Clovis LB a quick study

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Senior Jeff Epps leads the Wildcats in tackles in his first season at linebacker. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Night after night, Jeff Epps watches film, trying to cram years of learning to play linebacker into one season. In charge of getting the Clovis Wildcats aligned correctly, he first checks the offensive formation. […]

Ferguson impressive in loss to Cats

By Rick White Rodney Ferguson left a big impression and quite a few welts on the Clovis Wildcats. The Manzano senior running back capped a standout high school career that included three-straight 1,000-yard seasons by rushing the Wildcats for 195 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 34-28 loss that eliminated the Monarchs from playoff contention. […]

Cats beat Manzano, clinch playoff berth

By Mike Linn ALBUQUERQUE — Saturday night’s Clovis Wildcat victory came down to three feet. Not three feet meaning one yard, but two feet with break-away speed and razor-sharp, stop-and-go cutting ability and another foot with strength and accuracy. Clovis kicker Jason Seefeld’s four field goals and Wildcat running back Phillip Williams’ ability to dance, […]

Cats one win away from playoffs

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Clovis defensive coordinator Darren Kelley goes over formations with senior linebacker Jeff Epps during Thursday’s practice at the school. Epps is the Wildcats’ leading tackler this season. CNJ photo: Rick White By Rick White The Clovis Wildcats know two things this week. A win over Manzano earns them a third-straight state playoff appearance, and in […]

Eldorado sends Lady Cats packing again

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Until the Clovis Lady Wildcats figure out how to beat Eldorado they’re doomed to play on the road in the Class 5A state volleyball playoffs. Regular-season champion Eldorado completed a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 win Saturday in the championship match of the District 4-5A […]

Focused Wildcats breeze to 4-5A title

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Brian Romero led a 1-2 finish for the Wildcats. CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brian Romero wasn’t about to finish second — even if it was at the expense of a teammate. Pulling away from fellow Clovis High senior Matt Appelman in the final mile, Romero toured the gravel-strewn Bear Canyon Arroyo course in 16 minutes […]

Clovis needs numbers to succeed

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Carlsbad’s Lanette Rostro shields Clovis junior Melissa Ridege from the ball during Tuesday’s game at Yucca Soccer Complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Eric Butler During the time between the junior varsity and varsity girls soccer matches Tuesday night, the visiting Carlsbad High squad took the field for warmups. The Clovis varsity, meanwhile, rested. Except […]

Five and counting for Wildcats

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams has rushed for more than 600 yards this season in five games. CNJ photo by Rick White. Rick White Phillip Williams has a way of making running the ball look and sound easy. Williams, who missed the first three games of the season because of an elbow injury, rushed for a […]

Clovis seeks its fifth-straight win against Hobbs

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams has three-straight 100-yard rushing efforts. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Rick White The Clovis-Hobbs rivalry is built on proximity and generations of battles between the purple-and-white and black-and-gold: Two towns of similar size and makeup separated by 180 miles of barren ranch land and pump jacks battling for bragging rights. They […]

Defense carries Wildcats

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Carlos Gallo (22) and Angelo Sandoval wrap up Eldorado wide receiver Shane Davis after a short gain. Photo by Rick White. By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — A season-opening disaster at Mayfield is a distant memory for a Clovis defense that entered the season with just one returning starter. The Wildcats held Eldorado to 120 yards […]

Appelman leads CHS harriers

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — Senior Matt Appelman led from start to finish and paced the Clovis High boys to their fourth team win of the cross country season in Saturday’s Hobbs Invitational. Appelman’s time of 16 minutes, 31 seconds over five kilometers was good for his third win of the fall and a considerably faster […]

Athletes face tough choices

By Rick White One season flows into another. Football starts before Labor Day. By Thanksgiving, basketball practice is three weeks old. Baseball and track begin before Valentine’s Day. It’s a steady diet of practices and games for nearly 10 months that takes its toll on mind and body. For most high school athletes, playing three […]

Cats pull away from Eldorado

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams rushed for 120 yards in Saturday’s 31-0 win against Eldorado. Photo by Rick White. By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — A 37-yard extra point. Nearly 100 yards in penalties — including an assistant coach flagged for being in the way of a referee on a kickoff. And a running back throwing a […]

Clovis sophomore RB ‘bullish’ on tacklers

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Clovis sophomore Devin Hanson never dreamed he’d be playing varsity football this season. Photo by Rick White Rick White Clovis sophomore Devin Hanson entertained modest goals this fall. “I figured I’d probably play a little junior varsity,” Hanson said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be playing varsity.” Fantasy became reality when […]

Lady Cats bow against Eldorado

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats will likely have to settle for runnerup in District 4-5A again this year. Two-time defending champion Eldorado completed a season sweep Saturday, beating the Lady Wildcats 18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-20 in a nip-and-tuck battle to take two-game lead in the district standings. Eldorado (13-3, 5-0 in […]

Cavemen race past Wildcats

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Carlsbad sophomore Alex Bustos dribbles past Clovis freshman Devin Aragon during the second half of Tuesday’s game at the Yucca Soccer Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Carlsbad’s speed and relentless attack were too much for Clovis despite another heroic effort in goal by Dewayne Roberts. Packing all its goals into a 15-minute […]

CHS spikers post sweep

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats improved to 13-2 overall (3-1 District 4-5A) with a 25-13, 25-17, 26-24 win over Manzano on Saturday. The Lady Cats dominated the first game, but had to play from behind for a while in the second game and won a seesaw battle in the third to close […]

Abilene Christian foils Hounds again

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Christian did it to the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds again. Senior running back Richard Whitaker capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with his second touchdown of the night Saturday, an 8-yard run which put the Wildcats in front for good with 6:47 left en route to a 24-14 victory […]

Wildcats making the grade

Rick White With the season past the halfway point, it’s time to pass out midseason report cards for the Clovis Wildcats football team. Grades are based on records, effort and expectations. OFFENSE Juniors John Props and Phillip Williams have infused athleticism and speed to a previously pedestrian unit. Props won over teammates and the coaching […]

Cats win third straight

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams rushed for more than 100 yards for the second-straight week and scored two touchdowns. Photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White With speed to stretch defenses like salt water taffy and more wiggle than a super model, Phillip Williams gives Clovis the breakaway threat its sorely needed the last two seasons. In […]