CHS FOOTBALL: NMAA’s seedings in 5A playoffs on hold

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats will have to wait a little longer to find out their seeding in the Class 5A state football playoffs. The parents of 19 Las Cruces High players have filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Activities Association, according to a press release by the NMAA. Clovis […]

NMAA hopes 8-man football creates interest

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer With eight-man football starting next fall, the New Mexico Activities Association is hoping to get more schools and more players involved. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal, who has won two six-man titles in nine, said he just hopes his quarterbacks can remember the new rules. “The hardest part is gonna […]

Yucca girl tries out for CHS baseball

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Yucca Junior High eight-grader Cerra Yohner takes ground ball practice Thursday at Bell Park as she tries out for the Clovis High School baseball team. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor An eighth-grade girl with aspirations to play professional baseball tried out for the Clovis Wildcats C team on Thursday, two […]

Top stories: Martinez seeks new challenge

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent He was there along with much of the town of Fort Sumner when the school grabbed a high school state volleyball championship in mid-November. Less than a week later, he was on the field as a football title was handed out in Eastern New Mexico. But, no, it wasn’t quite […]

Latest realigment plan eliminates bi-districts

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High is expected to lose two teams in its district if the latest athletic alignments are approved Wednesday by the New Mexico Activities Association’s Board of Directors. The new 5A alignment would put Clovis in District 4 with Hobbs and Carlsbad, a change prompted by excessive travel time […]

Martinez ready to take on new challenge

Don’t expect Fort Sumner’s Mario Martinez to do a coaching version of Michael Jordan and make a comeback any time soon. The longtime the Foxes football and boys track coach recently accepted a position as assistant director of men’s athletics for the New Mexico Activities Association. The NMAA is expected to formally approve the hiring […]

NMAA focused on rebuilding image

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Neil Nuttall talks about the upcoming challenges that he is going to face as president of the NMAA board of directors. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White The state’s governing body for high school athletics has an image problem, according to the organization’s newly elected board president. Clovis Schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall said financial […]

NMAA realigns small classes

By Eric Butler The New Mexico Activities Association has scrapped its controversial alignment for prep athletics. Class 1A and 2A will be realigned for the 2004-05 school year. The larger schools will be realigned the following year. The new alignment-classification plan approved by the NMAA’s board of directors Wednesday is similar to one in Montana […]

Clovis Christian denied eligibility extension

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS CHRISTIAN’S ATTEMPTS to gain accreditation and full membership in the New Mexico Activities Association are still ongoing. CCS, which became a probationary member of the NMAA in the 2001-02 school year, wasn’t able to meet a May 1 deadline implemented last year for accreditation and thus remains ineligible for postseason competition […]