Cats clinch postseason berth

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Clovis sophomore Matt Ulibarri sprints out of the batter’s box after laying down a bunt in Saturday’s game at Bell Park. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Jason Seefeld struggled early in the field, and the Clovis High baseball team got itself in a quick hole. Seefeld, though, pushed the Wildcats on top for […]

Lady Cats take to road for big series

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Clovis eighth-grader Samantha Ramos takes batting practice Thursday at the Lady Wildcats Softball Complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Parity, it seems, is not limited to the NFL and other professional sports. Just like coaches predicted, the District 4-5A softball race is as wide open as an eastern New Mexico prairie. With […]

Clovis hosts Eldorado in crucial series

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Alamogordo’s Steven Hobbins scrambles back to the bag as Clovis first baseman Ryan Denton snags the throw from catcher Mark Replogle in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. CNJ photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner Clovis High’s District 4-5A baseball series this weekend against Eldorado at Bell Park boils down to a best-of-three playoff. […]

CHS teams looking to pick it up

By Dave Wagner The Clovis High baseball and softball teams didn’t get off to the kind of starts in District 4-5A play that they hoped for last week, but neither seems discouraged. Both have their work cut out, though, as they try to work back into contention in three-game series this weekend against Manzano. The […]

District 4-5A baseball: Carlsbad gets nod

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Clovis senior Mark Replogle has thrived in the leadoff role for the Wildcats. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Good baseball teams are as much a part of Carlsbad as its world-famous caverns. This season is no different as the Caveman are off to a 13-0 start heading into District 4-5A play behind […]

Clovis seniors all-district

By Rick White All-District 4-5A Boys First team Ervin Youmans, Sr., Hobbs; Daniel Faris, Jr., Eldorado; Rodney Ferguson, Sr., Manzano; Justin Pinckney, Sr., Clovis; Bud Willis. Sr., Clovis; Andrew Kabler, Sr., Eldorado; Benny Baeza, Sr., Hobbs Second team Dominique Easterlin, Jr., Clovis; Matt Galindo, Sr., Carlsbad; Tyrone Crawford, Jr., Eldorado; Mike Floyd, Sr., Hobbs; Chanselor […]

Lady Cats clip Eagles

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Clovis freshman Tori Northcutt drives past Eldorado’s Kristen Johnson during Saturday’s District 4-5A tournament title game. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Sophomore post Brittany Blackmon was unstoppable Saturday night. Blackmon poured in a season-best 30 points on 13-of-15 field goal shooting as Clovis High’s girls claimed the District 4-5A girls tournament championship […]

Lady Cats find home court big advantage

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Clovis senior Monique Walker battles Ty Como of Hobbs (front) for a rebound during Monday’s playoff game at The Rock. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Clovis coach Miles Watters was in the middle of a timeout when he noticed the eyes of his players start drifting away from him and toward the […]

Prep scores

Friday District 4-5A Boys Clovis 96, Hobbs 95 Eldorado 67, Carlsbad 34 Girls Clovis 52, Hobbs 36 Eldorado 47, Carlsbad 42 District 6-2A Boys Texico 70, Santa Rosa 35 Girls Santa Rosa 55, Texico 53 Non -district Boys Des Moines 78, Grady 40 Boys Des Moines 60, Grady 52 District 3-1A Boys Melrose 66, Floyd […]

Lady Cats keep pace in 4-5A

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis set up a first-place showdown with nemesis Hobbs with a pair of easy wins in the Duke City. Aimee Hilburn scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half and Tori Quintana added four 3-pointers and 14 points as the Lady Wildcats rode a big second quarter to […]

Cats relegated to third

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Clovis junior John Props drives past Manzano senior Jordan Parks as he tries to get to the baseline during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Eldorado guard Tyrone Crawford dropped an unexpected bomb on the Clovis High Wildcats Saturday night. After being virtually non-exsistent […]

Cats’ slow starts cause for concern

Rick White Of course Clovis coach J.D. Isler is concerned his team has lost three times in five games. But there’s no reason to panic, the third-year Wildcats basketball coach said. “We just need to keep everything in perspective,” Isler said. “We just need to keep doing the things in practice it takes to get […]

Lady Cats outgun Eldorado

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Clovis senior Tyisha Brown, driving to the basket against Eldorado’s Megan Hines, finished with a season-high 10 points off the bench. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Aimee Hilburn did a little bit of everything on the court, including helping a teammate reinsert a loose contact lens. Fouled on the play that jarred her […]

Boys 4-5A race up for grabs

By Eric Butler Starting district play three days later than everybody else, Clovis boys basketball coach J.D. Isler already has a slight head start in evaluating how the District 4-5A race might shape up. But one night of play among the other four teams hasn’t changed one of Isler’s basic premises: The district is still […]

Lady Cats get nod in 4-5A

Rick White The graduation of Hobbs standout Adrianne Ross has changed the dynamics of District 4-5A. Without a dominant player like Ross — or Clovis’ Cisti Greenwalt (1999-2001), the district girls 2004 basketball race appears more wide open than it’s been in recent years. District coaches are predicting a three-team race, with Clovis as the […]

Champion Cats, Carlsbad dominate all-district football team

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats used a well-balanced approach to win the District 4-5A title. Juniors John Props, Phillip Williams and a senior-dominated offensive line helped the Wildcats average better than 30 points this season while a defense keyed by a strong front five and a ball-hawking secondary resulted in two shutouts in four district […]

Friday prep scores

Staff and wire reportsFriday Football District 4-5A Clovis 31, Carlsbad 24 3 OT Class 1A Bi-district Farwell 25, Wheeler 6 New Mexico Belen 35, Silver 15 Cibola 28, Gallup 0 Clovis 31, Carlsbad 24, 3OT Highland 41, Santa Fe 8 Hobbs 12, Eldorado 7 La Cueva 48, Sandia 0 Los Lunas 21, Alamogordo 7 Mayfield […]

Eldorado sends Lady Cats packing again

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Until the Clovis Lady Wildcats figure out how to beat Eldorado they’re doomed to play on the road in the Class 5A state volleyball playoffs. Regular-season champion Eldorado completed a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 win Saturday in the championship match of the District 4-5A […]

Focused Wildcats breeze to 4-5A title

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Brian Romero led a 1-2 finish for the Wildcats. CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brian Romero wasn’t about to finish second — even if it was at the expense of a teammate. Pulling away from fellow Clovis High senior Matt Appelman in the final mile, Romero toured the gravel-strewn Bear Canyon Arroyo course in 16 minutes […]

CHS harriers seek 4-5A honors

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Clovis seniors Brian Romero (left) and Jeremiah Clark stretch along with their teammates Wednesday at the school before heading to Ned Houk Park for practice. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis High cross country coach Brian Stacy would gladly take a season-best effort from his boys squad in Saturday’s District 4-5A meet in […]