Wildcats win district with defense

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Clovis’ Cade Wheeler returns an interception for the games first score during the first half against Carlsbad Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Clovis defeated Carlsbad 42-6. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats will take a nine-game winning streak into the state playoffs thanks to a strong defensive […]

Cats hold on for win at Artesia

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Clovis junior Brian Mead rushed for 265 yards and two touchdowns. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ARTESIA — In a back-and-forth game that featured more than 1,000 yards of offense, a hustling play on special teams in the game’s final minutes proved to be the difference. Clovis never trailed in […]

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 […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats wideout flirts with records

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After catching only seven balls for 61 yards and one touchdown in the teams’ first four games, junior Rishard Matthews has exploded for 12 catches, 268 yards and five scores in the past two weeks. With his emergence, he found his way into the Clovis football record book, and if […]

Cats cruise to win over Goddard

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Goddard’s Jesus Baca is tackled by Clovis defenders Mel Grassel (71), Chase Denton (56) and Cade Wheeler (26) during Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Sweet to Matthews is becoming music to Clovis’ ears. Wildcats senior quarterback Devin Sweet and junior wide receiver Rishard […]

Senior adapts to role for Cats

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Clovis senior Jonathan Sweet (left) listens to a post-practice talk from coach Eric Roanhaus on Thursday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Jonathan Sweet’s football career at Clovis is coming full circle. With multiple injuries at the linebacker spot next to him, the 6-foot,185-pound senior has […]

Clovis clips Rio Rancho in final seconds

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer RIO RANCHO — Clovis rolled the dice twice in the final minutes and came out a winner of its fourth straight game. In what turned out to the winning drive, senior quarterback Devin Sweet kept the drive on a short fourth-down run and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass […]

Cats pull off major win over La Cueva

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Matt Ulibarri blocked his fourth field goal in four games in the closing seconds Saturday night, preserving Clovis High’s 10-7 victory over two-time Class 5A champion La Cueva at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. Despite that, the senior cornerback said he wished it hadn’t come down to that — the […]

CHS struggles in Las Cruces tourney

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — When starting setter Tarah Sweet went down with a back injury during round robin play, she took the Lady Wildcats chances of winning the Sweet Sixteen tournament with her. “We just didn’t play well without her,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. The Lady Cats went 1-5 in round robin play, […]

Still-dangerous Bears set to host Wildcats

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Clovis High School junior Rishard Matthews gets ready to throw a pass during practice Friday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor No motivational speeches are needed for the Clovis Wildcats this week. Here’s why. La Cueva is the top-ranked team in the state. They haven’t lost […]

Resilient Clovis defensive effort not enough

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — If you looked only at the stats — 19-4 in first downs, 289-62 in total offense, 61-30 in plays from scrimmage, all favoring Mayfield — you’d figure it was a blowout. But the Clovis High Wildcats nearly got Friday’s season opener at Field of Dreams into […]

Mayfield breaks through late

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Sun-News photo by Norm Dettlaff Clovis High School’s Devin Sweet, left, tackles Mayfield High School’s Oran Gonzalez on Friday at the Las Cruces Public Schools Sports Complex. Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats bent — a lot — on Friday night, and they finally broke. Playing with their backs to […]

Cats look for quick getaway

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Clovis senior Tanner Fickling runs sprints during practice earlier this week at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Getting off to a better start is high on the priority list for the Clovis Wildcats. So are beefing up their secondary, finding a punter, and developing a young […]

Walraven, Sarah

Sarah Walraven Services: Have been held. Sarah I. Walraven, 67, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born on Jan. 14, 1938, in Fort Sumner, to Thomas Jefferson and Lorena Armentia Hurst Duncan. She was raised and attended school in Fort Sumner and graduated in 1956. She married Jack […]

Summer league prepares teams for next season

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Clovis High School sophomore Layne Strebeck drives to the basket during a summer league game against Logan on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Logan on a last-second basket. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s a long time until November, but area high school basketball teams are starting to […]

Errors doom Wildcats in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats had a chance Saturday to rebound from a shaky start to the District 4-5A season. But they dropped the ball. Or overthrew it. Or bobbled it. Carlsbad completed a three-game sweep Saturday by beating Clovis 20-7. Carlsbad beat the error-prone Wildcats 16-6 and 11-7 wins Friday. “At this […]

Wildcats swept at Artesia after beating Levelland

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Clovis senior John Props pitched three innings and was credited with the victory in Clovis’ 6-4 win over Levelland Friday at Bell Park. This was Props’ first outing on the mound this season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Pinch-hitter Devin Sweet delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth and the Clovis […]

Clovis names superintendent finalists

Clovis school officials on Tuesday named five finalists for their superintendent’s position. The finalists are: • David Briseno, principal at Clovis’ La Casita Elementary and federal programs director for the district; • Ladona Clayton, assistant superintendent for instruction of Clovis schools; • William Reents, superintendent of Tucumcari schools; • Rhonda Seidenwurm, deputy superintendent of instruction […]

Clovis stops Sandia in district tourney

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Clovis’ John Props scores two of his 15 points during Tuesday’s District 4-5A tournament game at Rock Staubus Gym. Sandia’s Drew Hawk reacts too late. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer With its big men out of the game and the season on the line, Clovis adjusted well enough to beat […]

Death of Cannon dependent remains mystery

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is alright. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. […]