Clovis reaches title game

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn rips the ball from Rio Rancho’s Kiah Rotunno during the second half of a Class 5A semifinal game Thursday at The Pit in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not often at any level of basketball that you get two unbeaten teams battling for a […]

Mayfield tops Sandia; other tournament scores

The Associated Press Mayfield 78, Sandia 65 ALBUQUERQUE — Mayfield used its full court press and strong shooting to defeat Sandia 78-65 Thursday in the semifinals of the girls Class 5A State Tournament. Mayfield, which will play the winner of the Clovis-Rio Rancho game in the championship Saturday, hopes for a rematch to defend its […]

Rio Rancho stands between Lady Cats and title game

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Clovis freshman Ebony Bunton played in her first state tournament game in Clovis’ 44-40 win over Gallup on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats face Rio Rancho today in the semifinals. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho coach Bob McIntyre said it’s going to take a great effort by his team […]

Mayfield in sight for Clovis

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon rolls over teammate Vanessa O’Neal and Sandia’s Ashley Vigil as the three battle for a loose ball in the second half of their District 4-5A final against Sandia Saturday in Clovis. Clovis won 48-45. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Mayfield coach George Maya tried to avoid talking […]

Clovis gallups to state

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated for the second time in school history. The problem is defending champion Mayfield also finished unbeaten, leaving a newly created seeding committee with the tough decision of choosing the top seed in the eight-team Class 5A girls state basketball tournament. […]

2-25 Prep basketball scores

CNJ staff Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Clovis 63, Sandia 52 Santa Rosa 51, Texico 48 Fort Sumner 61, Melrose 43 Muleshoe 59, Pilot Point 51 Alamogordo 31, Gadsden 25 Artesia 46, Albuquerque Academy 44 Belen 52, Onate 51, OT Deming 70, Silver 67 Hobbs 66, Carlsbad 58 Lovington 49, Ruidoso 46 Mayfield 78, Los […]

State preview: It’s all about redemption for Wildcats

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Nick Maes (44) and Jacob Jones stop Highland quarterback Ian Clark for a short gain. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor There was no panic. No wholesale lineup changes. No tweaking of offensive or defensive schemes. Just a concrete belief in a time-tested system of hard work and discipline. But it […]

Clovis defense dominates

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats 15-7 win over Mayfield Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Slowly but surely, Clovis squeezed the life out of Mayfield’s offense like a boa constrictor on steroids. The more the Trojans squirmed, […]

Preparing for payback

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Clovis defensive coordinator Darren Kelley talks to the Clovis Wildcat defense Thursday during practice. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Jim Bradley and the Mayfield Trojans are feeling a little claustrophobic. With rain and drizzle blanketing the eastern part of the state for the better part of a week, the Trojans […]

Tucumcari police chief resigns

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Dennis Townsend has resigned as Tucumcari’s police chief, effective Nov. 29, Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose said. Townsend is on vacation and could not be reached for comment. The veteran law officer had faced heavy criticism in the past 10 months with residents claiming officers were harassing law-abiding […]

Texico passes tourney tuneup with ease

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Texico junior Lori Richardson spikes the ball past Santa Rosa senior Melissa Chavez during the second game of Thursday’s match. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer TEXICO — Texico freshman Bryn Mayfield provided the ammo. Junior Lori Richardson pulled the trigger. And a wounded Santa Rosa team hobbled out of […]

Clovis looking for improved effort

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Senior QB John Props and the Wildcats’ offense wasn’t on the field much last week. Staff photo by Rick White By Rick White The last time Clovis traveled to Pampa, Texas, for a football game Heath Parker said he was a sixth-grader chasing girls under the stands. Two decades later, Parker is still in Pampa […]

Mayfield humbles Wildcats

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Jason Burns (left) and Juan Gutierrez of Clovis stop Mayfield’s Seth McKinney for a short gain. (CNJ photo by Rick White) By Rick White Mayfield coach Jim Bradley lost track of time watching his second-ranked Trojans manhandle the Clovis Wildcats. With his team hogging the ball with a brutish ground game, Bradley wasn’t even aware […]

How Sweet it is

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Clovis junior running back Tanner Fickling can’t corral a pass in front of defender Elliot Hita during practice Wednesday at the high school. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ sports editor He comes from a long line of Clovis Wildcats. His brother Kane was an all-state Wildcat linebacker in the mid-90s and […]

Rogers, Douglas

Douglas Malone Rogers, 67, of Roswell, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was born on Nov. 15, 1936, in Melrose, to Woodrow and Pauline Rogers. He joined the Navy in 1955 and retired in 1981 as a recruiter and zone supervisor. He moved his family to Roswell in […]

Cats, West Mesa meet for berth in 5A finals

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Clovis sophomore Matt Ulibarri takes batting practice Wednesday at Bell Park. Ulibarri and the rest of the Wildcats take on West Mesa in today’s Class 5A semifinal in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner After seeing only limited mound duty for the Clovis High baseball team before this spring, senior Richard Urban has […]

CHS baseball team advances to state semifinals

CNJ STAFF LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, edging Las Cruces Mayfield 8-7 in a Class 5A regional game Saturday at Apodoca Park. After allowing an unearned run in the seventh, Clovis reliever Jason Seefeld retired the next three batters in order with […]

Cats dyeing to advance

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Clovis High senior Mark Replogle, center, came up with the idea that all the varsity baseball players should dye their hair blond. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Mark Replogle and the Clovis Wildcats baseball team are hoping it’s true blonds have more fun. Wildcat players bleached their hair blond this week in […]

Bad quarter costly for Lady Cats

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Clovis senior Jessica Hohn (middle) reacts to a 57-49 loss to Mayfield in Friday’s Class 5A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Miles Watters paced the sideline like an expecting father. He called three quick timeouts in an attempt to calm his rattled […]

Lady Cats fall to Mayfield in 5A finals

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — They came at Clovis in waves, bringing the Lady Wildcats’ record-breaking season to a crashing halt. Senior Ashley Gilpin fueled a decisive third-quarter run, leading Mayfield to a 57-49 win over the Lady Wildcats in the Class 5A girls state title game Friday at The Pit. Gilpen finished with a […]