Abilene Christian stays on roll at Hounds’ expense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — After Saturday’s 21-0 Lone Star Conference South Division-opening victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw, the Abilene Christian football team is heading for relatively new territory. For ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo and his squad, it’s back to the drawing board. At 4-0, the Wildcats, […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Cats second at La Cueva

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Caitlin Waters led a 1-3-4 Clovis High finish as the Lady Wildcats used a strong overall effort to place second behind top-ranked Rio Rancho in Saturday’s La Cueva Invitational cross country meet. Waters posted a winning time of 21 minutes, 56 seconds over three miles for the Lady Cats, who […]

Abilene Christian shuts out Hounds

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Abilene Christian University’s Tony Harp (20) intercepts a pass intended for Eastern New Mexico University’s J.T Thompson (17) at the end of the second quarter at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University football team could get precious little going Saturday […]

Hounds open South play against Wildcats

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ENMU linebacker Royal Bell closes in on Central Oklahoma quarterback Ryan O’Hara as he unloads a pass during last week’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a while since Abilene Christian has found itself in national NCAA Division II rankings, and second-year coach Chris […]

Division-leading Wildcats top ENMU

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ENMU’S Jessie Macknicki goes to the deck trying to scoop up a dig during the Zias’ Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball match against Abilene Christian on Thursday at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — For most of the first game, the Eastern New Mexico University […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats improve to 10-2-1 with shutout win

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Clovis junior forward Luis Esparza tallied three assists and one goal in the Wildcats 5-0 route over Roswell Goddard Saturday afternoon. Clovis coach Shaun Gill said the Cats dictated the pace of the game in both halves. The Wildcats scored three first-half goals, with Esparza scoring the second and assisting on […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Clovis faces spread offense

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The Clovis defense gangs up to La Cueva’s Richard Bohlken (28) in the Wildcats’ 31-13 win on Sept. 8 at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Senior Cobey Isbell said he’s just trying to fit in. Expected to contribute for the Clovis Wildcats mostly on special teams, […]

Mead helps Cats cage Bears

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Clovis High running back Brian Mead runs through the tackle of La Cueva’s Richard Bohlken during the third quater of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After going scoreless in the first half, the Clovis Wildcats exploded in the final two periods en route […]

Fullback elected at annual dinner honoring champs

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist I watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New York Jets 16-3 in an NFL preseason game last month. It reminded me of another great football game: the Clovis Wildcats vs. Roswell Coyotes and one of the century’s greatest Wildcat fullbacks. The Wildcats beat the Coyotes 13-0 at Roswell in […]

Student profiles: Cory Thornsbury

By CNJ Staff Cody Thornsbury is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Ed and Karen Thornsbury. Who is your favorite entertainer? Will Ferrell, because he is great in all of his movies. What’s so great about your favorite sport? I love basketball because it is fun, exciting, and you never […]

Cats begin two-a-days Monday

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Brian Mead returns for his senior season at Clovis High School after rushing for 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, helping the Wildcats reach the Class 5A state championship game. (CNJ file photo) CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats will be looking to reload when they start two-a-day practices Monday. Clovis graduated 18 starters from […]

Rams, Wildcats split summer twin bill

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Clovis first baseman Parker Wood slides into home on a passed ball in the second game of Tuesday’s summer league doubleheader at Bell Park. The visiting Rams won the opener 8-3, and Clovis took the nightcap 11-1. (Staff photo: Kevin Wilson) CNJ Staff Portales had plenty of pitching in Tuesday’s doubleheader, but Clovis had enough […]

Rams ousted by district rival Lovington

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Once again for the Portales Rams, it was close but no cigar against District 4-3A rival Lovington. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats, the only one of the top 10 seeds to reach the semifinals in the 16-team Class 3A baseball tournament, spoiled the Rams’ bid to make it to the championship game […]

In tribute: Wildcats fan remembered for dedication

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Neil Hutchins never played football; not even once. He couldn’t — he was born with an incomplete spine. In spite of his condition, Hutchins was a huge football fan. “He’s one of the biggest Clovis Wildcats fans that ever lived,” Larry Hutchins, Neil’s brother, said. Neil was born with […]

Wildcats split doubleheader with Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats came within one game of what looked impossible only weeks ago. Needing a doubleheader sweep to have a chance to finish second in District 4-5A and earn and automatic state playoff berth, Clovis beat Hobbs 10-6 in the opener. But the Eagles blanked Clovis 8-0 in the nightcap, […]

Lady Cats split and wait

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Hobbs sophomore Blakely Jenkins is caught in a rundown between Clovis’ Sonia Chavez, left and Jordan Garrett. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Now the waiting begins for the Clovis softball team. The Wildcats had a chance to pull into second place in District 4-5A in a home doubleheader with Hobbs. […]

Hounds split with Wildcats

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ENMU pitcher Evan Courteau makes a pickoff throw to first during Saturday’s game against Abilene Christian. (PNT photo: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Derrick Kennedy delivered a two-out, two-run double and Justin Gee followed with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University baseball […]

CHS SPEED READS: Lady Cats win track meet

CNJ staff Lady Wildcats win third straight meet ALAMOGORDO — Kim Perkins swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and added another win in the triple jump, helping Clovis to the team title Friday at the Alamogordo Qualifier. Caitlin Waters (800 meters), Lorena Garza (discus) and Vanessa O’Neal (long jump) aslo notched first place finishes as […]

Hounds swept by division leader

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ENMU pitcher Seth Clabaugh throws from the mound during the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh got reasonably good pitching performances from left-handers Seth Clabaugh and David Swinconos on Friday. What he didn’t like what his team’s overall approach in 9-3 […]

Wildcats salvage District 4-5A split

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Clovis shortstop Cade Wheeler rounds third base on his way to score during the Cats’ five-run fourth inning. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant After an error-filled, lopsided loss to the Carlsbad in the opener of Friday’s District 4-5A doubleheader, Clovis surely was heading the wrong direction against its district rivals. […]