Prep football: Cats roll

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Clovis Jonathan Sweet tackles Las Cruces’ K.D. Davies during the second half of their Class 5A first round playoff game Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tanner Fickling took the handoff from quarterback Devin Sweet and appeared startled for a moment. With nothing but open spaces […]

Baskett burns Rebels as UNM wins opener

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By Rick White: CNJ managing editor ALBUQUERQUE — It was supposed to be a post route. But Hank Baskett noticed the cornerback shading him to the inside, and instead of cutting toward the middle, kept running straight. Sitting in the pocket, New Mexico quarterback Kole McKamey spotted the adjustment and lofted a high spiral toward […]

Rams pull away from Tularosa

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TULAROSA — With a lucky break in the first half and solid play in the second, Portales was able to return home Friday night with a 26-6 win over Tularosa. A Michael Silva run put the Wildcats (0-2) up 6-0, and it would stay that way untill the final […]

Cats get untracked against Pampa

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Clovis High’s Brian Mead rushed for 196 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns, including a 87-yard kickoff return, in the Wildcats’ 34-13 win over Pampa (Texas) on Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After struggling last week against Mayfield, it took Clovis High’s […]

Wildcats ride big plays

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — For the first time against live opposition, the Clovis High football team generally got a passing grade in Friday’s scrimmage against Las Cruces High at the Wool Bowl. The Cats’ No. 1 offense scored four touchdowns while Las Cruces tallied twice. The Bulldawgs also got a score […]

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, […]

Not so special teams: Indians keep playoff hopes alive at expense of Hounds

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State linebacker Fred Moore partially blocked two Eastern New Mexico University punts, helping set up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns that lifted the Indians to a 34-20 Lone Star Conference South Division victory on Saturday. MSU (7-2, 4-1 South) took over second place in the division from the […]

Clovis determined not to overlook Matadors

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Clovis High School senior Elliott Hita drops back on defense during practice Thursday at the high school. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Overconfidence shouldn’t be a problem this week for the Clovis Wildcats even though they’re playing a Sandia team with two wins and more sophomore starters than seniors. […]

Big plays undo Steers

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Farwell sophomore Derrick Chandler is hit by Sudan senior Freddy Perez as he catches a pass during the first quarter of Friday’s game in Sudan. Chandler held on to the ball for a completion, but Farwell lost 27-8. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kl John Eisel SUDAN, Texas — On Sudan’s first play from scrimmage Friday […]

Mules turn thoroughbred

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Muleshoe’s defense is allowing an average of 154 yards per game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisler: CNJ sports writer MULESHOE — Muleshoe coach David Wood said he may have had a defense as good as this year’s, but not one that was faster. With a swarming mentality and speed at every position, the […]

ENMU does Coward classic ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anne Beck, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” said she chose the play to bring laughter to people in a time when the national landscape is intense. “Because it was a comedy, I thought it would be appropriate and needed,” she said. Her reasons for […]

Texico hammers Tucumcari

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Texico senior Chris Phillips runs around the end as he heads toward the end zone during the first half of Firday’s game against Tucumcari in Texico. Texico defeated Tucumcari 48-7. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Defending Class 1A state champion Texico continues to beat up on the big boys. […]

Prep football: Cats blank Goddard

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams is tackled by Goddard’s Josh Nine during Friday’s game at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (Roswell Daily Record: Andrew Kroeckel.) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — It was a story of two defenses and two defensive philosophies. The difference was Goddard’s aggressive, stunting defensive scheme worked for about a […]

Cats seeking .500

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Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus sends in a play with senior wide receiver Elliott Hita during last week’s win over Rio Rancho. Clovis plays longtime rival Goddard tonight in Roswell. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Momentum has been as elusive for the Clovis Wildcats as a scrambling Michael Vick, with an […]

Cats feeling at home again

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Clovis senior running back Phillip Williams had a career rushing night against Rio Rancho, finishing with 275 yards and two touchdowns in Friday’s 28-21 Wildcat win at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo by Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor He didn’t like the idea of losing the battle of star running backs named […]

La Cueva puts it to Cats late

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Clovis junior Tanner Fickling tries to turn the corner on La Cueva senior Frankie Baca during the third quarter of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis forced La Cueva to do some things it hadn’t done so far this season — such as […]

Diverse Drama: ENMU diversity festival offers entertainment and ideas

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Chris Chavez (Right),plays the main character in the play “Straightening Out” and senior Ryan Cook , playis Dr. J. Belanski, the author of the book in this scene.”Straightening Out” is one of four plays in the t By Tova Fruchman: CNJ staff writer Some Eastern New Mexico University students have […]

Farwell beats up on county big brother

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Farwell sophomore wide receiver Brett Howard yanks the ball away from Friona cornerback Juan Reyes in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Farwell went on to beat the Chieftains 28-10 on Friday in Friona. (Staff photo by Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor FRIONA — Rowdy Mitchell figured with […]

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 […]

Basketball still in blood of Wildcat alumni

By Rick White Tony Aburto’s passion for the game of basketball still burns. Aburto, who played for the Clovis High Wildcats in 1995-96, said he plays three to four times a week, and in 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 tournaments whenever he gets a chance. A collections officer in town, the 6-foot-8 Aburto is one of 14 […]