Cats begin bid for playoffs at Hobbs

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Clovis quarterback Devin Sweet releases a throw during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis travels to Hobbs today in the Wildcats’ District 4-5A opener. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The fun and games are over, it’s time to get down to business. Healthy and rested after a bye […]

Cats use bye to prepare for ‘second season’

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer This week’s open date allowed the Clovis Wildcats a chance to look back at the first eight games and look ahead to the second season. “I’ve been looking forward to it, I’m not going to lie,” senior Tanner Fickling said of the bye. “It kinda gives you a week […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats purring on offense

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TWO CLOVIS WILDCATS reached milestones in Friday’s 42-35 win at Artesia. Coming into the game, running back Brian Mead needed 72 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. The junior soared past the millennium mark with 265 yards on 30 carries, giving him 1,193 yards on the ground this […]

Cats clash with Artesia

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Running back Brian Mead and the Clovis Wildcats, ranked second in Class 5A, travel to Artesia tonight to match 6-1 records with the Bulldogs, No. 1 in Class 4A. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Over the past 52 years, few schools have had as much football success as Clovis […]

Senior adapts to role for Cats

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Clovis senior Jonathan Sweet (left) listens to a post-practice talk from coach Eric Roanhaus on Thursday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Jonathan Sweet’s football career at Clovis is coming full circle. With multiple injuries at the linebacker spot next to him, the 6-foot,185-pound senior has […]

Still-dangerous Bears set to host Wildcats

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Clovis High School junior Rishard Matthews gets ready to throw a pass during practice Friday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor No motivational speeches are needed for the Clovis Wildcats this week. Here’s why. La Cueva is the top-ranked team in the state. They haven’t lost […]

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 […]

Cats visit Mayfield in opener

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Clovis senior Devin Hanson helps fellow senior Jonathan Sweet stretch during the start of practice Thursday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jim Bradley’s teams haven’t lost many season openers — just three in 38 years by his count. The veteran Mayfield coach has padded his […]

Cats look for quick getaway

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Clovis senior Tanner Fickling runs sprints during practice earlier this week at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Getting off to a better start is high on the priority list for the Clovis Wildcats. So are beefing up their secondary, finding a punter, and developing a young […]

Bulldawgs should give Cats test in scrimmage

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Clovis High senior quarterback Devin Sweet pitches the ball to a running back during Thursday’s practice at the high school. The Wildcats will scrimmage Las Cruces High today in Roswell. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s only the second full week of practice, but the Clovis High football team […]

Cats ready for break

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Clovis senior Brandon Cook makes a catch over junior teammate Keaton Howell Friday during practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The afternoon practice had all the crispness of wilted lettuce. After six days of two-a-day practices under the strength-sapping eastern New Mexico sun, the Clovis […]

New Mexico prep teams begin practice Monday

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two-a-day practices begin Monday for New Mexico football teams, although many coaches have decided to combine them into essentially one long workout. Clovis High, the defending Class 5A state runnerup, kicks off practice at 8 a.m. Wildcats defensive coordinator Darren Kelley said the sessions during the first week will […]

Kelley, E.C.

E.C. Kelley Services:Have been held. E.C. “Shorty” Kelley, 82, of Phoenix, formerly of Earth, Texas, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005, in Phoenix. He was born on Nov. 6, 1922, in Eldorado, Okla., to John and Clara Kelley. He was a veteran of World War II. He served in the U.S. Army in Sicily, Naples, southern […]

Robinson pulls upset; Wildcats finish fourth

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Tanner Fickling, left, helped Clovis take fourth in the 800-meter relay Saturday at the state track meet. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis senior Damian Robinson gave himself a little birthday present Saturday. He also helped elevate the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish in Class 5A state […]

Cats set for state

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Clovis High School senior Danian Robinson, left, watches as freshman Deandre Hunter gets out of the blocks as the two work on their 300 meter hurdles Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High junior Tanner Fickling says he’s sensed a change this week in the […]

CHS sprinter Williams signs with UNM

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams signed to run track at the University of New Mexico next year. Williams is penciled in to compete in the 100 and 200 meters, long jump and 800 and 1,600 relays for Clovis this week at state.. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior Phillip Williams […]

Clovis track teams focusing on district titles

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Clovis junior Kim Perkins hopes to qualify for state in the 200 meters and the 100 hurdles Saturday at the District 4-5A meet in Carlsbad. Perkins has already qualified in the 300 hurdles. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Having already qualified most of the entries they wanted for next week’s […]

Lady Cat track wins in Alamogordo

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Clovis’ Phillip Williams competes in the 100 meters against Alamogordo brothers Brandon Browning, center, and Josh Browning, right, during the Alamogordo Qualifier track meet Friday in Alamogordo. (Alamogordo Daily News: Ellis Neel) CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — The Clovis boys track team picked up three state qualifiers as it finished third Friday at the Alamogordo Qualifier. […]

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 […]

Robinson’s improvement a boost for thin Clovis team

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Clovis senior Damian Robinson works on his hurdle technique Wednesday during practice at the high school. Robinson has the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles in the state so far this year. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer After failing to qualify for the state track meet last season, Clovis senior […]