Coach Roanhaus wins 300th

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis head coach Eric Roanhaus sends in a play with senior wide receiver Corbin Best in Friday’s game against Alamogordo. Clovis beat Alamogordo 40-0 for Roanhaus’ 300th win. Kevin Wilson Cannon blasts filled the air, as they have so often on Clovis Friday nights, and the fireworks lighted the night […]

Roanhaus’ success based on dedication

Say what you will about Eric Roanhaus — and football fans around the region have said plenty in his 33 seasons as Clovis High School’s head coach — but don’t forget to call him a winner. The Wildcats’ fiery leader is on the verge of becoming just the third varsity coach in New Mexico high […]

Clovis’ Roanhaus one away from 300th win

Freedom New Mexico At 299-103-5, Eric Roanhaus is third on the New Mexico career wins list, and is 57 wins ahead of Artesia’s Cooper Henderson. He needs a seven-win season to pass Bill Gentry. If he passes leader Jim Bradley for the top spot, Roanhaus will either have won his 11th title or be playing […]

Props flourishes at NMMI

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NMMI sophomore quarterback John Props (14) led the Broncos to a 5-5 record, and leads troop off the field. (Courtesy New Mexico Military Institute) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer John Props has lived and breathed the daily grind of a military academy for nearly two years. The former Clovis High multi-sport standout’s routine day […]

Rams … or repeat?

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Portales head coach Andy Correll, far right, watches as defensive coordinator Mark McAfee puts the Ram defense through the paces Friday. The team was taking a light practice in its last workout of the season. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When the Portales Rams met Las Vegas Robertson in the […]

Roanhaus leads big turnaround at Robertson

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Las Vegas Robertson football coach Chad Roanhaus, a Clovis High grad and son of longtime Wildcats coach Eric Roanhaus, celebrates during last week’s Class 3A semifinal win over Socorro. Courtesy photo: Santa Fe New Mexican By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When he first accepted the job as Las Vegas Robertson’s football coach, Chad Roanhaus […]

Cats help South cruise to all-star victory

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Manzano’s Nicky Lawson goes over South defender Steven Gonzeles (32) of Mayfield for the North’s only touchdown in Friday’s Class 4A-5A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star football game in Albuquerque. (Albuquerque Journal photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — One recent senior from Clovis, Chris Finch, isn’t sure whether he’ll be attending […]

Trojans take title

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Clovis junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews tries to outrun Mayfield’s Peter Suter during the second half of Saturday’s Class 5A championship game at the Field of Dreams Stadium in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — Just when it looked like the Clovis High Wildcats had taken […]

Familiar foes Clovis, Mayfield meet for 5A title

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Clovis head football coach Eric Roanhaus, second from left, watches his team during Thursday’s practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus thinks revenge is a wasted emotion. Besides, it’s been more than three months since the Wildcats opened the season with a […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Exceeding expectations

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Tanner Fickling has rushed for more than 800 yards this season. (File photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Despite a 12-game winning streak, Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said his team has yet to put together a complete game. “We still haven’t played a full four quarters,” Roanhaus said. “Hopefully that lays ahead of us.” […]

Roanhaus family prepares for big Saturday

By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press Chad Roanhaus had it all figured out. He’d go to college, get a degree in finance and make a lot of money. Then his roots and his pedigree stepped in. Roanhaus majored in finance with a minor in accounting at New Mexico Highlands, but he’s never used his degree […]

Clovis north: Former Wildcats help turn Robertson program around

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent If Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus is right, his son Chad is just as big of a Wildcats’ football fan as anyone in the state. “He’s a Wildcat born, a Wildcat bred and, when he dies, he’ll be a Wildcat dead,” Roanhaus says. Funny thing, though: Chad Roanhaus, a record-setting quarterback […]

Like father, like sons

By Ryn Gargulinski Haberdasher Homer Tankersley said he was amazed when his sons followed him into the clothing business. Pilot Brad Telshaw said he was not surprised to find his son in the sky. Coach Eric Roanhaus said his two boys perhaps followed in his football footsteps “because of the same lack of intelligence I […]

Top stories: Perseverance pays off for Wildcats

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Junior strong safety Devin Sweet was one of the leading tacklers on a Wildcats team that posted four shutouts during the season. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The standard of excellence established for the Clovis football program under Eric Roanhaus is so high that in most years anything short of a state […]

La Cueva’s dominance undisputable

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La Cueva senior linebacker Zach Arnett, left, can’t contain his joy after making a tackle in the second half. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva senior Zach Arnett said he’ll let others decide whether the Bears belong among the best football teams in the state’s history. La Cueva made […]

State preview: It’s all about redemption for Wildcats

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Nick Maes (44) and Jacob Jones stop Highland quarterback Ian Clark for a short gain. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor There was no panic. No wholesale lineup changes. No tweaking of offensive or defensive schemes. Just a concrete belief in a time-tested system of hard work and discipline. But it […]

State preview: Cats in spoiler role

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams tries to outrace Highland’s Ian Clark during Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. Williams has rushed for more than 1,800 yards this season. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor La Cueva is out to complete a two-year unbeaten run sure to place it in […]

La Cueva takes 25-game win streak into title game against Wildcats

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Clovis defenders Jacob Jones, left, and Devin Sweet tackle Highland’s Jerrell Miller during the first half of Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Pete Herrera: Associated Press Frankie Baca could be the best running back to come out of Albuquerque in more than 40 years. Defensive […]

Clovis football coach has responsibility to readers

I noticed that Coach Eric Roanhaus again declined to be interviewed by Rick White in Sunday’s paper. Over the last few years he had Randy Adrian and now Darren Kelley provide comments weekly in the newspaper. It’s not that they do or did a bad job, but it’s the head coach’s responsibility to provide the […]

Goode had major impact on CHS football

By Eric Butler Dunny Goode, credited by many with beginning a high school football dynasty in Clovis, died early Tuesday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center. Goode, 74, suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease over the last 2 1/2 years and was admitted to the hospital last week, friends said. Taking over the Clovis […]