CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats play to tie with Los Lunas

CNJ staff LOS LUNAS — Angel Fernandez scored with the help of an assist from Luis Esparza in the 30th minute on Thursday and the Clovis High boys soccer team managed a 1-1 tie with Los Lunas. The match was halted with about 14 minutes left due to rain and lightning in the area. The […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats improve to 3-1 with win at NMMI

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys soccer team dominated New Mexico Military Institute most of the way Tuesday, although it took the Wildcats a while to have much to show for it. Clovis’ Devin Aragon scored a pair of second-half goals to give the Cats some breathing room in a 3-0 win over […]

Cats begin two-a-days Monday

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 […]

Summer season begins Tuesday for CHS baseball

CNJ staff Three weeks after being bounced out of the Class 5A state playoffs in the round of 16, Clovis High is ready to begin its month-long summer baseball program. Assistant coach Shane Leatherwood will run the program, with head coach Shane Shallenberger taking more of a background role. “It’s just a learning time for […]

Student profile: Jonathan Sweet

Jonathan Sweet is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Andrew and Diana Sweet. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football is a very physical sport where I can take out all my frustrations on the other team and not get in trouble for it — unless I get a […]

Clovis golf team will have new look this spring

Clovis High School golf bags litter the putting green as players practice Friday at Municipal Golf Course in preparation for Monday’s season-opening Tasker Invitational at Hobbs. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez around, Clovis High boys golf coach George Simmons always knew the Wildcats […]

CHS BRIEFS: Cavegirls get past Lady Cats

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Carlsbad put an end to Clovis High’s school-record 10-match winning streak, edging the Lady Wildcats 25-23, 25-7, 18-25, 14-25, 15-13 Thursday in the District 4-5A and regular-season volleyball finale for both teams. Despite the loss, Clovis (14-6, 3-1 district) has a bye to the finals of the 4-5A tournament. Third-seeded Carlsbad […]

Lady Cats edged for title

CNJ staff BORGER, Texas — Clovis High’s girls were edged by a point (28-29) by Amarillo Tascosa on Saturday for the varsity team title in the season-opening Borger Invitational cross country meet. Freshman Caitlin Waters led the Lady Wildcats, finishing third in the two-mile race in 12 minutes, 47 seconds. The Lady Cats also finished […]

Lunch-pail approach works for Cats’ Cerda

Clovis High School senior nose tackle Randy Cerda convinced his parents to forgo a move to Raton before his sophomore season so he could play for his beloved Wildcats. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Playing a position where he is embedded in the human carnage known as the line […]

Rush shaking off injury

Clovis High junior Jennifer Gross (foreground) hits the deck as she tries to defend against junior Jordan Garrett during Lady Wildcats soccer practice on Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High junior Callie Rush is just happy to be back on the soccer field. […]

CHS begins summer baseball schedule

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Next year is about to begin for the Clovis High baseball team. The Wildcats, who did not make the postseason during the regular spring campaign for the first time in coach Shane Shallenberger’s four seasons, begin a 26-game summer schedule Tuesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Hereford at […]

Clovis Christian pair atop tourney

Clovis Christian School junior Mollie Peterson marks her ball on the green during the Clovis Christian Invitational golf tournament on Monday at Clovis Municipal golf course. Peterson shot a 87. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Clovis Christian golfers Mollie Peterson and Lauren Douma took the top two spots at the inaugural Clovis Christian Invitational […]

Clovis golfers believe they have talent to win title

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High boys golf coach George Simmons knows what he can count on from seniors and five-year varsity players Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez. If the Wildcats are consistently able to put a couple of good scores with them this season, they’ll be in business. Reid won the state title […]

Surina leads Lady Cats to tourney title

Clovis’ Jordan Garrett is congratulated by teammates after hitting an inside-the-park home run in Saturday’s tourney championship against Hobbs. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said on an average season, the team has three no-hitters. Senior Julie Surina is doing her best to make sure the team […]

Lady Cats ready for run at district title

Members of the Clovis High School girls cross county team warm up on Wednesday during practice as they run West Brady Avenue toward Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ Staff photo: Eric Kluth John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cross country racers from District 4-5A will burst off the starting line at Hobbs this Saturday at the […]

Drive-in theater digs up good memories

As we recently drove past the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater in Lubbock, it brought back fond memories of the old Varsity Drive-In in Portales, once located on the Roswell Highway. We took the girls to Texas Water Rampage for the day, and my eyes lit with excitement when we drove past the drive-in theater […]

Umpiring good call for ex-players

By Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said […]

Cats roll to victory against Whitefaces

Clovis senior Zac Watters and Hereford senior LaMark Williams hit the floor over a loose ball during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner If the Clovis High Wildcats were expecting a test in Tuesday’s season opener at Rock Staubus Gym with four of their […]

Shorthanded Cats face Hereford

By Dave Wagner What you see tonight when the Clovis High boys open their basketball season against Hereford at Rock Staubus Gym won’t be what you see in a few weeks. Only eight Wildcats, including two moved up from the junior varsity, will dress for the 7:45 p.m. game against the Whitefaces. Third-year coach J.D. […]

Clovis needs numbers to succeed

Carlsbad’s Lanette Rostro shields Clovis junior Melissa Ridege from the ball during Tuesday’s game at Yucca Soccer Complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Eric Butler During the time between the junior varsity and varsity girls soccer matches Tuesday night, the visiting Carlsbad High squad took the field for warmups. The Clovis varsity, meanwhile, rested. Except […]