Clovis gameday

District 4-5A Boys Carlsbad (10-12, 0-1) at Clovis (17-3, 0-1) When: 7 p.m. today Where: Rock Staubus Gym Last time out: Hobbs defeated Clovis 99-93 Friday. Artesia beat Carlsbad 54-47 Friday. Key Carlsbad players to watch: Jose Cruz Lopez, 6-4, Jr., F; Zack Mendez, 5-6, Sr., G; Chris Thompson, 6-5, Jr., F, Keys to the […]

Taylor leads Hobbs past Wildcats

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Clovis junior Bryce Hill poured in 20 points in the Wildcats 99-93 loss to Hobbs Friday night. (Hobbs News-Sun: Timothy Rios) CNJ staff HOBBS — Hobbs roared to a 10-0 lead against Clovis High’s boys Friday night, but Wildcats coach J.D. Isler said he knew his team wasn’t going to panic. Clovis rallied to take […]

Clovis faces huge challenge

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Layne Strebeck and the rest of the Cats head to Hobbs for a match up between the Class 5A perennial powerhouse schools. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Hobbs junior Jeff Taylor is already drawing the attention of Big 12 Conference schools such as Texas Tech and Kansas. And for […]

Cats cruise to easy win over Artesia

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Clovis High junior Bryce Hill drives to the basket during Friday night’s game against Artesia at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats put on an offensive exhibition in their last non-district game, defeating Artesia 94-70 Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym. Junior Bryce Hill […]

Cats bounce back for win at Borger

CNJ staff BORGER, Texas — Clovis High’s boys quickly got back on the winning track Tuesday night. Four Wildcats scored in double figures and combined for 10 3-pointers as the Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 72-57 victory over host Borger. Clovis (16-2) bounced back from a loss on Friday night at […]

CNJ BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats hope to get back in action today

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s boys weren’t able to get right back on the court after absorbing their second loss of the season on Friday, a 97-91 verdict at Rio Rancho. A Saturday afternoon game at Sandia was called off to give the team a better chance of getting back to Clovis […]

Rio Rancho downs Cats for second time

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — For the second time this season, No. 1-ranked Rio Rancho beat Clovis in a high-scoring affair. Wildcats coach J.D. Isler saw positives in Friday’s 97-91 loss. “I told (his players) we might see them again in the state tournament,” Isler said. “They never quit, they never got rattled, and these […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats erupt in third quarter

Clovis High’s Jaden Isler splits Taos defenders Joe Montoya, left, and Juan Valdez during Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Taos Tigers hung around for a half Friday night. It didn’t take Clovis High’s boys long, however, to turn the game into a […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats prepare for Taos’ mix-match defense

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Although the Purple Pepper Shootout isn’t a tournament in the traditional sense, with a championship presentation or all-tournament team, both Clovis and Taos are taking the two-day event seriously. The Wildcats (13-1) will square off against Taos (9-7) at 7:30 p.m. today at Rock Staubus Gym. Roswell High plays […]

COLLEGE UPDATE: Ex-CHS point guard helping McMurry

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer McMurry University junior point guard Bud Willis did more than hone his basketball skills at Clovis High School. Under the tutelage of Wildcats coach J. D. Isler, Willis also learned his true calling in life was coaching. “When I see him coach, he teaches you how to play ball, […]

Clovis survives Goddard

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Michael Lewis absorbs contact from Goddard center Peyton Cometti on the way up on a shot in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Lewis was fouled and hit the free-throw for the 3-point play. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ bus didn’t roll into town […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats pull away for victory over Pintos

CNJ staff MORIARTY — Junior guard Jaden Isler led four players in double figures with 23 points Friday night as Clovis High’s boys pulled away from Moriarty 76-59. Senior guard Cody Thornsbury added 16 points and junior posts Layne Strebeck 11 for the Wildcats (12-1), who face Roswell Goddard in a 7 p.m. contest today […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats play twice this weekend

CNJ staff It didn’t take the Clovis High boys basketball team long to get back on track. Three nights after losing a 97-95 overtime heartbreaker to Rio Rancho in the finals of the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym, the Wildcats improved to 11-1 with Tuesday’s 61-49 win at Amarillo High. The Cats hit […]

Weary Cats prevail

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Despite feeling the effects of playing their sixth game in 11 days, the Clovis Wildcats had enough energy left to hold off Amarillo High 61-49 Tuesday in a back-and-forth contest. The Cats piled it on in the third quarter and shut Amarillo down with excellent defense, Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. […]

MILK COW CLASSIC: Rio Rancho edges Cats in OT for title

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Clovis High’s Layne Strebeck shoots over Rio Rancho defenders Daniel Steffensen, left, and Chris Newsome during Saturday’s championship game of the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High Wildcats have dominated virtually everybody in their path this season. Facing a team […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats blitz Tascosa to advance to finals

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis is fouled by Tascosa’s Ruben Solis as he attemptsa layup during Friday’s Milk Cow Classic semifinal game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After one half, host Clovis seemed in jeopardy of suffering its first loss of the year — in the semifinals […]

Cats blast Harvesters in opener

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Clovis High’s Manuel Robles gets past Pampa’s Tyler Hall for a layup during Thursday’s first-round game in the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The only time Clovis wasn’t in control against Pampa on Thursday night was on the opening tip. Otherwise, the […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats get finals rematch in Milk Cow Classic

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Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler watches as junior Bryce Hill, left, plays defense against sophomore Patrick Duffield during practice on Tuesday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys are hoping for a little less exciting matchup against Pampa than the last time they faced […]

Cats improve to 7-0 with rout of Coyotes

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Clovis junior Manuel Robles scored 12 points off the bench in the Wildcats’ win over Roswell High. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer J.D. Isler believes opponents aren’t always ready for what they get with his Clovis High boys basketball team. “We’re the kind of team that doesn’t look very […]

Clovis looks for redemption

CNJ staff Last season, Roswell had a strong team, beating both Clovis High and Hobbs twice. Alamogordo also dropped the Cats in their one meeting last year. Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats remember those losses and look forward to repaying Roswell and Alamogordo. The Cats (6-0) square off with the Coyotes at […]