CHS FOOTBALL: On the front line

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The Clovis offensive line has allowed only one sack this season, allowing quarterback Devin Sweet to pass for 845 yards and 9 touchdowns. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer They’re big. They’re strong. They’re goofy. The Clovis offensive line has been pushing opponents around and cracking each other up while […]

Cats host Bulldawgs in 5A playoff opener

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Clovis’ Jonathan Sweet sacks Carlsbad quarterback Nathan Clark during the second half of last week’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats host Las Cruces High at 7 p.m. today in a Class 5A first-round playoff game.(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer There were no playoff beards, shaved heads or […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats draw Las Cruces in first round

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats were accorded the second seed in the Class 5A football state playoff bracket released Saturday, and will host 15th-seed Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Friday. Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said Las Cruces is a team the Wildcats know well. “We are real familiar with them,” […]

Cats finish season with win at NMMI

CNJ staff ROSWELL — After learning his team did not make the state playoffs, Clovis boys soccer coach Shaun Gill said he was concerned about Tuesday’s season finale against New Mexico Military, a team the Wildcats had drubbed 8-2 early in the year. “I was a little worried about how we would approach the game […]

Cats clash with Artesia

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Running back Brian Mead and the Clovis Wildcats, ranked second in Class 5A, travel to Artesia tonight to match 6-1 records with the Bulldogs, No. 1 in Class 4A. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Over the past 52 years, few schools have had as much football success as Clovis […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Quick TDs helped Cats romp

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer IT WAS FEAST OR famine second quarter for the Clovis Wildcats in Friday’s 51-12 rout of Sandia at Leon Williams Stadium. The Wildcats needed four plays to score twice at the start of the second quarter. After Clovis stopped Sandia on a 4th-and-2 at its own 40, quarterback Devin […]

Wildcats’ d-line faces another challenge

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Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch is second on the team in tackles. (CNJ staff photo: Chris Finch) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis senior defensive end Chris Finch has a simple technique for motivating the Wildcats defensive line. “Just keep screaming,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Finch. “That seems to work. Keep getting them […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats wideout flirts with records

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After catching only seven balls for 61 yards and one touchdown in the teams’ first four games, junior Rishard Matthews has exploded for 12 catches, 268 yards and five scores in the past two weeks. With his emergence, he found his way into the Clovis football record book, and if […]

Still-dangerous Bears set to host Wildcats

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Clovis High School junior Rishard Matthews gets ready to throw a pass during practice Friday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor No motivational speeches are needed for the Clovis Wildcats this week. Here’s why. La Cueva is the top-ranked team in the state. They haven’t lost […]

Wildcats dominate 2nd half

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Fueled by what Clovis coach Shaun Gill thought was a bad call, Clovis scored three times in the second half and beat Artesia 3-0 Tuesday in a non-district game. Angel Fernandez scored twice for the Wildcats and Luis Miranda added the other goal. In a scoreless game, Clovis was called for […]

CHS senior does dirty work

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Clovis’ Tanner Fickling runs down the sideline for a fourth-quarter touchdown during last weeks 34-13 win over Pampa, Texas. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Tanner Fickling is football’s version of a bodyguard. As a fullback in the Clovis Wildcats’ run-oriented attack, the spunky senior is often called upon, with […]

Cats visit Mayfield in opener

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Clovis senior Devin Hanson helps fellow senior Jonathan Sweet stretch during the start of practice Thursday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jim Bradley’s teams haven’t lost many season openers — just three in 38 years by his count. The veteran Mayfield coach has padded his […]

Cats look for quick getaway

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Clovis senior Tanner Fickling runs sprints during practice earlier this week at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Getting off to a better start is high on the priority list for the Clovis Wildcats. So are beefing up their secondary, finding a punter, and developing a young […]

Cats advance to title game

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Clovis’ Josh Bussen, left, and Ruidoso’s Lucas Lindsey go after the ball during the second half of their game during the Clovis Invitational Friday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. Clovis defeated Ruidoso 5-0. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School won its first two games of the season, earning […]

Cats ready for break

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Clovis senior Brandon Cook makes a catch over junior teammate Keaton Howell Friday during practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The afternoon practice had all the crispness of wilted lettuce. After six days of two-a-day practices under the strength-sapping eastern New Mexico sun, the Clovis […]

Wildcats’ win streak at 11

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats keep scratching off wins in summer league play, as they swept Plainview, Texas, 8-1 and 5-2 Saturday in Texas to push their winning streak to 11 games. Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood described his team’s play as “solid.” “You win 11 in a row, you’re playing good,” he said of the […]

Wildcats sweep Hereford

CNJ staff HEREFORD, Texas — The Clovis Wildcats continued their winning ways, sweeping Hereford 9-7 and 16-5 in summer league play. Incoming sophomore Jerry Romero went a combined 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs while incoming senior Daniel Casarez was 4-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs. “We didn’t play real well, but we […]

Wildcats pull out two squeakers

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Clovis’ Jonathan Sisneros lays down a bunt during the opening game of a doubleheader Thursday against Plainview at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Parker Wood drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh to give the Clovis Wildcats a 7-6 victory Thursday night over Plainview, Texas, and a sweep […]

CHS alum Seefeld hitting stride with Arizona

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jason Seefeld knew Division I college baseball would be a large jump from the high school level, but he seems to have made the transition. The 2004 Clovis High graduate has stepped into a platoon role as a designated hitter for the sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats. He is hitting .347 […]

Robinson pulls upset; Wildcats finish fourth

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Tanner Fickling, left, helped Clovis take fourth in the 800-meter relay Saturday at the state track meet. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis senior Damian Robinson gave himself a little birthday present Saturday. He also helped elevate the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish in Class 5A state […]