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


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


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


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


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


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 […]