Clovis north: Former Wildcats help turn Robertson program around

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent If Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus is right, his son Chad is just as big of a Wildcats’ football fan as anyone in the state. “He’s a Wildcat born, a Wildcat bred and, when he dies, he’ll be a Wildcat dead,” Roanhaus says. Funny thing, though: Chad Roanhaus, a record-setting quarterback […]

Like father, like sons

By Ryn Gargulinski Haberdasher Homer Tankersley said he was amazed when his sons followed him into the clothing business. Pilot Brad Telshaw said he was not surprised to find his son in the sky. Coach Eric Roanhaus said his two boys perhaps followed in his football footsteps “because of the same lack of intelligence I […]

Top stories: Perseverance pays off for Wildcats


Junior strong safety Devin Sweet was one of the leading tacklers on a Wildcats team that posted four shutouts during the season. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The standard of excellence established for the Clovis football program under Eric Roanhaus is so high that in most years anything short of a state […]

La Cueva’s dominance undisputable


La Cueva senior linebacker Zach Arnett, left, can’t contain his joy after making a tackle in the second half. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva senior Zach Arnett said he’ll let others decide whether the Bears belong among the best football teams in the state’s history. La Cueva made […]

State preview: It’s all about redemption for Wildcats


Nick Maes (44) and Jacob Jones stop Highland quarterback Ian Clark for a short gain. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor There was no panic. No wholesale lineup changes. No tweaking of offensive or defensive schemes. Just a concrete belief in a time-tested system of hard work and discipline. But it […]

State preview: Cats in spoiler role


Clovis senior Phillip Williams tries to outrace Highland’s Ian Clark during Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. Williams has rushed for more than 1,800 yards this season. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva is out to complete a two-year unbeaten run sure to place it in […]

La Cueva takes 25-game win streak into title game against Wildcats


Clovis defenders Jacob Jones, left, and Devin Sweet tackle Highland’s Jerrell Miller during the first half of Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Pete Herrera: Associated Press Frankie Baca could be the best running back to come out of Albuquerque in more than 40 years. Defensive […]

Clovis football coach has responsibility to readers

I noticed that Coach Eric Roanhaus again declined to be interviewed by Rick White in Sunday’s paper. Over the last few years he had Randy Adrian and now Darren Kelley provide comments weekly in the newspaper. It’s not that they do or did a bad job, but it’s the head coach’s responsibility to provide the […]

Goode had major impact on CHS football

By Eric Butler Dunny Goode, credited by many with beginning a high school football dynasty in Clovis, died early Tuesday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center. Goode, 74, suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease over the last 2 1/2 years and was admitted to the hospital last week, friends said. Taking over the Clovis […]

Clovis shuffles football coaching staff

By Dave Wagner Clovis High School had some shuffling to do to replace a pair of veteran coaches. Randy Adrian had been the school’s athletic director for 12 years and was the offensive and defensive line coach when he retired in the spring. Dale Fullerton, formerly the principal at Marshall Junior High who has taken […]