Military Digest: Easterlin

Air Force Airman Dominique A. Easterlin has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Teresa Slocum of Clovis. Easterlin is a 2005 graduate of Clovis High School. Ordonez Army Pfc. Hilario Ordonez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He […]

Clovis High pair sign with Midland College

CNJ staff MIDLAND, Texas — Midland College men’s basketball coach Grant McCasland announced that Clovis High School graduates Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin have signed national letters of intent with the junior college program for the 2005-06 school year. The 6-foot-8 Bunton and the 6-4 Easterlin helped lead the Wildcats to a 22-6 record as […]

Hobbs keep composure in win over Wildcats

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton scored 33 points in Tuesday’s 85-72 loss at Hobbs. (Hobbs-News Sun: Hobbs-News Sun photo: Daniel Howell) Special to the CNJ HOBBS — Russ Gilmore and his Hobbs Eagles coaching staff has felt for the better part of the season that the best way to get the Clovis Wildcats out of their […]

Props’ 22 helps Wildcats edge Moriarty

CNJ staff MORIARTY — Senior guard John Props scored a season-high 22 points as Clovis held off Moriarty 79-75 Saturday in a non-district game. Props provided a needed scoring surge, as Clovis (19-3) spent much of the game without leading scorers Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin. Bunton reinjured his ankle in the second quarter and […]

Clovis-Moriarty boys basketball capsule

CNJ staff Clovis (18-3) at Moriarty (4-14) 6 p.m. Saturday Last game: Clovis beat Carlsbad 70-64 on Tuesday. Moriarty beat Artesia 67-64 in overtime on Tuesday. At stake: The Wildcats are trying to keep sharp after going 3-1 over the first half of district play. The Class 4A Pintos want to continue their recent good […]

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 […]

Phillips’ shot propels Clovis over Gadsden

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Clovis senior Dominique Easterlin goes by Gadsden’s Manuel Bojorquez in the fourth quarter for two of his game-high 14 points as Clovis beat Gadsden on Friday 37-35. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Tizrick Phillips picked a good time to score his only two points of the game. The Clovis senior […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bunton burns Levelland

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Clovis’ Tigg Bunton releases a shot over Pampa’s Jarett Kotara during the first half of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ Staff LEVELLAND, Texas — Senior post Tigg Bunton scored a career-high 39 points as the Clovis remained undefeated Monday with a 76-66 win over Levelland. Clovis coach J.D. […]

Clovis edges Tascosa

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton powers his way to the basket past Amarillo Tascosa’s J.R. Scott during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The opener for the Clovis boys basketball team gave several inexperienced varsity players opportunity to show their stuff. It […]

Wildcats’ eyes on 5A prize

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Seniors Tigg Bunton, left, and Dominique Easterlin hope to make their presence known in the paint and bring a state basketball championship to Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Success breeds confidence and several Clovis Wildcats will take to the hardwood this boys basketball season teeming with memories of past […]

Cats get it done with defense

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Clovis senior Jeff Epps tries to release a shot over Manzano freshman James Syme (left) and sophomore Chanselor Bell during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s District 4-5A tournament game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Epps was fouled on the play by Syme By Dave Wagner The Clovis High boys basketball team didn’t need 96 points against […]

Cats relegated to third

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Clovis junior John Props drives past Manzano senior Jordan Parks as he tries to get to the baseline during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Eldorado guard Tyrone Crawford dropped an unexpected bomb on the Clovis High Wildcats Saturday night. After being virtually non-exsistent […]

Cats survive scare in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — It wasn’t pretty, but the Clovis High Wildcats will take it. The Cats struggled to pull away Tuesday night against the last-place team in District 4-5A, a Carlsbad squad they had beaten by 30 points two weeks earlier at home. But with the score tied, Clovis scored the first nine points […]

Cats take advantage of inside superiority

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Clovis junior Tizrick Phillips chipped in eight points and three assists. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner As expected, the Clovis High boys basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night. Now the Wildcats have some time to prepare for rival Hobbs in next Tuesday’s key District 4-5A showdown at Rock Staubus […]

Furious rally pushes Cats past Manzano

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Things didn’t look too good for the Clovis High basketball team through three quarters Friday night. Manzano carried a 47-39 lead into the final eight minutes against the Wildcats in their District 4-5A clash, and still led by eight a couple of minutes into the stanza. But Clovis finished the game […]

CHS teams split at Alamogordo

CNJ STAFF ALAMOGORDO — Senior Darren Prentice scored 27 points on Saturday night and the Alamogordo Tigers ended the game on a 5-0 run to nip the Clovis High Wildcats 77-72. Senior Justin Pinckney led the Cats (15-3) with 24 points, while junior Dominique Easterlin added 14 before fouling out on a blocking foul with […]

Quick start lifts Cats past Portales

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Clovis’ Justin Pinckney has the ball knocked from his hands as he grabs a rebound during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Despite the difference in records, Clovis High’s boys weren’t about to take Portales for granted. Senior point guard Bud Willis scored 16 […]

Clovis finishes pre-Christmas slate 10-1

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Clovis senior Justin Pinckney scored a game-high 21 points in Friday’s 93-66 win over Moriarty. CNJ photo by Rick White CNJ staff PAMPA, Texas — The Clovis High Wildcats took control with an early 11-point run and rode a balanced attack to a 56-44 victory Saturday over the Pampa Harvesters. Junior forward Dominique Easterlin scored […]