Lady Cats coast past La Cueva

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Clovis senior Vanessa O’Neal heads downcourt with a loose ball as La Cueva junior Marisol Romero pursues during Thursday’s semifinal game in the Plateau Holiday Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer It’s not often you get outscored in the second and fourth quarter and still win the game by […]

Mayfield eliminates two-time 5A champs

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Top-ranked Las Cruces Mayfield scored on a fumble recovery and a blocked punt Friday night and turned back two-time defending champion La Cueva 21-7 in a Class 5A state semifinal playoff game at Wilson Stadium. The Trojans (13-0) will meet either second-ranked Clovis (11-1) or No. 3 crosstown rival Onate (11-1) […]

Prep playoffs

Friday Class 5A Semifinals Mayfield 21 La Cueva 7

Texico first in pool at 2A state volleyball tourney

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales in Class 3A and Texico in Class 2A captured first place in state volleyball tournament pool-play competition on Wednesday, setting up today’s eight-team bracket quarterfinals. At La Cueva High School, Portales swept all six of its games — two games to 15 against three pool opponents — to earn the […]

Cats pull off major win over La Cueva

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Matt Ulibarri blocked his fourth field goal in four games in the closing seconds Saturday night, preserving Clovis High’s 10-7 victory over two-time Class 5A champion La Cueva at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. Despite that, the senior cornerback said he wished it hadn’t come down to that — the […]

Blocked FG seals Cats’ victory over La Cueva

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LBUQUERQUE — Matt Ulibarri jubilantly ran to the Clovis sideline, Diondre Hunter — with football in tow — ran right to the La Cueva sideline and, with less than 10 seconds to play, one of New Mexico’s longest prep football winning streaks was history. Ulibarri’s blocked field goal sealed a […]

Still-dangerous Bears set to host Wildcats

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Clovis High School junior Rishard Matthews gets ready to throw a pass during practice Friday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor No motivational speeches are needed for the Clovis Wildcats this week. Here’s why. La Cueva is the top-ranked team in the state. They haven’t lost […]

La Cueva appears ‘human’

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The two-time defending Class 5A state champions La Cueva Bears still have the talent to add another title, but the graduation of a monsterly talented senior class has left the Bears at least vulnerable, according to a pair of Albuquerque coaches. Eldorado’s David Williams and Manzano’s Aaron Ocampo both used […]

Lady Wildcats third at state

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Clovis’ Caitin Waters, left, is congratulated by teammate Heather Malloy after the Lady Wildcats captured the 1600-meter medley relay during Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet at the University of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Darrel Ray had hoped it would be his Clovis High girls […]

Clovis freshman Robles wins triple jump

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Manuel Robles doesn’t handle himself like a freshman. Sitting third with one jump to go, the Marshall Junior High student soared a personal-best 45 feet, one-half inch to take Class 5A boys state triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico. Robles’ effort […]

Cats third in state 5A golf tournament

cnj staff BERNALILLO — Rio Rancho’s 11-shot lead on the first day proved to be too much for the Clovis High boys golf team and the rest of the field. Rio Rancho ended La Cueva’s five-year reign as state Class 5A golf champion on Tuesday, finishing with a 36-hole score of 620 at Santa Ana […]

Tuesday’s basketball state championship schedule

CNJ staff Tuesday GIRLS Class 5A (The Pit) Quarterfinals Sandia (20-6) vs. Los Lunas (19-9), 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho (24-3) vs La Cueva (18-7), 1:15 p.m. Mayfield (25-0) vs. Highland (18-10), 4:45 p.m. Clovis (27-0) vs. Gallup (17-10), 8:15 p.m. Class 4A (The Pit) Quarterfinals St. Pius (18-6) vs. Silver (21-8), 8 a.m. Deming (24-4) […]

Place your bets on 2005’s top stories

By Ned Cantwell A pretty good year, was 2004, until a bunch of scumbags — and by scumbags we’re talking your basic media here — came along and made us read all those year-end stories. There was the best of this, the best of that. The top 10 here, the top 10 there. Even Dave […]

Clovis races past La Cueva; earns rematch with Rio Rancho.

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal scores in the first half of Tuesday’s game against La Cueva. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis relentlessly pestered, frustrated and ran by the bigger La Cueva Lady Bears, which led to turnovers, easy points and a 66-30 the Lady Wildcats win in the second […]

Big bad Bears repeat

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Seth Johnson the rest of the Bears limited Clovis senior Phillip Williams to 22 yards on 16 carries. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor In a locker room filled with the low murmur of disappointment and teary-eyed teammates, Juan Gutierrez peeled off his purple jersey and shoulder pads for the final […]

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 […]

Little to cheer about

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Clovis assistant coach Cal Fullerton, left, consoles Clovis senior linebacker Jason Burns after the Class 5A state championship game against La Cueva on Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor By the third quarter, groups of Clovis Wildcats football fans began funneling down stands and toward the […]

State preview: La Cueva chasing spot in history

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The numbers are staggering: • Eight shutouts. Only one offensive touchdown has been scored against them. • More quarterback sacks (38) than completions allowed (37). • Eight games scoring 40 or more points. • Twenty-five straight wins over two seasons. The La Cueva Bears are a game away from […]

State preview: La Cueva game capsules

CNJ staff Editor’s note: La Cueva game summaries were compiled from a variety of newspaper Internet sites, including the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune. Sept 3. La Cueva 49, Eldorado 0 New season, same stifling defense. Top-ranked La Cueva shoved Eldorado backward to the tune of minus 4 yards of total offense in an easy […]

State preview: Cats in spoiler role

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams tries to outrace Highland’s Ian Clark during Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. Williams has rushed for more than 1,800 yards this season. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva is out to complete a two-year unbeaten run sure to place it in […]