CHS FOOTBALL: Cats looking for third consecutive trip to 5A finals

1156055315-8-20-fbl-chs-practice2.ad_.jpg

Senior Brian Mead (28) scored 21 touchdowns last season in helping the Clovis High football team reach the Class 5A state championship game last season. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two years ago, the Clovis High football team started its season on an ominous note with a 35-0 loss […]

Cats encouraged by outing against Bulldawgs

CNJ staff TULAROSA — Seniors Brian Mead and Rishard Matthews scored two touchdowns each and defensive end Michael Lewis returned an interception 30 yards for a score in Clovis High’s preseason scrimmage against the Las Cruces Bulldawgs on Friday. CHS assistant coach Darren Kelley said, in addition to Lewis’ TD return, the Wildcats’ first team […]

Injury bug bites Cats early

1155882769-8-18-fbl-chs-tease.ad_.jpg

CHS junior quarterback Jordan Mendoza, center, calls a play for the offense during Thursday’s practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High football team heads into its annual preseason scrimmage against Las Cruces High today minus one of its most experienced players. Junior strong safety Diondre Hunter suffered […]

Cats preparing for scrimmage with Cruces

1155446936-8-13-fbl-chs-practice.ad_.jpg

Junior Diondre Hunter warms up with the rest of the Clovis High varsity football team on Friday. The Wildcats are preparing for a preseason scrimmage on Friday against Las Cruces High at Tularosa. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s football coaches weren’t too sure they liked what they […]

Clovis soph repeats as 5A triple jump champ

1147504598-5-13-CHS-boys-track.jpg

Mike Ware helped Clovis qualify for the 800-meter finals. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High sophomore Manuel Robles made it two in a row on Friday in Class 5A boys high jump, winning the event with a leap of 46 feet, 7 inches on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s […]

Last shot for Clovis senior

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis senior Tanner Fickling has never won a medal at the state track meet. This weekend will be his last chance. “I’m hoping I can wrap one up in the 200,” Fickling said. “But it’s going to be a hard race. There are a bunch of guys who are […]

Lady Cats streaking into district

CNJ staff It’s not exactly Joe DaMaggio, but it’s impressive non-the-less. The Clovis Lady Wildcats have won four meets in a row, and could make it five today in the District 4-5A meet in Hobbs. The streak started on a cold day in early April, when the Lady Cats took home gold at the Plainview, […]

Lady Cats dominate in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats dominated the Cavern City Classic, scoring 61 more points than the other three teams combined. The Lady Cats won 14 of the 19 events, including sweeping the first three places in the pole vault and javelin, and taking the top five places in the high jump on […]

Wildcat Relays field loaded

1144905188-RAWManuelRobes-web.jpg

Clovis sophomore Manuel Robles stretches before practice on Wednesday. Robles is the favorite in the triple jump today in the Wildcat Relays (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer When thinking about home-field advantage, one might think of basketball, then football, then maybe baseball. Track and field usually isn’t in the […]

Cats’ Robles finishes second in high jump, long jump

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Clovis sophomore Manuel Robles finished second in both high jump and long jump and the Clovis track team qualified for the finals of six events Friday in the Amarillo Relays. Robles was already state-qualified in both long jump and triple jump, but he needed to clear 6-2 in the high jump […]

PREP TRACK: Cats sport youthful look

1142489959-web-chs-btrack-3_9_06.jpg

Clovis High seniors (front to back) Augi Briseno, Brandon Cook and Tanner Fickling work on their starts during Wednesday’s Clovis High boys track practice at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Darren Kelley knows how hard it is trying to win a Class 5A state track […]

2/19 Birth

Kelley Cannon Lane Kelley was born Dec. 2, 2005, at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. He is the son of Amy and Clint Kelley of Kennedale, Texas. Grandparents are Dale and Susie Severson of Weatherford, Texas, formerly of Clovis, Randy and Betty Jean Kelley of Paradise, Texas, and […]

Clovis establishments cited for selling alcohol to minors

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police allege two Clovis businesses sold alcohol to minors on New Year’s Eve during a sting operation by the Department of Public safety. Administrative citations are pending against the American Legion Post 25 and Kelley’s Bar and Grill package store, according to a press release from the Department of […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: 1985 Wildcats made history — barely

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A manager at an Albuquerque employment agency, former Clovis Wildcat Sam Dickey spent this week talking smack. His target was a co-worker from Mayfield. The topic was who would win Saturday’s Class 5A state-championship game. It’s the same competitive fire that made Dickey a standout center and linebacker on […]

Clovis face first playoff road test

1132983946-web-chs-fb4-11_26_05.jpg

Clovis’ Tanner Fickling looks to turn the corner during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis faces Onate today in a Class 5A semifinal game in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Staff writer Clovis High senior linebacker Jonathan Sweet expects a physical matchup when the second-ranked Wildcats play No. 3 […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Cats gear for trip to Onate in 5A semifinal tilt

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High football team now knows who will stand between it and a berth in the Class 5A state finals. Onate (11-1) rallied from 16 points down to beat Alamogordo 33-16 on Saturday to advance to a semifinal matchup with Clovis (11-1). C.J. Oakley finished with 201 yards […]

Clovis buries Las Cruces with fast start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If the Clovis High defense had a complaint Friday night — and, mind you, it’s not a major one — it was that the Wildcats’ offense was scoring a little too fast. Nose tackle Randy Cerda was only half-serious when he broached the subject. The Cats needed just six […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats draw Las Cruces in first round

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats were accorded the second seed in the Class 5A football state playoff bracket released Saturday, and will host 15th-seed Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Friday. Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said Las Cruces is a team the Wildcats know well. “We are real familiar with them,” […]

Paul Wood

Paul Wood Services: 3 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist in Clovis Mr. Paul L. Wood, 72, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 27, 1933, in Pawhuska, Okla., to Clyde and Florence Wood. He married Fran Seckinger on Aug. 8, 1951 in El Reno, Okla. He was a […]

CHS junior focal point of defenses

1131089075-web-rishard-matthews2-11_4.jpg

Clovis junior Rishard Matthews has 11 touchdowns and 772 total yards of offense for the Wildcats this season. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Rishard Matthews is drawing a lot of attention lately. When he lines up at wide receiver, there are normally at least two defenders nearby who stay […]