Clovis’ Isler has won at every stop

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Clovis coach J.D. Isler planned to be a dentist before turning to coaching. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White J.D. Isler never gave much thought to being a coach when his playing career ended. Even though basketball was his life growing up near Grady, Isler had his sights on becoming a dentist after […]

Area well-represented in 1A-2A grid clash

By Dave Wagner TEXICO’S MIKE PROKOP WILL coach five members of his Class 1A state championship team in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 1A-2A all-star game, scheduled for June 12 at Western New Mexico University in Silver City. Prokop’s South squad will include guard Bryce Bailey, tackle Jared Curtis and running back […]

Virtue, dedication helped city man climb

Don McAlavy This is the first of a series of stories told by Jack Winton and Engle Southard (Clovis High School class of 1951). The interviews were conducted a couple of months ago. Both of their parents were hard-working people and both of the boys learned the work ethic: “We were really good kids growing […]

EPAC girls’ race could be wide-open

By Dave Wagner After a six-year domination by Texico and Elida, the 2004 Eastern Plains Athletic Conference girls tournament has a more wide-open feel to it. While Texico (1998-2001) and Elida (2002-03) have combined for the last six EPAC girls titles, several others could challenge in this year’s 10-school event which begins today at Texico […]

Holiday tournaments begin

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Clovis’ Melissa Roberts drives to the basket past teammate Monique Walker during Sunday’s practice at Rock Staubus Gym. The Lady Wildcats play Dalhart today in the opening round of the Plateau Holiday Classic. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Last season’s third-place finish in Clovis’ Milk Cow Classic was not satisfying for Wildcats boys […]

Fun news from missing Kid to kissing kids

Ned Cantwell This has been a fun year in the news business, both in New Mexico and beyond our borders. Our state, not without her pressing problems, has spent an inordinate amount of time wondering where Billy the Kid is buried and whether lawman Pat Garrett really shot the popular outlaw dead a century ago. […]

Cats thinking third — or better

Dave Wagner La Cueva and host Gallup may be out of the range of the Clovis High boys cross country team in Saturday’s Class 5A state meet in Gallup, but coach Brian Stacy thinks the Wildcats have a good shot at beating everyone else. Stacy has penciled everything out, and believes all the Cats need […]

Police Blotter 11/6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Responding about 10 a.m. Oct. 30 to a drive-through restaurant, Clovis police found someone had shot the outside menu board with an air gun, leaving six holes in the plexiglass doors of the order board. Restaurant staff estimated damage at $200. >>> […]

Cavemen top Cats in 4-5A boys soccer

CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — Senior Joey Ongaga, second in the state with 35 goals, added four to his total in the first 20 minutes of play on Tuesday as Carlsbad handed the Clovis High Wildcats a 6-1 loss in District 4-5A boys soccer. Carlsbad (14-5, 6-2 district) advances to a first-round Class 5A state game […]

A day in the life of the ‘Desperate Six’

Don McAlavy Back in the summer of 1922, there existed in Clovis a gang of young boys called the “Desperate Six.” The gang got started when four eighth-grade boys asked two third-grade boys to join them. This is Travis Anthony’s report: “We felt highly honored to be in a gang with ‘big boys,’” Anthony said. […]

Boy Scouts striving to keep teenagers in uniform

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Like most other youth-oriented associations, the Boy Scouts of America has a problem keeping kids in the group when their teenage years roll around. But Clovis’ Ryan […]

Police Blotter 10/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis fire investigators reported an Oct. 8 car fire at the 1200 block of West Seventh Street looked suspicious but they could not find evidence of arson. The vehicle owner told police he had purchased a 1995 Cadillac DeVille for the engine […]

Cats play Eldorado tough in loss

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Eldorado’s Matthew Witkowski jumps between Clovis defenders Chris Janousek (left) and Kiko Valez. Photo by Rick White. CNJ STAFF The Clovis boys soccer team did something no other team has been able to do this season — score against Eldorado in district play. It wasn’t nearly enough though, as the third-ranked Eagles broke the game […]

CHS boys harrier third at Sandia

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Brian Romero led three Clovis High runners in the top 10 Saturday as the Wildcats finished third in the varsity boys division of the Sandia Invitational cross country meet. Small-school power Jemez Valley dominated the field, comprised of mostly Class 4A and 5A schools, behind individual winner Vernon Tosa. Jemez […]

CHS harriers close second at Borger meet

CNJ STAFF BORGER, Texas — The Hereford Whitefaces had just enough to edge out Clovis High for the boys Division II team championship Saturday in the season-opening Borger Invitational cross country meet. Hereford, led by individual champion Jesus Huerta (15:53 over 3,000 meters), finished with 53 points to 54 for the Wildcats. Amarillo Tascosa came […]

Old locomotive bell making CHS home

By Don McAlavy In the name of school spirit, five Clovis High students scaled a fence protecting the old locomotive at Hillcrest Park in 1959 and made off with the train’s bell. The five boys never told anybody that it was them that “borrowed the bell” which can still be heard today ringing at Clovis […]

‘Bad Boys II’ a good action comedy

By Stacy Allen If you liked “Bad Boys,” then you will love “Bad Boys II. “ The characters are back in another Miami drug case in a fast-paced movie involving action scenes intermixed with hilarious dialogue. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith work great as a team and play off each other with an air that […]

Future politicans, journalists miss out

By Ned Cantwell Some of the state’s future politicians and some of the state’s future journalists met a couple of weeks ago in Portales. It was not pretty. Boys State is an excellent program conducted by the American Legion since 1935 to teach high school kids how government works. The High School Journalism Workshop is […]

Local squad going for AAU boys crown

By Dave Wagner Last weekend, two Clovis-based teams captured AAU girls state basketball championships in competition here. This weekend, the New Mexico Wildcats, a team made up mostly of up-and-coming Clovis High talent, will try to pick up a boys title when they travel to Manzano High School in Albuquerque for the state AAU 16-and-under […]

Portales sweeps Clovis again

CNJ Staff Portales repeated its earlier sweep of Clovis High in tennis Monday, winning the boys match 9-0 and the girls dual 7-2 in a makeup of an earlier rainout at the CHS courts. Both Clovis teams ended their dual schedules with records of 2-5. “The kids definitely played better than last time,” CHS tennis […]