Gateway Christian ends Elida’s tourney run

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Elida may well come down this road again. And so might the Tigers’ opponent Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Class 1A tournament. Two very young squads faced off at St. Pius high school in Albuquerque for the right to play for the 1A state championship. And it was […]

Texico one win away from championship

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Most Class 1A teams in the state tournament came in with natural concern over what kind of effective pitching they could drum up after day one. If Texico had worries, it wasn’t very evident in the performance of sophomore Theo Marez. Backed by another impressive hitting display, Marez […]

Wolverines roll past Dora into state semifinals

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Texico’s Logan Brown slides under the tag from Dora third baseman Tyler Wilhoit during Monday’s Class 1A state quarterfinal game against Dora at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — In just its fourth year of baseball, Texico has established itself as an early favorite in the […]

Opportunity knocks for 1A schools

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Texico’s Logan Brown slides in safely against Grady earlier in the season. He and the Wolverines face Dora at 10 a.m. today in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Several teams are taking advantage of the new setup for the state baseball […]

Robinson pulls upset; Wildcats finish fourth

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Tanner Fickling, left, helped Clovis take fourth in the 800-meter relay Saturday at the state track meet. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis senior Damian Robinson gave himself a little birthday present Saturday. He also helped elevate the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish in Class 5A state […]

Lady Wildcats third at state

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Clovis’ Caitin Waters, left, is congratulated by teammate Heather Malloy after the Lady Wildcats captured the 1600-meter medley relay during Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet at the University of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Darrel Ray had hoped it would be his Clovis High girls […]

Greenwalt may be playing in Los Angeles

CNJ staff It’s been a whirlwind few days for Clovis native Cisti Greenwalt. Thursday, she scored four points in an exhibition game for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA. Greenwalt, a post who led Clovis to state titles in 1999 and 2000, was cut as the Monarchs had an abundance of players at her position. […]

Muleshoe’s Withrow captures four medals

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer AUSTIN, Texas — Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow capped off her illustrious prep track career Friday with two gold medals and two silver medals at the Class 3A state track tournament at the University of Texas. Withrow won the high jump (5-foot-8) and 100-meter hurdles (14.75) and was second in […]

ENMU awards cross-country athletes

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Joel McMullen and assistant Matthew Gordillo have announced winners of the inaugural Mike Boit Award as the program’s runners of the year. Award winners for 2004-05, based on their placings in cross country meets during the fall, were freshman Jason Garcia of Alamogordo for […]

Clovis freshman Robles wins triple jump

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Manuel Robles doesn’t handle himself like a freshman. Sitting third with one jump to go, the Marshall Junior High student soared a personal-best 45 feet, one-half inch to take Class 5A boys state triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico. Robles’ effort […]

Monarchs cut Greenwalt

CNJ staff SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Monarchs on Friday waived centers Cisti Greenwalt of Clovis and Australian Hollie Grima. Greenwalt, Sacramento’s third round draft pick, played in two preseason games with the Monarchs. In a 72-70 loss Thursday to Phoenix in an exhibition, the 6-foot-5 former Texas Tech Lady Raider played 12 minutes, scored […]

Cats set for state

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Clovis High School senior Danian Robinson, left, watches as freshman Deandre Hunter gets out of the blocks as the two work on their 300 meter hurdles Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High junior Tanner Fickling says he’s sensed a change this week in the […]

Greenwalt still battling for spot in WNBA

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer So far, so good for Cisti Greenwalt. The Clovis native, who played in college at Texas Tech, is enjoying herself as she battles to make the roster of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. “Everything’s been going really good,” said Greenwalt, who was taken in the third round of April’s draft. […]

Dead heat in girls 5A track meet

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Clovis High junior Kim Perkins, right, running a 200 meter in practice with teammate Vanessa O’Neal, will compete in the triple jump, 200 meters, 100 and 300 hurdles at the Class 5A state tournament Friday and Saturday. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer When talking about Friday and Saturday’s Class 5A […]

Clovis bows out at state tennis tourney

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Patricia Gallegos pretty much had the same kind of day when the state singles competition got under way Wednesday at Albuquerque Academy. As in 2004, Gallegos won her first match before falling in the quarterfinal round. The Clovis High senior defeated La Cueva’s Janelle Otero 6-2, 6-2 in […]

Cats third in state 5A golf tournament

cnj staff BERNALILLO — Rio Rancho’s 11-shot lead on the first day proved to be too much for the Clovis High boys golf team and the rest of the field. Rio Rancho ended La Cueva’s five-year reign as state Class 5A golf champion on Tuesday, finishing with a 36-hole score of 620 at Santa Ana […]

Experience paying off for Ortiz

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Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz enters this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state track meet in Austin ranked near the top in his class in the 1,600 and 3,200. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Preparing for his third trip to the Texas state track meet, Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz has become […]

Gallegos looking for spot in finals

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Clovis junior Adam Quintero hits a return back during his singles match against Carlsbad’s Michael Ongaga Saturday at the high school. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Patricia Gallegos knows her work is cut out any time she faces Sandia’s Anna Surviladze — she’s never beaten her. She’d like to get another […]

CHS senior, Wildcats second at state golf tourney

CNJ Staff BERNALILLO — The Clovis Wildcats didn’t have the kind of day they’d hoped for Monday in the Class 5A boys state golf tournament at Santa Ana Golf Course. Still, the Cats are tied for second in the tournament with five-time defending champion La Cueva at 313. They trail first-place Rio Rancho by 11 […]

CHS sprinter Williams signs with UNM

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams signed to run track at the University of New Mexico next year. Williams is penciled in to compete in the 100 and 200 meters, long jump and 800 and 1,600 relays for Clovis this week at state.. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior Phillip Williams […]