PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Quick TDs helped Cats romp

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer IT WAS FEAST OR famine second quarter for the Clovis Wildcats in Friday’s 51-12 rout of Sandia at Leon Williams Stadium. The Wildcats needed four plays to score twice at the start of the second quarter. After Clovis stopped Sandia on a 4th-and-2 at its own 40, quarterback Devin […]

Cats edge Hobbs in overtime

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Clovis’ Isaac Herman, left, battles Hobbs’ Leonel Rodriguez for possession of the ball during the first half of Saturday’s District 4-5A match at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Scott Bouley was the right man in the right place at the right time on Saturday. Finding himself […]

SATURDAY BRIEFS: Zias outlast Angelo

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior middle blocker Lindsay Schiely compiled 29 kills and Eastern New Mexico University rallied from a one-game deficit to topple Angelo State 30-17, 15-30, 21-30, 30-28, 15-11 in Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball. Schiely added six block assists and two aces for the Zias (6-10, 2-2 South), who […]

Unbeaten WT outlasts Hounds in overtime 52-51

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ENMU Jason Tezeno (4) leaps over West Texas A&M defender Don Hooks as heads towards the end zone during Saturday’s clash at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium in Canyon, Texas. (Amarillo Globe-News: Robin O’Shaughnessy) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer CANYON, Texas — The numbers were staggering — 1,183 yards of offense, 103 points, 14 touchdowns — […]

Unbeaten Santa Rosa handles Wolverines

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Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Inexorably, the Santa Rosa Lions were marching down the field. Four consecutive times following the opening kickoff, the Lions used their old-style single-wing ground attack to convert third-and-short situations, moving to a first-and-goal at the Wolverines’ 8. Then back-to-back illegal procedure penalties set Santa Rosa back, and Texico […]

Friday’s area prep capsules and summaries

CNJ staff Prep capsules Melrose 74, Tatum 35 Records: Tatum 4-3, Melrose 7-0 Impact: Melrose continues toward an unbeaten regular season Difference: Melrose outscored Tatum 30-0 over the last 11:28 of the game. Difference-makers: Tatum, Albert Castro scored all five touchdowns. Melrose, Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 400 yards and scored six touchdowns and […]

Carthel makes big splash in return to LSC

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When Don Carthel left the coaching ranks in 1991 after seven seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, it probably should have been obvious that it wasn’t out of his blood. His heart has never left the Lone Star Conference, either. A native of Dimmitt, Texas, and a resident of […]

ENMU, WT set for division showdown

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Don’t look now, but the two hottest teams in the Lone Star Conference are about to square off. And it’s not exactly the teams you would expect. Eastern New Mexico University invades Canyon, Texas, for a 5 p.m. (MDT) kickoff today to meet rival West Texas A&M with the […]

Artesia overwhelms outmanned Rams

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — With a shorthanded squad and a road trip to face one of New Mexico’s top programs, a moral victory was all most expected for Portales. The Rams got that, while Artesia took an easy victory on the field. With nine starters out with either injury or suspension, Portales was […]

Clovis runs past Matadors

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews, right, celebrates his third quarter touchdown with teammate Brian Hudson during their 51-12 win over Sandia Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jesse Wolfersberger It all starts up front for the Clovis Wildcats. Junior Brian Mead rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns and junior Rishard Matthews added […]

Lady Cats survive Hobbs in district opener

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn spikes the ball past Hobbs’ Lizzette Paz during the third game of Thursday’s District 4-5A match at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With their main rivals across the net and the District 4-5A volleyball opener at hand, the Clovis High Lady Wildcats were […]

Abilene Christian sweeps ENMU

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Senior Lindsey Martin went over the 5,000 mark for her career in assists Thursday night, and Abilene Christian posted a 30-26, 30-20, 30-17 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball. ACU (15-3, 4-0 South) maintained its hold on the division lead while extending its […]

Vixens top Elida in District 3-1A volleyball

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — In a game where neither team could take control, it seemed fitting that a setter ended up with the final blow. Fort Sumner made good on its fifth chance at match point, as setter Rita Herrera’s bump took a slow bounce off the net and onto Elida’s side […]

Wildcats’ d-line faces another challenge

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Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch is second on the team in tackles. (CNJ staff photo: Chris Finch) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch has a simple technique for motivating the Wildcats defensive line. “Just keep screaming,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Finch. “That seems to work. Keep getting them […]

CCC president gearing up for marathon

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Clovis Community College Interim President Becky Rowley lifts weights Wednesday at the college. Rowley will run in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer What can you do in three hours and 17 minutes? Becky Rowley can run 26.2 miles, and at Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, she is looking to knock a few minutes off […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Lady Rams winning despite schedule

Jesse Wolfesberger: CNJ staff writer The Portales Lady Rams are thriving no matter where their matches are played. Portales is 14-3 (2-0 in district) even though its had only three home matches. “It’s just how it goes,” Lady Rams coach Ruth Chavez said. “Next year we’re supposed to have bunch of home games.” Portales just […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Much at stake for LSC rivals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer EASTERN NEW MEXICO COACH Mark Ribaudo is unsure if the Greyhounds would have been ready to play unbeaten West Texas A&M in the second or third week of the season. Instead, the teams meet this week for the Lone Star Conference South Division lead in the Buffaloes’ homecoming game […]

Zias notch win over Chaparrals

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ENMU freshman Rhea Wortman places a kill between the defense of Lubbock Christian’s Ashley Dyer (left) and Noelle Christensen in the second game of Tuesday’s match at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Facing a fifth game for the second consecutive match, the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Cavegirls shut out Lady Cats

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Clovis’ Calie Rush, right, battles Carlsbad’s Lacey Nolen for the ball during the first half of Tuesday’s District 4-5A girls soccer match at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Playing one of the only two teams its beaten, Clovis might have taken its District 4-5A opener against […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Struggles continue for Texico

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer AFTER GOING UNDEFEATED FOR two straight years, Texico has dropped three out of its five games this season. “It’s hard,” Wolverines coach Mike Prokop said. “It’s been a learning experience for the coaching staff and the kids. We’ve been spoiled for so long.” A non-district schedule that includes three […]