Wildcats roll over El Paso-Austin in Artesia

CNJ Staff The Clovis boys basketball team got what they needed Thursday night as they blew out El Paso Austin 68-26 in the first round of the 2004 Artesia City of Champions Classic. The game was never close as Clovis (3-0) built a 17-4 lead after the first quarter. Seniors Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin […]

Lady Cat senior rebounds from injury

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Roxanne Luera said the big black plastic brace doesn’t bother her anymore, despite how mechanical and unnatural it may look wrapped around her right knee. It hasn’t affected her shooting. The 5-foot-9 senior has been an offensive spark plug for the Clovis Lady Wildcats early this season. She’s averaging […]

Stretch run lifts Clovis over Caprock


Clovis senior forward Dominique Easterlin drives to the hoop in the third quarter of the Cats’ 52-43 win over Caprock on Friday at home. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer A strong start and a strong finish carried Clovis to its second straight win. The Wildcats outscored Amarillo Caprock 12-3 over the last four minutes […]

Clovis teams try to maintain perfect starts

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Both Clovis basketball teams continue their brief but undefeated seasons tonight as the ’Cats host Amarillo Caprock at 7 p.m. while the Lady Wildcats travel down the road to face Portales at 7:30 p.m. before moving on to Moriarty for a game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Wildcats are […]

Clovis edges Tascosa


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 […]

Football success means depleted basketball roster


Clovis freshman Jaden Isler is scheduled to start today’s season-opener against Amarillo-Tascosa. A number of junior varsity players will play on varsity because so many varsity players are still playing football. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Success on the gridiron is having a direct effect on the basketball court […]

Wildcats’ eyes on 5A prize


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 […]

Clovis roundball practice starts today

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Even after 11 state titles and nearly three decades of coaching, Clovis girls basketball coach Miles Watters will wake up today with a little extra spring in his step. He won’t be the only one. After two months of off-season workouts, the high school basketball season in New Mexico […]

Wildcats excited about depth in frontcourt

By Rick White Granted, it’s only based on a month of summer league games and a team basketball camp, but the future looks considerably brighter for the Clovis Wildcats than it did at the end season. One reason is the return of 6-foot-7 senior Tig Bunton, who re-enrolled at Clovis this spring after moving to […]

Clovis senior signs with New Mexico Junior College


Clovis senior Bud Willis is known for his passing more than his scoring. File photo. By Rick White Slick-passing Clovis senior point guard Bud Willis is following in the footsteps of his coach and mentor. Willis, a three-year letterwinner for the Wildcats under coach J.D. Isler, signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play […]