Still-dangerous Bears set to host Wildcats

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Clovis High School junior Rishard Matthews gets ready to throw a pass during practice Friday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor No motivational speeches are needed for the Clovis Wildcats this week. Here’s why. La Cueva is the top-ranked team in the state. They haven’t lost […]

La Cueva appears ‘human’

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The two-time defending Class 5A state champions La Cueva Bears still have the talent to add another title, but the graduation of a monsterly talented senior class has left the Bears at least vulnerable, according to a pair of Albuquerque coaches. Eldorado’s David Williams and Manzano’s Aaron Ocampo both used […]

Estancia posts win over Lady Spikers

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — A pair of teams expected to make a run for the Class 2A state volleyball team hooked up for a battle Tuesday night. And, no surprise here, it took five games to decide things between host Texico and Estancia. In the end, the Lady Bears took a 25-16, […]

Hounds test Bears today in opener

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University football team left by bus early Wednesday morning for the long ride to Arkansas and tonight’s season opener against Central Arkansas. First-year coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds will be shorthanded when they take the War Memorial Stadium turf in Little Rock with three starters suspended for […]

Clovis races past La Cueva; earns rematch with Rio Rancho.

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal scores in the first half of Tuesday’s game against La Cueva. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis relentlessly pestered, frustrated and ran by the bigger La Cueva Lady Bears, which led to turnovers, easy points and a 66-30 the Lady Wildcats win in the second […]

Big bad Bears repeat

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Seth Johnson the rest of the Bears limited Clovis senior Phillip Williams to 22 yards on 16 carries. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor In a locker room filled with the low murmur of disappointment and teary-eyed teammates, Juan Gutierrez peeled off his purple jersey and shoulder pads for the final […]

La Cueva’s dominance undisputable

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La Cueva senior linebacker Zach Arnett, left, can’t contain his joy after making a tackle in the second half. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva senior Zach Arnett said he’ll let others decide whether the Bears belong among the best football teams in the state’s history. La Cueva made […]

State preview: La Cueva chasing spot in history

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The numbers are staggering: • Eight shutouts. Only one offensive touchdown has been scored against them. • More quarterback sacks (38) than completions allowed (37). • Eight games scoring 40 or more points. • Twenty-five straight wins over two seasons. The La Cueva Bears are a game away from […]

State preview: La Cueva game capsules

CNJ staff Editor’s note: La Cueva game summaries were compiled from a variety of newspaper Internet sites, including the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune. Sept 3. La Cueva 49, Eldorado 0 New season, same stifling defense. Top-ranked La Cueva shoved Eldorado backward to the tune of minus 4 yards of total offense in an easy […]

State preview: Cats in spoiler role

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams tries to outrace Highland’s Ian Clark during Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. Williams has rushed for more than 1,800 yards this season. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva is out to complete a two-year unbeaten run sure to place it in […]

La Cueva takes 25-game win streak into title game against Wildcats

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Clovis defenders Jacob Jones, left, and Devin Sweet tackle Highland’s Jerrell Miller during the first half of Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Pete Herrera: Associated Press Frankie Baca could be the best running back to come out of Albuquerque in more than 40 years. Defensive […]

Texico repeats in Class 1A

By Jason Brooks: CNJ correspondent CLOUDCROFT — After the Texico Wolverines had finished their 35-7 pounding of host Cloudcroft in Saturday’s Class A state championship game, the players were busy passing around the team’s second straight blue trophy. “That’s traveling to my house tonight,” coach Mike Prokop reminded everyone. “But these kids have all earned […]

Texico chasing back-to-back state titles

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Texico has won 23 straight games, most in dominating fashion. The Wolverines enter the Class 1A state title game Saturday at Cloudcroft as defending champions. They’ve beaten Capitan and Fort Sumner by a combined score of 110-6 in the first two weeks of this year’s playoffs. Even with its […]

Clovis faces Bear of a challenge

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Clovis’ Terrance Walker looks for a hole as he breaks to the outside during practice Thursday at the high school. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A midget that tripped and fell backwards would still gain 10 times as many rushing yards than La Cueva’s first two opponents — which […]

Hounds draw stiff test in opener

By dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Portales — Clint Conque feels good about his Central Arkansas football team as it gets ready for the 2004 campaign, but says he’s not much different than most football coaches. “Every coach in America is optimistic at this point in the season,” said Conque, whose Bears face Eastern New Mexico […]

Texico sweeps Estancia

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Texico’s Mindi Roberts drives to the basket past Estancia’s Heather Thomas during the second half Tuesday’s game in Texico. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner TEXICO — Estancia and Texico were tied 2-2 after the first minute Tuesday night. After the second minute, the game was all but over. Behind pressure which overwhelmed the […]

The teddy bear dream part two

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew  Editor’s note: Last week, Amos dreamed about three small teddy bears in a barn, one with a scar across his heart, one with wrinkles and a lot of wear and tear and one with a forlorn face. In the dream, Elijah the little […]

Texico gains 1A finals

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texico linebacker Logan Brown jars the ball loose Cloudroft receiver Jacob Wikland. Cloudcroft recovered the fumble. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White TEXICO — Texico took the path of least resistance, straying away from its power running game often enough to account for three touchdown through the air in a 56-0 win over […]

La Cueva hammers Mayfield

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A powerful rushing attack, a tenacious defense and big plays at the right time. The big, bullish and still undefeated La Cueva Bears on Friday night added a new chapter to the playbook that southern teams have thrived on for years. Matt Quillen scored four touchdowns and quarterback Tyler Davis […]

Clovis falls to La Cueva

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — After relying on the long ball all season, La Cueva found another way to win Saturday’s Class 5A regional baseball game. La Cueva hit one home run, a two-run shot in the pivotal sixth inning, but mostly the top-ranked Bears relied on Clovis’ generosity in the field and on the mound […]