Local squad going for AAU boys crown

By Dave Wagner Last weekend, two Clovis-based teams captured AAU girls state basketball championships in competition here. This weekend, the New Mexico Wildcats, a team made up mostly of up-and-coming Clovis High talent, will try to pick up a boys title when they travel to Manzano High School in Albuquerque for the state AAU 16-and-under […]

Wildcats romp into AAU championships

By Eric Butler Who could blame the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats for thinking just a little bit past the state AAU girls basketball tournament? The tourney, being held in Clovis this weekend, will enter its last day with a showcase team — a squad that’s obliterated the rest of its field so far. The Wildcats reached […]

Two Clovis AAU teams headed to nationals

By Eric Butler One loss from elimination, the Clovis Heat beat the El Paso Comets twice on Sunday to win the 17-and-under division of the state AAU girls basketball tournament at Rock Staubus Gymnasium The 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats also snared a state AAU title on Sunday, walloping the New Mexico Magic All-Stars, 96-39, in that […]

AAU kicks off

By Eric Butler Who could blame the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats for thinking just a little bit past the state AAU girls basketball tournament? The tourney, being held in Clovis this weekend, will enter its last day with a showcase team — a squad that’s obliterated the rest of its field so far. The Wildcats reached […]

AAU tournament kicks off

By Dave Wagner Basketballs will fill the air this weekend as 42 teams converge on Clovis for the New Mexico state AAU girls basketball tournament. Play begins early this afternoon with games in six age divisions — 17-and-under, 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U and 10U — scheduled for Clovis High’s Rock Staubus Gym, as well as […]

‘Buck’-ing adversity

Gary Mitchell gary_mitchell@link.freedom.com Once William “Billy” Buck, a man-mountain at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, makes up his mind, it takes a mob to alter his determination. That certainly was true Thursday at Clovis High School’s Senior Bash Day, which is part of the school’s graduation events. The Clovis Fire Department firefighters were spraying students with […]

New summer league opens tonight

By Kevin Wilson Weeknights just got a little more interesting for girls basketball in the area. Clovis and Portales area teams are part of a new summer league, which opens at 6 p.m. tonight with games at Farwell and Texico high schools. West Texas-New Mexico Phenoms Summer League organizer Sammy Herrera said he wanted to […]

Zias prep for first soccer season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice […]

Clovis comes up empty at state meet

By Rick White ALAMOGORDO — Clovis coach Darren Kelley said he felt empty Saturday as he watched La Cueva snatch away the Class 5A state track title from the Wildcats in the meet’s last event. This was supposed to be the season Clovis was finally going to win the school’s first boys state title. The […]

Could CHS sweep at state?

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By Dave Wagner Clovis High boys coach Darren Kelley and girls coach Darrel Ray are heading into this weekend’s Class 5A state track meet at Alamogordo with high hopes for their squads. Neither is predicting a championship, but both believe their teams should be in the hunt. “This is the first time we’re going in […]