PREP VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS: CCS seeks deep run in postseason

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Clovis Christian volleyball coach Ceil Boatman gives her team a pep talk during Thursday’s practice. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Before the Clovis Christian volleyball team even began practice this season, coach Ceil Boatman sat her players down with some paperwork. The questions were simple, with the main one […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Texico notches big victory

CNJ staff WITH THE FIRST GAME already under its belt, Texico faced 22-18 and 21-15 deficits in the next two games Saturday against District 6-2A rival Clayton. The Lady Wolverines, though, rallied to win both games against a team Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes is the best in district. The only losses this season for […]

Shorthanded Lady Buffs turn back CCS

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CCS sophomore Jennifer Schaap high to block a Melrose kill attempt during Thursday’s match at the CCS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Team chemistry can make or break success in any sport. First-year Melrose volleyball coach Sonja Moyer said most of her players have been playing together since […]

Lady Eagles senior wins individual title, team finishes second

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Clovis Christian eighth-grader Kyle Boatman tees off on the 14th hole during Monday’s District 3-1A/3A tournament at Chaparral Country Club. Boatman shot an 83 to lead the Eagles. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Mollie Peterson got off to a slow start in Monday’s District 3-1A/3A tournament at Chaparral Country Club […]

Local cheerleaders hold to Christian values

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Christian School cheerleaders recently danced, yelled and stunted their way to victory at the state sheer competition while remaining steadfast in their beliefs. CCS cheer coach Ginny Boersma said the young women chose a mix of Christian pop music to accompany them during their dance sequence. Staying […]

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 […]

Prep volleyball notes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said sophomore Bryn Mayfield is a clutch server. “She’s saved our bacon lots of times with her serves,” Littlejohn said. Her serving line from last weekend’s Mountain Top Tournament at Cloudcroft backs that up. She was 74 of 75 on serves with 28 aces. “She […]

Lady Eagles beat Gateway Christian

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Clovis Christian coach Ceil Boatman said when her team struggles, it’s more mental than physical. Outside hitter Tasha Daale recorded 10 kills and senior setter Mollie Peterson dished out 20 assists, but the Lady Eagles needed four games to finish off winless Gateway Christian on Thursday at CCS. “A […]

Lady Eagles fall in finals of own tourney

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Clovis Christian’s Tasha Daale, left, and Cristen Wofford, right, attempt to block a shot against Floyd during the finals of their four-team volleyball invitational on Saturday at CCS. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian advanced to the title match in its four-team volleyball tournament on Saturday before running […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Lady Spikers holding up well

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer YOU WOULD THINK THE Texico Lady Spikers might struggle with Class 2A all-state outside hitter Lori Richardson starting the season on the bench with an ankle injury. To put it mildly — they haven’t. They are undefeated in two matches into the season, not losing a game against Capitan […]

Clovis Christian junior wins tourney

CNJ staff LOVINGTON — Clovis Christian junior Mollie Peterson won District 4/1-3A golf competition Tuesday at Lovington Country Club, and she took no prisoners. Peterson, who had already qualified to represent CCS in next week’s state tournament in Grants, shot 85 for an eight-stroke margin win. “She’s qualified (a leg for state) in every tournament […]

Basketball prep notes

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer No, the score wasn’t a typo. The Clovis Christian girls really did beat Bible Heritage of Amarillo 69-7. Lady Eagles Tasha Daale, Sidnee Pool, Samantha Barnett and Tiffany Medeiros each outscored Bible Heritage by themselves. The Lady Eagles (5-6) were up 27-2 after the first quarter and outscored Bible […]

Clovis Christian topples House

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Clovis Christian School’s Brielle Mares hits the ball past House’s Kimberly Lyons. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In a match filled with long rallies and lots of dinks and digs, a scrappy and motivated Clovis Christian squad outshined House at home Tuesday night in its first ever district tournament match. […]

Slow start dooms Clovis Christian

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Clovis Christian High’s Andrew Hertel tries break the tackle of the New Mexico School for the Deaf’s Curtis Kelley in the third quarter of Thursday’s game at Jim Hill Field. (CNJ photo by Mile Linn) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent They stood patiently through the player introductions of both teams. Then it was a pregame […]

Shallenberger, Boatman among ENMU Hall of Honors inductees

By Dave Wagner Two Clovis prep coaches expressed surprise and gratitude for their induction with nine others on Saturday into Eastern New Mexico University’s Athletics Hall of Honors. Ceil Boatman, the volleyball coach at Clovis Christian School for the last nine seasons, and Shane Shallenberger, Clovis High’s baseball coach, were recognized with the others during […]

Unbeaten Farwell may get test

By Dave Wagner SO FAR, SO GOOD for the Farwell Steers. Off to a 3-0 start — and relatively healthy with a smallish roster — second-year coach Jacob Thompson thinks his team may face its stiffest test to date on Friday night at Sundown. “We need this,” Thompson said of the upcoming task. “We need […]

Clovis Christian coasts in opener

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis Christian’s Mikyhla Petty (left) and Mara Bell double team Gateway Christian’s Crystal Hernandez during Tuesday’s match at CCHS. Rick White A slight bout of opening-night jitters was about the only fault Clovis Christian coach Ceil Boatman could find as the Eagles cruised to a three-set win over Gateway Christian. Riding […]

CCS brings experience to court

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Clovis Christian senior Rachel Daale spikes the ball during Tuesday’s practice at the school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Veteran Clovis Christian volleyball coach Ceil Boatman thinks the Lady Eagles have the ability to improve on last year’s 10-7 record. CCS returns several regulars from last year’s squad, which opens its schedule at […]