I’m determined to conquer 5K run

Saturday was my second 5K race. I hoped to erase memories of my 37:58, when I pulled up injured and saw other racers driving home while I was still running/walking. Mark Bussen, a coach at Clovis High School, reassured me by saying, “That’s better than everybody who didn’t show up.” Calming words, but they didn’t […]

Rio Rancho dominates Clovis Invitational

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Justin Kyle was the top finisher for the Wildcats in Friday’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. Kyle’s time of 18:01 was good for 17th. Jacob Lozano of Hobbs was the winner with a time of 15:47. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the sun peeked out from scattered clouds […]

Team looks to fill holes

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CnJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School cross-country coach Mark Bussen leads the varsity boys team during practice Wednesday afternoon at Ned Houk Park. The team opens the season with the Clovis Invitational, set for 3 p.m. Friday at Ned Houk Park. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Clovis High girls got close […]

Lady Cats ready to start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray used a camp-type setting last week to get a jump on the season. Ray, beginning his eighth season as the Lady Wildcats’ coach, entered Monday’s first day of practice having a fair read on his squad. “When you’ve had them for the better […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats’ Schenck ninth at state meet

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Try as they might, Clovis High’s girls couldn’t make up for the loss of their top runner on Saturday. With sophomore Caitlin Waters still recovering from walking pneumonia and limited to the role of spectator, the Lady Wildcats finished eighth with 199 points in Class 5A state competition hosted by […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats’ top runner unable to compete at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen had high hopes his girls squad could win a Class 5A state championship, or at least finish in the top three and win a trophy. But with top runner Caitlin Waters still recovering from a bout with walking pneumonia, Bussen said the […]

Clovis places second at District 4-5A meet

CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — The team scores in Friday’s District 4-5A cross country meet look almost like carbon copies. Host Carlsbad finished first, Clovis High was second and Hobbs third in all four divisions — boys and girls varsity and junior varsity. And the team totals were nearly identical. In both the varsity boys and […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats drop heartbreaker

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Clovis High’s Juan Gonzales, left, battles for possession of the ball with Carlsbad’s Wesley Burnett during Wednesday’s District 4-5A boys soccer match at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With their best record in years, the Clovis High boys soccer team entered District 4-5A competition with high […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: CHS sweeps varsity crowns in own meet

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Senior James Chavez helped Clovis High’s boys win their own cross country invitational on Saturday at Ned Houk Park, leading the Wildcats with a fourth-place individual finish in a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Caitlin Waters was perfectly happy to let […]

CHS hosts cross country invitational

CNJ staff Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen would like to see his teams ready to go for today’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. To that end, he cut back on workouts this week for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. “I’ve rested the kids a little,” Bussen said. “We’ve been working hard for […]

Plainview meet proves difficult for CHS harriers

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — The Plainview Invitational cross country meet was a lot tougher than Clovis High coach Mark Bussen remembered last time he was there. Despite last-place finishes by all four of his teams, Bussen said he wasn’t that displeased with the way the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats ran in the otherwise-all-Texas event. […]

CHS harriers host invitational with ENMU

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Bussen spent three years away from the Clovis High cross country program, at least in name. Bussen coached the CHS program from 1998-2002 before stepping away when his own children were starting to enter sports. When then-coach Brian Stacy asked him to come back after accepting the school’s […]

Second Clovis soldier killed

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J.R. Segura helped Clovis win a rare district cross country title in 2000. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died […]

CCC president gearing up for marathon

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Clovis Community College Interim President Becky Rowley lifts weights Wednesday at the college. Rowley will run in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer What can you do in three hours and 17 minutes? Becky Rowley can run 26.2 miles, and at Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, she is looking to knock a few minutes off […]

Cats edge Goddard in second overtime

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Clovis goalie Josh Bussen, left, and Kiko Velez, right, congratulate Jayme Nauman after he scored the game winning goal in the second overtime of Saturday’s match against Roswell Goddard. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats saw tangible proof Saturday why practice is so important. With no time […]

Prep soccer: Two easy goals snowball on Cats

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Clovis High School junior James Gant (left) and Carlsbad senior Trey Owen battle for ball during Tuesday’s game at the Yucca soccer complex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Yucca soccer complex didn’t provide much of a home field advantage for Clovis or goalkeeper Josh Bussen on Tuesday night against […]

Cibola sinks Cats in OT

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Clovis senior Kendal Essex walks on the field moments after Cibola’s Javier Jimenez scored the game winning goal in overtime. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Bullets can only be dodged for so long. Cibola’s Javier Jimenez put a shot from the left side by Clovis sophomore goalie Josh Bussen, […]

Racquetball tournament raises more than $18,000 for scholarships

Reporters notebook St. Pat’s Racquetball Tournament, the longest USRA sanctioned racquetball tournament in the state, has put more than $18,000 into the Clovis Community College general fund, school officials announced at Wednesday’s board meeting. The 15th Annual event was held this year in mid-March. According to a memo from CCC President Beverlee McClure to the […]

Racquetball players enjoy competition, camaraderie

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Clovis Community College students, clockwise from bottom left, Bradley Struthers, Elizabeth Lim, Blakey Ross and Rene Gonzalez play doubles racquetball Wednesday during their racquetball class at the college. Photo by Eric Kluth By Kevin Wilson It looks like tennis, with a playing area about the size of a child’s bedroom. Players praise the game in […]