Ticket feature: STOMP performing in Lubbock

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Courtesy photo Percussive dance troupe STOMP performs Feb. 24 and 25 at Lubbock’s City Bank Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico Percussive dance troupe STOMP performs Feb. 24 and 25 at Lubbock’s City Bank Auditorium. Sections of the show have been updated and restructured with the addition of two full-scale routines using props like tractor tire inner […]

Props flourishes at NMMI

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NMMI sophomore quarterback John Props (14) led the Broncos to a 5-5 record, and leads troop off the field. (Courtesy New Mexico Military Institute) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer John Props has lived and breathed the daily grind of a military academy for nearly two years. The former Clovis High multi-sport standout’s routine day […]

Wildcats together one last time

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Cornerback Jacob Jones, left, is one of four 2005 Clovis High graduates who will play in the 4-5A North-South All-Star Game today in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer John Props is getting an early jump on his college football career. The Clovis High grad will head to Roswell early […]

Hobbs takes series from Cats

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Clovis first baseman Luke Gray stops a ground ball during the second game of Friday’s doubleheader at Bell Park. Clovis defeated Hobbs 7-5. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s visions of spoiling Hobbs’ postseason plans came up a couple of innings short Saturday at Bell Park. After playing […]

Wildcats swept at Artesia after beating Levelland

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Clovis senior John Props pitched three innings and was credited with the victory in Clovis’ 6-4 win over Levelland Friday at Bell Park. This was Props’ first outing on the mound this season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Pinch-hitter Devin Sweet delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth and the Clovis […]

Props’ 22 helps Wildcats edge Moriarty

CNJ staff MORIARTY — Senior guard John Props scored a season-high 22 points as Clovis held off Moriarty 79-75 Saturday in a non-district game. Props provided a needed scoring surge, as Clovis (19-3) spent much of the game without leading scorers Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin. Bunton reinjured his ankle in the second quarter and […]

Wildcats wash away Sandia in district opener

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton throws down a dunk off a pass from Tizrick Phillips during the second half of the Wildcats’ 61-45 win over Sandia on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis boys basketball coach J.D. Isler told his team that other schools in the district didn’t respect […]

Phillips’ shot propels Clovis over Gadsden

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Clovis senior Dominique Easterlin goes by Gadsden’s Manuel Bojorquez in the fourth quarter for two of his game-high 14 points as Clovis beat Gadsden on Friday 37-35. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Tizrick Phillips picked a good time to score his only two points of the game. The Clovis senior […]

Wildcats closing in on district title

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — While District 4-5A football race is decidedly up for grabs, Clovis made sure it was still at the top and Sandia at the bottom by taking a 30-0 road victory. The Wildcats scored on each of their first three offensive possessions for a 16-0 cushion at halftime. Two […]

Clovis junior TE catching on

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By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Everything about Clovis High junior tight end Chris Finch is huge, from his octopus-sticky hands that hungrily envelop passes thrown his way to his still-growing 6-foot-4 frame to his ever-present smile. He also has a big future in football, Wildcat coaches say. “He’s only going to get better,” Clovis […]

La Cueva puts it to Cats late

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Clovis junior Tanner Fickling tries to turn the corner on La Cueva senior Frankie Baca during the third quarter of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis forced La Cueva to do some things it hadn’t done so far this season — such as […]

Cats romp into win column

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Clovis’ Travis Reid got the Wildcats on the socreboard with a field goal in the first quarter against Highland Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Journal photo by Greg Sorber. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer ALBUBUERQUE — It may have taken a few more games than fans and players would have liked, but […]

Tough road ahead for Cats

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Senior running Phillip Williams (left) and senior quarterback John Props are two key returning players for the Wildcats. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White State runner-up. Traditional Texas Panhandle power. Track team in pads. Undefeated state champion. And that’s just the first four weeks of the season. Skilled but dangerously thin at key […]

Cats ready to go

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Clovis senior Simon Salguero, center, senior Damian Robinson, left, and junior Vince Chavez, do an agility drill Thursday at the high school. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White: CNJ sports editor It’s high school football’s version of boot camp. Sprints. Agility drills. Position drills. Team workouts. Chalkboard sessions. All crammed into a […]

Cats able to fill graduation gaps

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Clovis sophomore Eric Smith, seen diving for a ball during fly-ball drills at Wednesday’s practice, is in his first year of high school baseball in America after spending five years playing baseball in England. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger knew he had holes to fill around a solid core […]

Clovis batters Frenship for third-straight win

CNJ staff WOLFFORTH, Texas — Robert Riggins put together another strong outing and received plenty of support at the plate as Clovis beat Frenship, Texas, 10-3 on Thursday for its third-straight win. Riggins allowed four hits and two runs in six innings while improving to 3-0 on the season. He struck out five and walked […]

Cats get it done with defense

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Clovis senior Jeff Epps tries to release a shot over Manzano freshman James Syme (left) and sophomore Chanselor Bell during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s District 4-5A tournament game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Epps was fouled on the play by Syme By Dave Wagner The Clovis High boys basketball team didn’t need 96 points against […]

Cats stun Hobbs

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Mike Floyd drives past Clovis’ John Props during Friday’s game in Hobbs. Hobbs News-Sun photo by Cody Gideon. CNJ staff HOBBS — John Props said he’s made some buzzer-beaters this season — just not at the end of games with the outcome on the line. Props’ 3-point shot with two seconds left Friday night sent […]

Clovis wins ‘ugly’

By Rick White CANYON – Whether it was Tizrick Phillips or John Props off the bench or leading scorer Justin Pinckney getting untracked in the third quarter, Clovis put together enough offensive spurts to hold off pesky Abilene Cooper 58-50 on Friday in a semifinal contest of The Gene Messer Tournament of Champions. Clovis stretched […]

Cats win in 3 OTs

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Clovis senior Travis Loomis jumps into the arms of a teammate Jason Burns after the Wildcats defense held Carlsbad from scoring in the third overtime of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White With the clock winding down, Clovis’ chances of winning the District 4-5A title appeared to be […]