Cat Tracks: Clovis stuck in neutral

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The Clovis offensive line looks on as line coach Chuck Jordan diagrams plays after a series Saturday at the Wool Bowl in Roswell.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com For a few drives, the Clovis Wildcats were in high gear. Junior Daulton Hatley getting excellent protection, flipping the ball between numerous targets. His receivers making catches, grabbing extra yards after the catch. The running backs finding holes with Goddard expecting the pass. But the Wildcats were mostly […]

Rockets hand Cats 34-14 loss

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Clovis senior running back Juan San Juan carried the ball 21 times for 104 yards and caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Saturday’s season opener at the Wool Bowl in Roswell, but the Wildcats absorbed a 34-14 loss from the Rockets.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com ROSWELL — The Clovis Wildcats and Goddard Rockets got off to one of the latest starts in New Mexico’s prep football season with a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff. The Wildcats started even later, probably too late for their own good. Goddard dodged an early bullet when the Wildcats failed […]

Cats bow in fifth-place match

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Santa Fe Prep got the go-ahead goal about midway through the second half on Saturday and the Blue Griffins turned back Clovis High 4-2 in the fifth-place match of the Los Alamos Invite boys soccer tournament. Senior midfielder Ben Perrillo scored on a penalty kick in the 59th minute to […]

Lady Cats rally past Bosque

Staff report TAOS — Clovis High girls soccer team overcame an early two-goal deficit to edge Bosque 3-2 on Saturday night and finish second in four-team Pool B of the Taos Invitational girls soccer tournament. Senior Angel Lefevre got the deciding goal early in the second half, punching in a shot on a deflection off […]

Saturday area prep volleyball summaries — Aug. 30

Logan tournament Championship semifinals Melrose 3, Springer 0 Melrose    25    25    25 Springer    8    11    19 Melrose individual statistics Kills — Caley Barnard 9, Reagan Carthel 6, Ember Woods 4. Blocks — Barnard 3, Sadie Rush 2. Digs — Barnard 8, Carthel 6, Amber Gordon 6. Aces — Taylor Bostwick 3, Cailey Payne 3, Carthel […]

Goddard leads Cats at halftime

Staff report ROSWELL — Roswell Goddard quarterback Cameron Neff ran for one touchdown and threw for another to help stake the Rockets to a 14-0 halftime lead over Clovis High in Saturday’s season opener for both teams at the Wool Bowl. Neff broke off an 88-yard touchdown run with just over four minutes gone to […]

Cats fall to Santa Fe Prep in fifth-place match

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Santa Fe Prep got the go-ahead goal about midway through the second half on Saturday and the Blue Griffins turned back Clovis High 4-2 in the fifth-place match of the Los Alamos Invite boys soccer tournament. Senior midfielder Ben Perrillo scored on a penalty kick in the 59th minute to […]

Big plays lift Santa Rosa past Wolverines

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Texico junior Tanner Dickerman holds onto the ball as he is brought down by Santa Rosa defender Isaac Velasquez in the second half of Friday’s game at Texico.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines dominated most of the night against the rival Santa Rosa Lions. With one gigantic exception. Lions senior Isaac Velasquez pulled football’s equivalent of hitting for the cycle, with a kickoff return touchdown, a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a defensive touchdown as the Lions left […]

Friday area prep football capsules — Aug. 29

Melrose 50, Mescalero 0 Records: Mescalero 0-1, Melrose 1-0. Difference: The Buffaloes scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and made short work of the Chiefs. The game ended at halftime on the 50-point mercy rule. Go figure: 3 — punt returns for touchdowns by Melrose. Junior Rowdy Allen had TD returns of 54 and […]

Lady Cats lose on PKs after scoreless tie

Staff report TAOS — Clovis High’s girls blasted Silver 9-0 before playing to a scoreless tie with Farmington and losing on penalty kicks on Friday in Pool B of an eight-team tournament hosted by Taos. Penalty kicks no longer decide high school matches in New Mexico, but are used in tournament play to determine advancement, […]

Lady Cats post easy win in season-opening invite

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Clovis High freshman Kelsey McNaughton placed first in varsity girls competition of Friday’s Clovis Invitational cross country meet at Ned Houk Park with a time of 20 minutes, 9.73 seconds.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High freshman Kelsey McNaughton was a bit stunned at how the girls race turned out in Friday’s season-opening Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. Coach Mark Bussen, on the other hand, was not. McNaughton ran away from the field to win the three-mile event in a time of 20 minutes, […]

Cardinals notch win over PHS

Staff report LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams hung with Class 4A top-ranked Las Vegas Robertson for a half on Friday night. The Cardinals got away in the third quarter, though, scoring three touchdowns to pull away for a season-opening 33-20 victory. Coach Jaime Ramirez said the Rams found out shortly before the game […]

Roswell High blanks Lady Rams

Staff report Friday was a tough day for the Portales High girls soccer team. Roswell High had three girls with multiplee goals and the Lady Coyotes cruised to a 9-0 win at the PHS pitch. Senior forward Jessica La Stella scored four goals for the Lady Coyotes (3-3) — two in each half. Meantime, senior […]

Elida gains Eunice tourney semifinals

Staff report EUNICE — The Elida Lady Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the eight-team Eunice volleyball tournament on Friday with a 25-7, 25-19, 25-16 win over Roosevelt County rival Dora. The Lady Tigers (2-0) face the host Lady Cardinals at 12:30 p.m. today. Elida captured its pool, splitting sets with Loving 24-25, 25-11 and […]

Cats take on Goddard in opener

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The weekly scouting report handed to Clovis players this week is a mostly blank cover, with only three statements: • The team hashtag #PFF, short for, “Pride, Family, Football.” • The team hashtag #WRTS, short for, “We Run This State.” • The team’s adaptation of the oft-repeated Mike Tyson […]

CHS cross country teams to host meet

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s cross country teams will have a different look from last season. The boys graduated several performers, including top runner Max Santarosa. Meantime, the girls lost Rebekah Gallop to graduation, while junior Samantha Meza and sophomore Jaci Sievers — who split time last year between cross country and […]

Thursday area prep volleyball — Aug. 28

Texico 3, Lubbock Christian 1 Texico    25    25    21    25 Lubb. Christian    16    18    25    20 Texico individual statistics Kills — Jasmine Gannon 20, Brianna Reyna 13. Blocks — Mel Davalos 3, Gannon 2, McKenzee Thatcher 2. Digs — Chyanne Scarborough 13, Reyna 8, Gannon 6, Audrey Wren 4. Aces — Gannon 6, Wren 3, […]

CHS cross country teams open at home

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s cross country teams will have a different look from last season. The boys graduated several performers, including top runner Max Santarosa. Meantime, the girls lost Rebekah Gallop  to graduation, while junior Samantha Meza and sophomore Jaci Sievers — who split time last year between cross country and […]

News and notes: Helmet hits continue to be focus

Other than continuing concerns over “targeting,” or leading with the helmet, and hits on what are deemed “defenseless” players, New Mexico Activities Association officials don’t have many new points of emphasis this season. Longtime Clovis official David Briseno said the only actual change concerning the physical aspect of the game has to do with roughing-the-passer […]

Wildcats post another shutout with win at Robertson

Staff report Clovis extended its shutout string to three games, blanking Robertson 2-0 Wednesday in Las Vegas. The Wildcats scored twice in a 14-minute stretch of the second half to distance themselves from the Class 4A Cardinals. Michael Bodine got Clovis  (3-0-1) on the board 15 minutes into the second half when he converted a […]