Wildcat fever catching again

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Clovis’ D&D Family Furniture is among many businesses with signs supporting the Clovis Wildcats. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Wildcats will play their first football game of the school year on Friday, but Roger Jackson of Ideal Auto Sales didn’t have to do anything to get ready for the season. […]

Lady Cats beat Portales in volleyball opener

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Portales senior Kelly Parkey tries to hit through the double block of Tara Ray (left) and Monique Walker during Tuesday’s match at Rock Staubus Gym. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner For a while, it appeared the Portales Lady Rams had Clovis High on the ropes in second game of Tuesday night’s volleyball opener […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]

Wolverines want more

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After two years as the hunter, the Texico Wolverines may become the hunted in Class 1A football this season. Fourth-year coach Mike Prokop has nine starters back on both sides of the ball, losing only running back-defensive back Adrian Loera and receiver-defensive end Landon Johnson from a squad which ran […]

Cats break out pads

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Clovis High School junior running back Phillip Williams cuts back against senior cornerback Chris Mondragon during Thursday’s first practice in full pads for the Wildcats at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler There’s a different sound to football practice once the pads are strapped on. The general noises of breathing hard […]

Hounds welcome 135

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott still looks forward to the start of practice each fall. A broken hip sustained during spring practice when he couldn’t avoid a collision on a play which spilled over the sideline has slowed Elliott a bit, but coaching football helps keep […]

CHS alums make return to field tonight

By Eric Butler A long time has passed since Skip Garrett has been in a football game. And maybe Garrett’s layoff itself won’t be considered unusual as Clovis High alumni gather for Citizens Bank’s Clovis Community Football Appreciation Day tonight. But Garrett’s last game wasn’t in the street in front of his house nor was […]

Private citizens not fair game for letters

By David Stevens Most letters to the editor received by the Clovis News Journal are published, especially when the writer follows the parameters outlined daily on this Opinion page. Letters must be no more than 300 words, they must be on topics of general interest and the writer must be identified. Letters may be edited […]

Break in the weather

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Austin Ware (82) and Zeke Wheeler (24) were among several Clovis High defenders involved in this play in a game last season against Hobbs at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner They’re all young, of course, but that doesn’t mean Clovis High’s representatives on the South squad in tonight’s 60th version of […]

Texico’s Loera set for game

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Three area players will get a chance today to add another win to state-championship high school careers. Dora graduates Matt Carpenter and Chris Rolston, along with Adrian Loera of Texico, are set to represent the South in the 25th annual Class 1A/2A North-South All-Star Game. The game is set for a 6 p.m. […]

Eastdale takes crown

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Clovis American’s Adrian Loya lays down a bunt attempt during Wednesday’s state 9-10 Little League tournament championship game against Albuquerque Eastdale North at Dickenson Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Albuquerque Eastdale North erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third Wednesday night, breaking open a close game en route to […]

Clovis falls into losers bracket

CNJ STAFF LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Clovis American League All-Stars ran into a tough southpaw on Saturday and fell into the losers bracket of the state 11-12 year-old Little League tournament at Keys Park. Artesia’s J.T. Bean scattered five hits and took advantage of some early scoring by his team in a 5-2 win […]

State 9-10 tournament begins tonight

By Dave Wagner It’s been a couple of weeks since the Clovis American League All-Stars have played a game, but coach Hector Vasquez says his squad has made good use of the downtime. American will host the eight-team, double-elimination 9-10-year-old Little League state tournament beginning tonight. Two games are scheduled for both American’s home field, […]

American Majors win

By Dave Wagner The Clovis American All-Stars received solid pitching and defense and just enough offense Tuesday night in posting a 4-2 victory over Clovis Zia for the championship of the District 3 Major League tournament at Dickenson Field. American finished unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament and advanced to state competition beginning July 25 in […]

Zia downs Roosevelt Co.

By Dave Wagner The Clovis Zia League All-Stars broke open a close game with a seven-run sixth inning and defeated Roosevelt County 9-2 Monday night at Beachum Field, advancing to the championship round of the District 3 Major League All-Star tournament. Ricky Sanchez drove in four runs for Zia, including three on a bases-loaded double […]

American Majors claim victory

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — It took only three pitches for Stephan Mills to make his mark. It took about 90 more minutes for the pitching to leave a lasting impression. Mills hit a leadoff homer and combined with Seth Baily on a three-hitter to top a similar effort from Joe Sandoval, and the American […]

Zia ousts Roosevelt County

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Quran Wiggins pitched a complete-game three-hitter, and Clovis Zia took advantage of Roosevelt County errors for a surprisingly easy 7-2 victory on Tuesday in a losers’ bracket game of the 9-10-year-old Tri-County Minor League all-star tournament at Rotary Park. Zia will play tonight against Quay County in a 7 p.m. game […]

Diddle to try hand at coaching women

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After 30 years of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle has decided it’s time for a change. The former Eastern New Mexico University coach has accepted the women’s head coaching position at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Diddle, who coached a national team in the United Arab Emirates […]

Madd Doggs charge to title

Dave Wagner Falling into the losers bracket with an early Sunday morning loss put the Hobbs Madd Doggs in a bind in Men’s Class E play in the 20th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic at Guy Leeder Complex. No matter. The Madd Doggs rallied for five consecutive wins to take the title, including 17-14 and […]

Wildcats gain revenge in summer league final

By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ’Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]