First person: Judge comfortable on the border

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Robert Brack was appointed a U.S. district judge in 2003. By Liliana Castillo: Staff writer U.S. District Judge Robert Brack, 54, moved to Clovis in 1965. In the 42 years that Brack lived in Clovis, he met his wife and became a state judge. In 2003, Brack moved his family […]

Wildcats need no comeback this time

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Clovis senior Manuel Robles scores on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line on the Wildcats’ opening possession Saturday at the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces. The Wildcats beat Las Cruces 37-29 to advance to the Class 5A state title game. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor LAS CRUCES — Only […]

Clovis finishes fast against Bulldawgs

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Clovis started slow and finished strong in Friday’s scrimmage against Las Cruces, according to Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley. Las Cruces outscored Clovis four touchdowns to two during an 80-play controlled scrimmage. The Wildcats got the better of the Bulldawgs in a 20-play, goal-line series in which the teams started at […]

Cats set for scrimmage with Cruces

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Senior strong safety Josh Bryan meets senior running back Derrick Phillips in the hole. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor What: Clovis vs. Las Cruces High in a controlled scrimmage. The teams have been scrimmaging each other for more than a decade. When: 4 p.m. today Where: Wool Bowl, Roswell […]

CHS TENNIS: Lady Cats finish second

CNJ staff HOBBS — Freshman Heather Trujillo claimed the No. 1 singles championship with a 5-3 win over Hobbs’ Lindsay Spears on Friday in the Hobbs Invitational tennis tournament. The pro-set match was stopped by weather, and the rest of the tournament, scheduled to be finished on Saturday, was cancelled. Clovis finished second to Hobbs […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats drop pair in Cruces tournament

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — Clovis High’s softball team absorbed two losses on Friday in the 16-team Las Cruces Invitational. The Lady Wildcats (3-3) were beaten by Cibola 9-1 in the first round, then dropped a 12-10 decisiion to Deming in a consolation quarterfinal. Coach Brandi Thomas said errors plagued the Lady Cats in the […]

Lady Cats advance easily

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Clovis’ junior Ebony Bunton scored 19 points as Clovis beat Las Cruces 53-42 on Tuesday in a Class 5A state quarterfinal game at The Pit. (CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — The first one in The Pit is out of the way. Now the Clovis High Lady Wildcats can […]

Clovis streaking into state

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Clovis junior guard Ebony Bunton is the third leading scorer in the state at 18.7 points per game. The Lady Wildcats face Las Cruces today in a quarterfinal game. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Las Cruces High coach Matt Abney knows his undersized team has to force the action […]

Class 5A playoffs delayed at least one week

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The start of the Class 5A football playoffs will be delayed by at least a week while Las Cruces High School and the New Mexico Activities Association battle in court. The NMAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, announced Tuesday it was postponing the start of […]

5A seeding hearing today

CNJ Staff A hearing on the lawsuit filed by the parents of 19 Las Cruces football players against the NMAA will be held 10 a.m. today, according to a press release by the NMAA. After a Las Cruces judge granted a restraining order to the parents, Friday the NMAA decided to delay the selection of […]

CHS FOOTBALL: NMAA’s seedings in 5A playoffs on hold

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats will have to wait a little longer to find out their seeding in the Class 5A state football playoffs. The parents of 19 Las Cruces High players have filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Activities Association, according to a press release by the NMAA. Clovis […]

Reid wins with 12-under total

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — Clovis High grad Travis Reid shot a 36-hole score of 132, 12 under par, to take a four-shot victory over former CHS teammate Robert Goff in the fifth annual Messilla Valley Amateur golf tournament at New Mexico State Univesity’s golf course. Reid, who transferred to NMSU this fall from the […]

Cats encouraged by outing against Bulldawgs

CNJ staff TULAROSA — Seniors Brian Mead and Rishard Matthews scored two touchdowns each and defensive end Michael Lewis returned an interception 30 yards for a score in Clovis High’s preseason scrimmage against the Las Cruces Bulldawgs on Friday. CHS assistant coach Darren Kelley said, in addition to Lewis’ TD return, the Wildcats’ first team […]

Injury bug bites Cats early

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CHS junior quarterback Jordan Mendoza, center, calls a play for the offense during Thursday’s practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High football team heads into its annual preseason scrimmage against Las Cruces High today minus one of its most experienced players. Junior strong safety Diondre Hunter suffered […]

Cats preparing for scrimmage with Cruces

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Junior Diondre Hunter warms up with the rest of the Clovis High varsity football team on Friday. The Wildcats are preparing for a preseason scrimmage on Friday against Las Cruces High at Tularosa. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s football coaches weren’t too sure they liked what they […]

Clovis boys, girls make state tournament

CNJ staff Boys Class 5A tournament May 5-6 Times and locations TBA First round (seeds in parentheses) (16) Highland at (1) Carlsbad (9) Rio Grande) at (8) Alamogordo (12) Valley at (5) Eldorado (13) Clovis at (4) Cibola (14 West Mesa at (3) La Cueva (11) Onate at (6) Hobbs (10) Mayfield at (7) Rio […]

Lawmakers, others file for place on state primary ballot

Staff and wire reports State Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, will have a challenger for his House seat in the June 6 primary. Lucille B. Tucker, also a Roswell Republican, filed Tuesday to run against the incumbent whose area includes Roosevelt and three other counties. Gardner, who unseated Earlene Roberts for the District 66 seat two […]

Lady Cats bounce back to win twice at Cruces

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — After two rough outings on Friday, the Clovis High softball team bounced back for a pair of wins on Saturday in the Southern New Mexico Tournament. Clovis (6-3) outscored Gallup 15-10 in its first game on Saturay before knocking off Deming 10-2. The wins in the consolation bracket gave the […]

Portales family welcomes home son stationed in Iraq

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Manuel and Esperanza Garcia feel that every moment spent with their children is precious. Those moments are magnified when one of those children is visiting between stays in Baghdad. Army Capt. Lupe Garcia, 35, has been in Iraq since August, assigned to the multi-National Security Transition Command and the civilian […]

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Pampa on fire in win

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant One of the most impressive displays in the opening round came when Pampa sprinted to an 18-8 lead over St. Michael’s in a boys game. But the Harvesters, who had connected on a pair of 3-point baskets at that point, weren’t done yet. Guard Braden Barker, who had those previous […]