Lady Cats close out Santa Fe

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn taps the ball over the net during the third game of Thursday’s match against Santa Fe High at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two nights after seeing a two-game lead slip away against rival Portales, the Clovis High volleyball team looked ready to […]

Lady Cats turn back Roswell in four

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ROSWELL — After a year away from volleyball, Clovis senior Aimee Hilburn got her groove back on Thursday. In fact, it was as good as she’s ever had it in this sport and, as a result, the Lady Wildcats may have just rediscovered their go-to hitter. Clovis took a tight […]

Lady Cats buoyed by Hilburn, Blackmon

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Clovis High outside hitter Aimee Hilburn has returned to the Lady Wildcats volleyball team this year after skipping her junior season to concentrate on basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn decided to skip her junior year in volleyball to concentrate on the basketball season. Brittany […]

Clovis reaches title game

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn rips the ball from Rio Rancho’s Kiah Rotunno during the second half of a Class 5A semifinal game Thursday at The Pit in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not often at any level of basketball that you get two unbeaten teams battling for a […]

Clovis avoids upset

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Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson is fouled by Magdalena’s Kayla Armstrong, No. 32, and two other players as she drives to the basket during the second half of their Class 1A quarterfinal game in Bernalillo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Tori Northcutt’s layup with five seconds left pushed Clovis past Gallup 44-40 […]

Clovis avoids upset bid by Gallup

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Tori Northcutt’s layup with five seconds left pushed Clovis past Gallup 44-40 on Tuesday in the first round of the Class 5A girls state tournament at The Pit. Brittany Blackmon scored 15 points and Aimee Hilburn added 10 as the second-seed Lady Wildcats (28-0) avoided the first-round upset. Valerie Kast […]

‘Preseason’ over for Lady Wildcats

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Clovis junior guard Tori Quintana drives around a Sandia defender during last week’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Forget the first 26 games. For undefeated Clovis, the real season begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the Lady Wildcats host the District 4-5A tournament championship game […]

Undisputed: Unbeaten Lady Cats finish regular season with win over Sandia

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon is fouled as she scores two of her 17 points in the first half of Friday’s game against Sandia at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis defeated Sandia 63-52. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A furious late rally the last time the teams met may have given Sandia some hope. […]

Lady Cats not satisfied with effort

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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 […]

Lady Cats pound Lovington again

CNJ staff LOVINGTON _ The Clovis girls continued their unbeaten ways, past Lovington for the second time this season. Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon scored a game-high 25 points and fellow junior post Aimee Hilburn added 13 points in Clovis’ 64-42 win that was decided before halftime. Clovis coach Miles Watters said Blackmon and Hilburn […]