Balanced attack key for Cats

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo knows first-hand how explosive the Clovis Wildcats’ offense can be. The Wildcats beat Manzano 49-14 two weeks ago in the second round of the playoffs. “You have to contain (Rishard) Matthews,” Ocampo said. “And I don’t know if you can stop him without double covering […]

Familiar foes Clovis, Mayfield meet for 5A title

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Clovis head football coach Eric Roanhaus, second from left, watches his team during Thursday’s practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus thinks revenge is a wasted emotion. Besides, it’s been more than three months since the Wildcats opened the season with a […]

Passing combo leads Mayfield into title game

By James Staley: Las Cruces Sun-News LAS CRUCES — Ah, the familiar sights of Mayfield football. During a recent practice Trojan coach Jim Bradley growled at his kicker as David Bustillos and Chris Hernandez perfected the chemistry that has made them arguably the deadliest quarterback-wide receiver duo in the state and helped boost Mayfield to […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Trojans pursue perfect finish

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mayfield’s Jim Bradley, still fiery after nearly 50 years coaching in high school and college, said he’s never gone into a season where he didn’t think his team could win every game. “Well, that’s not true — I did coach at New Mexico State,” he quipped. The senior-laden, top-ranked […]

Mayfield eliminates two-time 5A champs

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Top-ranked Las Cruces Mayfield scored on a fumble recovery and a blocked punt Friday night and turned back two-time defending champion La Cueva 21-7 in a Class 5A state semifinal playoff game at Wilson Stadium. The Trojans (13-0) will meet either second-ranked Clovis (11-1) or No. 3 crosstown rival Onate (11-1) […]

Prep playoffs

Friday Class 5A Semifinals Mayfield 21 La Cueva 7

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 […]

Prep football scores

Staff and wire reports New Mexico Class 5A Quarterfinals Clovis 49, Manzano 14 Mayfield 10, Rio Grande 3 La Cueva 28, Eldorado 21 Texas Class 1A Second round Quanah 19, Bovina 8

Prep volleyball: Texico in 2A finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE —Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes energy always prevails over emotion. Littlejohn’s energetic Texico squad defeated Tularosa 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19 in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday at Eldorado High School. “You can play on emotion for a while, but emotion runs out and energy lasts,” Littlejohn said. […]

State football playoffs

CNJ staff Friday Class 5A Alamogordo 27, Rio Rancho 25 Clovis 42, Las Cruces 6 Eldorado 10, Carlsbad 7 Mayfield 49, Hobbs 6 Rio Grande 14, Cibola 7 Class 4A First round Artesia 63, Santa Teresa 7 Class 1A Semifinals Texico 19, Capitan 16 Fort Sumner 51, Cloudcroft 13

Mayfield slips past Lady Cats

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Defending champions are that way for a reason. Clovis had defending 5A state champion Mayfield one point away from elimination, but in the end, the Lady Trojans had just enough to beat the Lady Wildcats 24-26, 25-12, 25-18, 17-25, 17-15 Thursday at Del Norte High School. “They […]

Lady Wolverines beat Eunice in regionals

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Texico’s Lori Richardson tips the ball over Eunice’s Jenny Pearson during their Class 2A Region C championship game Saturday at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — With their trip to state already in the bag, the Texico Lady Wolverines made things a lot easier on themselves. Playing […]

Texico captures district volleyball title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — After more than a week layoff, the Texico volleyball team got back to business on Saturday and took care of business by winning the District 6-2A championship at home. Texico swept Santa Rosa 27-25, 25-7, 27-25 to host a regional round this weekend. The Lady Wolverines will play […]

Lunch-pail approach works for Cats’ Cerda

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Clovis High School senior nose tackle Randy Cerda convinced his parents to forgo a move to Raton before his sophomore season so he could play for his beloved Wildcats. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Playing a position where he is embedded in the human carnage known as the line […]

Resilient Clovis defensive effort not enough

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — If you looked only at the stats — 19-4 in first downs, 289-62 in total offense, 61-30 in plays from scrimmage, all favoring Mayfield — you’d figure it was a blowout. But the Clovis High Wildcats nearly got Friday’s season opener at Field of Dreams into […]

Mayfield breaks through late

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Sun-News photo by Norm Dettlaff Clovis High School’s Devin Sweet, left, tackles Mayfield High School’s Oran Gonzalez on Friday at the Las Cruces Public Schools Sports Complex. Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats bent — a lot — on Friday night, and they finally broke. Playing with their backs to […]

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 […]

Utah base watching closely what happens with Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The future of Cannon Air Force Base is being watched closely even beyond eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Six Air Force bases across the United States stand to inherit F-16 fighter jets if Cannon is closed, including Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. “I can’t say there […]

Clovis captures 5A title

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Marichia Floyd hugs teammate Aimee Hilburn as Clovis celebrates a49-46 win over Mayfield in the Class 5A championship Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — More than four months of hard work and sacrifice and a year’s worth of frustration exploded into a wild post-game […]

Purr-fection for Lady Cats

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Clovis’ Ebony Bunton looks to drive past a Mayfield defender during the second half of the Class 5A championship game on Saturday. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Many of the key participants from last year’s Class 5A girls state championship game were back for Saturday’s title rematch between Clovis […]