according to a pair of Albuquerque coaches. Eldorado’s David Williams and Manzano’s Aaron Ocampo both used […]

Estancia posts win over Lady Spikers

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — A pair of teams expected to make a run for the Class 2A state volleyball team hooked up for a battle Tuesday night. And, no surprise here, it took five games to decide things between host Texico and Estancia. In the end, the Lady Bears took a 25-16, […]

Hounds test Bears today in opener

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University football team left by bus early Wednesday morning for the long ride to Arkansas and tonight’s season opener against Central Arkansas. First-year coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds will be shorthanded when they take the War Memorial Stadium turf in Little Rock with three starters suspended for […]

Clovis races past La Cueva; earns rematch with Rio Rancho.

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal scores in the first half of Tuesday’s game against La Cueva. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis relentlessly pestered, frustrated and ran by the bigger La Cueva Lady Bears, which led to turnovers, easy points and a 66-30 the Lady Wildcats win in the second […]

Big bad Bears repeat

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Seth Johnson the rest of the Bears limited Clovis senior Phillip Williams to 22 yards on 16 carries. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor In a locker room filled with the low murmur of disappointment and teary-eyed teammates, Juan Gutierrez peeled off his purple jersey and shoulder pads for the final […]

La Cueva’s dominance undisputable

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La Cueva senior linebacker Zach Arnett, left, can’t contain his joy after making a tackle in the second half. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva senior Zach Arnett said he’ll let others decide whether the Bears belong among the best football teams in the state’s history. La Cueva made […]

State preview: La Cueva chasing spot in history

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The numbers are staggering: • Eight shutouts. Only one offensive touchdown has been scored against them. • More quarterback sacks (38) than completions allowed (37). • Eight games scoring 40 or more points. • Twenty-five straight wins over two seasons. The La Cueva Bears are a game away from […]

State preview: La Cueva game capsules

CNJ staff Editor’s note: La Cueva game summaries were compiled from a variety of newspaper Internet sites, including the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune. Sept 3. La Cueva 49, Eldorado 0 New season, same stifling defense. Top-ranked La Cueva shoved Eldorado backward to the tune of minus 4 yards of total offense in an easy […]

State preview: Cats in spoiler role

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams tries to outrace Highland’s Ian Clark during Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. Williams has rushed for more than 1,800 yards this season. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva is out to complete a two-year unbeaten run sure to place it in […]