USSSA state softball: Smokin earns first championship

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Smokin hadn’t won a state softball championship since Priscilla Sanchez formed the team about 15 years ago, and didn’t expect to win one last weekend. The Clovis-based squad not only won the Class E title at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field, but went virtually unchallenged through four games […]

City Championship features close battle

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Albert Rubio of Clovis chips onto the third green during Friday’s first round of the Clovis City Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff David Maldonado didn’t think he’d played that well on Friday, yet he kept himself in contention in the Clovis City Championship tournament at Municipal Golf […]

Chavez shoots 76 in qualifier meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High grad Guillermo Chavez shot a first-round score of 40-36 — 76 on Tuesday in the first round of a United States Golf Association amateur qualifying tournament at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Golf Course. Chavez, who recently completed his freshman year at UNM, is in a three-way tie […]

Hilburn honored by Journal

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CNJ file photoAimee Hilburn was recently named the female prep athlete of the year by the Albuquerque Journal. Hilbrun will play basketball at Texas State University. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent To be a lifeguard, one has to prove proficiency in certain areas — swimming and life-saving techniques being the most prominent. You don’t have […]

State baseball tournament

The Associated Press Friday Class 1A Championship at Isotopes Park, Albuquerque Gateway Christian 17, Texico 13 Class 3A Lovington 7, Portales 6

Boxer wins Golden Gloves on birthday

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant Maybe it would have been a little out of place to sing Happy Birthday at a boxing event, what with the spit buckets and bloody noses and all. But Clovis’ Edgar Zubia did get a few birthday shout-outs directed his way after winning the 125-pound division at the state Golden […]

Milk Cow/Plateau tournaments

Milk Cow Classic

Cats win belated opener

CNJ staff ARTESIA — It was a little rough around the edges, but it’s a win. Five days after the majority of their players were playing in the Class 5A state championship football game, the Clovis High Wildcats opened their season with a 58-48 win over Lovington on Thursday in the first round of the […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Exceeding expectations

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Tanner Fickling has rushed for more than 800 yards this season. (File photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Despite a 12-game winning streak, Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said his team has yet to put together a complete game. “We still haven’t played a full four quarters,” Roanhaus said. “Hopefully that lays ahead of us.” […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Trojans pursue perfect finish

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mayfield’s Jim Bradley, still fiery after nearly 50 years coaching in high school and college, said he’s never gone into a season where he didn’t think his team could win every game. “Well, that’s not true — I did coach at New Mexico State,” he quipped. The senior-laden, top-ranked […]

Saturday’s prep football playoffs scores

Saturday’s scores The Associated Press Class 1A Football Championship Fort Sumner 14, Texico 7 Class 2A Football Championship Hatch Valley 54, Tucumcari 7 Class 3A Football Quarterfinals Hot Springs 61, Bloomfield 13 Lovington 28, Socorro 14 Class 4A Football Quarterfinals Artesia 49, Belen 7 Goddard 28, Albuquerque Academy 0 Silver 20, St. Pius 10 Class […]

Saturday prep scoreboard

Staff and wire reports Volleyball Class 2A Championship Ramah def. Texico 25-23, 25-9, 27-25 Class 3A Championship Portales def. 14-25, 25-19, 25-20, 21-25, 16-14 Football Class 5A First round Onate 41, Highland 7 Class 2A Semifinals Tucumcari 19, Lordsburg 6 Class 3A Hot Springs 72, Cuba 0 Lovington 80, Pojoaque 8 Robertson 52, Shiprock 6 […]

Clovis north: Former Wildcats help turn Robertson program around

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent If Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus is right, his son Chad is just as big of a Wildcats’ football fan as anyone in the state. “He’s a Wildcat born, a Wildcat bred and, when he dies, he’ll be a Wildcat dead,” Roanhaus says. Funny thing, though: Chad Roanhaus, a record-setting quarterback […]

Tatum sweeps Lady Cats

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Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow hits the ball over Tatum’s Amanda Parks during the championship game in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Rock Stabus Gymnasium. Tatum defeated Clovis is straight sets. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Tatum Lady Coyotes had no problems blowing through the 16-team field in […]

Lil Stars fall short

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Lubbock Titan Blast’s Jayce Martinez is tagged out at third base by Clovis Lil Stars’ Chelsea Faircloth during Sunday the USSSA national tournament at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Time ran out for the Clovis Lil Stars in Sunday’s championship game of the USSSA National […]

American beats Zia to take 13-14 crown

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Ryan Malone hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the bottom of the fifth and American went on to a 12-7 win over Zia Monday night for the championship in the 13-14 District 3 Little League all-star tournament at Brady Field. American finished the double-elimination tournament unbeaten, and advances to […]

CHS alum leads NMSU in conference championships

CNJ staff PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Clovis High alum and New Mexico State junior Robert Goff is tied for 13th place going into the final round of the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship. Goff led the tournament after round one with a 5-under-par 67. But he ballooned to a 9-over 81 in Tuesday’s […]

Saturday’s state tournament results

The Associated Press Boys Class 4A Championship Deming 71, Capital 67 Class 3A Championship Bernalillo 53, Portales 43 Class 2A Championship Mora 73, Pecos 58 Class 1A Championship Temple Baptist 74, Animas 64 Girls Class A Championship Fort Sumner 46, Des Moines 42 Friday Girls Class 4A Championship Kirtland Central 65, Deming 50 Class 3A […]

Referee Jennings retiring whistle

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis’ Brooks Jennings has been one of the most long-lasting and respected members of the New Mexico high school officiating circle. Jennings donned the black-and-white stripes for the last time Saturday in Roswell. Jennings, 68, is a former boys coach at Clovis High (1962-69) and a former athletic director at […]

State tournament brackets

CNJ staff Class 5A Girls Quarterfinals at UNM Arena Tuesday Mayfield vs. Highland, 4:45 p.m. Sandia vs. Los Lunas, 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho vs. La Cueva, 1:15 p.m. Clovis vs. Gallup, 8:15 p.m. Semifinals at UNM Arena Thursday Mayfield/Highland winner vs. Sandia/Los Lunas, 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho/La Cueva winner vs. Clovis/Gallup, 1:15 p.m. Championship At […]