La Cueva takes 25-game win streak into title game against Wildcats

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Clovis defenders Jacob Jones, left, and Devin Sweet tackle Highland’s Jerrell Miller during the first half of Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Pete Herrera: Associated Press Frankie Baca could be the best running back to come out of Albuquerque in more than 40 years. Defensive […]

Clovis to play for state title

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Clovis sophomores, left to right, Chris Wall, Garrett Draehn, Shad Durham, and Drew Spears cheer on the Wildcats during the third quarter of their Class 5A semifinal game Saturday against Highland at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Defensive end Jason Burns said Clovis’ football coaching staff never […]

Clovis WR recovering from collision

CNJ staff Clovis High senior wide receiver Jacob Jones was recovering at home Saturday after a scary collision in Friday’s 40-0 loss to La Cueva at Leon Williams Stadium. Jones was injured when his helmet hit the knee of a La Cueva defender while he was attempting to catch a pass over the middle. Jones, […]

La Cueva puts it to Cats late

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Clovis junior Tanner Fickling tries to turn the corner on La Cueva senior Frankie Baca during the third quarter of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis forced La Cueva to do some things it hadn’t done so far this season — such as […]

Clovis faces Bear of a challenge

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Clovis’ Terrance Walker looks for a hole as he breaks to the outside during practice Thursday at the high school. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A midget that tripped and fell backwards would still gain 10 times as many rushing yards than La Cueva’s first two opponents — which […]

CHS squads struggle in state track

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Sophomore Vanessa O’Neal tries to avoid traffic as she takes a handoff from teammate Kim Perkins during the Class 5A girls 1,600 relay finals on Saturday in state track competition at Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats went from state-trophy contenders to pretenders in a hurry Saturday […]

Cats fall in 5A baseball finals

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Clovis High sophomore second baseman Sean Cruce applies the tag on a steal attempt by La Cueva’s James Parr for a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play in Saturday’s Class 5A state baseball championship in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — There was no cardiac-inducing comeback this time as top-ranked La Cueva ended […]

News mixed for CHS at state

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Clovis High senior Charles Purdy earned a fifth-place finish in shot put on Thursday in Class 5A state track competition at Albuquerque with a throw of 52 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Photo by Rick White STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS ALBUQUERQUE — The good news is the Clovis Lady Wildcats qualified first in the 400- and […]

Cats seek to extend state track streaks

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Clovis freshman Brian Mead, shown running in the boys 300 hurdles preliminaries on Friday in the District 4-5A meet at Leon Williams Stadium, will compete for the Wildcats in the 110 hurdles this weekend in the state 5A meet. Photo by Rick White By Rick White With the chances of ending La Cueva’s string of […]

La Cueva grabs big lead

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS FARMINGTON — Four-time defending Class 5A boys champion La Cueva took an 18-shot lead in the opening round behind the play of defending champion Zach Fullerton and Steve Sanders. Fullerton shot a 1-under 69 at the San Juan Country Club course and Sanders had a 70. Clovis junior Travis Reid also […]

Cats face challenge from La Cueva

CNJ STAFF FARMINGTON — The Clovis High boys golf team has been in the running for a Class 5A state championship, only to come up short. With three veterans of state competition, the Wildcats think they have a shot at this year’s title in the two-day event beginning with today’s 8 a.m. teeoff at San […]

Wildcat golfers fourth

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Guillermo Chavez fired his second-straight sub-par round in tournament play, helping Clovis finish third at the La Cueva Invitational golf tournament Monday at Arroyo del Oso Golf Course. Chavez, a junior, shot a 2-under-par 70 and finished a stroke back of medalist Casey Caldwell of Albuquerque Academy. He shot a season-best […]

Depth carries La Cueva girls to win

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Clovis freshman Kela Williams was unable to score in a deep field in the 100-meter hurdles. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner No one individual dominated the girls division of Friday’s Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, and that suited La Cueva coach Jim Ciccarello just fine. The Lady Bears spread the points […]

Competitive field set for Wildcat Relays

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk reaches back for the baton from sophomore John Tranchida as the two practice their sprint relay handoffs Thursday at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray thinks his Clovis High girls track team is one athlete short of contending for the team championship in today’s Wildcat […]

Wildcats golfers third at APS Invite

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis placed three golfers in the top six, but it wasn’t enough to overtake three-time defending Class 5A champion La Cueva Monday at the Albuquerque Public Schools’ Invitational boys tournament. Junior Travis Reid of Clovis tied for second at 1-under-par 71 and classmate Guillermo Chavez was a stroke back at 72 […]

Rio Grande gets past Cats

CNJ STAFF RIO RANCHO — Rio Grande’s Keith Lowe doubled twice, driving in one run and setting up the other, and the Ravens held on for a 2-1 victory over Clovis High Thursday in the opening round of the Rio Rancho Invitational baseball tournament. Tim McGuire pitched a complete-game five-hitter to get the win for […]

Cats rebound with rout

CNJ staff SANTA FE — The Clovis High Wildcats rebounded from their first loss of the season with a vengeance. The Cats roared to a 22-0 lead after one quarter and had no trouble dispatching Los Lunas 63-24 on Saturday in the third-place game of the Capital City Invitational basketball tournament. La Cueva beat Clovis […]

Routine win puts Cats into semifinals

CNJ STAFF SANTA FE — Maybe it’s high expectations that left Clovis coach J.D. Isler disappointed after a 27-point win. Or maybe it’s just part of being a coach, he said. “I was hoping we’d play a little sharper,” Isler said after a 60-33 win over St. Michael’s on Thursday in the first round of […]

La Cueva routs defending champs

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Undefeated and top-ranked La Cueva beat defending state champion but turnover-plagued Las Cruces 63-0 Saturday in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. Jake Bowe returned the opening kickoff more than 80 yards for a touchdown and after that everything went right for La Cueva. Almost everything went wrong […]

La Cueva hammers Mayfield

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A powerful rushing attack, a tenacious defense and big plays at the right time. The big, bullish and still undefeated La Cueva Bears on Friday night added a new chapter to the playbook that southern teams have thrived on for years. Matt Quillen scored four touchdowns and quarterback Tyler Davis […]