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Clovis High’s best year yet in the pool was marked by performances like the ones from Smith. Only a sophomore, Smith made it to the finals of the 500-yard freestyle and he also led off the Wildcats’ 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams – where fourth- and seventh-place finishes were achieved respectively.

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Smith, the school record-holder in the 200-individual medley, helped the ‘Cats to an overall result of ninth at the state swimming & diving championships in February.

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On the CHS swim team since 2007, Smith carries a sterling 3.723 grade point average.

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More than just solid in the classroom, with a grade point average near 4.0, Shough was also a rock on the volleyball court for the Wildcats. On the varsity squad since she was a freshman, the junior was named to the District 4-5A All-District team for the season just completed.

 

“When you look back at the statistics, she was pretty consistent all year long,” Clovis volleyball coach Gabe Apodaca said.

 

If events took a turn for the worse for Clovis, Shough was always there to help turn things around. “She’s always trying to be positive,” her coach recalled.

 

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Speice helped the Clovis boys soccer team get off to a 9-3 start with his play as the Wildcats’ keeper. Previously, Speice had played in the midfield and is still listed as a midfielder-slash-goalie. However, coach Greg Trujillo hasn’t taken his senior away from the net so far in 2010.

 

“Not this year. His services are needed in goal,” Trujillo says. “He could probably play for a Division II or NAIA school in college; he could play in goal.” Brandon follows older brother Terrence Speice as a keeper although it took awhile for the CHS coach to convince Brandon’s mother to do the switch. “She could see how intense it gets,” Trujillo adds.

 

With a Straight-A grade point average, Brandon Speice has expressed an interest in metereology and has been taken college-credit classes during his junior and senior years at Clovis High.

 

 

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A 6-0 guard who could penetrate for the Wildcats or set up for an outside shot, Snipes was a senior captain for the Clovis boys basketball team. Averaging six points a game, he also snuck in to grab around four rebounds a contest.

 

In a sometimes trying 2009-10 campaign for the ‘Cats, Snipes proved to be a team leader in holding the players together through the tough times.

 

Although he also holds down a job, Snipes has maintained a 3.4 grade point average as he prepares to attend the University of New Mexico – where he plans on majoring in Video & Film visual effects.

 

 

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A junior at Clovis in 2009-10, Southard finished sixth at the state swim meet in the 500-yard girls freestyle race – a best ever finish for a Clovis High swimmer in that event. Southard finished the season as the school record holder for four individual events: the 500-free, the 100-freestyle, the 200-freestyle and the 200-yard Individual Medley.

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In the classroom, Southard is a near-Straight A student and one of her favorite subjects is French.

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In the summer, she gets ready for the swim season by competing in Triathlons.

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Tres Bien, Jill Southard!

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