I’m determined to conquer 5K run

Saturday was my second 5K race. I hoped to erase memories of my 37:58, when I pulled up injured and saw other racers driving home while I was still running/walking. Mark Bussen, a coach at Clovis High School, reassured me by saying, “That’s better than everybody who didn’t show up.” Calming words, but they didn’t […]

Rio Rancho dominates Clovis Invitational

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Justin Kyle was the top finisher for the Wildcats in Friday’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. Kyle’s time of 18:01 was good for 17th. Jacob Lozano of Hobbs was the winner with a time of 15:47. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the sun peeked out from scattered clouds […]

Team looks to fill holes

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CnJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School cross-country coach Mark Bussen leads the varsity boys team during practice Wednesday afternoon at Ned Houk Park. The team opens the season with the Clovis Invitational, set for 3 p.m. Friday at Ned Houk Park. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Clovis High girls got close […]

Lady Cats ready to start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray used a camp-type setting last week to get a jump on the season. Ray, beginning his eighth season as the Lady Wildcats’ coach, entered Monday’s first day of practice having a fair read on his squad. “When you’ve had them for the better […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats’ Schenck ninth at state meet

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Try as they might, Clovis High’s girls couldn’t make up for the loss of their top runner on Saturday. With sophomore Caitlin Waters still recovering from walking pneumonia and limited to the role of spectator, the Lady Wildcats finished eighth with 199 points in Class 5A state competition hosted by […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats’ top runner unable to compete at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen had high hopes his girls squad could win a Class 5A state championship, or at least finish in the top three and win a trophy. But with top runner Caitlin Waters still recovering from a bout with walking pneumonia, Bussen said the […]

Clovis places second at District 4-5A meet

CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — The team scores in Friday’s District 4-5A cross country meet look almost like carbon copies. Host Carlsbad finished first, Clovis High was second and Hobbs third in all four divisions — boys and girls varsity and junior varsity. And the team totals were nearly identical. In both the varsity boys and […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats drop heartbreaker

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Clovis High’s Juan Gonzales, left, battles for possession of the ball with Carlsbad’s Wesley Burnett during Wednesday’s District 4-5A boys soccer match at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With their best record in years, the Clovis High boys soccer team entered District 4-5A competition with high […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: CHS sweeps varsity crowns in own meet

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Senior James Chavez helped Clovis High’s boys win their own cross country invitational on Saturday at Ned Houk Park, leading the Wildcats with a fourth-place individual finish in a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Caitlin Waters was perfectly happy to let […]

CHS hosts cross country invitational

CNJ staff Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen would like to see his teams ready to go for today’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. To that end, he cut back on workouts this week for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. “I’ve rested the kids a little,” Bussen said. “We’ve been working hard for […]