Sprinter leads Rio Rancho

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Clovis freshman Manuel Robles flies through the air during the long jump competition Friday during the Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho was fourth when Chris Williams took the baton in the final leg of the 1,600 relay. Disappearing into the shaded section […]

Clovis sizing up possible state contenders

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Clovis High School senior Jacob Jones, left, and junior Tanner Fickling work on relay handoffs Thursday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the weeks leading up to the state track meet, there’s a few chances for teams to size each other up. Friday night in Clovis is […]

Clovis beats Highland, will host La Cueva for state championship

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Clovis junior Tanner Fickling tries to get a couple extra yards as he is tackled by Highland junior Jerrell Miller, bottom, and senior Phillip Harrison during the first half of the Class 5A semifinal game Saturday in Clovis. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis is a tough place to play catchup football on a […]

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 faces healthy Highland with berth in title game at stake

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Clovis junior Devin Sweet tackles Mayfield quarterback Ryan Hooker for a loss during the Wildcats 15-7 Class 5A quarterfinal Saturday in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Rick White: CJN managing editor Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley can think of two big reasons why Highland is a more dangerous team than the one the […]

Cats romp into win column

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Clovis’ Travis Reid got the Wildcats on the socreboard with a field goal in the first quarter against Highland Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Journal photo by Greg Sorber. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer ALBUBUERQUE — It may have taken a few more games than fans and players would have liked, but […]

Highland’s Wing T predictable for Cats

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Clovis senior Jose Guiterrez tries to get around the block of senior Johnathan Fails during practice Thursday at the high school. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Highland’s Wing T offense is about as mysterious as a teenage romantic comedy. Boy meets girl. Hornets run sweep. Boy and girl fall in […]

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 […]

Pine cones return to trees

By Jack King Katherine Vandevender said the idea came to her in the night: Why not let her fourth graders decorate pine cones to look like Christmas trees? Ideas like this often come to Vandevender, who describes herself as a crafter and a recycler. But, although she devotes a lot of time to thinking of […]

Education Calendar 12/4

Dec. 4 — New Mexico All-State Band Auditions – ENMU, Portales. Dec. 4 — Highland Winter Program – Highland Gym, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 — Lockwood Christmas Program – Marshall Auditorium, 7 p.m. Dec. 4 — Parkview Winter Program – Parkview Gym, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 — Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy […]

Going to Africa … in Clovis

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Eric Yates, 10, right, a fifth-grader at Barry Elementary, hands sixth-grader J.C. Sandoval beads to purchase a Kente Cloth during African Market Day Tuesday at the school. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Gary Mitchell The threat of a light drizzling rain Wednesday didn’t deter the youngsters from “Wasuta Village,” also known as Barry Elementary […]

Hornets buzz Cats

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis senior Mark Young returns a punt against Highland during Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. Rick White Blast and counter trap. Clovis’ inability to stop those two staple plays of Highland’s Wing-T offense left Wildcats defensive coordinator Darren Kelley doing a slow burn after the Hornets rolled to a 33-13 […]

Wildcats home at last

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis senior Jeff Epps is stopped as he tries to find a hole to run through during Thursday’s practice at Leon Williams Stadium. Rick White Forget homecoming — something most coaches would like to do anyway. The Clovis Wildcats are just excited about playing at home again. A five-game road trip […]