Littlefield roughs up Rams

Freedom Newspapers LITTLEFIELD, Texas — Portales’ preseason scrimmage at Littlefield saw the Rams somewhat overmatched Friday against the host Wildcats. Littlefield scored once during a 15-play set, once during a 10-play set and three times in game-type possessions against the Rams. Portales couldn’t muster a score under the same conditions, but got the ball inside […]

Lady Rams hungry for another shot at state

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Portales senior Megan Kabrick passes the ball during Friday’s practice. The Lady Rams open their season Friday at the Wildcat Invitational in Clovis. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For all intents and purposes, the next state volleyball tournament for Michaela Alexander will be her first. She hopes it will […]

Prep preview: Texico reloads for another title run

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Texico senior quarterback Zane Anderson shakes loosefrom freshman Brett Anderson Wednesday during practice at the school. Zane Anderson will replace Braden Vaughan, a four-year starter for the Wolverines. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Texico Wolverines have gotten used to playing in the state Class 1A championship game. Despite significant […]

‘Libero’ coming to prep volleyball

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. […]

Bulldawgs should give Cats test in scrimmage

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Clovis High senior quarterback Devin Sweet pitches the ball to a running back during Thursday’s practice at the high school. The Wildcats will scrimmage Las Cruces High today in Roswell. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s only the second full week of practice, but the Clovis High football team […]

Leeder passes 2,500-win mark as coach

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like a […]

Cats set to make move up

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Clovis high school junior goalie Josh Bussen clears a corner kick in front of junior teammate Luis Miranda during practice Wednesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fourth-year Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill thinks team chemistry could help the Wildcats achieve a spot in […]

Lady Cats seek return to success

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Clovis junior Siobhan Flatow, right, and sophomore Jasmine McDonald, hidden at left, attempt to block a spike during Friday’s practice at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Before they even started last season, Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray said the Lady Wildcats had two things going […]

ENMU’s backup QBs get chance

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With projected starter Michael Benton away for personal reasons, everybody else in the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback chain moved up a notch for Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the ENMU practice field. That meant redshirt freshman Brandon Dominguez got significant work with the No. 1 unit. “I […]

Newcomers could help Cats, Rams this fall

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Clovis High junior Rishard Matthews is playing football for the first time after his family moved from California to Clovis earlier this year. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Avid football fans are quick to notice when an unfamiliar name pops up on the roster of their favorite team. If it […]

Cats ready for break

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Clovis senior Brandon Cook makes a catch over junior teammate Keaton Howell Friday during practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The afternoon practice had all the crispness of wilted lettuce. After six days of two-a-day practices under the strength-sapping eastern New Mexico sun, the Clovis […]

White is double-trouble for Hounds

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Senior cornerback Corey White is Eastern New Mexico University’s only fulltime returning starter on defense. (File photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Corey White knows a lot is expected of him this season. After all, the senior cornerback from Lubbock is the only fulltime returning starter on defense for the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Vixens look to replace graduation losses

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Clovis Christian School practices Thursday at the school in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer You may need a program to know who’s out there this season for the Fort Sumner volleyball team. The defending Class 1A state champions graduated the bulk of their talent from last year’s 23-3 […]

CHS boys soccer team seeks quick start

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Clovis sophomore Juan Macias lands on his hands as he is upended by junior goalie Josh Bussen during practice Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If the Clovis High boys soccer team is going to have success this season, the tone could be set early. […]

ENMU volleyball team in rebuilding mode

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After making its first appearance in NCAA Division II postseason competition last fall, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team is in a bit of a rebuilding mode. Coach Mike Maguire, beginning his 18th year at the helm, welcomed nearly 20 players to the start of practice […]

Rush shaking off injury

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Clovis High junior Jennifer Gross (foreground) hits the deck as she tries to defend against junior Jordan Garrett during Lady Wildcats soccer practice on Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High junior Callie Rush is just happy to be back on the soccer field. […]

Richards to play again for Zias

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Elizabeth Richards, who left the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball squad last season, plans to return to the court this year for the Zias. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After a one-year hiatus, former Texico High School standout Elizabeth Richards is coming back to the Eastern New Mexico […]

Lady Cats buoyed by Hilburn, Blackmon

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Clovis High outside hitter Aimee Hilburn has returned to the Lady Wildcats volleyball team this year after skipping her junior season to concentrate on basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn decided to skip her junior year in volleyball to concentrate on the basketball season. Brittany […]

Cats begin two-a-days looking for faster start

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Sophomore backs (from left) Dominique Charles, Jaden Isler and Taylor Muse receive snacks from CHS football booster club member Bessie Lovern during a break on Monday’s first day of football practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez)Clovis High seni By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High senior Aaron Simon is changing positions in the offensive […]

New Mexico prep teams begin practice Monday

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two-a-day practices begin Monday for New Mexico football teams, although many coaches have decided to combine them into essentially one long workout. Clovis High, the defending Class 5A state runnerup, kicks off practice at 8 a.m. Wildcats defensive coordinator Darren Kelley said the sessions during the first week will […]