Cats ready for new district

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Clovis High’s Javier Todd gets away from a defender during a scrimmage in Friday’s practice. The Wildcats open their 2016 season on Tuesday at Lovington.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com If nothing else, the Clovis boys soccer team could be more in control of its own fate this season when it comes to Class 6A state competition. At times in the past, you almost had to win three-team District 4 with Carlsbad and Hobbs to qualify for a berth […]

New Mexico fishing report — Aug. 9

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake — Fishing was slow […]

Cats get through first week of two-a-days

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Clovis football coach Eric Roanhaus addresses the team at the conclusion of its Saturday morning practice at the school. The Wildcats will scrimmage Roswell at 5 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Longtime Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus gave his players a simple set of instructions during Saturday’s post-practice talk. Get rest, and don’t do anything stupid. The other stuff is proving somewhat more difficult, but Clovis didn’t have any real hiccups in its first week of two-a-day practices. “It’s been a […]

Wildcats progressing through first week

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David Vargas, left, prepares to brush off Antonio Martinez during a defensive drill Wednesday afternoon at Clovis High School.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com There are chest bumps and fist bumps, along with, “Yes, sir,” and, “No, sir.” There’s a constant heat, but a push to get through the final minutes because it’s the fourth quarter, and Wildcats don’t intend to lose any fourth quarters. Yes, it’s football season in Clovis. There are […]

Farwell boy set to compete in national motocross event

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Eight-year-old Allen Florez of Farwell is preparing to compete in a field of 43 this week in the age 7-9 Rocky Mountain AMA National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Staff report On Monday, one young boy will compete against a field of 42 others at the Rocky Mountain AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Allen Florez, 8, of Farwell, is in the 50cc Limited class at the championships.  At an area qualifier, he had to finish in […]

LSC FOOTBALL: Hounds tabbed for fifth in poll

Staff report ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University has been picked for fifth place in the now-10-team Lone Star Conference preseason football poll, released on Thursday. As far as fifth-year coach Josh Lynn is concerned, that’s all right. “Preseason polls don’t mean much,” said Lynn, who has gone 20-20 at ENMU. “The thing is, […]

NMHSCA all-star games played in Albuquerque

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Three members of the 2015 Clovis High football team participated for the South squad in Wednesday’s Class 5-6A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star game. The North All-Stars got out to a quick lead and rolled to a 38-13 victory. For the Wildcats, Dalton Hatley was one of three quarterbacks […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Zia 11-12 All-Stars ousted

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia 11-12 All-Stars had a rough weekend in state Majors Little League competition, losing to Albuquerque Eastdale 13-0 on Friday and to Carlsbad Shorthorn 13-6 on Saturday in a four-team, double-elimination tournament at Petroglyph L.L. Zia had just one baserunner, on a walk, in the loss to Eastdale, but […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Seniors bow out, 11-12s advance to next round

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia Senior 15-16 All-Star team saw its season comes to an end on Sunday, losing to Carlsbad Shorthorn 12-2 in the state Senior championship game played at Roadrunner Little League. Meantime, the Zia Major squad (ages 11-12) advanced to this weekend’s final four, again in Albuquerque, with a dramatic […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Zia reaches Senior finals

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — In tournament baseball, teams who fall into the losers bracket simply try to live to play another day. The Clovis Zia Senior League All-Stars were able to do that on Saturday, posting a pair of victories to propel itself into today’s state championship. Zia, a team comprised of 15- and 16-year-olds, […]

Q&A: Ex-CHS standout Hill still seeking chance to play

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Former Clovis High guard Bryce Hill (foreground) leaves a pass for a slam dunk by CHS and Texas Tech alum Jaye Crockett during Crockett’s basketball camp on Tuesday at Gattis Middle School. Hill is hoping to play pro ball somewhere this year, possibly in the Dominican Republic.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Bryce Hill left Clovis High as the No. 3 scorer in team history. He now sits fifth, since passed by Jaye Crockett and D.J. Blackmon. That’s probably the smallest change that’s happened for Hill since he graduated eight years ago. The 6-foot guard played college basketball for Jacksonville College, […]

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO: Wolverines heading north

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Shad Mayfield is one of two Texico High students, along with Hayden Hughes, scheduled to represent the area with the New Mexico team in the National High School Finals Rodeo, which begins today in Gillette, Wyoming

By David Norton Sports editor dnorton@pntonline.com A pair of Wolverines are going north, with national championship dreams in mind. Shad Mayfield and Hayden Hughes, both Texico High School students, are headed to Gillette, Wyoming, to represent the area as part of the New Mexico team for the National High School Finals Rodeo, beginning today and […]

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: Local teams playing at state

Staff report Three Zia League All-Star teams will represent Clovis this weekend in state Little League competition at Albuquerque. Two will be  in action at Roadrunner Little League — the 15-16 Senior squad and the 11-12 team. The 15-16 squad, which won twice last weekend to advance, faces Santa Fe at 8 p.m. today while […]

CHS rehires Thomas for softball post

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com After 10 seasons as Clovis High’s softball coach, Brandi Thomas stepped away from the position in 2014. Eventually, she realized just how much she missed it. CHS athletic director Dale Fullerton announced Wednesday night that Thomas has been rehired to the position, replacing Freddy Perez, who stepped down in […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Zia Seniors advance

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia Senior League All-Star baseball team checked off the first goal on its list over the weekend. Zia defeated host Roadrunner Little League 7-3 on Sunday to earn a spot in this weekend’s four-team, double-elimination state championship bracket. On Friday, Zia squares off against Santa Fe American/National at 8 […]

Zia cruises in state Senior opener

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Brendon Sambrano pitched five innings of one-hit ball for the Clovis Zia Senior League All-Star team, which defeated Isleta 22-0 Saturday in Albuquerque. Zia needs a win today to qualify for next weekend’s 15-16 state championship, also in Albuquerque.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia Senior League All-Star baseball team drew an early start in the opening round of the state tournament. Fortunately, the squad’s bats were wide awake. Zia rolled to a 22-0 victory over Isleta on Saturday morning at Roadrunner Little League Complex, plating 13 runs in the top of the […]

ENMU runners honored

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s cross country team had the top team grade point average among its Lone Star Conference competitors, according to a Wednesday release from the LSC. The team had an average GPA of 3.533. The conference also honored West Texas A&M’s men and Texas Woman’s for claiming the best collective […]

CHS schedules volleyball camps

STAFF REPORT The Clovis High School volleyball program will put on a pair of camps Aug. 1-3 at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. The Junior Wildcat Volleyball Camp will run 9 a.m.-noon each day for girls entering grades 4-6 who want to improve fundamental skills. The camp cost is $40. The Middle School Team Camp will run […]

Former Wildcat joins Braves organization

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Tyler Greene, shown in a 2012 game tagging out an Artesia baserunner, signed over the weekend with the Atlanta Braves organization. He is beginning his professional baseball career with the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Tyler Greene dreamed of playing professional baseball someday, just like any of his teammates wherever he went. This year, the former Wildcat figured out he might not be dreaming when he took to the mound for Southwestern Illinois College. “First game, I had seven scouts there,” Greene said. “I […]

Jaye Rock camp set

STAFF REPORT Jaye Rock Athletics will hold a pair of co-ed basketball camps July 11-13 at Gattis Middle School. A camp for players entering grades 1-6 will be held 8 a.m.-11 a.m. both days, with a registration fee of $55. There will be six separate sessions for players entering grades 7-12, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. and […]