CHS harriers open season at Borger

By Dave Wagner Brian Stacy takes over two distinctly different Clovis cross county teams. The boys team is senior-laden and experienced. The girls team is banking on youth. Stacy, who served as Mark Bussen’s assistant last season, is excited about both. “On paper, we have two phenomenal varsity teams,” he said. Senior Tyrell Northcutt, the […]

Lady Rockets break away from CHS in second half

By Dave Wagner Roswell Goddard let some early scoring opportunities slip away and went into halftime leading Clovis High just 1-0 Saturday in the girls season opener for both teams at Yucca Soccer Complex. That changed in a span of about 10 minutes early in the second half when the Lady Rockets erupted for three […]

Young Vixens think they may contend again

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — With no seniors on this year’s squad and possibly needing time to integrate two of the state’s top small school athletes into the system, Fort Sumner’s volleyball team has the makings of a powerhouse in 2004. But don’t forget about this year. The Vixens returns several key players for […]

Clovis shines in youth state slow-pitch

By Dave Wagner You could have almost called it the Clovis Invitational. Clovis-based teams came home with five championships in six divisions last weekend in the New Mexico USSSA youth slow-pitch state softball tournament in Alamogordo. In addition, the area took three second-place finishes, a third and a fourth. Overall, 17 of the 48 teams […]

Lady Cats get a look at 5A competition

CNJ STAFF LAS CRUCES — In the two-day Las Cruces Mayfield team basketball camp which ended Wednesday, the Clovis High girls basketball team got a pretty good look at some of the competition it will face in Class 5A next season in Class 5A. The Lady Wildcats ended their summer schedule by going 6-2. The […]

First-year Clovis coach no rookie

By Eric Butler Larry Jones Jr. has coached soccer before — just not at the high school level. He has coached girls before — just not at the high school level. He’ll get his chance to do both this fall after being named the girls soccer coach at Clovis High. Jones succeeds Tamara Spradlin, who […]

Power II surges late

By Kevin Wilson Saturday’s 12-and-under semifinal in the USSSA state softball tournament marked the first time that Power II had trailed all season. Judging by the outcome, the team didn’t like that very much. Lorne Garcia’s two-run, two-out single capped off a late comeback, giving Power II a 9-8 win over Spitfire and a spot […]

Girls getting into Soap Box Derby fever

By Eric Butler Tara DeWitt liked last year’s Clovis Soap Box Derby so much she recruited a couple of friends. DeWitt, 11, is one of 15 entrants in the 2003 derby being held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street near Yucca Junior High. While she was one of only three girls in the […]

Roybal out in Fort Sumner

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]

Two Clovis AAU teams headed to nationals

By Eric Butler One loss from elimination, the Clovis Heat beat the El Paso Comets twice on Sunday to win the 17-and-under division of the state AAU girls basketball tournament at Rock Staubus Gymnasium The 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats also snared a state AAU title on Sunday, walloping the New Mexico Magic All-Stars, 96-39, in that […]

AAU tournament kicks off

By Dave Wagner Basketballs will fill the air this weekend as 42 teams converge on Clovis for the New Mexico state AAU girls basketball tournament. Play begins early this afternoon with games in six age divisions — 17-and-under, 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U and 10U — scheduled for Clovis High’s Rock Staubus Gym, as well as […]

Girls to have firsthand experience in politics

By Janet Bresenham Six Clovis High School girls will have a firsthand chance next week to learn more about their country and its government, as well as delve into the world of politics. On Sunday, the students — who will be seniors next year — will travel to Socorro for a week to participate in […]

Clovis teams on a mission

By Dave Wagner The Clovis High boys golf team is on a mission — beat three-time defending Class 5A state champion La Cueva. Desert Lakes Golf Course in Alamogordo will be the site of this year’s 36-hole, two-day state meet. The Wildcats’ five players are slated to tee off between 8:30 and 9 a.m. today. […]

Muleshoe girls finish eighth at state

CNJ Staff AUSTIN, Texas — Led by sophomore Jessica Withrow, the Muleshoe girls track team finished eighth in the Class 3A state meet on Friday and Saturday at the University of Texas. The Lady Mules scored 24 points. Team champion Celina finished with 45 points. Withrow accounted for 20 points in three individual events, including […]

Clark looks for big payoff

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By Dave Wagner Texico senior Christina Clark is hoping her experience at the Class 2A state track meet pays big dividends this weekend. After finishing first in shot put, second in discus and sixth in javelin last spring, she’s ready to improve on that showing in the two-day small-school state get-together beginning this morning at […]

Bovina coach has high hopes for state

By Dave Wagner BOVINA — Boys track coach Tony Epps thinks Bovina sophomore Edgar Ortiz has a chance to do something pretty special in this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state 3,200 at the University of Texas in Austin. Actually, just getting to this point is quite a feat — only eight 1A runners from around […]

Reid, Chavez tie for title

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High sophomores Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez tied for the individual championship and led the Wildcats to the boys team title Monday in District 4-5A golf at Los Altos Golf Course. Reid shot 38-34 — 72 and Chavez 35-37 — 72, one over par, as the Cats posted a four-man […]

Reid hits 64 to win Clovis Triangular

By Dave Wagner Travis Reid had to hit challenging shots on the first and last holes. In between, the Clovis High sophomore was as perfect as the weather. Reid shot a 7-under-par 64 Thursday to lead Clovis High’s boys to the team championship in a triangular tournament at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. The Wildcats posted […]

Prep roundup

CNJ Staff ODESSA, Texas — Led by sophomore standout Jessica Withrow, the Muleshoe High School girls track team accomplished something this weekend which may have been a first at the school — win a regional team track championship. Withrow qualified in three individual events and anchored the Lady Mules’ 1,600-meter relay team to victory in […]