Reporter’s notebook: Local singer’s son fills in on national anthem

A familiar voice was missing from the last two Clovis football games as national anthem singer John Urban was recuperating from surgery for a brain hematoma. An Urban was still on the microphone, however, as his son Ken sang the anthem and did the announcing duties for the Clovis High band’s halftime show. John Urban […]

Behind-the-scenes workers backbone of Curry County Fair

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Jan Riley, center, Jodi Clark, to Riley’s left in the ticket booth, and Peggy Burns, left, sell wristbands Saturday for the arenacross event during the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lemonade guzzlers and soda slurpers may not spend hours pondering the origin of ice cubes, and the […]

Clovis’ Casarez catching on

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Clovis’ Daniel Casarez throws the ball to first in a scrimmage against Portales in February. Casarez is filling the catching void left by three-year starter Richard Urban. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Daniel Casarez admits to being a little intimidated heading into season. Taking over for an all-state catcher and […]

Top 10: Wildcats baseball makes championship game

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he became Clovis High’s baseball coach three years ago, Shane Shallenberger knew what kind of historical precedent that came with the Wildcats’ program. In essence, that was no playoff appearances in 40 years: Not when Clovis had an unusually strong team, not as a second-place squad in an off […]

Finally, anthem singer in purple

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John Urban tries on his new Wildcats’ hat at his Kiwanis club meeting. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer John Urban has been a key part of Clovis High School football for 45 years. That’s his voice across the intercom before the game and during the halftime shows. For the past […]

Wildcats seniors hoping for solid finish

By Dave Wagner Three members of Clovis High’s Class 5A state runnerup team are in Las Cruces this weekend for the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 4A-5A all-star series. Mark Replogle, Richard Urban and Robert Riggins will go their separate ways after playing for the South All-Stars on this weekend’s three-game series, but […]

Clovis advances to state championship

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Clovis senior Richard Urban started the game on the mound, helping the Wildcats advance to their first championship baseball game in school history. (CNJ staff photo/Rick White) By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Mark Young’s day went from futile to fruitful with one swing of the bat. The Clovis High senior third baseman doubled to ignite […]

CHS baseball team advances to state semifinals

CNJ STAFF LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, edging Las Cruces Mayfield 8-7 in a Class 5A regional game Saturday at Apodoca Park. After allowing an unearned run in the seventh, Clovis reliever Jason Seefeld retired the next three batters in order with […]

Cats post two wins at Hobbs

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — The Clovis High Wildcats couldn’t get the sweep against Hobbs they knew they’d probably need to catch Carlsbad for the District 4-5A championship, but third-year coach Shane Shallenberger figures two out of three isn’t bad. The Cats suffered one bad inning in the middle game of the series, then rallied back […]

Clovis sweeps Eagles

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Clovis senior shortstop Jason Seefeld throws out a runner at first base during the first game of Friday’s double header at Bell Park. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler Mark Replogle used his feet as much as his bat to beat Eldorado. With a doubleheader sweep over the Eagles, the Wildcats pushed themselves to […]