Cats begin two-a-days Monday

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Brian Mead returns for his senior season at Clovis High School after rushing for 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, helping the Wildcats reach the Class 5A state championship game. (CNJ file photo) CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats will be looking to reload when they start two-a-day practices Monday. Clovis graduated 18 starters from […]

Offensive line biggest concern for Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Second-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo expects around 86 players to take part in spring drills, which begin today at the ENMU practice facility. NCAA regulations allow for 15 spring workouts, including three in helmets and shoulder pads. The team will work most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays […]

Clovis seeking next AD

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ search for a new athletic director is in full swing and Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says it is going well. “We have about six to eight applications and we are expecting more before the deadline,” Seidenwurm said. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Current athletic director Dale Fullerton […]

Wildcats’ d-line faces another challenge

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Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch is second on the team in tackles. (CNJ staff photo: Chris Finch) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch has a simple technique for motivating the Wildcats defensive line. “Just keep screaming,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Finch. “That seems to work. Keep getting them […]

Lady Cats seek return to success

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Clovis junior Siobhan Flatow, right, and sophomore Jasmine McDonald, hidden at left, attempt to block a spike during Friday’s practice at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Before they even started last season, Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray said the Lady Wildcats had two things going […]

Texico well represented on all-state team

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Texico senior Braden Vaughan was chosen Class 1A First Team All-State at both quarterback and defensive back. (CNJ file photo) By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — After back-to-back undefeated seasons and a pair of state championships, it would be reasonable to assume that Texico coach Mike Prokop might be inclined to recline a […]

Two Wildcats picked for first team 5A All-State

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams rushed for 1,860 yards and 17 touchdowns. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Players and coaches for the Clovis football team said having two players named to the Class 5A All-State team was a testament to the team mentality that led to a state championship game berth. Seniors […]

Prep Notes 1-11

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis, Texico and Fort Sumner will be well represented in the New Mexico North-South high school all-star football games. Four players from the Class 5A runner-up Wildcats were selected for the South squad. Running back Phillip Williams, quarterback John Props, defensive end Jason Burns and defensive back Jacob Jones […]

State preview: Clovis game capsules

CNJ staff Aug. 27 Mayfield 35, Clovis 0 The state runner-up in Class 5A the last three years, Mayfield looked in playoff form in the season opener, pounding Clovis in a mercy-rule-shortened game at Leon Williams Stadium. “I’ve been playing (Clovis coach Eric) Roanhaus since 1980, and the shoe’s been on the opposite foot at […]

Hounds stay in house for new football coach

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor In his first public comments as head football coach of Eastern New Mexico University, Mark Ribaudo said he will work to continue the program’s success in graduating players and winning games. His only caveat: Win more games. The defensive coordinator for the Greyhounds the past eight seasons, Ribaudo was […]

Wildcats extend winning streak into playoffs

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Clovis junior running back Tanner Fickling stiff-arms Cibola’s Jacob Martinez during the Wildcats’ 21-6 win Friday. CNJ photo: Mike Linn By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Patience is paying off for Phillip Williams. It wasn’t an easy lesson though as the Clovis senior set out this season to prove he is the best running back […]

3 Cs appear to be class of District 4-5A

Eric Buter, CNJ CORRESPONDENT Not only do Carlsbad, Cibola and Clovis sit atop District 4-5A based on alphabetical order, the three schools mostly likely will battle for the district’s two playoff berths. The premier game of the opening weekend has a rematch of last year’s 4-5A playoff representatives when Clovis plays at Carlsbad. In the […]

Mules turn thoroughbred

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Muleshoe’s defense is allowing an average of 154 yards per game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisler: CNJ sports writer MULESHOE — Muleshoe coach David Wood said he may have had a defense as good as this year’s, but not one that was faster. With a swarming mentality and speed at every position, the […]

Hard-working Hound a plus on and off the field

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By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Being asked to play three positions in three years can take it’s toll on a player. Not Eastern New Mexico University redshirt sophomore Rodrick Chambers, who lets his faith in God dictate his actions. Recruited as a defensive end out of Sam Houston High School in the Dallas suburb of […]

Eastern QB battle heats up

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Jason Tezeno lunges forward for extra yardage at the end of a third-quarter run in Tuesday’s Green-Silver Game at Greyhound Stadium. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s quarterback job is Steven Hinson’s to lose next fall, but the diminutive signal-caller welcomes the competition. Hinson’s Green […]

Hounds have few holes to fill

By Dave Wagner PORTALES —Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott said the Greyhounds are in an unusual situation as national signing day approaches today — they don’t have that many spots available. ENMU normally signs about 22 players to national letters of intent, Elliott said, but will probably add only about half […]

Greenwalt, Lady Raiders spank Stanford

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Texas Tech’s Cisti Greenwalt, a former Clovis High standout, goes up for a shot against Stanford’s Kristen Newlin in the second half of Sunday’s showdown of top 10 women’s teams in Lubbock. Photo by Rick White By Rick White LUBBOCK — On a team with virtually interchangeable parts, Cisti Greenwalt gives Texas Tech the one […]

Texico finishes as unbeaten champs

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Texico senior Mark Peabody was one of two Wolverines to finish with more than 100 rushing yards in Saturday’s Class 1A championship game. Current-Argus photo by Mike Limm. By Dave Wagner LOVING — Texico finished the season unbeaten but not unchallenged. Locked in a dogfight with District 3-1A rival Loving, the top-ranked Wolverines scored two […]

Grad, student assistants integral part of ENMU coaching staff

Dave Wagner WITH FOUR FULLTIME PAID coaches, Eastern New Mexico University’s football staff is supplemented by graduate assistants Josh Lynn and Mike Connelly, plus a number of student assistants. Virtually all of them played at ENMU. “Probably one of the differences between our staff and others is the quality of our graduate assistants and student […]

Clovis shuffles football coaching staff

By Dave Wagner Clovis High School had some shuffling to do to replace a pair of veteran coaches. Randy Adrian had been the school’s athletic director for 12 years and was the offensive and defensive line coach when he retired in the spring. Dale Fullerton, formerly the principal at Marshall Junior High who has taken […]