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CHS ROUNDUP: Lady Cats post perfect score in NMMI meet

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ROSWELL — Clovis High’s girls racked up a perfect score of 15 and cruised to the team title on Saturday in the New Mexico Military Invitational cross country meet.

Freshman Kelsey McNaughton ran a 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 16 seconds for the Lady Wildcats, while freshman Mya Borwick (19:35) and sophomore Catherine Hisel (19:46) also broke the 20-minute barrier.

Roswell High was second with 59 points in a field including just four full teams.

On the boys side, the Wildcats finished third out of six full teams with 76 points. Lovington won the meet at 25.

Sophomores Brayden Sowell (eighth in 17:00) and Harrison Rikel (12th in 17:20) led the Cats.

“It was great weather, cloudy and cool,” CHS coach Mark Bussen said. “Of course, it was a (relatively) flat course, but I think every single kid set a (personal) best time today.”

Bussen was encouraged by the boys’ performance.

“The boys are getting better, competing harder,” he said. “Hopefully, the next couple of weeks we can carry that on and be ready for the (District 4-6A) meet (on Nov. 1 at Ned Houk Park).”

CHS squads return to action on Thursday in the Hobbs Invitational.

Volleyball — Alamogordo gave the Clovis High volleyball team a pretty good workout on Saturday before the Lady Cats laid claim to a 26-24, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20 victory at Alamo.

Senior outside hitter Danni Williams had 13 kills and three blocks to lead the Lady Cats (6-9, 2-0 district), while senior libero Rylie Lee collected 15 digs and senior setter Dakota Grummer added 33 assists and a team-best three aces.

CHS coach Gabe Apodaca said all the sets were well-contested.

“They were very athletic,” he said of the Lady Tigers (3-10, 0-2). “They were all exciting games.”

The Lady Cats have three of their next four matches at home, beginning with a Tuesday district contest against Carlsbad at Rock Staubus Gym.

Boys soccer — At Carlsbad, one little breakdown was enough to cost Clovis High’s boys a District 4-6A soccer match on Saturday.

Carlsbad freshman midfielder David Soto struck late in the first half and the Cavemen held on for a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats.

Both teams managed only three shots on goal. The Cavemen (8-7-1, 2-0-1 district) remained tied for the top spot with Hobbs, which won over Alamogordo 6-1 on Saturday.

“We had a couple of opportunities to score, but we just couldn’t get anything going,” Clovis coach Greg Trujillo said. “They’re a good defensive team, but we really didn’t play good soccer today. We were sluggish; we didn’t start playing until the second half."

The Cats (9-7-1, 1-2-0) are playing a bit shorthanded with junior defender Drew Kernan (broken collarbone) and senior defender Kousei Richeson (lung ailment) probably out for the season, Trujillo said.

Clovis, the two-time defending district champion plays at Hobbs on Tuesday and hosts Alamogordo and Carlsbad in its final two games. Trujillo said the Cats will probably have to win out to defend their title.

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