Area athletes participate in all-star competition over weekend

CNJ staff Several 2006 area high school graduates participated in New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star games over the weekend. In Class 4A-5A baseball at Las Cruces, Clovis High’s Shane Shallenberger coached the South All-Stars to a three-game sweep of the North, with help from two of his players — infielder Sean Cruce and […]

Cruce, Ulibarri sign with ENMU

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Clovis High’s Matt Ulibarri slides safely into third during a game against Roswell Goddard earlier this season. Ulibarri and teammate Sean Cruce have signed to play baseball next year at Eastern New Mexico University. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High graduates Sean Cruce and Matt Ulibarri are happy to be […]

Clovis up against dangerous offense

Clovis junior Cade Wheeler pitches during the Cats’ 19-1 win over Texico on Tuesday. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) CNJ staff With one spectacular and one solid start in his last two games, senior Sean Cruce got the nod as the Wildcats’ starting pitcher when 13th-seeded Clovis goes on the road to face fourth-seeded Cibola […]

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. […]

Cats advance to tourney finals

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Clovis High junior Keaton Howell dives in safely on a pickoff play at first base in the Wildcats’ semifinal game against Levelland Friday in the Clovis Invitational at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis senior Sean Cruce may be too young to ever be on the same baseball […]

Hitting a strength for CHS baseball team

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Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger talks to his team about base running from second base during a practice last month at Bell Park. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In his first three seasons as Clovis High’s baseball coach, Shane Shallenberger led the Wildcats to uncharted territory — three consecutive Class 5A […]

13 not so unlucky for Wildcats

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Clovis starter Cade Wheeler pitched into the seventh inning before needing relief help to close out a 13-8 win over Hobbs in Tuesday’s second game of a Summer League doubleheader at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis vs. Hobbs. Though both high school’s baseball teams in a Tuesday doubleheader […]

Clovis rallies to post split

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Clovis senior Daniel Casarez blocks a pitch in the dirt during the first game of Tuesday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader against Frenship at Bell Park. Staff photo: Eric Kluth CNJ staff Daniel Casarez hit a game-tying RBI single with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth and the winning […]

Cats capture first district baseball win

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Behind senior John Props’ complete-game pitching performance, Clovis beat Cibola 8-5 in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader to pick up its first District 4-5A win. The Cougars had taken the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday morning, 12-2 and 11-8, respectively. “It’s kind of nice […]

Margin of error slim for Wildcats

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High baseball team has put itself squarely behind the 8-ball in District 4-5A. The Wildcats, who dropped all three games last weekend in a district-opening series at Carlsbad and looked ugly doing it, try to begin their climb back into postseason contention when they host Sandia in […]

Errors doom Wildcats in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats had a chance Saturday to rebound from a shaky start to the District 4-5A season. But they dropped the ball. Or overthrew it. Or bobbled it. Carlsbad completed a three-game sweep Saturday by beating Clovis 20-7. Carlsbad beat the error-prone Wildcats 16-6 and 11-7 wins Friday. “At this […]

Wildcats ride strong start

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Clovis second baseman Cade Wheeler tries to complete the double play as Amarillo Tascosa’s Blake McNabb tries to break up the play Tuesday at Bell Park. Wheeler’s throw to first base was in time. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Coming off a doubleheader loss on Saturday at Artesia, the Clovis High […]

Wildcats settle for split

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Clovis’ Matt Ulibarri gets caught in a rundown between first and second base during the first game of a doubleheader against Amarillo High Saturday at Bell Park. Ulibarri was tagged out. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff The Clovis baseball team were to within six outs of sweeping a doubleheader against Amarillo, before the Sandies […]

Clovis senior flourishing in multi-faceted role

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Clovis senior Mark Replogle leads the team in runs scored and stolen bases. By Rick White T he sun creeps higher in the clearing blue sky Wednesday as Mark Replogle tracks down a lazy line drive in the outfield. With designs on a district title and a run at the school’s first state baseball championship, […]