CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats romp into semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — It was a split decision for eastern New Mexico’s prep girls basketball teams Thursday at the Mel Otero Invitational. Clovis earned its way into the semifinal round with a 64-38 victory over Highland, while Portales lost to Los Lunas 33-24. For the victorious Lady Wildcats, the final […]

Clovis seeded fourth in delayed 5A pairings

CNJ staff Clovis is seeded fourth and will receive a first-round bye in the Class 5A playoff pairings released today by the New Mexico Activities Association. Defending state champion and unbeaten Mayfield (10-0) earned the top seed in the 12-team playoffs that were delayed a week by a lawsuit filed by the parents of Las […]

Friday area prep football summaries

CNJ staff Fort Sumner 23, Loving 0 What happened: The Foxes posted their second consecutive shutout, limiting the Falcons to 118 total yards. Why it happened: Fullback Braeden Dimitroff scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter, while his brother Cass Dimitroff added a 6-yard TD run and a 20-yard field goal in the […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Ex-Highland coach makes transition to Cibola

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Clovis High’s Michael Howard (57) and Michael Lewis (86) tackle Goddard’s Chase Kyser in last week’s 35-21 win over Goddard in Roswell. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Judge Chavez spent more than half of his 28 years of coaching at Highland High School. Chavez said he has fond memories […]

Lady Cats first-day leaders

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Sophomore Lauren McDaniel helped Clovis win its heat and qualify for the finals in the 800-meter relay Friday at the University of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newpapers ALBUQUERQUE —The Clovis Lady Wildcats are positioned to win their first state track title in seven years. Led by sophomore Ebony Bunton’s win in the […]

Lady Cats, Mayfield set to meet again

By Eric Kluth: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — The Clovis and Mayfield girls basketball teams have only met twice the last two years — both times in The Pit for the Class 5A state championship. This season, the squads scheduled a regular-season meeting. But before that takes place, the Lady Wildcats and Lady Trojans will […]

Hunter leads Cats to victory

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Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth Clovis’ Brian Mead looks to make a move on Highland’s Timothy Medina during the first half of their game Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Sporting a 100-watt, gap-toothed smile, Diondre Hunter sounded like an awestruck sophomore in the locker room after the game, addressing his senior […]

CHS senior does dirty work

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Clovis’ Tanner Fickling runs down the sideline for a fourth-quarter touchdown during last weeks 34-13 win over Pampa, Texas. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Tanner Fickling is football’s version of a bodyguard. As a fullback in the Clovis Wildcats’ run-oriented attack, the spunky senior is often called upon, with […]

4/28 Education Digest

ENMR-Plateau awards scholarships The ENMR-Plateau Telecom-munications Education Foun-dation recently awarded more than $25,000 in educational scholarships to local high school seniors, according to an ENMR press release. The winners were announced at the cooperative’s annual membership meeting on April 16. The ENMR-Plateau Education Foundation Funds are made possible through abandoned capital credit payments from the […]

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 […]