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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Wayland graduate Rian Essex, right, shakes a line of hands including Dean Gary Mitchell’s, left, after being presented his diploma. Essex and his wife Shiloh earned master’s degrees. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After eight years of teaching and coaching football at Clovis High School, Cal Fullerton decided to […]

CHS GOLF: Cats set for wide-open district meet

CNJ staff HOBBS — Monday’s District 4-5A boys golf tournament at Chaparral Country Club should be interesting. Clovis, Hobbs and Carlsbad have all earned two of the necessary three legs to reach Class 5A state competition in May, so the tournament winner is in and the other two will be out. The Wildcats struggled in […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams open at Hobbs

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Clovis golfers, from left, Austin Spears, Ben Blair and Kyler Brewer watch teammate Brad Props, attempt a putt during Friday’s practice at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Clovis’ squads open the season Monday at Hobbs.(CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With the end of the Travis Reid-Guillermo Chavez era two years […]

CHS fills out coaching staff

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent As the new school year approaches, several coaches will get a shot at leading a Clovis High athletic squad. Shane Leatherwood has been hired to be the new Clovis girls soccer coach, replacing Larry Jones. Dan Replogle, an assistant on the girls basketball team, will take over in boys tennis […]

Donabelle “Tippy” Smith

Mrs. Donabelle “Tippy” Smith, 81, of Portales, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born July 25, 1924, in Big Run, Pa., to Catherine and Ralph Fullerton. She married Thomas Smith on March 14, 1944. She was a Sunday school teacher and volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels. She was a […]

Stacy selected next CHS athletic director

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy, who has coached Clovis High’s cross country teams under contract for the past three seasons, has been selected to replace Dale Fullerton as the district’s athletic director. Stacy was chosen from a field of four finalists for the position. The others were Lonnie Baca, a teacher at […]

Clovis seeking next AD

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ search for a new athletic director is in full swing and Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says it is going well. “We have about six to eight applications and we are expecting more before the deadline,” Seidenwurm said. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Current athletic director Dale Fullerton […]

Clovis to begin random steroid testing

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School will begin testing athletes for steroids by the end of the year, according to school officials. Clovis athletic director Dale Fullerton said Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for steroid testing on a statewide scale and Clovis will be one of four high schools to participate in […]

CHS’ Fullerton takes Bovina job

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After 32 years in the district, Clovis High athletic director Dale Fullerton will be leaving his current post at the end of the fall semester. Fullerton, in his third year as Clovis’ AD, has accepted a position as principal at Bovina High School. He starts at Bovina in January. […]

Schools starting conduct crackdown

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Clovis schools will adopt the “The Pursuing Victory with Honor” program with hopes that the program will help to spread good sportsmanship to coaches, athletes and spectators. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A plastic bottle was hurled across the stands. A coach flipped off a group of screaming fans. Curses are commonplace. […]

Clovis High adding boys swimming

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High School swimming program is going co-ed. Four years after the formation of a girls program, the school will start fielding a boys team in 2005. “We’re excited to have a boys program,” said Vince DeMaio, who will be coaching the boys and girls teams. DeMaio and […]

Yucca girl tries out for CHS baseball

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Yucca Junior High eight-grader Cerra Yohner takes ground ball practice Thursday at Bell Park as she tries out for the Clovis High School baseball team. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor An eighth-grade girl with aspirations to play professional baseball tried out for the Clovis Wildcats C team on Thursday, two […]

FAN-tastic: Clovis expects 5,000 to 6,000 fans on Saturday for title game

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Bessie Lovorn, wearing the No. 68 jersey of her grandson Kendall Richards, has been a Wildcats fan since 1975 and has only missed one game in the last seven years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Bessie Lovorn wears purple and white socks and has painted her grandson’s number on her […]

Thomas named CHS softball coach

By Dave Wagner Brandi Thomas didn’t foresee a head coaching job coming open at this point in her coaching career, but when it did she was ready. Thomas, a 1994 Clovis High graduate and an assistant in the program the past four years, was hired this week to replace Larry Trower as the Lady Wildcats’ […]

CHS assistant calling it a career

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Ron Hubby, who is retiring from coaching after 28 years, played college football at Texas A&M after graduating from Clovis High School in 1972. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner After nearly three decades of coaching, Clovis High assistant football coach Ron Hubby has decided it’s time for a change of pace. Hubby, an […]

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 […]

Clovis AD opposes changing playoff structure

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis athletic director Dale Fullerton is against changes to the playoff system proposed during Wednesday’s meeting of the New Mexico Activities Association realignment committee. One proposal by Albuquerque athletic director Scott Evans would create five districts in each of the three Tier II (Class 3A, 4A and 5A) classifications that would […]

Cats’ 2004 grid schedule features several new foes

By Eric Butler The 2004 Clovis football schedule will have a decidedly different look than in recent years, with Cibola and Sandia joining District 4-5A in place of Eldorado and Manzano. Other changes include Amarillo Tascosa and former longtime district rival Roswell being dropped from the schedule at their requests and the addition of Rio […]

Fullerton, T.M.

T.M. Fullerton Services: Have been held. Mr. Thomas Marion “T.M.” Fullerton, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Oct. 27, 1922, in Rogers, to Lucy and Roy Fullerton. He was raised in and attended schools in Rogers where he was active in basketball and […]

Clovis shuffles football coaching staff

By Dave Wagner Clovis High School had some shuffling to do to replace a pair of veteran coaches. Randy Adrian had been the school’s athletic director for 12 years and was the offensive and defensive line coach when he retired in the spring. Dale Fullerton, formerly the principal at Marshall Junior High who has taken […]