All District 4-5A


Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon was named District 4-5A player of the year after averaging 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ Staff Prep All-district teams 4-5A Boys First team Cibola — Roman Andrade, Kasey Cunningham Clovis — Tigg Bunton. Hobbs — B.J. Meredyth. Sandia — Nate Kanyinda. Second team Sandia — David […]

Dead heat in 4-5A


Clovis senior post Dominique Easterlin goes up for the shot against Cibola last Tuesday. The Wildcats and Hobbs battle tonight with a share of first place on the line. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer With two weeks left in District 4-5A boys season the race is tighter than a cheap […]

Wildcats confident despite recent lull

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer After cruising through the non-district season and early district season with a 17-2 record, the Clovis boys basketball team has hit a couple of potholes. The Wildcats have split their past four games, losing twice to Cibola in district while squeaking out wins to a pair of sub-.500 teams […]

Cibola surges late


Cibola’s Roman Andrade get medical attention late in the second quarter after cutting his head after getting knocked to the floor. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis gave up its bodies. Cibola gave up its blood. But in the end Clovis turned the ball over too many times and Cibola […]

Lady Cats cruise at Cibola

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn took turns dominating the game and Tori Quintana continued her torrid 3-point shooting as unbeaten Clovis rolled to a 70-45 win over Cibola on Tuesday in a District 4-5A girls basketball game. After squandering a double-digit lead in the second quarter, the Lady Wildcats (23-0, 5-0 […]

Wildcats guarding against Cibola 3s


Jacob Jones will be one of the Wildcats counted on to help defend the perimeter against Cibola at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cibola stunned Clovis with its ability to shoot the 3-pointer the first time the team met. Guards Roman Andrade, Jeff Apodaca […]

prep scores 2-4

Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Local Texas Muleshoe 58, Levelland 51 New Mexico Carlsbad 51, Cibola 40 Farmington 51, Aztec 42 Grants 66, Cobre 25 Kirtland Central 50, Piedra Vista 42 La Cueva 59, Albuquerque High 45 Lordsburg 44, Tularosa 43 Mayfield 66, Alamogordo 33 Moriarty 44, Albuquerque Academy 38 Pecos 44, Mora 31 Rio […]

Lady Cats not satisfied with effort


Clovis’ Tori Northcutt, left, and Cibola’s Holli Ward hit the floor over a loose ball during the second half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Cibola 64-46. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis coach Miles Watters’ voice was laced with annoyance. He produced a laundry list of […]

Red-hot Cibola cooks Clovis for first district win

CNJ staff Albuquerque — The Cibola Cougars shot themselves back into the District 4-5A race. Cibola’s Roman Andrade, Jeff Apodaca and Derek Apodaca combined for 11 3-pointers and 54 points as the Cougars beat Clovis 73-55 Friday in Albuquerque. Andrade led Cibola with 21 points. “It was all their guards shooting,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler […]

Red hot Cibola roasts Clovis

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Senior point guard Roman Andrade and the Cibola Cougars shot themselves back into the District 4-5A race. Andrade scored 25 points and Cibola hit 11 3-pointers Friday as the Cougars beat Clovis 73-55. The Cougars, ranked third in thr Albuquerque Journal Coaches’ Poll, used a dominating third quarter to put Clovis […]

No. 3 Cibola looking for first district win

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cibola’s stay at the top didn’t last long. Clovis regained the top spot in this week’s Albuquerque Journal Coaches’ Poll, a combination of the Wildcats starting District 4-5A play with a pair of wins while the Cougars opened with a pair of stunning losses. “It was going well until […]

Clovis, Hobbs battle for first


Clovis senior post Dominique Easterlin fights for a shot in the paint Friday against Sandia. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Take a deep breath. Calm down a little. Despite what 4,500 fanatics in the stands may think, Hobbs is just another district opponent. Clovis Wildcats coach J.D. Isler said […]

Wildcats extend winning streak into playoffs


Clovis junior running back Tanner Fickling stiff-arms Cibola’s Jacob Martinez during the Wildcats’ 21-6 win Friday. CNJ photo: Mike Linn By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Patience is paying off for Phillip Williams. It wasn’t an easy lesson though as the Clovis senior set out this season to prove he is the best running back […]

Cold and wind Clovis allies


Clovis seniors Phillip Williams, left, and Jacob Jones were dressed for the cold weather during practice Thursday at the high school. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth Rick White: CNJ managing editor The Clovis Wildcats have long considered the cold and the wind their allies — Mother Nature’s test of guts on the gridiron. They know that […]

Cats clinch title during bye week

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats clinched the District 4-5A title Friday without playing a down. Wins by Carlsbad over Hobbs and Sandia over Cibola on Friday left the four teams trailing Clovis in the district with two losses. The Wildcats, who had a bye, are 3-0 in district with a game left Friday against Cibola. […]

3 Cs appear to be class of District 4-5A

Eric Buter, CNJ CORRESPONDENT Not only do Carlsbad, Cibola and Clovis sit atop District 4-5A based on alphabetical order, the three schools mostly likely will battle for the district’s two playoff berths. The premier game of the opening weekend has a rematch of last year’s 4-5A playoff representatives when Clovis plays at Carlsbad. In the […]

Clovis volleyball falls to Cibola

Eric Butler CNJ Correspondent By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT Too much size on the other side of the net was the problem for the Clovis volleyball squad on Saturday, according to coach Darrel Ray. The Wildcats, however, at least improved on a three-game sweep at the hands of Cibola earlier in the year by, this […]

Cibola sinks Cats in OT


Clovis senior Kendal Essex walks on the field moments after Cibola’s Javier Jimenez scored the game winning goal in overtime. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Bullets can only be dodged for so long. Cibola’s Javier Jimenez put a shot from the left side by Clovis sophomore goalie Josh Bussen, […]

Cibola sweeps Lady Cats

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Cibola outsized and outplayed the Clovis volleyball team Saturday in a 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 District 4-5A win. “That might be, collectively, the best team we’ve seen all year,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. Ray added he wanted his younger, less experienced team to learn from playing the Lady Cougars. Ray said […]

Versatility Apodaca’s game

By Eric Butler For many years, Pam Apodaca has grown used to playing a variety of infield positions in her numerous softball games in Albuquerque. The recent Cibola High graduate is, however, about to embark on a post-prep journey that will take her into the outfield and to places outside her home city. First stop […]