Cats right their ship with dominating performance

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Roswell’s Anthony Urban is tackled by Clovis’ Jason Burns during the second half of Saturday’s game in Roswell. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner ROSWELL — Much like last year, when Clovis High began the football season with a lackluster loss to Las Cruces Mayfield, the Wildcats were searching for answers after dropping this […]

Zias pick up program’s first win

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — Freshman midfielder Anna Funk scored a pair of goals Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University’s first-year women’s soccer program claimed its first win by blanking Wayland Baptist 4-0. Funk scored an unassisted goal near the end of the first half to put the Zias (1-2) in front. She added another […]

Lady Cats record first win

Eric Butler ROSWELL — A lopsided loss in the fifth-place game failed to put a damper on a day that included Clovis’ first win of the soccer season. The Wildcats defeated Las Vegas Robertson 4-2 on Saturday in the consolation semifinals, which also gave first-year coach Larry Jones his first win. Freshman Jordan Garrett scored […]

Mustangs hope to mount run for playoffs

By Eric Butler When Bovina takes the field Friday night against Texico, Wolverines coach Mike Prokop will see a familiar face across the field. From the time he was a quarterback at Clovis High in the mid-1970s — when Prokop was a Wildcats offensive lineman — through 16 years of serving as an assistant coach, […]

Turtle race enchants children

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Darrian Davis, 2, left, and his sister, Skylar Davis, 9, both of Clovis, watch their turtles crawl around after Saturday’s turtle race at the Curry County Fair. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham Three-year-old Glen Southard jumped up and down and shouted, “Go, go, go, go, go!” as he watched his turtle crawl toward […]

State 9-10 tournament begins tonight

By Dave Wagner It’s been a couple of weeks since the Clovis American League All-Stars have played a game, but coach Hector Vasquez says his squad has made good use of the downtime. American will host the eight-team, double-elimination 9-10-year-old Little League state tournament beginning tonight. Two games are scheduled for both American’s home field, […]

Clovis shines in youth state slow-pitch

By Dave Wagner You could have almost called it the Clovis Invitational. Clovis-based teams came home with five championships in six divisions last weekend in the New Mexico USSSA youth slow-pitch state softball tournament in Alamogordo. In addition, the area took three second-place finishes, a third and a fourth. Overall, 17 of the 48 teams […]

American holds on late in Minor League tournament

By Dave Wagner Clovis American finished the District 3 Minor League All-Star tournament unbeaten — barely. American built a six-run lead and held off a furious last-ditch rally by Clovis Zia for an 11-10 win Thursday night at Dickensen Field. American (3-0) advanced to state competition which it will host beginning July 25. The American […]

American rallies for win

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — With a 2 for 4 night, three RBIs and the go-ahead single, Iszac Valdez showed that the American All-Star pitchers weren’t causing him any trouble. Later on, strep throat was trouble for the Roosevelt catcher, and the ruling that ensued helped pave the way for an unusual 17-15 win for […]

Chavez notches win in Sun Country event

CNJ STAFF RUIDOSO — An eagle and two brides on the back nine propelled Guillermo Chavez to a win in the boys 16-18 year-old division of a Sun Country Junior PGA tournament Tuesday at the Links at Sierra Blanca. Chavez finished with a 1-over-par 73 in his first Sun County event of the season. Chavez’s […]

Aragon wrestles away title

By Kevin Wilson CJ Aragon admitted that he needed some luck. He had all he needed on Saturday night. Aragon, listed as competitor No. 7 in the Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo, got the run he needed with a time of 5.3 seconds to win the steer wrestling championship. “I was just trying to get […]

Wildcats romp into AAU championships

By Eric Butler Who could blame the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats for thinking just a little bit past the state AAU girls basketball tournament? The tourney, being held in Clovis this weekend, will enter its last day with a showcase team — a squad that’s obliterated the rest of its field so far. The Wildcats reached […]

Freshman crosses state for games

By Eric Butler Have game. Will travel. That’s one way to describe Talmai Aguirre, who traveled more than 400 miles (one way) to play with the Clovis 14-and-under Wildcats in this weekend’s state AAU basketball tournament in Clovis. As a freshman at Silver (City) High, Aguirre was the state’s leading scorer, averaging 26.6 points a […]

Freak fall costly for Lady Cats

By Rick White ALAMOGORDO — Clovis coach Darrel Ray didn’t hide his disappointment after the Lady Wildcats finished third at Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet. “We came up here with one goal and that was to win the state championship,” Ray said. “And when you don’t reach your goal, it’s disappointing.” Cibola took advantage […]

Could CHS sweep at state?

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By Dave Wagner Clovis High boys coach Darren Kelley and girls coach Darrel Ray are heading into this weekend’s Class 5A state track meet at Alamogordo with high hopes for their squads. Neither is predicting a championship, but both believe their teams should be in the hunt. “This is the first time we’re going in […]

Clark looks for big payoff

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By Dave Wagner Texico senior Christina Clark is hoping her experience at the Class 2A state track meet pays big dividends this weekend. After finishing first in shot put, second in discus and sixth in javelin last spring, she’s ready to improve on that showing in the two-day small-school state get-together beginning this morning at […]

Clovis hopes to make playoffs

By Dave Wagner Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger doesn’t want to just settle for making the playoffs, he’s more interested in winning the district crown. The Cats (14-9, 6-3 district) enter the weekend tied for the district lead with Carlsbad (15-7, 6-3), but the Cavemen hold the tiebreaker after taking two of three in games in […]

Prep roundup

CNJ Staff ODESSA, Texas — Led by sophomore standout Jessica Withrow, the Muleshoe High School girls track team accomplished something this weekend which may have been a first at the school — win a regional team track championship. Withrow qualified in three individual events and anchored the Lady Mules’ 1,600-meter relay team to victory in […]

Clovis sweeps Eldorado

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis junior Jason Seefeld rebounded from a rare bad outing on the mound Saturday in a big way, hitting a pair of early home runs and then picking up a win with three hitless innings in relief as the Wildcats beat Eldorado 8-4 to complete a sweep of their District […]

CHS prepares for Eldorado

By Dave Wagner It’s pretty cut and dried this weekend for both teams when Clovis High takes on Eldorado in a three-game District 4-5A baseball series in Albuquerque — win at least two games or, in all likelihood, kiss your postseason chances good-bye. The Wildcats, Eagles and Carlsbad are in a virtual tie for the […]