Onate making its mark in 5A

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just three years ago, Onate High in Las Cruces won a state football championship, beating Roswell Goddard in the finals … in Class 4A. This fall, increasing enrollment pushed the Knights into Class 5A, where they’ve already earned respect as one of the state’s elite in any classification. “They played […]

Clovis buries Las Cruces with fast start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If the Clovis High defense had a complaint Friday night — and, mind you, it’s not a major one — it was that the Wildcats’ offense was scoring a little too fast. Nose tackle Randy Cerda was only half-serious when he broached the subject. The Cats needed just six […]

Cats host Bulldawgs in 5A playoff opener

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Clovis’ Jonathan Sweet sacks Carlsbad quarterback Nathan Clark during the second half of last week’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats host Las Cruces High at 7 p.m. today in a Class 5A first-round playoff game.(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer There were no playoff beards, shaved heads or […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats draw Las Cruces in first round

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats were accorded the second seed in the Class 5A football state playoff bracket released Saturday, and will host 15th-seed Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Friday. Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said Las Cruces is a team the Wildcats know well. “We are real familiar with them,” […]

CHS struggles in Las Cruces tourney

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — When starting setter Tarah Sweet went down with a back injury during round robin play, she took the Lady Wildcats chances of winning the Sweet Sixteen tournament with her. “We just didn’t play well without her,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. The Lady Cats went 1-5 in round robin play, […]

Lady Cats no match for Cruces

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Clovis’ Kourtnie Cole controls the ball in front of a Las Cruces player during the second half of their game Saturday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Improvement is a matter of perspective. Las Cruces beat Clovis 10-0 via the mercy rule at the Yucca […]

Wildcats ride big plays

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — For the first time against live opposition, the Clovis High football team generally got a passing grade in Friday’s scrimmage against Las Cruces High at the Wool Bowl. The Cats’ No. 1 offense scored four touchdowns while Las Cruces tallied twice. The Bulldawgs also got a score […]

Hess, Olive “Oley”

Olive “Oley” M. Hess, of Clovis, died Sunday, June 26, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born in Batavia, N.Y., to Arthur and Fannie Mullen. Family members did not release her age or date of birth. Hess moved to Santa Fe in 1956 where she lived until moving to Clovis in 2003. […]

Lucero, Agapito

Agapito Lucero Services: Have been held. Agapito M. Lucero, 54, of Fort Sumner, died Thursday, May 5, 2005, at his home. He was born on July 2, 1950, in Corona, to Alfredo and Martina Garcia Lucero. He was raised in Fort Sumner where he graduated from high school. He attended Clovis Community College’s automotive program. […]

Man creates art from dead trees

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Richard L. Gonzales carves a sculpture of a family of bears out of a tree stump at the Pow Wow Inn in Tucumcari. (Freedom Newspapers: William Thompson) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There used to be three large tree stumps in the Pow Wow Inn’s courtyard near the swimming pool. Now, thanks to […]

Lopez, Isaac

Services: Have been held. Isaac G. Lopez Sr., 67, died Thursday, March 3, 2005. He was born on July 7, 1937, where Lake Sumner stands today, to Maximiliano and Gregorita Lopez. He was raised in Fort Sumner, where he graduated from high school in 1956. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961 and […]

Jilek , Susanna

Services: have been held. Susanna Hope Jilek, 4 1/2 month, of Albuquerque died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at her home. She was born on Oct. 12, 2004, in Albuquerque, to Evie Marie Sullivan and Brook Anton Jilek. Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Cathy and Tom Sullivan, and Kay and Hal Jilek, all of Portales; great-grandparents, […]

O’Hara, Lucille

Lucille O’Hara Services: Have been held. Mrs. Lucille O’Hara, 92, of Las Cruces, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Cottonbloom Assisted Living Center in Las Cruces. She was born on May 13, 1912, in Bellville, Mo., to Rose Mae and George W. Davison. She married Sam McCaskell in the late 1930’s. They made their home […]

Prep scores 2-18

CNJ staff Prep The Associated Press Friday GIRLS Texas Class 3A playoffs At Post Muleshoe 43, Merkel 34 New Mexico Portales 55, Lovington 36 Santa Rosa 48, Texico 42 Elida 59, Melrose 53 Cibola 50, Carlsbad 38 Del Norte 66, Albuquerque High 46 Deming 60, Belen 28 Des Moines 86, Wagon Mound 24 Eldorado 48, […]

Engagements, Wedding, Birth

Wedding Norton-Ouellette Amber Jean Norton of Clovis and Mikael Daniel Ouellette of New Brunswick, Canada, were joined in marriage Dec. 18, 2004, at Central Christian Church in Clovis. Kenneth Broad performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is a daughter of the late Tracy Ford and Rusty Norton of Fort Pierce, Fla. The bridegroom is the […]

Corbin, Art

Art Corbin Services: Have been held. Mr. Art Corbin, 61, of Boles Acres, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. He was born on Aug. 20, 1943, in Portales, to Lorraine and Dale Corbin. He graduated from Causey High School in 1961, and attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland […]

Aday, Dixie

Dixie Aday Services: Have been held. Mrs. Dixie Jean Aday, 79, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on May 17, 1925, in Hollis, Okla., to Bessie and Claude E. Gamble. She moved to Clovis in 1925, when she was a few months old. She […]

Murrell, Arthur

Arthur Murrell Services:Have been held. Arthur Scott Murrell, 78, formerly of Las Cruces, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at the home of his sister in Clovis. He was born on June 19, 1926, in Belen, to Mary Davis “Mayme” and Joe T. Murrell. He moved to Clovis in 1928 with his family and graduated from […]

Cats looking for passing grade in scrimmage

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Senior defensive end Jason Burns (61) is expected to be an impact player this season for the Wildcats. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White Passes, passes and more passes. Short ones in the flat. Crossing patterns over the middle, and a few deep balls to keep the defense honest. Clovis High senior cornerback […]

Ortega, Nicolas

Nicolas Ortega Services: Have been held. Nicolas Ortega, 65, of Chaparral, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Las Cruces Nursing Center. He was born on July 1, 1938, in Anton Chico, to Emilio and Bersabe Ortiz Ortega. He farmed in the Clovis and Littlefield, Texas, areas for over 40 years. He had […]