Clovis team wins AAU state crown in 12U division

CNJ staff Clovis New Breed captured the boys 12-and-under AAU state championship last weekend in Albuquerque, posting a 7-0 record. Coach David Dawson said New Breed (a moniker he said stands for “Never Ever Wonder ’Bout Rejection, Endure Every Dream”) was placed into a pool with the top three finishers from the 2006 tournament. Dawson […]

CHS TRACK: Lady Cats notch title at Alamo qualifier

CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — Clovis High and Rio Rancho may be setting up a showdown for the Class 5A girls state track title. The defending 5A champion Lady Wildcats beat Rio Rancho for the first time this season on Friday, finishing with 112 points to 103 for the Rams in the Alamogordo qualifier meet. And […]

Title repeat denied

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Portales’ Amanda Terry, right, looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday night […]

Texico rides stellar defense to 2A state title

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Texico’s Victoria Richards, center, looks for an opening between Penasco defenders in the Class 2A state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Depth and tenacity earned the Texico Lady Wolverines their first Class 2A state basketball championship since 2002. Fighting from […]

Class 1A capsules

Girls Quarterfinals No. 6 Fort Sumner vs. No. 3 Hagerman When: 5 p.m. today. Where: Rio Rancho High School Records: Fort Sumner 18-8, Hagerman 24-4. How they got here: Fort Sumner beat Temple Baptist 58-29. Hagerman beat Carrizozo 75-47. Last state title: Fort Sumner won the Class 1A title in 2005. Hagerman has never won […]

Christmas carols not always music to everyone’s ears

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Now that the holiday season is in full gear — whether one likes it or not — it’s less painful to fight it than make the best of it. I only say this because my brain is mush from being beaten down from endless streams of seasonal songs. While Christmas carols […]

Rams … or repeat?

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Portales head coach Andy Correll, far right, watches as defensive coordinator Mark McAfee puts the Ram defense through the paces Friday. The team was taking a light practice in its last workout of the season. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When the Portales Rams met Las Vegas Robertson in the […]

Wheeler seeking to build on tradition

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Clovis High linebacker Cade Wheeler (26) and La Cueva’s Jeron McIntosh (10) dive on a fumbled kick return at Leon Williams Stadium on Friday, September 8, 2006. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Winning a Class 5A state championship is not the only thing that motivates Clovis High senior linebacker […]

Texico cowboy wins PBR finals

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A Texico teenager won $225,000 Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev., and the only thing he gambled on was his health. L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title at the Thomas and Mack Center. Jenkins was one of three cowboys to successfully ride six bulls […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats shoot for 4-5A title

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer With the Class 5A state playoffs looming, Clovis will attempt to lock down the District 4-5A title and a top seed as the Wildcats hit the road today to face Carlsbad at Ralph Bowyer Stadium. With a win in their regular-season finale, the second-ranked Wildcats will capture their fourth […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats take team title

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Clovis High’s girls took three of the top five positions and the Lady Wildcats cruised to a team title on Saturday in the Southeast New Mexico Invitational cross country meet, hosted by New Mexico Military. Caitlin Waters finished second, Nicole Johnson third and Michelle Schenck fifth for the Lady Cats, who […]

New Jersey 13-year-old wins national spelling bee, first girl since 1999

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off “ursprache” to claim the title of America’s best speller Thursday on prime-time television. Katharine Close, an eighth-grader at the H.W. Mountz School in Spring Lake, N.J., is the first […]

Lady Cats take 5A state track title

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Clovis senior Vanessa O’Neal, left, finished fifth in the 400 meters at Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet, helping the Lady Wildcats win their first state title since 1999. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — When they were called to accept first-place trophy, the Wildcats walked to the […]

Clovis senior Moore ties for sixth

The Associated Press Mayfield’s Brett Jones parred the fourth playoff hole to beat Albuquerque High’s Joey Gorance for the individual title at the Class 5A boys state tournament Tuesday. Mayfield, with its four top players all shooting in the 70s on the par-72 New Mexico State University course, won the team title by six shots […]

Lady Eagles senior wins individual title, team finishes second

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Clovis Christian eighth-grader Kyle Boatman tees off on the 14th hole during Monday’s District 3-1A/3A tournament at Chaparral Country Club. Boatman shot an 83 to lead the Eagles. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Mollie Peterson got off to a slow start in Monday’s District 3-1A/3A tournament at Chaparral Country Club […]

1A BOYS FINALS: Des Moines edges Logan

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A disheartened Logan junior Austin Whetten watches as Des Moines receives the Class 1A championship trophy. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — It took until the final seconds of the championship game, but the magic finally ran out for the Logan Longhorns. Down by two with 1.9 seconds […]

Foxes looking to add title in basketball

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fort Sumner has had plenty of experience winning state football championships in recent years. Now the Foxes hope to add a Class 1A basketball title to their trophy case. They can take a big step tonight when they face Grady in a Region A semifinal game at Logan. Semifinal […]

Cats’ coach uphappy with No. 9 seed

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Senior Devin Sweet and his Clovis High teammates, seeded ninth in the Class 5A boys state playoffs, travel to Albuquerque to play Valley in a regional game on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters isn’t sure his defending Class 5A state champion […]

TexAnns beat Zias, stay on track for title

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Junior Katie Crawford led a balanced attack with a game-high 22 points as Tarleton State set up a showdown for the Lone Star Conference South title by beating Eastern New Mexico University 90-62 Thursday on Senior Night. If Tarleton State beats South leader West Texas A&M on Saturday in Canyon […]

Several area teams claimed state titles in 2005

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Members of the Clovis High girls basketball team leap off the bench to celebrate the unbeaten Lady Wildcats’ 2005 state championship over Mayfield at The Pit in Albuquerque. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Area high school teams captured six state championships in 2005, and several others were close. Three of the […]