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 […]