Farmington shuts Wildcats down

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — In a game where both Clovis’ bats and pitches fell flat, Farmington smothered the Wildcats 14-1 in five innings Friday in a semifinal contest at the Rio Rancho Invitational. Senior Josh Katchner belted a two-run home run in Farmington’s eight-run third and finished with four RBI, putting Farmington in the […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats rally to outlast Mayfield

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Clovis High’s Bryce Hill, right, wrestles with Mayfield’s Luis Quinones for control of the ball during Saturday’s Class 5A first-round state tournament game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Although nowhere close to sea, Clovis coach J.D. Isler did have a bit of an albatross hanging on […]

Cats hope to end playoff drought

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats turned to a famous alumni in hopes of ending five years of postseason frustration. Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett spoke to the team Friday afternoon as the Cats prepared to host Mayfield today in a first-round game of the Class […]

Hobbs takes 4-5A battle

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Clovis’ Michael Lewis battles Hobbs’ Jeff Taylor for a rebound during Friday’s District 4-5A clash at Rock Staubus Gym. The Eagles wrapped up the regular-season district title with a 97-86 win over the Wildcats. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Like a military general, Clovis coach J.D. Isler compared the […]

CHS SWIMMING: State meet begins today in Albuquerque

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent One finalist last year at state was the first building block. Now, the Clovis High swim team is looking to add on. The New Mexico state swimming and diving championships are scheduled for this weekend at Albuquerque Academy, with preliminary competition today and the finals on Saturday. In 2006, the […]

ENMU teams in need of wins in bids to make LSC tourney

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams don’t have much margin for error. The Greyhounds and Zias each have three of their final four Lone Star Conference South Division games at home, beginning with tonight’s twin bill against Abilene Christian. The ENMU women (12-10, 3-7 South) are trying […]

Baskett honored at ceremony

CNJ staff Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett had his No. 18 Wildcats football jersey retired during halftime of the Carlsbad-Clovis boys basketball game Tuesday night, with a packed Rock Staubus Gym cheering on his achievements. A proclamation declaring Tuesday “Hank Baskett Day” from Clovis Mayor David Lansford was read […]

Zias’ comeback falls short at Abilene Christian

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore center Audrey Maxwell scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and junior forward Alex Guiton added 22 points Thursday night to lift Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 72-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-1 South) held on after building an […]

Hounds win South opener over Wildcats

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Junior Justin Redman-Trotter hit four late free throws, including the two clinching shots with five seconds left, as Eastern New Mexico University held off Abilene Christian 86-82 on Thursday in the men’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. Senior guard Stephen Wilson went 10-of-14 from the field […]

Clovis eyes open road

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Clovis High’s Cody Thornsbury drives to the basket against Rio Rancho’s Marcus Williams, left, in the finals of the Milk Cow Classic on Dec. 30 at Rock Staubus Gym. Rio Rancho edged the Wildcats 97-95 in overtime. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer They don’t score much. They don’t fill […]

Eastern takes on Abilene Christian

All Times MST Men ENMU (6-8) at Abilene Christian (9-5), 7 p.m. today, in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams at Abilene, Texas. Radio:KSEL-FM 95.3. On the Net: www.enmusports.com Notes: The Wildcats have already surpassed their win total from last year (8-19), when they finished out the campaign on an eight-game […]

Clovis survives Goddard

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Michael Lewis absorbs contact from Goddard center Peyton Cometti on the way up on a shot in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Lewis was fouled and hit the free-throw for the 3-point play. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ bus didn’t roll into town […]

Sluggish start hurts Lady Cats

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — The first half was a case of extremes. Mayfield’s Madison Spence was red hot, and the Clovis Lady Wildcats ice cold. Spence scored 21 of her game-high 31 points in the first half, and Mayfield held on for a 59-46 win Tuesday over the Lady Wildcats. Tori Northcutt led Clovis […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Clovis home at last

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Clovis sophomore Antiesha Brown, left, goes against senior guard Britni Montague in practice Monday at the Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis coach Miles Watters said Amarillo has a strong inside-outisde game. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Coming off solid performances in three-day tournaments, Clovis hosts Amarillo in a boys-girls basketball […]

Mules ousted from Texas 2A playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer CANYON, Texas — David Wood knew his Muleshoe football team had its work cut out against Littlefield. Facing a powerful ground attack that he knew would be tough to stop, Wood hoped the Mules could get into a shootout with the Wildcats in Friday’s Texas Class 2A Division 1 […]

Pressure on Cats’ defense

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Clovis offensive/ defensive linemen Michael Cohen is a part of a Clovis defense assigned to contain Sandia runningback/quarterback Derris Jackson today. Cohen has two sacks on the year. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Versatile seniors Derris Jackson and Michael Scarlett put the big play in Sandia’s offense. Jackson, a […]

Old rivals square off in Texas showdown

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer For Muleshoe and Littlefield, Friday’s Texas Class 2A Division 1 regional football matchup is a little like old times. After all, the teams were rivals for years in District 2-3A before both moved down a class this season. Muleshoe (9-2) and Littlefield (10-1) clash at 3 p.m. today at […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Wildcat stands tall despite size

By Greg Price CNJ sports writer Shortie. Short stuff. Little man. Name the short joke and Clovis senior cornerback and wide receiver Keaton Howell has heard them all. At 5-foot-4 and 155 pounds, Howell is the smallest player on state-playoff-bound Clovis Wildcats. However, what Howell lacks in size, he makes up for in brains, Clovis […]

Portales drops district tilt to Lovington

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Portales junior quarterback Chris Mosier looks to get by Lovington senior Eric Guerrero during Friday’s game in Lovington. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON —The Lovington Wildcats (2-7, 2-0) took control of District 4-3A with a 21-point second half, beating the Portales Rams 27-20 Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. The […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats dig deep for win

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Clovis High fullback Manuel Robles breaks off a long run in Saturday’s 21-13 win over Cibola in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What happened: Clovis ended Cibola’s chances for an undefeated season with a 21-13 victory Friday night at Milne Stadium. Why it happened: After holding Cibola scorelss […]