Turf replacement on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jonathan Sullivan, left, Courtland Luscombe, middle, and Casey Crist, back, all of Texico, dig out a drainage line Thursday at Leon Williams Stadium. Sullivan’s uncle owns Stephen’s Construction and recruited his friends for a summer job. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Cats’ new carpet is on its way. […]

Cats look to get win in The Pit

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jaden Isler and his Clovis High basketball teammates remember all too well the last time they played in The Pit. The Wildcats rolled into the Class 5A state championship game in March at the University of New Mexico’s basketball facility in Albuquerque with 28-1 record, but had to settle […]

Officials warn of possible mountain lions in area

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Large predators, such as mountain lions, are moving from the mountains into the grassland and plains areas, according to New Mexico Game and Fish Department officials. A horse mauling this month offers evidence that the cats may be prowling eastern New Mexico. While there has been no reported sightings […]

Clovis team wins AAU state title

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Cats, an AAU team from Clovis, took first place in the 11-and-under division of the AAU State/District championship Sunday in Albuquerque. Brandi Gomez and Danni Williams posted double figures in a semifinal win over the El Paso Longhorns (Gomez 15, Williams 11) and the title game victory over the […]

Pet of the day: Bella

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Name: Bella About: Bella was adopted from my friend Carole (God rest her soul) when she was a kitten back in 2005. Bella is a domestic black short hair with a sometimes bad attitude. She’s about 12 1/2 to 13 pounds. People ask me what I feed her — I tell them what ever she […]

Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary

The Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary welcomes volunteers to help care for cats and to help with other activities, including fundraising. The sanctuary is dedicated to the welfare of domestic cats and kittens. 985-0089 or sundancesanctuary.org

Public’s input on bus, commuter services sought

CNJ staff The Clovis Area Transit System is seeking public input to determine if changes should be made to the system. The city-run transit system is considering instituting a fixed route/fixed time bus service, according to CATS Director Mary Lou Kemp. A commuter service to Portales is also being considered, she said. A public information […]

Lady Cats rally to win

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High junior Jasiman Dykes moves the ball around a Roswell High player during Monday’s girls soccer match-up at Yucca Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Down by three goals, the Clovis High girls soccer team went on an offensive explosion Monday night. The Lady Wildcats scored four goals […]

Lady Cats pull away from Westerners

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — The Clovis High volleyball team struggled through the first two games, then cruised to a game-clinching win in the third Tuesday night in a 25-23, 26-24, 25-11 victory over Lubbock High. The Lady Wildcats (4-1), coming off a four-game win over Portales on Saturday for the championship in their own invitational […]

‘Cats fall to Mayfield

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Las Cruces Sun-News: Norm Dettlaff Mayfield’s Yanni Suter, left, and Isaiah Dominguez tackle Clovis tight end Layne Strebeck on Friday in Las Cruces. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Staff LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats, by their own admission, were slow getting started in the first quarter Friday night. Two-time defending Class 5A state champion Mayfield […]

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 […]

Roswell outlasts Lady Cats

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Chantele Riddle had nine kills and was credited with 16 blocks Tuesday night as defending Class 4A state volleyball champion Roswell High defeated Clovis High 25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18. The Lady Coyotes (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening loss to Ruidoso against the Lady Wildcats, who were playing their opening match […]

Cats turn back NMMI

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White New Mexico Military Institute’s Robin Ritz skies for a header. Clovis scored six goals in a second half of 7-2 win at Yucca Soccer Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Scoring opportunities were there early on for the Clovis High boys soccer team. In the second half, the Wildcats […]

Lady Cats make progress

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School junior Meagan Baglien gets set to serve against Portales during a scrimmage on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Don’t get Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray wrong: His team is still pretty young. But these Lady Wildcats aren’t nearly as raw anymore. […]

Lady Cats drop pair in tourney

CNJ staff ARTESIA — The Clovis High girls lost matches to Carlsbad 6-0 and Roswell Goddard 6-1 on Saturday in the Artesia Invitational soccer tournament. Both teams pulled away late in the half against the Lady Wildcats (0-3), who lost in a shootout to Las Vegas Robertson in Friday’s first round. Christa Miller scored Clovis’ […]

CHS boys soccer team optimistic

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sophomore forward Daniel Rojas works on a trapping drill during Clovis High boys soccer practice earlier this week. The Wildcats open the season at Rio Rancho on Saturday. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Last year was a breakthrough season for Clovis High boys soccer under coach Shaun Gill, and […]

Room to grow

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CNJ Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis senior Stephanie O’Neal, left, watches coach Shane Leatherwood lead a defensive drill during practice earlier this week. The Lady Wildcats open their season Friday in a tournament in Artesia By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a few years since the Clovis High girls soccer team has put […]

Soccer team changes schedule approach

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Jesus Loya works on his header technique during Wednesday’s Clovis High’s boys soccer practice at Yucca Middle School. The team begins its season Aug. 25 at Rio Rancho. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Clovis High boys soccer team put together a solid season in 2006, posting the […]

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 […]

Cats’ Phillips in transition

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis football coach Eric Roanhaus directs the play to go through the “2” hole as quarterback Josh Potocki, left, hands off to Manuel Robles during Monday’s practice at CHS. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Derrick Phillips is transitioning from defense to offense this season, but he doesn’t think the […]