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Lady Cats outlast Goddard

CLOVIS — In a match they dominated for the most part, it looked like Clovis High's girls were staring at overtime. In the nick of time, sophomore defender Madeline Howalt put up a shot from about...

 

Former area boxer gets state hall of fame nod

Earl Large, who began his boxing career in 1955 at the amateur level in Clovis and went on to a lengthy stint as a professional, is scheduled to be one of six people inducted into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame on Oct. 28 in Albuquerque. As an...

 

Rams use 35-0 run to turn tables on Lovington

PORTALES — For nearly a quarter and a half on Friday night, it looked like the Lovington Wildcats might just have their way with the defending Class 4A state champions. Down 14-0, though, Portales...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 30, 2017

Hobbs edges Clovis boys

CLOVIS — The Hobbs High boys soccer team has opened the season with five consecutive matches decided by one goal. Only the last two haven't gone to double overtime. On Tuesday, the Eagles managed...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 27, 2017

Coaches, players working to be smarter about brain injury risk

CLOVIS — Football has always been a violent activity. Longtime Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, in fact, once famously noted that, “it’s not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.” With more and more awareness of head injuries over...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 27, 2017

N.M. boxing makes return to Clovis

CLOVIS — Boxing took center stage on Saturday at Roy Walker Recreation Center. For the first time since last hosting New Mexico Golden Gloves competition four years ago, the facility was home to a...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 26, 2017

Cats finish second at muddy invitational

CLOVIS — Clovis High's boys might not be quite in Hobbs' category yet, but the Wildcats found out on Friday that they're at least competitive. Running without two of their top in sophomore T.J....

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 26, 2017

Rams pick up where they left off

TEXICO — If Friday's season opener is any indication, the Portales Rams don't look like they plan on relinquishing their Class 4A state championship anytime soon. After struggling a bit early,...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 25, 2017

H.S. FOOTBALL: State champ Portales faces former coach

PORTALES — Pat Crowley has been an assistant football coach for a long time, first at Portales High and most recently at Texico. Crowley steps into his first game as a high school head football coac...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 24, 2017

CHS runners chasing trophy

CLOVIS — The Clovis High boys cross country team had hopes of earning a trophy (top-three finish) in last year's Class 6A state meet at Rio Rancho, but the Wildcats had a tough day and ended up eigh...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 22, 2017

Rams have high hopes despite attrition

PORTALES — Graduation losses notwithstanding, the Portales High boys soccer team hopes to build off its first winning season since 2012 this fall. The Rams graduated eight players, including six starters, from a team which finished 15-4-1 overall...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 20, 2017

Portales brings experience, optimism

PORTALES — With a junior-dominated roster, the Portales Lady Rams reached last year’s Class 4A volleyball state quarterfinals. Second-year coach Charity Gomez certainly has higher goals for her squad this season. The Lady Rams open at home on Tue...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 20, 2017

Wildcats slip by Hobbs

CLOVIS — It's been a while since Clovis High junior Hannah Howell has seen a lot of time in goal. She passed a big test with flying colors on Saturday. Howell made seven saves, including a couple...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 13, 2017

Clovis boys soccer hopes to return to playoff field

CLOVIS — Clovis High boys soccer coach Greg Trujillo had gotten used to his teams winning the old District 4-6A championship, or at least being in the hunt. Last year, in six-team District 2-6A, the Wildcats came up short in their bid to reach the...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    July 16, 2017

PHS athlete header for Junior Olympics nationals

PORTALES — Portales High senior-to-be Jessica Campbell didn’t have to worry about winning the heptathlon competition at last weekend’s U.S. Track & Field Junior Olympics Region 10 competition at Mesa (Arizona) Community College. That’s...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    July 9, 2017

Local gymnasts take national podium

Clovis Gymnastics Academy members Riley Rohrbach and Mikaela Snider finished first and third, respectively, in age 13-14 Level 10 girls trampoline competition at the weeklong USA Gymnastics national...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    June 27, 2017

Rain cuts short 34th Custom Classic

CLOVIS — The Clovis Softball Association hoped to work around anticipated weather issues over the weekend in the 34th Plateau Custom Classic at Guy Leeder Complex. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as well as hoped. The five-division...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    May 12, 2017

STATE TRACK: Cats look to contend for 6A trophy

CLOVIS — Darren Kelley, in his final outing as Clovis High boys track coach before taking over as the school's athletic director, is hoping for a big meet from the Wildcats. The top two spots could...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    May 7, 2017

Area golf teams prepping for state

Clovis High boys interim golf coach Dale Fullerton expects Rio Rancho Cleveland to win this week's Class 6A boys state golf tournament at Spring River Golf Course in Roswell. The battle is on for...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    April 25, 2017

Coaching changes coming at Texico

CLOVIS — The sidelines are going to look a little different in some sports next year at Texico High School. Wolverines football and track coach Ryan Autrey has been promoted to athletic director and assistant principal. Meantime, assistant...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    April 16, 2017

Thomas gets 100th career win as Clovis softball sweeps

CLOVIS — Forgive Clovis High's Brandi Thomas for perhaps wondering if she'd ever get to 100 wins as the Lady Wildcats' softball coach. Sitting at 99 after the 2014 campaign, Thomas was replaced...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    April 14, 2017

Lady Cats dominate in shot put, discus

CLOVIS — Clovis High's track and field girls have a nice competition going on in the throwing events. Seniors Brittany Reed and Monay Phillips are going back and forth in discus, and Reed is...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    April 13, 2017

Cats eye win in own Relays

CLOVIS — With defending champion Rio Rancho Cleveland not returning, Clovis High boys track coach Darren Kelley hopes this is his team's year to win the Wildcat Relays. The annual meet is scheduled...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    April 7, 2017

Portales rolls to 17-4 win at Clovis

CLOVIS — The Clovis High softball team is still looking for that magic formula. The young Lady Wildcats got through the first inning on Thursday, then ran into big-time problems as Portales ran...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    April 5, 2017

Rams slip past Cats for tournament title

CLOVIS - Portales High senior Thomas Tulk has bigger fish to fry than winning Monday's Clovis Invitational at Colonial Park Golf Course, although that was pretty nice. After all, he is the defending...

 

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