Hobbs sweeps Wildcats


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 […]

Lady Cats second at Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Senior Kim Perkins won four events, posting state-qualifying times in two of them, as Clovis High’s girls finished second behind Alamogordo on Saturday in Carlsbad’s season-opening Ralph Boyer Relays. The Lady Wildcats, short several performers because of the Class 5A state basketball tournament, finished with 105 1/3 points while Alamogordo had […]

Clovis golf team will have new look this spring


Clovis High School golf bags litter the putting green as players practice Friday at Municipal Golf Course in preparation for Monday’s season-opening Tasker Invitational at Hobbs. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez around, Clovis High boys golf coach George Simmons always knew the Wildcats […]

Soderberg, Wilver

Wilver Soderberg, 93, of Carlsbad died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Plains Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Isabel, S.D. He married Gertrude Schmitt on June 2, 1936. He left to serve in the Pacific Theater during World War II on Oct. 29, 1943. He achieved the naval rank of storekeeper 2nd […]

Lady Cats dominate Cavegirls again

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats are taking more pride in their defense and it shows. The top-ranked Lady Wildcats held an opponent under 40 points for a sixth-straight game and move one win away from another District 4-5A title with a 65-19 win Friday over struggling Carlsbad. Junior Tori Northcutt scored a […]

Cats can clinch 4-5A title


Clovis High sophomore Bryce Hill drives to the basket against Roswell High’s Danton Washington during the first half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. The visiting Coyotes beat Clovis 60-57. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys basketball team got a huge gift Friday night. Thanks […]

Starcher, Rebecca “Becky”

Rebecca Mae “Becky” Owen Starcher, 90, of Carlsbad, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, in Clovis. She was born Nov. 25, 1915, in Maury County, Tenn., to Joseph Ellis and Odie Elizabeth Bryant Dodson. She married Walter Emmett Owen and, after his death, she married Roma “Red” Starcher. She came to Carlsbad in 1968 from Clovis. […]

Cats roll to win over Cavemen

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — For a couple of minutes, at least, it must have seemed like “here we go again” for the Clovis High boys basketball team. Lowly Carlsbad, which has given the Wildcats trouble on its home floor in the recent past, grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first couple of minutes in Tuesday’s […]

Lady Cats run win streak to 10


Clovis’ Tori Northcutt drives to the basket while being defended by Carlsbad’s Katherine Harmeson during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth). By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After pregame warmups, the two teams were announced. From there, things went downhill for the Carlsbad Cavegirls. The Clovis […]

Cats wary of ‘trap game’ at Carlsbad

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With Friday’s 92-84 win over Hobbs at Rock Staubus Gym, the Clovis High boys basketball team took a big step toward a possible District 4-5A regular-season championship — something the Wildcats haven’t accomplished since 1997. Still, coach J.D. Isler is wary of a letdown when his team plays at […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]

Day trips: Christmas on the Pecos

Freedom Newspapers For a different kind of Christmas experience, drive to Carlsbad for the 14th Annual Christmas on the Pecos tour. This is a unique experience to tour displays of holiday lights along the Pecos River aboard pontoon boats. What is it The annual Christmas on the Pecos tours begin on Thanksgiving night, and will […]

State football playoffs

CNJ staff Friday Class 5A Alamogordo 27, Rio Rancho 25 Clovis 42, Las Cruces 6 Eldorado 10, Carlsbad 7 Mayfield 49, Hobbs 6 Rio Grande 14, Cibola 7 Class 4A First round Artesia 63, Santa Teresa 7 Class 1A Semifinals Texico 19, Capitan 16 Fort Sumner 51, Cloudcroft 13

Willis, James

James Joseph “Joe” Willis, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at his home in Carlsbad. He was born in Nara Visa in 1926. He attended Melrose High School where he played football, basketball and track. He attended the University of New Mexico on an athletic scholarship where he lettered in football and played in the […]

Wildcats win district with defense


Clovis’ Cade Wheeler returns an interception for the games first score during the first half against Carlsbad Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Clovis defeated Carlsbad 42-6. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats will take a nine-game winning streak into the state playoffs thanks to a strong defensive […]

CHS junior focal point of defenses


Clovis junior Rishard Matthews has 11 touchdowns and 772 total yards of offense for the Wildcats this season. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Rishard Matthews is drawing a lot of attention lately. When he lines up at wide receiver, there are normally at least two defenders nearby who stay […]

CHS second in district cross country


Senior Mike Wareham finished ninth in the District 4-5A cross country meet Saturday at Ned Houk Park. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer A wrong turn by Carlsbad twins Brandy and Brittany Castillo opened the door for the Clovis High girls in Saturday’s District 4-5A cross country meet at Ned […]

Lady Cats host Hobbs in district volleyball final


Junior Jasmine McDonald battles for a ball at the net against Carlsbad. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer En route to a school record 10-match winning streak, the Clovis High volleyball team dispatched rival Hobbs twice. They’ll try to do it again tonight when the Lady Wildcats host the Lady Eagles […]

Young teams battle for 4-5A girls cross country title

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In a three-team meet, Clovis High cross country coach Brian Stacy believes today’s District 4-5A girls race is between two teams. “It’s going to come down to Carlsbad and us,” he said of today’s District 4-5A competition scheduled for Ned Houk Park. “It just depends on who decides to […]