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CHS golfers ready to start new season


March 19, 2017

CLOVIS — Dale Fullerton is riding off into the sunset with one last coaching gig.

When his son, Cal, was hired this spring to replace longtime Clovis High football coach Eric Roanhaus, the elder Fullerton stepped in to take his son’s duties with the boys golf program as the interim coach. With Cal moving into the football role, Dale Fullerton will step down from his athletic director’s duties at the end of June.

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats open their 2017 season on Wednesday in the Hobbs Invitational, followed by the New Mexico Military Invite a day later in Roswell.

Dale Fullerton inherits a relatively experienced squad, coming off a bit of a disappointing performance in last year’s Class 6A state tournament in which the Cats were last out of five teams.

Junior Christian Fontanilla, Kolt Bennett and David Maldonado, though, have plenty of experience and have been playing well during early practices, Dale Fullerton said.

About five others, including senior Josh Gutierrez and juniors Woody Casey and Dakota York, are in contention for the other two spots. Gutierrez saw some time on the varsity last season.

“I think it’ll be a battle every week to see which two will be going with us (to meets),” Dale Fullerton said. “If we can get a couple of them playing good, we could be pretty decent.

“(Gutierrez) is capable of playing good. The other two guys are hitting it good. We’re having some trouble scoring, but that will come in time.”

Meantime, the Lady Cats are coming off a program-best third-place finish last spring and also return many of their key players, although junior Sydni Hill sustained a broken hand during the basketball season and will still be sidelined a while.

“It’s a week-by-week thing,” CHS girls coach Steve Speck said. “I’m hoping she can maybe make it back for the last couple of (regular-season) tournaments.”

Other returnees are senior Hannah Reed, junior Raquel Anaya and sophomore Logan Clayton. Hill, Reid, Anaya and Hill are all three-year letterwinners.

“We’ve got high hopes this year, with four of the (top) five back,” Speck said.

This year’s 6A state meet will be at Roswell’s Spring River Golf Course. The Cats and Lady Cats will have a chance to play that course a couple of times during the regular season.



22 — at Hobbs Invitational, 9 a.m.; 23 — NMMI Alien 8 at Roswell, 9 a.m.


4 — Clovis Invite, 9 a.m.; 7 — Texico Invite, 9 a.m.; 11 — Coyote Classic at Roswell, 9 a.m.; 13 — Lovington Invite, 9 a.m.; 17-18 — Spring Classic at Roswell, 9 a.m.; 25 — Eagle Invite at Hobbs, 9 a.m.


1 — District 2-6A meet at Albuquerque, 9 a.m.; 8-9 — Class 6A state meet at Spring River, Roswell.

Boys interim coach: Dale Fullerton. Girls coach: Steve Speck.


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