Cats advance to title game


Clovis’ Josh Bussen, left, and Ruidoso’s Lucas Lindsey go after the ball during the second half of their game during the Clovis Invitational Friday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. Clovis defeated Ruidoso 5-0. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School won its first two games of the season, earning […]

Cats set to make move up


Clovis high school junior goalie Josh Bussen clears a corner kick in front of junior teammate Luis Miranda during practice Wednesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fourth-year Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill thinks team chemistry could help the Wildcats achieve a spot in […]

Prep soccer: Sandia blanks Cats


Sandia’s Kyle French rips a shot through the Clovis defense during the second half of the Clovis-Sandia soccer game Saturday at the Yucca soccer complex. French’s shot sailed high on the play. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer After Saturday’s game at the Yucca soccer complex, Clovis soccer coach Shaun Gill […]

Wildcats hold on


Clovis’ Scott Elliot jumps over the slide tackle attempt from New Mexico Military Institute Tevor Johnston during the second half of Tuesday’s game at the Yucca soccer complex. Clovis defeated NMMI 3-1. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel Going full-out for less than a half in soccer doesn’t always translate into victory. However, […]

Boys soccer: Seniors goal oriented


Clovis High school seniors, clockwise from bottom, Jesse VanKuren, Kendal Essex, Matt Loewen, and Michael Fernandez have been with the team and coach Shaun Gill from the beginning; enduring two losing seasons in the process. Staff photo by Eric Kluth By John Eisel They’ve endured two losing seasons, enough blowouts to cover a lifetime, and […]

Cats record perfect 10


Clovis’ Kiko Velez, left, and Ruidoso’s Josh Lynch race each other to the ball during their game Saturday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Clovis defeated Ruidoso 10-0. Staff photo by Eric Kluth By John Eisler: CNJ sports writer How much can a team get better in two weeks? How about seven goals? After beating Ruidoso at […]

Improved Cats grab second in tourney


Clovis sophomore Jayme Mauman battles Artesia’s Jose Ramirez for a free ball during Friday’s game at the Yucca soccer complex. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White The Clovis Wildcats nearly matched last year’s win total in the first weekend of the season. But Alamogordo scored twice in the first five minutes of the […]

Boys soccer: Wildcats hoping to build on solid group of returnees


Clovis High senior Michael Fernandez works on his juggling skills during a break in Wednesday’s practice at the Yucca soccer complex. By Eric Butler Three-win seasons have a tendency to temper preseason optimism. That’s why Clovis High senior Matt Loewen sometimes follows words like, “we’ve got a pretty good team” with a quick caveat. “Last […]

Cavemen race past Wildcats


Carlsbad sophomore Alex Bustos dribbles past Clovis freshman Devin Aragon during the second half of Tuesday’s game at the Yucca Soccer Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Carlsbad’s speed and relentless attack were too much for Clovis despite another heroic effort in goal by Dewayne Roberts. Packing all its goals into a 15-minute […]

Eagles turn back Cats


Clovis junior Matt Loewen and Hobbs sophomore Javier Perez battle for a loose ball during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Yucca Soccer Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Clovis High Wildcats are taking little steps in the right direction. It just isn’t showing up in the win column yet. The […]

CHS harriers close second at Borger meet

CNJ STAFF BORGER, Texas — The Hereford Whitefaces had just enough to edge out Clovis High for the boys Division II team championship Saturday in the season-opening Borger Invitational cross country meet. Hereford, led by individual champion Jesus Huerta (15:53 over 3,000 meters), finished with 53 points to 54 for the Wildcats. Amarillo Tascosa came […]

Cats slip past JV for fifth


Clovis eighth-grader Scott Clark (left), playing for the Clovis High junior varsity, battles junior Matt Gembrecht of the varsity for possession of the ball during Saturday’s fifth-place match in the Clovis Invitational at Yucca Soccer Complex. CNJ STAFF Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill said prior to the start of the Wildcat Invitational at […]

Cats gear for season


Clovis sophomore Andrew Schapp, left, tries to get past senior Gordon Canada during Wednesday’s practice at Parkview Elementary. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Clovis High boys soccer team hopes for a better start to the season — and a lot better finish. The Wildcats managed a split on the first day of […]

Cats think they’ll be better


Clovis High School senior goalkeeper Terrance Speice makes a save during practice Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Second-year Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill is confident the Wildcats will do better than they did last season. There’s certainly plenty of room for improvement after the Wildcats went […]