Sibling tandem pitches Carlsbad by Cats

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Oh, brother. Riding the pitching of Todd and Corey Weldon, Carlsbad swept Clovis 3-2, 4-2 Saturday in a District 4-5A doubleheader. In the opener, Todd Weldon scattered 10 hits and stranded 11 runners, including the tying run after Clovis scored twice in the top of the seventh. In the nightcap, not […]

Clovis blows by Los Alamos

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Clovis junior outfielder Ashley Gallegos hustles into third during the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Lady Wildcats field. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Clovis and Los Alamos on Thursday batted the elements and each other for nearly four hours. After sweeping a pair of games from the Hilltoppers, Clovis coach […]

Zias happy with split against division-leading Wildcats

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Armando Quiroz wanted to be greedy, but in the end he was more than satisfied. His Eastern New Mexico University softball team earned a second consecutive split with Lone Star Conference South Division-leading Abilene Christian on Saturday, losing 5-1 and winning 6-2. The results keep the Zias (27-13, 8-4 South) […]

Cats rally to earn split with Artesia

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Artesia’s Garrett Mossbarger slides across home plate in front of Clovis’ catcher Daniel Casarez during the fifth inning of the first game of their double header Saturday at Bell Park. Mossbarger was safe on the play. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant Heading into district play in one week, the Clovis […]

Zias rally for split with Abilene Christian

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University scored three times in the top of the seventh, capped by Tina Whitt’s sacrifice fly, and beat Abilene Christian 7-6 to earn a split of a Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader. The division-leading Wildcats (28-8, 10-2 South) rode a three-run fourth to win the opener […]

La Cueva seeks to play spoiler to Lady Cats

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Vanessa O’Neal is one of fove Clovis seniors who hoped to win back-to-back Class 5A state titles. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The way La Cueva coach Greg Berger looks at it, there’s no way to completely shut down the top-ranked Clovis Lady Wildcats. But he has a theory that might […]

Hobbs upends Cats for 4-5A crown

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Clovis’ Michael Lewis releases a shot during the second half of their District 4-5A tournament championship game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ Photo:Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent First-round road games for the state tournament have been the bane for the Clovis Wildcats boys basketball team the last few years. Even with a […]

Hounds rally past Wildcats, improve postseason chances

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette, right, reaches for the ball as Abilene Christian’s Demarcquez Rembert, left, pulls the ball away in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With only 24 points at halftime on Saturday, the Eastern […]

Lady Cats dominate Cavegirls again

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats are taking more pride in their defense and it shows. The top-ranked Lady Wildcats held an opponent under 40 points for a sixth-straight game and move one win away from another District 4-5A title with a 65-19 win Friday over struggling Carlsbad. Junior Tori Northcutt scored a […]

Zias drop division game on road

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore guard Alex Guiton led five Abilene Christian players in double figures with 20 points on Saturday as the Wildcats posted an 83-63 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Senior guard Kierstan Barbee added 14 points and team highs of 16 rebounds and six […]

PURPLE PEPPER SHOOTOUT: Wildcats squander late lead

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Amarillo High School’s coach John Smith talks with Clovis’ Jaden Isler after the Wildcats 58-56 loss in the Purple Pepper Shootout Saturday in Clovis. Isler missed a shot as he drove to the basket in the final seconds. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant Playing from behind for most of the […]

Cats claw way into finals

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Clovis sophomore Layne Strebeck goes up against Rio Grande junior Alex Rogan during the second quarter of Thursday’s semifinal game of the Milk Cow Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Under the circumstances, the Clovis Wildcats couldn’t have asked for a better game on Thursday night. In the semifinals of […]

Wildcats pull away from Rebels in second half

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Clovis guard Jaden Isler and Amarillo Tascosa’s Marquise Bryson struggle for a loose ball during Wednesday’s first round game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Against an undermanned and winless team, an eight-point lead at halftime is cause for concern. The Clovis Wildcats were never threatened […]

Alamogordo pulls away from Wildcats

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Clovis’ Michael Lewis blocks out Alamogordo’s Will Bynum during a 1-and-1 free throw situation in Tuesday’s game at Alamogordo. (Alamogordo Daily News: Ellis Neel) By Gidal Kaiser: Alamogordo Daily News ALAMOGORDO — Clovis just wasn’t able to match Alamogordo’s final run. The host Tigers used a quick 6-0 run as the catalyst for a game-ending […]

Levelland boys turn back Wildcats

CNJ STAFF LEVELLAND, Texas — After a 75-67 loss at Levelland, Clovis coach Jaden Isler was quick to put the result in perspective. “We played pretty well, but that is a tough team for us to play on the road,” Isler said. “They had 12 games already, they were more seasoned that we were, and […]

State notebook: Wildcats stall after TD

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Mayfield quarterback David Bustillos celebrates a 77-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave he Trojans a 17-7 lead. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In the regular season, the Wildcats were only down at halftime twice, against La Cueva and Hobbs, and came back to win both games. On Saturday, Clovis came […]

Fan support eases heartache

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Clovis’ Tanner Fickling, right, is comforted by teammates Miguel Zamora, left, and Michael Roper after a 17-7 loss to Mayfield in the Class 5A championship game Saturday at the Field of Dreams Stadium in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Inside the Clovis locker room, there was nothing but […]

Balanced attack key for Cats

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo knows first-hand how explosive the Clovis Wildcats’ offense can be. The Wildcats beat Manzano 49-14 two weeks ago in the second round of the playoffs. “You have to contain (Rishard) Matthews,” Ocampo said. “And I don’t know if you can stop him without double covering […]

Wildcats fans gear up for title game

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Clovis High School senior Autumn Skinner, 18, draws a paw as fellow senior Kymberly Helton, 17, also works on a sign for the door of their Spanish III class Thursday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hallways at Clovis High School are decked out in purple and white. The colors […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: 1985 Wildcats made history — barely

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A manager at an Albuquerque employment agency, former Clovis Wildcat Sam Dickey spent this week talking smack. His target was a co-worker from Mayfield. The topic was who would win Saturday’s Class 5A state-championship game. It’s the same competitive fire that made Dickey a standout center and linebacker on […]