WATN: Painful lessons shape former Wildcat QB’s life

Texas Tech was deciding between two New Mexico athletes on a scholarship for the 1996 season. The Red Raiders went with All-State quarterback Chet Pharies of the mighty Clovis Wildcats, and the University of New Mexico instead picked up a skinny kid from Lovington named Brian Urlacher. “They’ll regret that the rest of their lives,” […]

WATN: Farwell’s Field played in ‘Game of Century’

Farwell’s Bobby Field became a University of Arkansas football fan on Oct. 17, 1964. That was the day he watched the Razorbacks beat the No. 1-ranked Texas Longhorns, 14-13, in a nationally televised game. Arkansas went on to win the national championship that season and Field picked the Fayetteville, Ark., university over Texas Tech and […]

Pigskin preview: Experience on Rams’ side

By Dave Wagner Clovis Media Inc dwagner@cnjonline.com Second-year coach Jaime Ramirez and the Portales Rams know they’re starting off on better footing than they did a year ago. For one thing, Ramirez comes into this season more familiar with his personnel. And the Rams, who returned only one starter last season, have a bevy of […]

Pigskin preview: Clovis’ Cass not concerned about records

By Kevin Wilson Clovis Media Inc kwilson@cnjonline.com By the halfway point of the season, Kamal Cass may be the most prolific running back in Clovis Wildcat history. That’s not enough. Cass is looking for a state championship in December, and a college scholarship at a Division-I school soon after. The reigning Gatorade Player of the […]

Pigskin preview: Huge improvement needed on defense

By Kevin Wilson Clovis Media Inc kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s a new August in Clovis, and another opportunity to line the football trophy case. The helmets have few scratches, but they don’t have the Clovis “C” logo either. Both still have to be earned on the field. There’s a good degree of confidence in the locker room […]

Where are the Now? ‘Ice Bowl’ kicker has Tucumcari roots

By David Stevens CMI editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Danny Villanueva planned on a teaching career. He was student teaching in a New Mexico State University classroom in 1960 when a mentor told him he had a phone call from the Los Angeles Rams. “I thought they were hazing me,” he said. But the call was real, spurred […]

4 Questions With: Gabbie Brewer

What’s the most challenging part of being a member of band?  Making it to every performance and every practice we have, and getting your schedule lined up for it.  What makes you passionate about music and being in band? Knowing how many opportunities it gives me, and that it can take you places unimaginable. What’s […]

4 Questions With: Zak Bouldin

What three people inspired you to commit to music? My sixth-grade band teacher Benjamin Rainy, Portales High School Band Director Jennifer Johnson and (Eastern New Mexico University) professor Neil Rutland.   What is one instrument you don’t play that you’d love to learn how to? The keytar because it seems like an interesting thing to […]

2013 Band Rosters

Clovis Jazmine Acosta Jackie Adkins Sall Ahmadian Sammantha Alcala Frederick Allen Tiffini Allen Jose Alvarado Maria Amaro Maddy Anderson Annabelle Andrade Logan Aragon Lizeth Badillo Taryn Baldock Terence Barela Desiree Barraza Sarah Baskett Austin Bender Madison Bennett Eric Benton Mitchell Boddy Ryan Boddy Payton Bombarger Santiago Bonney Alyssa Boyle Gabriella Brewer Jayden Brown John Bynum […]

4 Questions with: Kelsey Jaynes

What pro football team would you love to cheer for?  The Dallas Cowboys just because Billy Smith, a guy who works with the cheerleaders, has taught us some cool stuff.   What can’t-miss show do you have on your DVR waiting for you when you get home? “Pretty Little Liars.”   What extra curricular activity […]