Wildcats excited about depth in frontcourt

By Rick White Granted, it’s only based on a month of summer league games and a team basketball camp, but the future looks considerably brighter for the Clovis Wildcats than it did at the end season. One reason is the return of 6-foot-7 senior Tig Bunton, who re-enrolled at Clovis this spring after moving to […]

CHS track teams roll in rain-shortened meet

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Clovis’ Mark Gant returns the ball against Lovington’s Braden Johns during their match Friday at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — It’s out of their hands as far as winning team titles in the Cavern City Classic track meet, but Clovis High’s squads pretty much accomplished what they set out […]

A day to go low

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Clovis junior Guillermo Chavez chips onto the 18th green during the Clovis Triangular golf tournament Thursday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Chavez birdied the hole and won the tournament with a 70. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Guillermo Chavez’ timing couldn’t be better. With the district and state tournaments coming up in […]

Organizations 3/14

Grady Alpha Club The Grady Alpha Club met on March 2, 2004, at the Grady Senior Citizens with Maxine Grau and Margie Woods as hostesses. The program was bow making by Linda Brown. Katy McKechnie, president, called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m. with 10 members present. Prayer requests were honored. The Nite Owls, […]

Buffs, Broncos bow out in 1A boys meet

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE — Art Castro’s 21 points led Tatum to a 66-49 win over Melrose in the Class 1A boys quarterfinals Wednesday night. Tatum (24-8) advances to the semifinals Thursday against Springer (27-3). Tatum coach Curt Stephens said strong scoring kept his team strong throughout the game. ‘‘We really started pulling together after […]

Clayton rallies past Texico

CNJ staff CLAYTON — Texico led virtually all the way until the final two minutes, but the Wolverines couldn’t hold off Clayton and lost 49-47 Saturday night in the Class 2A Region B boys championship game. Both teams qualify for state competition and will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Albuquerque at sites to be […]

Texico wins big, but loses coin flip

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Texico senior Bryce Bailey drives to the basket past Santa Rosa’s Eric Sandoval during the first quarter of Friday’s game in Texico. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines weren’t about to let Santa Rosa guard Eric Sandoval beat them again Friday night. With seniors Mark Peabody and Garett Mayfield […]

Melrose sweeps Elida in District 3-1A

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — It’s been a while since the Melrose girls beat Elida in basketball. So long, in fact, that no one could remember for sure the last time it happened after the Lady Buffaloes rode 30-of-38 free throw shooting and double-figure scoring from four players to a 67-53 whipping of the Lady […]

Lady Cats’ posts leave Portales seeing double

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Clovis sophomore Aimee Hilburn shoots over Portales’ Morgan Hill during Wednesday’s championship game in the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Portales had no answer for Clovis’ inside attack. Twin posts Brittany Blackmon and Monique Walker combined for 34 points and 11 rebounds as Clovis manhandle […]

CHS holiday tournament capsules

CNJ STAFF Boys * The Los Lunas Tigers outscored Amarillo Tascosa 29-15 in the fourth quarter to beat the Rebels 71-61. Richard Davis scored 22 points and Isaiah Herrera 21 for Los Lunas (4-6), while Isaiah Garcia added four 3-pointers and 15 points. * Rio Rancho dominated the first and third quarters and cruised past […]

Cats pull away from Mustang

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Clovis’ Tizrick Phillips brings the ball over halfcourt against Mustang’s Gabe John during Monday’s opening round game in the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner The Clovis High Wildcats needed a little time on Monday night to work out the kinks from a nine-day break. With […]

Clovis basketball capsules

CNJ staff Boys Friday Moriarty (3-3) at Clovis (8-1) 7:45 p.m. Rock Staubus Gymnasium Radio: KICA-FM 98.3, KCLV-AM 1240 Notes: The first of two area games for the Class 4A Pintos, who play at Portales Saturday … Moriarty is coached Roswell native Randy Lykins, who said he tried to recruited former Clovis standouts Nelson Franse […]

Cats rebound with rout

CNJ staff SANTA FE — The Clovis High Wildcats rebounded from their first loss of the season with a vengeance. The Cats roared to a 22-0 lead after one quarter and had no trouble dispatching Los Lunas 63-24 on Saturday in the third-place game of the Capital City Invitational basketball tournament. La Cueva beat Clovis […]

Balanced Zias snap losing skid

CNJ STAFF EDMOND, Okla. — Junior post Loren Scarlett’s 3-pointer put Eastern New Mexico University ahead for good early in the second half and the Zias went on to beat Central Oklahoma 69-54 Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Scarlett led four players in double figures with 15 points as Eastern […]

LCU’s 3-point barrage dooms Hounds

By Rick White LUBBOCK — Turns out three was a bad number for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds. The Lubbock Christian threesome of Brandon Jones, Mario Muzurovic and Eric Sheets combined for 12 3-pointers as the Chaparrals handed Eastern its third-straight loss, a 77-73 setback Monday night at Rip Griffin Center. Eastern coach Shawn Scanlan […]

Steers take season opener

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Melrose sophomore Carlos Ruiz gets past Farwell’s Grant Gregory to score a basket in Tuesday night’s game at Farwell. Photo by Rick White CNJ STAFF FARWELL — Junior Tate Nichols scored 16 points and the Farwell Steers erased a two-point deficit after one quarter to beat Melrose 55-29 Tuesday night in the season opener for […]

Lady Cats beat Lovington

CNJ STAFF LOVINGTON — Clovis coach Miles Watters was pleased with the effort. The execution, he said, will come. Sophomore point guard Tori Quintana led a balanced attack with 17 points and senior post Monique Walker added 12 as the Lady Wildcats opened their season Tuesday with a 59-43 win over Lovington. “I think the […]

No. 16 Bobcats bounce Hounds

CNJ staff MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State, ranked No. 16 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll, stayed perfect on the season with a 90-82 win over Eastern New Mexico in the championship game of the 28th annual Ryland Milner Classic, hosted by the Bearcats. The Greyhounds shot a blistering 63 percent from the […]

Farwell girls cruise past Olton

CNJ STAFF FARWELL — Senior guard Kyra Christian hit four 3-point shots — all in a game-breaking 20-8 domination of the third quarter — as the Farwell Lady Blue opened the season with a 60-30 rout of Olton Tuesday night. Senior post Chelsea Meyer added 15 points for Farwell, which pulled away to a 24-17 […]

Appelman leads CHS harriers

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — Senior Matt Appelman led from start to finish and paced the Clovis High boys to their fourth team win of the cross country season in Saturday’s Hobbs Invitational. Appelman’s time of 16 minutes, 31 seconds over five kilometers was good for his third win of the fall and a considerably faster […]