STATE TOURNAMENT: Gallup upends Lady Cats in 5A semifinals

By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Mayfield guard Madisen Spence had the ball in her hands and Saturday afternoon on her mind. With Mayfield locked in a basket-for-basket struggle with Sandia in the fourth quarter Thursday, Spence took an inbounds pass with five seconds left, drove down the right side of the lane […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Quick TDs helped Cats romp

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer IT WAS FEAST OR famine second quarter for the Clovis Wildcats in Friday’s 51-12 rout of Sandia at Leon Williams Stadium. The Wildcats needed four plays to score twice at the start of the second quarter. After Clovis stopped Sandia on a 4th-and-2 at its own 40, quarterback Devin […]

Clovis runs past Matadors

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews, right, celebrates his third quarter touchdown with teammate Brian Hudson during their 51-12 win over Sandia Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jesse Wolfersberger It all starts up front for the Clovis Wildcats. Junior Brian Mead rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns and junior Rishard Matthews added […]

Wildcats’ d-line faces another challenge

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Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch is second on the team in tackles. (CNJ staff photo: Chris Finch) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch has a simple technique for motivating the Wildcats defensive line. “Just keep screaming,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Finch. “That seems to work. Keep getting them […]

Lady Cats second in Sandia meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls finished second on a tiebreaker in Saturday’s Michael Prentice Memorial Invitational cross country meet. The Lady Wildcats and host Sandia tied for first with 46 points in the 10-school event, but the Matadors earned the team title with a better sixth-place finish. Freshman Caitlin Waters and eighth-grader Michelle […]

CHS’ Tweedy named district co-player of year

CNJ staff Senior Annie Tweedy has been chosen the District 4-5A softball co-player of the year for the 2005 season in voting by district coaches on Sunday. Tweedy was a first-team choice at third base and an honorable mention selection as a catcher for the Lady Wildcats, who were 13-13 overall and 3-9 in district […]

Cats third in state 5A golf tournament

cnj staff BERNALILLO — Rio Rancho’s 11-shot lead on the first day proved to be too much for the Clovis High boys golf team and the rest of the field. Rio Rancho ended La Cueva’s five-year reign as state Class 5A golf champion on Tuesday, finishing with a 36-hole score of 620 at Santa Ana […]

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 […]

Three CHS netters qualify for state

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Senior Patricia Gallegos for the girls and senior Jason Goolsby and junior Adam Quintero for the boys qualified for Class 5A state individual singles and doubles competition in Saturday’s District 4-5A tourament. Gallegos earned her third consecutive trip to state singles, winning three times to reach the finals where she lost […]

CHS baseball in spoiler role

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Clovis senior John Props catches the ball as a Sandia baserunner slides safe into second base during a District 4-5A game earlier this season. The Wildcats host Hobbs in a three-game series starting today at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Hobbs Eagles are in position for their […]

Cats win 4-5A golf title again

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Solid ball-striking helped Clovis High senior Guillermo Chavez make up for a few hiccups in his putting game as he shot the day’s only round under-par to lead the Wildcats to their fifth straight District 4-5A boys golf title. Chavez fired a 2-under 70 Monday at Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course, […]

Wildcats winless in district

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Clovis senior John Props slides back to first base during a pick off attempt in the first game of a doubleheader Friday against Sandia at Bell Park. Props was safe but Sandia defeated Clovis 18-3. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After seeing the opposition score 81 times in its last five […]

Clovis drops two at Sandia

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Mental miscues cost Clovis a chance to take two of three games at Sandia. But the Matadors rallied from a 4-0 deficit Saturday and beat Clovis 5-4 in the final game of the three-game District 4-5A series. Clovis bounced back from a 5-2 loss in Friday’s opener to beat Sandia 4-2 […]

Margin of error slim for Wildcats

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High baseball team has put itself squarely behind the 8-ball in District 4-5A. The Wildcats, who dropped all three games last weekend in a district-opening series at Carlsbad and looked ugly doing it, try to begin their climb back into postseason contention when they host Sandia in […]

Lady Wildcats confident going into trip to Sandia

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Clovis sophomore Sonia Chavez looks to second as she fields a ground ball during practice April 6 at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis came out of its three-game series over the weekend against Carlsbad with increased confidence, according to coach Brandi Thomas. After being […]

All District 4-5A

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Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon was named District 4-5A player of the year after averaging 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ Staff Prep All-district teams 4-5A Boys First team Cibola — Roman Andrade, Kasey Cunningham Clovis — Tigg Bunton. Hobbs — B.J. Meredyth. Sandia — Nate Kanyinda. Second team Sandia — David […]

Mayfield tops Sandia; other tournament scores

The Associated Press Mayfield 78, Sandia 65 ALBUQUERQUE — Mayfield used its full court press and strong shooting to defeat Sandia 78-65 Thursday in the semifinals of the girls Class 5A State Tournament. Mayfield, which will play the winner of the Clovis-Rio Rancho game in the championship Saturday, hopes for a rematch to defend its […]

Clovis survives scare from Sandia

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn regains her dribble during the second half of their District 4-5A final against Sandia Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis held off Sandia 48-45. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Pfewwww. Sandia’s Melissa Hillebrand missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than two seconds […]

Friday prep scores 3-4

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Grady senior Brittany Bailey releases a shot past Desert Academy senior Georgia Jenkins during the first quarter of their Class 1A Region B game Friday in Grady. Grady defeated Desert Academy 75-25. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Friday The Associated Press Local scores GIRLS Class 1A Region A Semifinals Des Moines 75, Melrose 58 Fort Sumner […]

‘Preseason’ over for Lady Wildcats

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Clovis junior guard Tori Quintana drives around a Sandia defender during last week’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Forget the first 26 games. For undefeated Clovis, the real season begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the Lady Wildcats host the District 4-5A tournament championship game […]