Top 10 stories: Texico wins second-straight title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer One of Texico’s biggest challenges to winning a second-straight Class A championship came from within. Battling expectations and the complacency that comes with thoroughly beating opponents, the Wolverines won their second consecutive title and continued a winning steak that now stands at 24 games. The Wolverines repeating as state […]

Top 10: Wildcats baseball makes championship game

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he became Clovis High’s baseball coach three years ago, Shane Shallenberger knew what kind of historical precedent that came with the Wildcats’ program. In essence, that was no playoff appearances in 40 years: Not when Clovis had an unusually strong team, not as a second-place squad in an off […]

Top 10: Loss leads Melrose to state title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The road to the six-man state championship was a long one for the Melrose Buffaloes. Along the way to the school’s second state title six years, the Buffaloes weathered a 16-hour round-trip in the semifinals and a snowstorm that postponed the title game four days. The Buffaloes rode the […]

Top 10: No. 9 Lady Cats make championship, win 27 games

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Clovis’ Jessica Hohn puts up a shot during last year’s state championship game against Mayfield as a senior. (CNJ staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Plenty of talented youth, a couple of determined seniors and a little bit of good fortune helped the Clovis girls basketball team nearly grab the biggest prize in 2004. […]

Wildcats coast into Artesia championship

CNJ staff Before his team left for the Artesia City of Champions Classic, Clovis coach J.D. Isler wasn’t sure how much he would get out of senior Tizrick Phillips, who was battling the flu. But it was the Artesia Bulldogs who were feeling a little sick Saturday night when Phillips poured in a career-high 18 […]

Greyhounds hope to rebound after difficult start to season

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspaper PORTALES — It’s hardly desperation time for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, but coach Shawn Scanlan would like to see the Greyhounds get on track pretty soon. After winning back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division titles, ENMU has battled injuries and a fairly challenging early schedule during […]

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 […]

‘Believe’ makes great memories

By Cotty Chubb: Special to CNJ Editor’s note: Cotty Chubb, a producer of the “Believe In Me” movie filmed in eastern New Mexico this fall, recorded a few fragments of his memories of our part of the world. In his words: • The girls showing up on set complaining of soreness. Too much training? No, […]

Wolverines not looking back

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Texico High School junior Michael Johnson tracks the football during drills Tuesday at practice in Texico. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Even after winning a state championship in 2003, the Texico Wolverines feel they have something to prove. Texico coaches and players know that they will have a giant bulls-eye […]

Clovis grad searching for national title

CNJ staff Jason Seefeld is soon to leave for the University of Arizona, where he will be a member of the school’s baseball program. Before he goes, though, the Clovis High graduate is ready to help his summer team, the Lubbock Hubbers, try to win a national championship in the Connie Mack World Series in […]

Chavez struggles on final day

CNJ STAFF ORLANDO, Fla. — Clovis High’s Guillermo Chavez struggled badly on Friday’s final day of the 72-hole American Junior Golf Association HP Boys Junior Championship golf tournament at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Country Club & Lodge, shooting an 88 to finish at 318 and in a tie for 51st place. Robert Gates Jr. of […]

Roosevelt All-Stars take major division

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Clovis American left fielder Miguel Vega comes up short as he dives for a fly ball hit by Roosevelt County’s Iszak Valdez in the first inning of Saturday’s District 3 majors bracket championship game at Beachum Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Roosevelt County All-Stars rode strong pitching and just enough hitting […]

City champ wins again after 7-year long layoff

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David Gutierrez, of Clovis, finishes a drive on the 18th tee during the Clovis City Golf Championship on Sunday at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. He won the title with a two-round total 137. (CNJ staff photo, Loretta Kos) CNJ staff reports Some golfers are eternal pessimists. Dave Gutierrez won the Clovis men’s city championship […]

Bad quarter costly for Lady Cats

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Clovis senior Jessica Hohn (middle) reacts to a 57-49 loss to Mayfield in Friday’s Class 5A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Miles Watters paced the sideline like an expecting father. He called three quick timeouts in an attempt to calm his rattled […]

State tournament scores, schedule

CNJ STAFF Wednesday GIRLS Class 3A Semifinals (At University Arena) Portales 56, Robertson 46 Socorro 59, Pojoaque 54 Class 4A Semifinals (At University Arena) Farmington 61, Roswell High 53 Kirtland Central 41, Silver 28 Class 5A Semifinals (At University Arena) Clovis 56, Gallup 32 Mayfield 53, Rio Rancho 52, 2 OT BOYS Class 1A Quarterfinals […]

Lady Cats draw Gallup in state tourney

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS The Clovis High Lady Wildcats face Gallup at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico in the semifinals of the girls Class 5A state basketball tournament. Mayfield and Rio Rancho meet in the other semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The championship game is set […]

Lady Cats host Los Lunas on Saturday

By Dave Wagner The Clovis High Lady Wildcats have drawn Los Lunas in a Class 5A regional playoff game set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. Los Lunas lost on Saturday at top-ranked Las Cruces Mayfield 55-42 in the District 3-5A finals, the teams’ fourth meeting of the season. A couple of weeks […]

Area district basketball tournament pairings

CNJ STAFF (Seeds in parentheses) District 5-4A All games 7:30 p.m. Boys Monday’s game Carlsbad (5) at Manzano (4) Wednesday’s game Monday winner at Clovis (3) Friday’s game Wednesday winner at Hobbs (2) Saturday’s game Championship at Eldorado (1) Girls Monday’s games Hobbs at Clovis (playoff for top seed) Manzano (5) at Carlsbad (4) Wednesday’s […]

Friday area prep basketball scores

CNJ STAFF All Times MST Boys Fort Sumner 49, Grady 42 Capital City Invitational At Santa Fe Consolation semifinals Taos 57, Pojoaque 51 Pueblo South 69, St. Michael’s 33 Championship semifinals Santa Fe 76, Los Lunas 56 La Cueva 59, Clovis 47 Saturday’s games 7th place — Pojoaque vs. St. Michael’s, 1:30 p.m. 5th place […]

Cats beat Levelland, improve to 6-0

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Clovis senior Justin Pinckney shots over Levelland’s O’Marre Joyce. CNJ photo Erick Kluth. By Dave Wagner Levelland, Texas, coach Gary Bridges had no illusions about his team’s game against Clovis High Tuesday night at Rock Staubus Gym. “We knew we were in for a treat because of the Wildcats’ track record lately,” he said after […]