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 […]

Friday prep basketball scores

CNJ staff Boys Logan 58, Fort Sumner 53 Portales 40, Tucumcari 26 Artesia Invitational Consolation semifinals El Paso Jefferson 54, Deming 46 Lovington 58, Silver 35 Championship semifinals Clovis 63, Roswell Goddard 44 Artesia 59, Carlsbad 49 Farwell Invitational Consolation semifinals Clovis JV 56, Melrose 16 Bovina 55, Grady 49 Championship semifinals Friona 46, Vega […]

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 […]

Clovis seeded fourth in delayed 5A pairings

CNJ staff Clovis is seeded fourth and will receive a first-round bye in the Class 5A playoff pairings released today by the New Mexico Activities Association. Defending state champion and unbeaten Mayfield (10-0) earned the top seed in the 12-team playoffs that were delayed a week by a lawsuit filed by the parents of Las […]

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 CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats second at La Cueva

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Caitlin Waters led a 1-3-4 Clovis High finish as the Lady Wildcats used a strong overall effort to place second behind top-ranked Rio Rancho in Saturday’s La Cueva Invitational cross country meet. Waters posted a winning time of 21 minutes, 56 seconds over three miles for the Lady Cats, who […]

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 […]

Clovis boys, girls make state tournament

CNJ staff Boys Class 5A tournament May 5-6 Times and locations TBA First round (seeds in parentheses) (16) Highland at (1) Carlsbad (9) Rio Grande) at (8) Alamogordo (12) Valley at (5) Eldorado (13) Clovis at (4) Cibola (14 West Mesa at (3) La Cueva (11) Onate at (6) Hobbs (10) Mayfield at (7) Rio […]

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 […]

CHS’ Sweet takes AD job at Rio Rancho

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Andy Sweet is preparing to take over the largest high school athletics program in the state. Sweet, 45, a math teacher and a volleyball and track assistant coach at Clovis High for the past two years, has been hired as athletic director at Rio Rancho High School. He starts […]

Cats drop title game to Rio Rancho

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Clovis High senior third baseman Jared Powers prepares to throw out a Rio Rancho runner at first base during Saturday’s Rio Rancho Invitational championship game. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Too many errors and not enough hits. It was a bad combination for the Clovis High baseball team on Saturday, […]

Cats beat Valley, get rematch with Rio Rancho in finals

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — The Clovis High baseball team got a power surge from an unlikely source Friday, and it propelled them into the finals of the Rio Rancho Invitational. Junior Jonathan Ware blasted a grand slam home run, highlighting a six-run first inning that lifted the Wildcats past Valley 10-5 in a semifinal […]

Nine-run fourth boosts Cats past Santa Fe

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — The Clovis High baseball team has become pretty comfortable against Santa Fe High. The Wildcats scored their fourth consecutive victory over the Demons in the last two seasons on Thursday with a 15-6 triumph in the first round of the Rio Rancho Invitational. Clovis (4-2) will now meet Valley, a […]