CHS: Freshmen to lead cross country at Carlsbad Invitational

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Surrounding the football field at Leon Williams Stadium is an oval, asphalt track where the Clovis cross country teams are now running 200-meter sprints, ranging from times of 28 to 40 seconds. The arena is typically filled to the brim with Clovis football supporters on Friday nights in the […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Seniors celebrate with sweep

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Clovis High’s Siobhan Flatow (2) spikes the ball over Michelle Carr (7) and Belinda Chitwood (15) in a 3-0 win over Carlsbad at Rock Staubus Gym on Saturday. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Greg Price Clovis’ six seniors were honored before Saturday’s District 4-5A contest against Carlsbad. Presented with orange tote gift bags, the PA […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats notch win at Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats continued their march toward a District 4-5A regular-season title Tuesday night with a 25-23, 25-11, 23-25, 25-19 victory over Carlsbad. Clovis (10-8, 2-0 district 4-5A) senior setter Britni Montague recorded 23 assists and nine blocks on the night, as the Cavegirls could not gain any offensive momentum. […]

CHS GIRLS SOCCER: Cavegirls down Lady Cats in 2 OTs

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Clovis High’s Calie Rush, left, tries to work the ball past Carlsbad’s Danni McMahan during Saturday’s District 4-5A girls soccer clash at Yucca Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer For a team with little going on offensively, the Clovis High girls certainly pushed Carlsbad in Saturday’s District 4-5A soccer […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cavemen score late to turn back Cats

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Carlsbad’s Justin Johnson knocked home a shot from about 30 yards out with 5:25 left in the match to lift the Cavemen to a 3-2 victory over Clovis High on Saturday in a District 4-5A boys soccer match. Carlsbad (13-5, 3-0 district) had seen a 2-0 lead disappear when the Wildcats […]

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: Lady Cats take team title

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Clovis High’s girls took three of the top five positions and the Lady Wildcats cruised to a team title on Saturday in the Southeast New Mexico Invitational cross country meet, hosted by New Mexico Military. Caitlin Waters finished second, Nicole Johnson third and Michelle Schenck fifth for the Lady Cats, who […]

Texico thrashes Carlsbad JV

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Texico freshman Seth Bailey breaks the tackle of a Carlsbad junior varsity defender in the second quarter en route to his second punt return for a touchdown in Thursday’s game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Freshman Seth Bailey return two punts for touchdowns in the first […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats beat Carlsbad for title

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Junior Luis Esparza scored early in the second half off an assist by Scott Elliott, and Clovis High’s boys made the goal stand up for a 1-0 victory over Carlsbad on Saturday night in the championship match of the Roswell tournament. In Saturday morning’s semifinals, Esparza scored a pair of goals […]

Local teams get ready for Little League state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two Clovis American Little League teams are preparing to represent District 3 in double-elimination state tournaments this weekend in Albuquerque. The American 13-14 squad is scheduled to open play at noon on Saturday against the winner of District 7. The tournament is at Albuquerque’s West Mesa field. American manager […]

Waterparks help summer travelers make a splash

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Waterparks are a keen and cool way to spend a day’s vacation in the sizzling summer. There are three waterparks reachable for a day trip from Portales and Clovis: White’s City Resort in Carlsbad, Splash Amarillo and Texas Water Rampage in Lubbock. Splash Amarillo The shaded park includes many water slides, a lazy river, wave […]

Cats take third place in own tourney

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Clovis’ Parker Wood, center, tags out Johnathan Rodriguez of Carlsbad at first base during Saturday’s semifinal game in the Clovis Invitational summer baseball tournament at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff Emery Sierra tossed a one-hit shutout and Jarod Kiser and Jordan Jacobs delivered two-run singles in a six-run third that lifted […]

CNJ takes five first-place awards at Associated Press banquet

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal took home five first-place and 16 total awards Saturday at the 2005 New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors award banquet. The CNJ staff earned first place for its continuing coverage of the Base Realignment and Closure process involving Cannon Air Force Base, while staff writer […]

Lady Cats streaking into district

CNJ staff It’s not exactly Joe DaMaggio, but it’s impressive non-the-less. The Clovis Lady Wildcats have won four meets in a row, and could make it five today in the District 4-5A meet in Hobbs. The streak started on a cold day in early April, when the Lady Cats took home gold at the Plainview, […]

CHS readies for postseason

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats head into the Class 5A playoffs with no fear of higher seeded teams. After all, they’ve already beaten the tournament’s top-ranked squad, Carlsbad, in district play. The Cats (11-14) drew the 13th seed and play Saturday at fourth-seeded Cibola (21-4-1) in the tournament’s first round. “I […]

Lady Cats dominate in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats dominated the Cavern City Classic, scoring 61 more points than the other three teams combined. The Lady Cats won 14 of the 19 events, including sweeping the first three places in the pole vault and javelin, and taking the top five places in the high jump on […]

Cats fighting for postseason

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Clovis senior outfielder Devin Sweet takes a cut during practice on Monday at Bell Park. The Wildcats travel to Hobbs for a key doubleheader today. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer A little more than a month ago, the Clovis Wildcats beat Valley to advance to the title game of […]

Wildcats salvage District 4-5A split

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Clovis shortstop Cade Wheeler rounds third base on his way to score during the Cats’ five-run fourth inning. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant After an error-filled, lopsided loss to the Carlsbad in the opener of Friday’s District 4-5A doubleheader, Clovis surely was heading the wrong direction against its district rivals. […]

Hobbs sweeps Wildcats

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Clovis pitcher Daniel Casarez throws during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats have hit a low point. The District 4-5A rival Hobbs Eagles came to town, dealt the Cats two tough losses and dropped Clovis to 0-4 in […]

Sibling tandem pitches Carlsbad by Cats

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Oh, brother. Riding the pitching of Todd and Corey Weldon, Carlsbad swept Clovis 3-2, 4-2 Saturday in a District 4-5A doubleheader. In the opener, Todd Weldon scattered 10 hits and stranded 11 runners, including the tying run after Clovis scored twice in the top of the seventh. In the nightcap, not […]