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 […]

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 […]