Improved practice habits key for Cats

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 […]

Two-time state runnerup Texico faces first five games on road

Texico head coach Mike Prokop talks to his players after practice on Wednesday about getting ready for Friday’s season opener against Bovina. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner TEXICO — If the Texico Wolverines are looking for a challenge in the 2003 football season, all they need do is take a quick peek at […]

Wolverines want more

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After two years as the hunter, the Texico Wolverines may become the hunted in Class 1A football this season. Fourth-year coach Mike Prokop has nine starters back on both sides of the ball, losing only running back-defensive back Adrian Loera and receiver-defensive end Landon Johnson from a squad which ran […]

Cats wrap up busy summer schedule

By Dave Wagner After a busy June, the Clovis Wildcats boys basketball team is ready for some down time — even head coach J.D. Isler. The Cats have participated in several team camps since late May. They also had their summer league games at Rock Staubus Gym, and most of the players were on a […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]

Tournament celebrating 20th season

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]

March trip leads to April playoffs

By Rick White The trip spanned eight days and nearly 2,000 miles. Losing made it seem even longer. Part adventure and part misadventure, the Clovis Wildcats suffered five of the nine losses this season during a March road trip that included a three-day tournament in Albuquerque and a four-game swing through Arizona. Clovis coach Shane […]

Clovis to face La Cueva

CNJ Staff The Clovis Wildcats will travel to top-ranked La Cueva at noon on Saturday in one of four Class 5A regional baseball games scheduled for the day. Other pairings announced on Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association include Mayfield at Valley at 1 p.m., Del Norte at Carlsbad at 3 p.m. and either […]

Clovis hopes to make playoffs

By Dave Wagner Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger doesn’t want to just settle for making the playoffs, he’s more interested in winning the district crown. The Cats (14-9, 6-3 district) enter the weekend tied for the district lead with Carlsbad (15-7, 6-3), but the Cavemen hold the tiebreaker after taking two of three in games in […]

Lady Cats set for doubleheader

By Eric Butler The Clovis High softball team, with most of its main ingredients still underclassmen, may have much to look forward to next year. And, with prom night scheduled for Saturday, that day is sure to be filled with anticipation as well for team members. So, putting all expectations aside will be the goal […]

ENMU set to host basketball tournament

Mike Linn PORTALES — The popcorn machines will be working overtime and Greyhound Arena should be throbbing with enthusiastic fans this weekend when the Greyhounds men’s basketball team host their first Lone Star Conference Tournament, said Mike Maguire, the university’s athletic director. “When you have some of the top teams in the country (NCAA Division […]