Cats win 4-5A golf title again

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Solid ball-striking helped Clovis High senior Guillermo Chavez make up for a few hiccups in his putting game as he shot the day’s only round under-par to lead the Wildcats to their fifth straight District 4-5A boys golf title. Chavez fired a 2-under 70 Monday at Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course, […]

Roping becoming young man’s sport

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Clint Cooper went head-to-head with world champion Monty Lewis in roping contest Sunday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Plenty of the cowboys at Sunday’s calf-roping event at the Mounted Patrol Arena were less than a quarter-century old. According to old hands and young ones alike, that’s the […]

Parmer leads Texico girls to second-place finish

CNJ STAFF CLAYTON — Senior sprinter Amber Parmer led Texico to a second-place finished Saturday at the District 6-2A girls track meet. Santa Rosa outlasted Texico 151 to 147 1/2 in the team race. Parmer won the 100 (13.38), 200 (27.1) and 400 meters (1:03.81) and the long jump (15-2). She also ran the anchor […]

Cibola completes sweep of Lady Cats

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Clovis sophomore Anjelica Serna turns the double play in the seventh inning Saturday at Lady Wildcat Softball Complex against Cibola. Clovis lost, 6-3. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By John Eisel Clovis first baseman Sonia Chavez nailed a liner off Cibola pitcher Jessica Rieger in the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday’s game. The ball […]

Cats roll to team titles in Carlsbad

CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — The Clovis boys and girls teams came up with convincing wins Friday at the Cavern City Classic. Clovis senior Phillip Williams picked up three wins as the Wildcats finished with 147 points. Carlsbad was second with 127. The Lady Wildcats won five of eight running events plus two relays while racking […]

Cats capture first district baseball win

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Behind senior John Props’ complete-game pitching performance, Clovis beat Cibola 8-5 in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader to pick up its first District 4-5A win. The Cougars had taken the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday morning, 12-2 and 11-8, respectively. “It’s kind of nice […]

Withrow, Ortiz advance to Texas state track meet

CNJ STAFF Seniors Jessica Withrow of Muleshoe and Edgar Ortiz of Bovina will represent the area in Texas high school state track competition, scheduled for May 12-14 at the University of Texas in Austin. Withrow won two events and placed second in two others in the Region I-3A meet over the weekend at Odessa, including […]

Lady Cats drop Friday twin bill to Cibola

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Clovis High School’s Laura Wood is congratulated after scoring on a inside -the-park homerun by teammate Cynthia Lucio during the first game of a doubleheader against Cibola Friday at the Lady Wildcats Softball Complex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner Late Friday night, after her team dropped a District 4-5A doubleheader to Cibola, first-year […]

Hounds’ bid for winning record falls short

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for its first winning season since 2000 came up just short. After earning a Lone Star Conference South Division split with NCAA Division II fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on Friday with a 5-0, three-hit shutout from junior left-hander David Swinconos, the Greyhounds went down twice on […]

Fort Sumner rolls to 3-1A titles

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Melrose freshman Janea Eshleman leads the pack as she nears the finish line in the girls 200 meter heat during the District 3-1A track meet Saturday in Melrose. Eshleman finished first with a time of 27.41 seconds. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Fort Sumner’s track teams walked away with boys and […]

Birdie blitz propels Wildcats

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Clovis High School senior Guillermo Chavez watches his putt on the back nine during the Clovis Invitational Golf Tournament on Thursday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Chavez shot a 71 to win. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys golf team struggled to get going Thursday, finding its […]

Struggling Wildcats try to stay positive

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s “wait til next year” for the Clovis High and Cibola baseball teams. Both have already been eliminated from the District 4-5A race as they prepare for a three-game weekend series, starting with today’s 4 p.m. single game at Cibola. While the defending Class 5A state runnerup Wildcats (7-13, […]

Lady Wildcats’ hopes hinge on sweep of Cibola

By John Eisel It’s all or nothing for Cibola and Clovis this weekend at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. Both teams likely need a sweep in the District 4-5A softball three-game series to have any chance of catching Sandia for second place and a spot in the Class 5A state tournament. “It’s huge, obviously. Clovis […]

Muleshoe champ hopes for one last landing at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow has a state championship and several runnerup finishes to her credit in the past two years. Lady Mules coach Benjie Jay hopes she can put herself in position for a big state finish at this weekend’s Region I-3A track competition at Odessa. Withrow leads a […]

Carthel looking to turn around West Texas A&M football

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Don Carthel has returned to the Lone Star Conference. Carthel was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach at West Texas A&M University to succeed Ronnie Jones, who resigned last week after a university investigation concluded that he used state and school resources […]

Strength in numbers at district track meets

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Texico senior Braden Vaughan took first in the shot put with a throw of 42-7 Tuesday during the Texico Relays. Vaughan, who also plays baseball, has already qualified for state in all three throwing events. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer This weekend’s Class 1A district track meets will be decided […]

Zia Picazo named first team All-LSC South

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Tori Picazo has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division first team in softball as a designated player, the conference announced this week. She was also chosen the division’s newcomer of the year. Picazo, a transfer from West Texas College who is from […]

Lady Cats shoot for state bid

CNJ Staff The Clovis High School girls golf team will try to qualify for Class 5A state competition in today’s Clovis Invitational, starting at 9 a.m. at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Teams need three legs to make it into the state tournament. “They’re looking to get their third leg for state, so this is a […]

CHS teams qualify four events at Hobbs

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — Clovis High’s track teams qualified two events for state in both boys and girls competition in Tuesday’s Hobbs qualifier. Both boys qualifiers came in winning efforts — the medley relay team of Tanner Williams, Phillip Williams, Jacob Jones and Matt Loewen, which ran 3:37.16, and freshman Manuel Robles in high jump […]

Highlands cruises past Hounds

CNJ STAFF LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Center fielder Rich Janeway went 5-for-5 and drove in four runs, backing the seven-hit pitching of left-hander Lucas Spagnuolo as New Mexico Highlands rolled over Eastern New Mexico University 10-1 in non-league baseball on Tuesday. Janeway hit three singles, a double and a solo homer in raising his batting […]