No. 19 Hounds wary of ACU

Dave Wagner o Abilene Christian has beaten the 19th-ranked and unbeaten Greyhounds four-straight times. By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dave_wagner@link.freedom.com Gary Gaines has had a tough time against most teams in his three-plus seasons as the Abilene Christian football coach. But even though the Wildcats are 3-0 against ENMU in that time — and […]

Cats cruise to victory over Tascosa

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Clovis sophomore Devin Hanson breaks free from the grasp of Tascosa’s Randy Box during the first half of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler It’s been a short, strange season for the Clovis High football team so far. At least the Wildcats, after a 31-7 defeat of visiting […]

Cats take on Tascosa

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Clovis running back Mark Repolgle tries to find a hole during the second half of Saturday’s game in Albuquerque. Clovis had 260 yards on the ground in rolling to a 42-0 win. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler Scouting the Clovis High football team this year, for opposing coaches, has been a matter of […]

Lady Cats gunning for two-time champs

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Senior outside hitter Jessica Hohn is a three-year starter for the Lady Wildcats. Photo by Rick White.ady Wildcats Rick White If veteran Eldorado coach Cindy Chavez is worried about her team opening the District 4-5A season Saturday at Clovis she hides it well. “We really and truly try to minimize where we play,” said Chavez, […]

Improved practice habits key for Cats

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams was the leading rusher against Valley in his first varsity start. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Rick White Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley isn’t ready to declare the Wildcats’ roller coaster ride in the first four games of the season over yet. The Wildcats have won two games by a combined […]

Santa Fe tops Cats

CNJ staff SANTA FE — Santa Fe scored three times in the first half en route to a 4-1 win over Clovis on Friday in a boys soccer game. Kendall Essex scored in the 70th minute for the Wildcats (1-9), one-timing a crossing pass from Mark Gant. Dewayne Roberts made 12 saves for the Wildcats.

Trojans overpower Lady Cats

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis freshman defender Kela Williams traps a ball during Friday’s game against Mayfield at the Yucca Soccer Complex. Tony Parra By Tony Parra Freedom Newspapers tony_parra@link.freedom.com The Clovis Lady Wildcats defense was bending and not breaking until the Las Cruces Mayfield Lady Trojans broke through with four goals in the second […]

Cats trounce Valley

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis senior Shea Chase rips through a while in the Valley High line during Saturday’s game at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque. Mike Linn ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Wildcat linemen flattened the Valley Viking defense like hash browns in a late-night diner, allowing running backs to shoot through gaping lanes more fit […]

Lady Cats trip rival

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson/Clovis’ Alissa McDowell pushes a kill past Portales’ Megan Kabrick during Thursday’s match at Portales. Kevin Wilson In the matchup between sister cities, big sister won yet again. The visiting Lady Wildcats struggled at times, but had enough in the tank for a 25-11, 28-26, 21-25, 25-17 win over Portales Thursday evening […]

Cats striving for better execution, effort

Rick White An unwanted pattern is developing for the Clovis Wildcats: Fall behind early and the Wildcats fall apart. It happened in their season-opening 32-7 loss to Mayfield and again last week in a 33-13 loss to Highland. “We get down on ourselves a little too easy,” Clovis senior offensive lineman Philip Salazar said. “We […]

Lady Cats put unbeaten record on line

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White/Senior Tara Ray is a two-year starter at setter for the Lady Wildcats. Rick White Clovis puts its unbeaten season on the line tonight against a team its never beaten. The Lady Wildcats (9-0), coming off a championship at the Zia Classic in Roswell over the weekend, host Lubbock Coronado at […]

Lady Cats take tourney

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Monique Walker and the Clovis Lady Wildcats made it two-for-two in tournaments. Walker collected 16 kills and nine blocks and Jessica Hohn added 11 kills as Clovis toasted Hot Springs 25-19, 25-9, 25-20 on Saturday in the championship match of the Zia Classic. Walker was named the tournament’s most valuable player, […]

Wildcats home at last

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis senior Jeff Epps is stopped as he tries to find a hole to run through during Thursday’s practice at Leon Williams Stadium. Rick White Forget homecoming — something most coaches would like to do anyway. The Clovis Wildcats are just excited about playing at home again. A five-game road trip […]

Lady Wildcats survive off night

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis junior Roxy Luera, left, and senior Alissa McDowell challenge Goddard’s Katie Fisher. Rick White The Clovis Lady Wildcats remained perfect on a not-so-perfect night, grinding out a three-game win over Roswell Goddard on Tuesday in a matchup of state-ranked teams. Clovis coach Darrel Ray said the Lady Wildcats were lucky […]

Wildcats win at Plainview

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — Seniors Matt Appleman and Tyrell Northcutt went 2-3 to lead the Clovis High boys cross country team to victory on Saturday in the Plainview Invitational. The Wildcats, who lost by one point to host Hereford in the season-opening Borger Invitational on Aug. 30, finished with 40 team points this time […]

Lady Cats sweep Roswell

CNJ staff Roswell — The Clovis Lady Wildcats ran their season-opening winning streak to five matches Thursday with a convincing 25-14, 25-14, 25-20 win over Roswell. Senior middle hitter Monique Walker led Clovis with 10 kill while Jessica Hohn added six kills and 13 digs. “It was pretty much a mismatch,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray […]

Wildcats seek redemption in Roswell

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CNJ staff photo: Erick Kluth/Clovis junior Chris Phillips tries to shake free of senior strong safety Carlos Gallo during Thursday’s practice at the high school. By Rick White Clovis had enough worries this week without having to replace its starting quarterback. Coaches learned earlier this week senior Ryan Denton will likely not play again this […]

Trojans march over Cats

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White/Clovis senior Mark Replogle is brought down by Mayfield’s Sam Gonzales. Rick White LAS CRUCES — Jeremy Lawson has finished his last two games against Clovis on the sidelines. A year ago, Lawson was knocked unconscious when a pass over the middle and Clovis all-state free safety Joey Garcia arrived at […]

Cats rebuilding on the run

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White/Clovis senior defensive end Jarod Baldwin closes in on Las Cruces High QB Brandon Lucero during last week’s scrimmage.Jarod Bald Rick White No Hank Baskett. No Nathan Nuttall. No Joey Garcia. No chance for the Clovis Wildcats? Not necessarily. For the first time in several years, the Wildcats head into a […]

Wildcat fever catching again

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Clovis’ D&D Family Furniture is among many businesses with signs supporting the Clovis Wildcats. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Wildcats will play their first football game of the school year on Friday, but Roger Jackson of Ideal Auto Sales didn’t have to do anything to get ready for the season. […]