CHS grad Lopez leaving Rio Rancho

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Rio Rancho High School football coach Phil Lopez has resigned, saying he wants to return to Texas to coach. He said Tuesday that he is a finalist for a job at a central Texas school, which he declined to identify. Lopez, 45, compiled a 29-14 record in four seasons […]

Rio Rancho tops CHS in final

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Clovis High’s Cade Wheeler catches the ball as Rio Rancho’s Ethan Gill slides back to first at Bell park on Saturday evening. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho coach Ron Murphy said he saved his top pitchers for the finals because he figured Clovis would be a tough […]

Cats host annual Invite

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior Jonathon Ware said the Wildcats struggled with team chemistry last season. Ware believes those problems are in the past as the Wildcats host the three-day Clovis Invitational at Bell Park. Clovis faces Hereford at 5 p.m. today in one of four first-round games. “We are just so […]

Cats host Carlsbad in district tourney

CNJ staff Clovis High’s boys are anxious for another crack at rival Hobbs in Friday’s finals of the District 4-5A tourney at Hobbs. Before they can do that, though, the Wildcats have to take care of business when they host Carlsbad in a 7 p.m. contest today at Rock Staubus Gym. The Cats (21-4) have […]

CNJ BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats hope to get back in action today

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s boys weren’t able to get right back on the court after absorbing their second loss of the season on Friday, a 97-91 verdict at Rio Rancho. A Saturday afternoon game at Sandia was called off to give the team a better chance of getting back to Clovis […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats rally to beat Roswell High

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Clovis High’s Ebony Bunton pulls down a rebound over Roswell High defenders Kimberly Ingram, left, and Brittany Thompson during Saturday’s game in the Milk Madness Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Struggling for offense most of the night, it was left to junior guard Ebony […]

Cats game at Sandia cancelled

CNJ staff The Clovis High boys basketball game against Sandia on Saturday afternoon was cancelled due to the wintry conditions. The Wildcats (15-2), who lost at top-ranked Rio Rancho 97-91 on Friday, are slated to return to action on Tuesday with a game at Borger, Texas.

Rio Rancho downs Cats for second time

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — For the second time this season, No. 1-ranked Rio Rancho beat Clovis in a high-scoring affair. Wildcats coach J.D. Isler saw positives in Friday’s 97-91 loss. “I told (his players) we might see them again in the state tournament,” Isler said. “They never quit, they never got rattled, and these […]

MILK COW CLASSIC: Rio Rancho edges Cats in OT for title

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Clovis High’s Layne Strebeck shoots over Rio Rancho defenders Daniel Steffensen, left, and Chris Newsome during Saturday’s championship game of the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High Wildcats have dominated virtually everybody in their path this season. Facing a team […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats blitz Tascosa to advance to finals

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis is fouled by Tascosa’s Ruben Solis as he attemptsa layup during Friday’s Milk Cow Classic semifinal game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After one half, host Clovis seemed in jeopardy of suffering its first loss of the year — in the semifinals […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats get finals rematch in Milk Cow Classic

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Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler watches as junior Bryce Hill, left, plays defense against sophomore Patrick Duffield during practice on Tuesday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys are hoping for a little less exciting matchup against Pampa than the last time they faced […]

Clovis falls to Sandia in tourney semifinals

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — The Clovis girls basketball team was taught a physical lesson on Friday, but it’s one that Lady Wildcats coach Miles Watters hopes will benefit his squad in the future. In the semifinals of the Mel Otero Invitational, Sandia knocked off Clovis 57-45 to move into the championship […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats romp into semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — It was a split decision for eastern New Mexico’s prep girls basketball teams Thursday at the Mel Otero Invitational. Clovis earned its way into the semifinal round with a 64-38 victory over Highland, while Portales lost to Los Lunas 33-24. For the victorious Lady Wildcats, the final […]

Soldiers welcomed home

CNJ STAFF A parade and ceremony are being held today in Rio Rancho to welcome soldiers returning to New Mexico from Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Washington, D.C., according to a press release from the New Mexico National Guard. The parade begins a 2 p.m. at the Sports Complex on High Resort, followed by the ceremony […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats’ Schenck ninth at state meet

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Try as they might, Clovis High’s girls couldn’t make up for the loss of their top runner on Saturday. With sophomore Caitlin Waters still recovering from walking pneumonia and limited to the role of spectator, the Lady Wildcats finished eighth with 199 points in Class 5A state competition hosted by […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats ride big night from Mead to win

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Clovis High fullback Manuel Robles lays out out Rio Rancho’s T.J. Harris (28), clearing the way for Brian Mead during the Wildcats’ 36-33 win over Rio Rancho on Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What happened: Senior running back Brian Mead rushed for three touchdowns […]

Church group protests N.M. funeral

Staff and Wire Reports RIO RANCHO — Members of a Kansas fundamentalist group that contends the deaths of U.S. soldiers are God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality showed up at an Army soldier’s funeral. Flags around the state were flown at half-staff Thursday as family and friends honored Spc. Alexander Jordan, 31, who died […]

Cats outlast Rio Rancho

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Clovis High’s Derrick Phillips avoids Andrew Mastriano after a second-quarter interception. Clovis beat Rio Rancho 36-33. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff For the second-straight week, Clovis was plagued by mental mistakes. At least this week, Clovis managed to escape with a win. Brian Mead rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Running backs could be in for duel tonight

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Junior running back Manuel Robles (32) has rushed for more than 100 yards in two of Clovis’ four games. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Manuel Robles and Marcus Williams are better known as track athletes — Robles is a two-time Class 5A state champion triple-jumper while Williams is the […]

Kemp, Dale

Dale Francis Kemp, 65, of Albuquerque, died Friday, April 14, 2006, at his home. Born June 11, 1940, in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Samuel and Jean Kemp, he married Tommie Ellen Hammack in Clovis on Aug. 26, 1961. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho. He is survived by his wife, of […]