Portales renews rivalry with Clovis Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams have enjoyed plenty of success over recent seasons. Portales has reached the Class 3A state championship game in each of the last six campaigns, winning four times, while the Lady Wildcats were Class 5A state titlists in 2005 and have won 67 of […]

Reality shows starring animals could be next big hit

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist In our effort to plumb the depths of humiliation and bad taste, television producers have now invented a reality show based on pitting races against each other. They have chosen whites vs. blacks vs. Asian vs. Latinos, leaving out the obvious — cowboys vs. Indians vs. French vs. cows. I […]

Felines find friends, sanctuary in Clovis shelter

Janet Taylor-Birkey When an unfortunate accident took the life of his cat, Sundance, Doug Johnson promised he was not going to watch another cat needlessly die. That was four years and more than 8,156 cats ago. Since then, Mr. Johnson has turned his attention to making better lives for homeless cats by building a home […]

Lady Wildcats capture district championship

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Despite a nine-point cushion at halftime, Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters was convinced the Lady Wildcats could play better. Clovis turned up the defensive heat in the second half, holding Hobbs to 12 points until the final two minutes and finished 56-38 win on Friday night at Rock Staubus […]

Melrose area resident charged with 58 counts of animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and 25 more in […]

Clovis girls rout Portales

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — If defense wins championships, the Clovis Lady Wildcats played a first half worthy of a ring. Clovis held the visiting Portales Lady Rams to 10 first-half points en route to a 51-30 win Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. It was the Lady Cats’ third win in three tries […]

Lady Wildcats prepare for eight-team tournament

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats, only a desperation heave from being unbeaten, figure to become even more formidable heading into this week’s third annual Plateau Holiday Classic. As they prepare to host eight-team tournament beginning today at Rock Staubus Gym, the Lady Cats have been buoyed by the return to […]

Foxes come back to beat Clovis

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — The Clovis Wildcats’ weary legs may have gotten the best of them on Friday. Leading through most of the first three quarters, the Cats couldn’t finish off El Paso Jefferson and the Foxes rallied for a 40-36 win in the championship semifinals of the City of Champions Classic. With most of […]

Mayfield finishes perfect campaign with win over Clovis

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — Just when it looked like the Clovis High Wildcats had taken control, Mayfield turned the tables. The top-ranked Trojans (14-0) answered the Cats’ 72-yard go-ahead scoring drive following the second-half kickoff with a 65-yard touchdown march of their own and went on to a 17-7 victory in […]

Clovis prepares for football state finals

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — It took the Clovis High defense a while to figure out Onate’s powerful option attack in Saturday’s Class 5A state semifinal playoff game at Field of Dreams. Once they got into halftime with a tie, though, the Wildcats never looked back. Juniors Brian Mead and Rishard Matthews each […]

Clovis hits road to face Onate in 5A semifinals

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High senior linebacker Jon Sweet expects a physical matchup when the second-ranked Wildcats play No. 3 Onate in a 1 p.m. Class 5A semifinal playoff matchup today at Las Cruces’ Field of Dreams. “It’ll be a battle of meat on meat,” Sweet said. “Their best thing is to run […]

Efficient Clovis steamrolls Bulldawgs

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Tanner Fickling took the handoff from quarterback Devin Sweet and appeared startled for a moment. With nothing but open spaces in front of him, the Clovis High senior fullback was off to the races for a 69-yard touchdown on the game’s second play from scrimmage, sending the Wildcats […]

Mead’s kickoff return spaks Cats

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After struggling last week against Mayfield, it took Clovis High’s offense a while to find the groove Friday night against Pampa, Texas. Held without a first down for nearly 1 1/2 quarters, junior Brian Mead got the Wildcats rolling with an 87-yard kickoff return and the offense took over from […]

Cats lose home opener on the road

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats bent — a lot — on Friday night, and they finally broke. Playing with their backs to the wall much of the way, the Cats hung tough before Mayfield broke though in the final moments for a season-opening 7-0 victory at the Field of Dreams. […]

Lady Cats finish with split

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Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ Lady Cats opened their soccer season slowly, but learned from their mistakes and finished Friday with a split. In the first game, the Lady Cats fell behind early and never recovered, losing to Moriarty 3-0. The Pintos dominated the first half of play, limiting the Lady Cats to only one […]

June 9 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Windy, dry and hot pretty well says it all about the weather in this whole area. I’m told from Lubbock, Lamesa and Amarillo on too the east has had rain, hail and twisters; hearing from friends and relatives being my information source. Sure pray it starts here soon so our dryland farmers […]

Texico police clear out cats

By Darrell Todd Maurina TEXICO — Texico police spent Monday afternoon working with Clovis animal control officers rounding up dozens of cats at an undisclosed address. “It was deplorable in there,” said Texico Police Chief John Mares. “The smell was unbearable, and they had a family of three living there.” Mares declined to release the […]