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Nora posts three seconds for Cats


Last updated 3/8/2022 at 4:48pm

CANYON — Clovis High junior R.J. Nora got his track season off to a good start in the Canyon Invitational over the weekend.

The Wildcats finished ninth in the 10-team Class 5A-6A field, scoring 30 points. Nora accounted for 24 of them with second-place showings in the 110 hurdles (15.69 seconds), triple jump (43 feet, 11 1/2 inches) and long jump (21-5). Other points for the Cats came in the 3,200 relay, fifth in 9 minutes, 10.94 seconds with freshman Sammy Fuentes, senior Jase Nordgren, junior Gavin McKelvain and freshman Erik Carrasco, and the 800 relay, sixth in 1:42.27 with sophomores Kaleb Foggie, Joshua Mondragon and Kash Roberts and senior Andrew Hall.

Clovis boys and girls squads return to action this weekend at Rio Rancho in the Cleveland Invite.

CHS tennis — Clovis High’s squads played two duals on Friday and two on Saturday in an invitational tournament hosted by Roswell High.

The Lady Wildcats lost to Piedra Vista 7-2 and to New Mexico Military 5-4 on Friday in matches played at NMMI, and defeated Roswell Goddard 7-2 and Roswell High 5-4 on Saturday at Roswell Goddard. The boys, playing the same scheduled, lost to Piedra Vista 7-0 and NMMI 6-0 on Friday, and fell to Goddard 5-4 and Roswell High 6-3 on Saturday. Goddard’s girls, who forfeited three flights in a 5-4 loss to the Lady Cats earlier last week, gave away four forfeits this time, but Clovis won three of the five matches which were played.

Senior Ayia Al Saleh won three of her four singles matches for the Lady Cats, losing only to Goddard, and she teamed with junior Niliyaah Hall to do the same thing in doubles.

Senior Charlese Phillips and freshman Hansini Lingala posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over NMMI in No. 3 doubles and defeated Roswell High 2-4, 4-3, (7-1) in “short sets” played on Saturday due to time constraints. Meantime, Phillips won at No. 3 singles against Goddard, sophomore Hannah Heath won at No. 4 singles against Goddard and Roswell High and Lingala prevailed at No. 6 singles against NMMI and Goddard and at No. 5 against Roswell High.

Clovis squads were slated to host Portales on Tuesday, then travel to Lovington for duals next Tuesday.

PHS tennis — Portales High played in the Alamogordo Invite over the weekend, which featured three singles and two doubles divisions for both boys and girls.

Three PHS players went 1-2 and finished sixth in the tournament — freshman Joey Ritter at No. 1, sophomore Emmitt Saiz at No. 2 and freshman Eagan Reeder at No. 3. Meantime, the Rams’ doubles teams of sophomore Aidan Harvey and eighth-grader Josh Brown at No. 1 and sophomore Stephen Roberts and junior Joseph Garcia at No. 2 both went 0-2 for the weekend.

On the girls’ side, junior Jenna Brown reached the finals at No. 2 singles, finishing second with a 2-1 record. Both sophomore Maggie Duong at No. 1 singles and Belia Lopez at No. 3 were sixth with 1-2 records.

Lady Rams doubles duos of sophomore Lorena Fernandez and freshman Kimberly Fernandez at No. 1 and eighth-grader Alejandra Larez and Galileo Gomez at No. 2 were both 0-2 in the event.

After today’s duals at Clovis, PHS squads return to action on March 24, facing Moriarty in duals at Albuquerque.

Softball — The Lady Wildcats fell to 0-3 for the season when they dropped a pair of 15-0 decisions on Saturday to Volcano Vista in Albuquerque.

Clovis returns to action next Tuesday with a doubleheader at Roswell Goddard.


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