Cats fall in 5A baseball finals

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Clovis High sophomore second baseman Sean Cruce applies the tag on a steal attempt by La Cueva’s James Parr for a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play in Saturday’s Class 5A state baseball championship in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — There was no cardiac-inducing comeback this time as top-ranked La Cueva ended […]

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 […]

Volunteer coach shares his joy for track

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Clovis volunteer assistant coach Derico Cooper, who was himself a hurdler in college, has helped four Clovis hurdlers qualify for state this year. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Derico Cooper paces near the starting line of the 300-meter hurdles, twirling a school-bus-bright yellow stopwatch around his finger. With the blast from the starter’s […]

News mixed for CHS at state

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Clovis High senior Charles Purdy earned a fifth-place finish in shot put on Thursday in Class 5A state track competition at Albuquerque with a throw of 52 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Photo by Rick White STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS ALBUQUERQUE — The good news is the Clovis Lady Wildcats qualified first in the 400- and […]

Cats, West Mesa meet for berth in 5A finals

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Clovis sophomore Matt Ulibarri takes batting practice Wednesday at Bell Park. Ulibarri and the rest of the Wildcats take on West Mesa in today’s Class 5A semifinal in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner After seeing only limited mound duty for the Clovis High baseball team before this spring, senior Richard Urban has […]

Gallegos splits in 5A state tennis

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High junior Patricia Gallegos reached the quarterfinals of Class 5A state singles competition Wednesday before bowing out. Gallegos cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Rio Rancho’s Alyssa Anastasi in her opening match before falling to Mayfield’s Jackie Doak 6-2, 6-0. Gallegos was the lone CHS player to make it […]

Lady Cats counting on relay wins

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(Counter clockwise) Clovis freshman Lorena Garza, sophomore Renata Porterfield, senior Vanessa Vaca, freshman Kacee Escobar, sophomore Aimee Hilburn and senior Tyisha Brown have all qualified for state this weekend. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner It’s bear-hunting time for the Clovis High Lady Wildcats. Specifically, “Lady Bears,” as in La Cueva. CHS girls track […]

CHS excited to play at Isotopes Park

By Rick White Jason Seefeld was given a tour of Isotopes Park on a recruiting trip to the University of New Mexico. He also attended several Albuquerque Isotopes games last summer while living there. That won’t stop the Clovis High senior shortstop and relief pitcher from being nervous when he takes the field for Friday’s […]

Cats seek to extend state track streaks

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Clovis freshman Brian Mead, shown running in the boys 300 hurdles preliminaries on Friday in the District 4-5A meet at Leon Williams Stadium, will compete for the Wildcats in the 110 hurdles this weekend in the state 5A meet. Photo by Rick White By Rick White With the chances of ending La Cueva’s string of […]

Fort Sumner enjoys twin track titles

By Dave Wagner Mario Martinez knew that, barring something way out of the ordinary, his Fort Sumner boys track team would repeat its Class 1A state championship over the weekend in Albuquerque. Winning four of five finals on Friday put the Foxes in a nearly unbeatable position, but they did what they could to prevent […]

CHS’ Reid captures 5A state golf title; Cats fourth

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Clovis High junior Travis Reid, shown in a tournament at Municipal Golf Course earlier this month, held on for the boys individual championship in Class 5A state golf on Tuesday in Farmington. CNJ file photo CNJ STAFF FARMINGTON — Travis Reid knew he had a state golf championship in him. Still, when it actually happened, […]

La Cueva grabs big lead

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS FARMINGTON — Four-time defending Class 5A boys champion La Cueva took an 18-shot lead in the opening round behind the play of defending champion Zach Fullerton and Steve Sanders. Fullerton shot a 1-under 69 at the San Juan Country Club course and Sanders had a 70. Clovis junior Travis Reid also […]

ENMU teams sixth in LSC track

CNJ STAFF KINGSVILLE, Texas — Ricardo Hernandez and Zach Gerleve highlighted Eastern New Mexico University performances over the weekend in the two-day Lone Star Conference track meet. ENMU finished last in both divisions of the six-team meet, scoring 28 points on the men’s side and 11 in women’s competition. Angelo State ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year […]

Cats face challenge from La Cueva

CNJ STAFF FARMINGTON — The Clovis High boys golf team has been in the running for a Class 5A state championship, only to come up short. With three veterans of state competition, the Wildcats think they have a shot at this year’s title in the two-day event beginning with today’s 8 a.m. teeoff at San […]

Young Lady Cats step up

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Clovis High junior Cristin Vick cleared 9-6 on Friday to win the District 4-5A girls pole vault at Leon Williams Stadium. Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray knew if his team performed well, it would certainly have a chance for a District 4-5A track title. The Lady Wildcats got most of the […]

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 […]

Fort Sumner sweeps 1A track titles

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Junior Tobea Patterson helped Fort Sumner’s girls finish third in the Class 1A state medley relay. Photo by Andrew Chavez THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE — Consensus can be a hard thing to come by in a small town melting pot like Fort Sumner. Unless you’re talking about the town’s youth. Then everyone’s on the same […]

CHS’ Gallegos earns 5A state tennis berth

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — Clovis High junior Patricia Gallegos didn’t get the District 4-5A tennis championship she was looking for, but she will represent the Lady Wildcats in Class 5A state singles for the second consecutive year. Gallegos, seeded No. 1, lost to fifth-seeded Amy Pennell of Hobbs 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a three-hour semifinal […]

Cats win third crown in four years

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Clovis junior Tanner Williams finished second to teammate Phillip Williams in Friday’s long jump. Photo by Rick White By Rick White Not much is slowing Phillip Williams down these days, not even a 3-inch gash to his hand he suffered less than an hour into the District 4-5A track meet when he spiked himself in […]

Lady Cats expect stiff test from Eldorado

By Dave Wagner Clovis High girls track coach Darrel Ray sees a two-team battle for the District 4-5A championship this weekend at Leon Williams Stadium. And since the Lady Wildcats have already qualified most of what they want for next week’s Class 5A state meet in Albuquerque, he said they’re more focused on defending their […]