Wildcats wash away Sandia in district opener

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton throws down a dunk off a pass from Tizrick Phillips during the second half of the Wildcats’ 61-45 win over Sandia on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis boys basketball coach J.D. Isler told his team that other schools in the district didn’t respect […]

Division I schools pursuing Bunton

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Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds through the first 16 games. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton has come through plenty of times for the Wildcats this season. If he can come through on his ACT or SAT, he’ll likely be […]

Clovis beats Portales

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet leans into his shot attempt and collides with Danile Boan of Portales in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game at PHS. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Rams accomplished one of their missions Tuesday night — get 6-foot-8 Clovis senior center Tigg Bunton out of […]

Bunton shrugs off injury

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Clovis senior Dominique Easterlin tries to put the shot up despite Coronado’s Tanner Thetford. Easterlin had 13 points and seven rebounds. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) CNJ Staff Clovis senior Tigg Bunton walked across the court Friday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium with a heavy limp. That limp was nowhere to be seen for the previous […]

Clovis basketball briefs 1-7

John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer Boys Coronado (11-10) at Clovis (11-1) 7 p.m. Friday Clovis at Goddard (2-10) 7 p.m. Saturday Last game: Clovis lost 49-47 Tuesday at Frenship. Last meeting with Coronado: Clovis lost 72-71 in 2 OTs in last year at Coronado. At stake: The Cats are trying to bounce back after suffering […]

Wildcats suffer first loss

CNJ staff WOLFFORTH, Texas — A valiant comeback in the final seconds Tuesday fell short when Clovis’ Tizrick Phillips narrowly missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in an interstate matchup. The 49-47 loss to Frenship is the first of the season for the Clovis Wildcats, who struggled with fouls much of the game. Even so, the […]

Wildcats three-peat

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Wildcats’ Dominique Easterlin shoots over a Rio Rancho defender during Wednesday’s championship game of the Milk Cow Classic. Easterlin scored nine points in the win. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Tigg Bunton scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Clovis Wildcats pulled away in the fourth […]

Wildcats surge into title game

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Tizrick Phillips scores on a layup over Pampa’s Clayton Hall during Tuesday’s win at the Milk Cow Classic tournament in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Trading baskets between teams wasn’t exactly the trademark of Clovis’ semifinal game with Pampa. But in a game of runs, the Wildcats had by […]

Clovis races past La Cueva; earns rematch with Rio Rancho.

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal scores in the first half of Tuesday’s game against La Cueva. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis relentlessly pestered, frustrated and ran by the bigger La Cueva Lady Bears, which led to turnovers, easy points and a 66-30 the Lady Wildcats win in the second […]

Wildcats rally in third quarter

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet is fouled by Tascosa’s C.J. Johnson Monday at the Milk Cow Holiday Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Escaping with a one-point victory against Tascosa earlier in the season, the Clovis boys basketball team surely looked forward to showing the Rebels what it could do with its […]