Clovis freshman Robles wins triple jump

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Manuel Robles doesn’t handle himself like a freshman. Sitting third with one jump to go, the Marshall Junior High student soared a personal-best 45 feet, one-half inch to take Class 5A boys state triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico. Robles’ effort […]

CHS senior, Wildcats second at state golf tourney

CNJ Staff BERNALILLO — The Clovis Wildcats didn’t have the kind of day they’d hoped for Monday in the Class 5A boys state golf tournament at Santa Ana Golf Course. Still, the Cats are tied for second in the tournament with five-time defending champion La Cueva at 313. They trail first-place Rio Rancho by 11 […]

Sprinter leads Rio Rancho

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Clovis freshman Manuel Robles flies through the air during the long jump competition Friday during the Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho was fourth when Chris Williams took the baton in the final leg of the 1,600 relay. Disappearing into the shaded section […]

Clovis sizing up possible state contenders

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Clovis High School senior Jacob Jones, left, and junior Tanner Fickling work on relay handoffs Thursday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the weeks leading up to the state track meet, there’s a few chances for teams to size each other up. Friday night in Clovis is […]

Clovis seventh at Rio Rancho

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis scored four times in the sixth inning to best Santa Fe 9-8 Saturday and take seventh place in the All-State Steal tournament. The Wildcats (4-4) dropped a 12-2 decision to Cibola on Friday in the three-day tournament at Rio Rancho High. Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger wasn’t pleased with his […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tuesday’s basketball state championship schedule

CNJ staff Tuesday GIRLS Class 5A (The Pit) Quarterfinals Sandia (20-6) vs. Los Lunas (19-9), 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho (24-3) vs La Cueva (18-7), 1:15 p.m. Mayfield (25-0) vs. Highland (18-10), 4:45 p.m. Clovis (27-0) vs. Gallup (17-10), 8:15 p.m. Class 4A (The Pit) Quarterfinals St. Pius (18-6) vs. Silver (21-8), 8 a.m. Deming (24-4) […]

Prep baseball: Cats advance to championship

CNJ staff Two games, two easy wins. The Clovis baseball team advanced to the championship game of the season-opening Clovis Invitational on Friday with a 15-0 win over Santa Fe at Bell Park. The Wildcats opened the season with a 16-0 win over Fabens, Texas, in the first round game. Clovis sophomore Jonathan Sisneros went […]

Lady Wildcats crunch Rio Rancho for Plateau title

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Clovis coach Miles Watters prods his team to keep playing hard during Wednesday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent They tried to front the Clovis post players. They tried to play behind them. They tried to lay off the outside shooters. In the end, Rio […]

Wildcats three-peat

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Wildcats’ Dominique Easterlin shoots over a Rio Rancho defender during Wednesday’s championship game of the Milk Cow Classic. Easterlin scored nine points in the win. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Tigg Bunton scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Clovis Wildcats pulled away in the fourth […]

Holiday tournament summaries

CNJ staff Boys Tuesday Rio Rancho 69, Valley 68 The Rams earned another spot in the championship of the tournament by consistently holding leads of around 10 points until a late Vikings run shaved the final deficit to one. Rio Rancho (7-4) was led by senior Chris Williams (26 points) and freshman brother Marcus Williams […]

Clovis captures Otero crown

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Redemption is hard to come by when it’s at the home court of a consistently successful program. But the Clovis Wildcats triumphed at one of its few trouble spots from a year ago by beating host Rio Rancho 44-35 in the finals of the 5th annual Mel […]

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 […]

Wildcats wary of Rio Rancho RB

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Clovis junior Tanner Fickling tries to turn the corner on La Cueva senior Franke Baca during last week’s game. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Rio Rancho coach Phil Lopez plans to shuffle star running back Chris Williams around on offense like a three-card monte dealer, hoping to make the […]

Anderson, Thelma

Thelma Anderson Services: Have been held. Thelma Anderson, 89, of Roswell, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at Rio Rancho Nursing Home in Rio Rancho. She was born on Aug. 3, 1914, in Comanche, Texas, to George C. and Elizabeth C. Gleaton Anderson. She attended school in Littlefield, Texas, and graduated in 1933. She made her […]

CHS squads struggle in state track

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Sophomore Vanessa O’Neal tries to avoid traffic as she takes a handoff from teammate Kim Perkins during the Class 5A girls 1,600 relay finals on Saturday in state track competition at Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats went from state-trophy contenders to pretenders in a hurry Saturday […]

McCarty, Jasper ‘Newt’

Jasper ‘Newt’ McCarty Services: Have been held. Jasper “Newt” McCarty, 69, of Rio Rancho died Thursday, March 11, 2004. Family members said McCarty served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He founded Joan’s Chili Pepper Emporium and was associated with Mac’s Steak in the Rough restaurants, they said. Family […]

Lady Cats lose in consolation finals

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — A troubled start on Saturday put Clovis in an early hole against Anthony Gadsden. And though the Lady Wildcats rallied to tie the Panthers, Gadsden held on for a 5-4 win. The loss kept Clovis (9-5) from grabbing the consolation championship trophy in the 16-team Kristin Griego Memorial softball […]

CHS baseball team captures fifth at Rio Rancho

CNJ STAFF RIO RANCHO — The Clovis High baseball team continued to get strong early-season pitching in finishing fifth in the Rio Rancho tournament. On Friday, senior Robert Riggins threw five strong innings in a 12-1 consolation semifinal rout of Roswell High while seniors Richard Urban and Jason Seefelt combined on a four-hit shutout Saturday […]