Cats look to get win in The Pit

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jaden Isler and his Clovis High basketball teammates remember all too well the last time they played in The Pit. The Wildcats rolled into the Class 5A state championship game in March at the University of New Mexico’s basketball facility in Albuquerque with 28-1 record, but had to settle […]

Isler undergoing tests to determine cause of collapse

By CNJ Staff Clovis High senior Jaden Isler is in Dallas as doctors continue to search for clues regarding his collapse Thursday at a softball game in Canyon, Texas. J.D. Isler, Jaden’s father and coach at CHS, said staff at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo haven’t identified what caused the senior’s heart to stop. […]

Father: Isler feeling better

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Jaden Isler was resting comfortably in an Amarillo hospital Saturday two days after he collapsed and nearly died while attending a softball game in Canyon, Texas, according to his father, J.D. Isler. “He’s doing about as good as can be expected,” J.D. Iser said Saturday night. Jaden, a Clovis […]

Jaden Isler improving

CNJ Staff Clovis High School Athletic Director Brian Stacy said Clovis High senior Jaden Isler was talking, coherent and hungry Saturday morning.“I think everything’s looking good,” Stacy said. Isler, who helped Clovis reach the Class 5A state title games in football and basketball this school year, collapsed and lost consciousness Thursday evening while attending a […]

Jaden Isler in critical care unit in Amarillo hospital

Hospital staff at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo confirmed this morning that Jaden Isler is a patient in the critical care unit but they declined to release any information regarding his condition or status.

Cats plan to rely on speed

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High seniors Diondre Hunter, left, and Jaden Isler take time to share a drink and a song on Hunter’s iPod during a break in Saturday’s conditioning drills at the high school practice field. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Speed for size. It’s a good tradeoff as far as […]

Bears stun Clovis

Clovis junior Layne Strebeck shoots over a La Cueva defender during Wednesday’s Class 5A state quarterfinal game at The Pit in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — A fluke play helped end Clovis High’s season on Wednesday in the Wildcats’ first trip to The Pit since playing […]

La Cueva stuns Clovis in final seconds

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — A fluke play helped end Clovis High’s season on Wednesday in the Wildcats’ first trip to The Pit since playing for the Class 5A boys state title in 2001. A wild final minute — and a freak turnover when the Cats were trying to get a timeout […]

Cats earn desired Pit stop

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Making the state tournament in Albuquerque is something they’ve been dreaming of since they picked up a basketball. For Clovis seniors Michael Lewis and Cody Thornsbury, it’s taken four years to reach the pinnacle of high school basketball in New Mexico. Others, such as freshman Jaye Crockett, didn’t have […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats rally to outlast Mayfield

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Clovis High’s Bryce Hill, right, wrestles with Mayfield’s Luis Quinones for control of the ball during Saturday’s Class 5A first-round state tournament game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Although nowhere close to sea, Clovis coach J.D. Isler did have a bit of an albatross hanging on […]

Cats hope to end playoff drought

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats turned to a famous alumni in hopes of ending five years of postseason frustration. Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett spoke to the team Friday afternoon as the Cats prepared to host Mayfield today in a first-round game of the Class […]

Coaches surprised by seedings

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The Clovis Wildcats were seeded No. 5 by the New Mexico Activities Association selection committee Sunday. The Lady Cats earned a No. 2 seed as well. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After the New Mexico Activities Association released the seedings for the round of 16 in the state basketball […]

Cats hope to relieve pain from losses

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ Bryce Hill will make it clear that the Wildcats’ two losses this season to District 4-5A rival Hobbs have hurt. The Cats (22-4) hope to relieve their pain today when they travel to Hobbs (25-1) for a shot at the district tournament championship in a 7 p.m. clash. […]

Cats host Carlsbad in district tourney

CNJ staff Clovis High’s boys are anxious for another crack at rival Hobbs in Friday’s finals of the District 4-5A tourney at Hobbs. Before they can do that, though, the Wildcats have to take care of business when they host Carlsbad in a 7 p.m. contest today at Rock Staubus Gym. The Cats (21-4) have […]

Hobbs takes 4-5A battle

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Clovis’ Michael Lewis battles Hobbs’ Jeff Taylor for a rebound during Friday’s District 4-5A clash at Rock Staubus Gym. The Eagles wrapped up the regular-season district title with a 97-86 win over the Wildcats. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Like a military general, Clovis coach J.D. Isler compared the […]

Cats set up showdown for title

CNJ staff CARLSBAD— Heading into Tuesday’s District 4-5A boys matchup against Carlsbad, Clovis coach J.D. Isler said setting the tempo was the Wildcats’ main objective. Clovis did just that, bursting through for a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to a 69-34 blowout of the Cavemen. The win sets up […]

CHS teams trying not to peek ahead

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High basketball teams have to guard against looking ahead tonight. The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats face showdowns on Friday against Hobbs with District 4-5A regular-season titles likely to be on the line. But before that takes place, they face Carlsbad tonight in 7 p.m. tipoffs — the […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats bury 16 3-pointers in win over Portales

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Clovis High’s Jordan Mendoza looks for a shot against Portales’s Todd McBroom during Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer By the end of the first half, the Clovis Wildcats had hit so many 3-pointers the cheerleaders ran out of T-shirts to throw to the […]

Cats survive foul trouble at Roswell

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys had a somewhat uneven game Friday night, partly due to foul trouble. Nonetheless, the Wildcats had relatively little trouble improving to 19-3, putting four players in double figures in a 70-58 non-district victory over Roswell High. Clovis was held to nine points in the second quarter as […]

Cats thump Carlsbad

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Clovis High’s Manuel Robles, right, pries a rebound away from Carlsbad forward Jose Cruz Lopez during Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis routed Car0lsbad 72-34 for its first 4-5A victory. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In the first quarter, Clovis’ shots just weren’t falling, coach J.D. Isler said. […]