Cats hold on late for win

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Clovis junior Jose Duran celebrates after beating New Mexico Military Institute goalkeeper Miguel Gutierrez to score late in the first half of Saturday’s boys soccer match at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Clovis High boys soccer coach Greg Trujillo is more than happy to be 2-0 so far this season, but he knows the Wildcats aren’t exactly a finished product. After a bit of an early shootout, sophomore midfielder Drew Kernan’s goal with less than 10 minutes gone in the second […]

Lady Cats look to still be a force

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Clovis senior Dakota Grummer tosses the ball for a jump serve during the third game of a scrimmage against Portales Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Grummer is one of three seniors with varsity experience for Clovis, which hosts Amarillo Palo Duro Tuesday.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Clovis High volleyball coach Gabe Apodaca has a relatively inexperienced team this season after the Lady Wildcats lost nine players to graduation. The Lady Cats, who open at home on Tuesday against Amarillo Palo Duro, still hope to be a force in the new Class 6A. Heading into the […]

RAMBLIN’ RICK COLUMN: Life of coach’s wife isn’t easy

Jody Wood was born into the life of a football coach’s wife. Her husband is a coach — Muleshoe’s David Wood. Her father-in-law was a coach. Her dad was a coach. Her dad’s dad was a coach. It’s not an easy life. This time of year they are part counselor, part cheerleader and full-time household […]

Wildcats hold their own in scrimmage

Staff report RUIDOSO — The Clovis Wildcats didn’t notch a win against back-to-back 5A champ Las Cruces in their scrimmage, but they held their own. The Wildcats were bested 5-3 in the regular scrimmage, but looked sharper in the goal-line situation as both teams scored five touchdowns on 10 plays. Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said […]

Defense sets tone for Rams

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Clovis JV quarterback Skyler Wadas applies the stiff-arm to Portales defender Jose Rodriguez during their scrimmage Friday night at Portales High School. Rodriguez eventually wrapped Wadas up for the tackle.

By Dave Wagner Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez had no complaints about his team’s defense in a five-team scrimmage on Friday at PHS — the Rams shut out West Las Vegas, the Clovis junior varsity and Eunice. Offensively, though, it was a bit different. “I thought defensively we played outstanding,” Ramirez said. “Offensively, […]

Roswell blanks Portales girls in opener

Staff report ROSWELL — Portales High’s girls held their own for a half on Friday, but Roswell High took control with three goals in the first nine minutes of the second half and pulled away to a 5-0 win on Friday in a tournament hosted by Roswell Goddard. The Lady Rams face Lovington in a […]

Cats to scrimmage two-time champions

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Clovis senior Jaquan Franklin chases down running back Juan San Juan during Thursday afternoon practice at Clovis High School. The Wildcats scrimmage Las Cruces today in Ruidoso.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus likes to tell his younger players that junior varsity is like driving to Melrose and varsity is like Albuquerque rush hour traffic. Jaquan Franklin remembers getting behind the proverbial wheel. “It was really fast,” the senior safety said. “I was surprised with how quickly it […]

NEWS & NOTES COLUMN: Eight-man football doubles in size

While the look of New Mexico football in most 11-man classes hasn’t changed much this year except for the number before the “A,” the smaller classifications — Class 2A and 8-man, in particular — will look markedly different. Eight-man has grown from about 10 teams last season to 18 this year. Some have come down […]

Hounds’ defense shows improvement

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Junior fullback Andrew Lopez is tackled by senior Conner Brinton during the Greyhounds’ Wednesday evening scrimmage at 
Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer BLACKWATER DRAW — There were plenty of logistical reasons the Eastern New Mexico University football team opted for a Wednesday night scrimmage. The Greyhounds have seven night games on their schedule, and the nighttime weather is more forgiving than a morning scrimmage with little cloud cover over Greyhound Stadium. […]

Lady Cats dominate Lovington

Staff report LOVINGTON — Ashley Gallagher had a career day, and Clovis High’s girls rolled to an easy 10-0 win over Lovington in Tuesday’s season opener. Gallagher had five goals, including the opener four minutes in and the closing goal in the 72nd minute, as Clovis outshot Lovington 25-0. Clovis coach Traci Sievers said the […]

Cats post season-opening win

Staff report LOVINGTON — The Clovis High boys soccer team was caught a bit off-guard when Lovington, playing its first match in school’s history, jumped in front early. Not to worry, though. The Wildcats regrouped to take the lead just before halftime, and a late penalty-kick goal from senior midfielder Juan Ramos finished off a […]

Hounds out of Top 25, but garner poll votes

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Aaron Johnson gets past corner Quavshaun “Q” Branch during Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds picked up 12 points in the preseason AFCA Division II poll.

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University is not officially ranked in Division II, but the Greyhound squad is at least in the picture. The Greyhounds garnered 12 points in the “also receiving votes” category of the preseason American Football Coaches Association’s D-II poll. Eastern, which finished 7-3 and claimed a share of the Lone Star […]

RAMBLIN’ RICK COLUMN: Area in football drought

Now that the drought that clutched the High Plains for several years appears to be lessening, it’s time to talk about another dry spell. It’s been three years since a team in the newspaper’s coverage area has won a state football title. The last time area teams went back-to-back-to-back years without a title, the Vietnam […]

Experienced line anchors Wildcats

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David Griego, left, blocks Derrick Brown during Saturday’s Clovis practice.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Even though they’re the biggest guys on the field, the biggest key to being a Clovis Wildcat lineman is to find a balance. Be aggressive, but don’t overplay. Be physical, but not dirty. Treat it like a fist fight, but don’t get into a fist fight. You know you’ve […]

Wildcats optimistic in spite of attrition

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Juan Ramos lets a shot fly in the half of the boys alumni game on Saturday night at Yucca Middle School. Clovis High’s boys open the 2014 soccer season on Tuesday at Lovington.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER The Clovis High boys soccer team lost about half of its regulars from last fall, but coach Greg Trujillo thinks the Wildcats have more than an adequate chance to be competitive this season. “I don’t think we’ll be as deep, so we have to stay healthy,” said Trujillo, beginning […]

Lady Cats will rely on defense

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Samantha Meza applies the brakes as she tries to keep the ball from alumni defender Erica Lewis in the second half of their friendly Saturday at Yucca Middle School.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER Most of the graduation losses from last year’s Clovis High girls soccer team came in the forward positions. Fourth-year coach Traci Sievers wants to make sure the defense is in place as the Lady Wildcats prepare for Tuesday’s season opener at first-year program Lovington. “We’re looking to have a […]

Greyhounds hold first scrimmage

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Senior running back Jordan Wells tries to turn the corner as defender Tim Foley reaches out during Saturday morning’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s first football scrimmage of the season on Saturday was probably about the way a coach would like it — some good things to talk about, other areas that need work. The Greyhounds, in full pads for the first time, went about 2 […]

CHS grad Crockett signs with Italian league

Staff report During his five years at Texas Tech, Clovis High grad Jaye Crockett had his share of international teammates who were dropped into a foreign country and navigate a new language and customs with teammates who were supportive, but limited in their ability to help. Now it’s Crockett’s turn, as a new signee to […]

Lady Cats look to end postseason soccer drought


By Dave Wagner Sports writer Clovis High girls soccer team has posted winning records each of the last two seasons, but failed to notch a District 4-5A win in that time. Fourth-year coach Traci Sievers is optimistic the Lady Wildcats, who haven’t been to the postseason since they were a Class 4A program in […]

Zias aim to prove they belong

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Karra Day, who led the Zias in assists last season, sets a ball during Thursday 
afternoon practice at Greyhound Arena. The Zias open the season Sept. 5 at the Lady Buff Classic at West Texas A&M.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Karra Day shouldn’t really be here. That’s not to say the 5-foot-10 setter doesn’t belong on the court at Eastern New Mexico University, where she led the Zias with 494 assists last year. Rather, the native of Escondido, California, wasn’t the target in 2010 when New Mexico Military Institute […]