Member responds to column about Clovis Schools All-Band

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column. The second part will be published Jan. 14. Back on Sunday, Nov. 5, I wrote a column about the 1924 Clovis Schools All-Band, made up of elementary, junior and senior students, and listed some of the students in a […]

Roanhaus leads big turnaround at Robertson

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Las Vegas Robertson football coach Chad Roanhaus, a Clovis High grad and son of longtime Wildcats coach Eric Roanhaus, celebrates during last week’s Class 3A semifinal win over Socorro. Courtesy photo: Santa Fe New Mexican By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When he first accepted the job as Las Vegas Robertson’s football coach, Chad Roanhaus […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Matadors cut Cats’ bid short

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Sandia’s Michael Scarlett gets past Clovis High’s Jaden Isler to catch a 35-yard touchdown pass during Friday’s Class 5A state quarterfinal playoff game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After congratulatory handshakes with Sandia’s players, Clovis senior linebacker Cade Wheeler squatted on the 40-yard line and […]

Pressure on Cats’ defense

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Clovis offensive/ defensive linemen Michael Cohen is a part of a Clovis defense assigned to contain Sandia runningback/quarterback Derris Jackson today. Cohen has two sacks on the year. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Versatile seniors Derris Jackson and Michael Scarlett put the big play in Sandia’s offense. Jackson, a […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Wildcat stands tall despite size

By Greg Price CNJ sports writer Shortie. Short stuff. Little man. Name the short joke and Clovis senior cornerback and wide receiver Keaton Howell has heard them all. At 5-foot-4 and 155 pounds, Howell is the smallest player on state-playoff-bound Clovis Wildcats. However, what Howell lacks in size, he makes up for in brains, Clovis […]

Wildcats not amused by seeding ‘joke’

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley was not a big fan of the state’s two-year-old playoff system even before learning Saturday the Wildcats were seeded fourth in the Class 5A state playoff pairings. “The committee as a whole is joke,” said Kelley, who felt the Wildcats should have been seeded […]

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 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats shoot for 4-5A title

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer With the Class 5A state playoffs looming, Clovis will attempt to lock down the District 4-5A title and a top seed as the Wildcats hit the road today to face Carlsbad at Ralph Bowyer Stadium. With a win in their regular-season finale, the second-ranked Wildcats will capture their fourth […]

Cats add 1,000-yard rusher

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Clovis High defenders Cobey Isbell, right, and Derrick Phillips, left, tackle Hobbs wide receiver Reese Franklin in the Cats 40-9 victory over the Eagles at Leon Williams Stadium on Friday. By Greg Price CNJ SPORTS WRITER With his 125-yard effort Friday, junior Manuel Robles went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. It is […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Mead breaks Kelley’s rushing record

Football: Clovis vs Goddard

Clovis senior running back Brian Mead (28) became the school’s all-time leading rusher with his 188-yard effort during Friday’s 34-26 loss to Artesia. Wildcats assistant coach Darren Kelley held the mark for 21 years. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley sees a lot of himself […]

CHS FOOTBALL: RB helps Bulldogs top Cats

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Artesia quarterback Landry Jones gets pressure from Clovis defensive tackle Michael Cohen on a pass play during Friday night’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High senior linebacker Cade Wheeler said the Wildcats knew about Artesia running back Jeremy Duran. Still, seeing is believing, […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Ends prepare for test

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Clovis High linebacker Cade Wheeler (26) and Derrick Phillips hit Cibola quarterback Jonathan Mader, forcing him to lose control of the ball during Saturday’s game in Albuquerque. Mader was able to recover the fumble. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Luke Masters is big. Not Notorious B.I.G. big, but big. […]

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 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Quarterback getting more comfortable

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Clovis High’s Michael Howard, left, and Luke Masters tackle Rio Rancho’s Sabino Vidaurri on Friday at Leon Williams Stadiumduring the Wildcats’ 36-33 win. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer First-year Clovis quarterback Jordan Mendoza knew he would not be called on to throw 30 times a game — not in […]

Clovis’ Baskett opens NFL career

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis native Hank Baskett began his NFL career Sunday with some playing time, but no receptions in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-10 win over the Houston Texans. Baskett was part of a four-wide-receiver formation with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter and the Eagles down 7-0. Two plays later, Eagles […]

CHS football: Cats jump on Bears’ mistakes

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Clovis High’s Cade Wheeler catches a pass on a fake field goal, giving the Wildcats a first down at the La Cueva 2, during Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer During the first half of Friday’s clash against La Cueva at Leon Williams Stadium, […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats gear up for La Cueva

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Clovis junior running back Manuel Robles will be a key factor tonight against La Cueva. (CNJ correspondent: Nick Layman) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis High senior linemen Brenton Hartel and Brandon Ayres feel they’re up for the challenge of facing a massive La Cueva line that includes a pair of Division I signees. […]

Wildcats rev up running game

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Eldorado threw the first shot Friday night, but the Eagles couldn’t withstand Clovis High’s counterpunch. Senior running back Brian Mead rushed for 203 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns and junior Manuel Robles added 148 yards, including a devastating 77-yard TD run in the second […]

Wildcats hit road to face Eldorado

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Clovis High coach Eric Roanhaus, seated, goes over his schedule during Thursday’s practice in preparation for the Wildcats’ game tonight against Eldorado in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s bounce-back time for the Clovis High football team. Coming off a season-opening 21-13 loss to Mayfield at Leon Williams […]

Cats, Trojans collide in season opener

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Clovis High senior Brian Mead breaks though a hole during the Wildcats’ practice on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats open the season today with a 7 p.m. contest against Mayfield at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When the Clovis High football team takes on Mayfield in the […]