Tuesday morning briefing: Raising the flag and a high-scoring former Wildcat

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Local folks taking their shot at being a comedian. Joking around. The show goes on The Yucca Middle School choir performs a 50s show 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. Also, the Barry Elementary School third and fourth graders program is at 5:30 p.m. […]

Hilburn, Texas State clash with Tech tonight

CNJ staff Former Clovis High standout Aimee Hilburn and her Texas State Bobcats will be in Lubbock tonight to face Texas Tech in a second-round game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Hilburn posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds on Thursday as Texas State (21-10) advanced with a come-from behind 84-83 victory […]

Area players to participate in all-star volleyball games

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn says she’s a little sad her final competitive volleyball match is coming up this week in the Class 4A-5A New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4-5A all-star game in Albuquerque, but at the same time she’s ready to move on. Hilburn signed to play […]

Hilburn honored by Journal

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CNJ file photoAimee Hilburn was recently named the female prep athlete of the year by the Albuquerque Journal. Hilbrun will play basketball at Texas State University. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent To be a lifeguard, one has to prove proficiency in certain areas — swimming and life-saving techniques being the most prominent. You don’t have […]

Lady Cats optimistic about repeat in ’07

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Despite some key graduation losses, Clovis High girls track coach Darrel Ray believes the Lady Wildcats are reasonably well-positioned to repeat the Class 5A state championship they won last weekend in Albuquerque. State champions Aimee Hilburn (javelin) and Kim Perkins (300 hurdles) graduate, but the Lady Cats return state […]

Seniors Blackmon, Hilburn named to all-state team

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Two record-setting Clovis seniors were named to this year’s Associated Press Class 5A All-State team announced Saturday. Senior Brittany Blackmon leaves Clovis as the school’s all-time leading scorer with more than 1,500 points while senior Aimee Hilburn finished with a school record for assists with almost 500 and third […]

La Cueva seeks to play spoiler to Lady Cats

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Vanessa O’Neal is one of fove Clovis seniors who hoped to win back-to-back Class 5A state titles. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The way La Cueva coach Greg Berger looks at it, there’s no way to completely shut down the top-ranked Clovis Lady Wildcats. But he has a theory that might […]

Lady Cats easily advance in seniors’ final home game

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Clovis senior Vanessa O’Neal (4) snares a first-half rebound. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Had it been a closer game, elimination contest as it was, perhaps the five seniors on the Clovis girls basketball team would not have had so much time to reflect about their last game at Rock […]

Last time at Rock for CHS seniors

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Jessica Russell is one of five Clovis seniors who will play their last home tonight when the top-ranked lady Wildcats host Santa Fe in a first-round state playoff game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A trio of names synonymous with Clovis High girls basketball in recent years— Brittany Blackmon, Aimee […]

Lady Cats dominate Artesia

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Clovis guard Tori Northcutt grabs a rebound during the first half of Friday’s game against Artesia. The Lady Cats blew out Artesia 61-27. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s girls were revved up Friday night. An anticipated showdown with Artesia, ranked third in the Albuquerque Journals’ Class 4A […]

Student profile: Aimee Hilburn

Aimee Hilburn is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Becky Hilburn. What is your greatest fear? One day I’ll look (back) on my life and have regrets. Tell us about a happy time: When we won state in basketball. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and […]

Lady Cats finish sweep

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Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal looks to move around Portales’ Megan Kabrick during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Portales 51-30. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer If defense wins championships, the Clovis Lady Wildcats played a first half worthy of a ring. Clovis held the […]

Fatigue doesn’t bother Lady Cats in rout

CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — Fatigue turned out to be no factor for Clovis High’s girls on Saturday night. Coming off a rugged 33-31 win at Amarillo High on Friday night, the Lady Wildcats made the four-hour bus ride to south-central New Mexico on Saturday and hammered Alamogordo 72-39, improving to 15-2 for the season. Senior […]

Lady Cats try to stay focused on Moriarty

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Aimee Hilburn admits it’s a little hard not to look ahead this week. Hilburn and her Clovis High teammates have business to tend to tonight when the Lady Wildcats host Moriarty in a 6:30 p.m. matchup at Rock Staubus Gym. Looming this weekend, though, is the Mel Otero Invite […]

Lady Cats drub cold-shooting Portales

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Portales sophomore Bethany Self tries to dribble out of a double-team from Clovis seniors Brittany Blackmon (22) and Aimee Hilburn in the second quarter of Friday’s game. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Although both of the respective head coaches might disagree, Friday night saw 5A Clovis as 19 points […]

Lady Cats roll past Goddard in opener

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Clovis’ Tori Quintana drives the baseline during the second half of Tuesday’s season opener against Roswell Goddard at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If Brittany Blackmon was nervous Tuesday night, her numbers certainly belied it. The Clovis High senior post scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, […]

CHS’ Hilburn signs with Texas State

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Aimee Hilburn signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. (CNJ file photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With her college plans set, Clovis High senior Aimee Hilburn can now spend the 2005-06 basketball season focusing on helping the Lady Wildcats repeat their […]

Clovis downs Onate for state berth

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Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow, right, and Aimee Hilburn, left, celebrate their Class 5A regional match win over Onate Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Aimee Hilburn may not have been completely healthy, but the senior led her team to the state tournament with a strong performance […]

Lady Cats shorthanded heading into state match

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Two major speed bumps have risen in front of the Clovis Lady Wildcats volleyball team in their bid to reach Albuquerque. Senior outside hitter Aimee Hilburn sprained an ankle at practice this week and senior middle-hitter Brittany Blackmon was suspended from school Friday after an altercation, Clovis coach Darrel […]

Lady Cats down Artesia

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Clovis’ Sioban Flatow tips the ball past two Artesia defenders during the first game of their match Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Artesia in straight sets. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Despite the addition of talented athletes like Aimee Hilburn and Brittany Blackmon, it’s been a struggle […]