CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats beat Goddard, stay unbeaten

CNJ staff ROSWELL — J.D. Isler figures his Clovis High boys basketball team passed a good test on the road Saurday night. Junior guard Jaden Isler scored 19 points and senior post Michael Lewis added 15 as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 with a 66-57 win over Roswell Goddard. It was the second win in […]

Cats annihilate Aztec

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Clovis senior Michael Lewis posts up on Aztec center Ryley Hegarty during the Cats’ 63-25 rout of the Tigers on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When your turnovers outnumber your points for the game, you know you’ve had a long night. Overwhelmed from […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Clovis set for busy weekend

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With his team off to a 4-0 start, Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler said he’s less concerned about who the Wildcats are playing and more about fine-tuning their overall game. CHS boys and girls squads begin a busy weekend with a doubleheader today against Aztec at Rock […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Clovis home at last

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Clovis sophomore Antiesha Brown, left, goes against senior guard Britni Montague in practice Monday at the Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis coach Miles Watters said Amarillo has a strong inside-outisde game. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Coming off solid performances in three-day tournaments, Clovis hosts Amarillo in a boys-girls basketball […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats blow out Artesia in tourney finals

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Whatever the Clovis High boys basketball team did in the first quarter against host Artesia on Saturday night, the Wildcats would certainly like to bottle it. Clovis hit 15-of-18 shots, including seven 3-pointers, in bolting to a 38-7 lead after one period and the Cats cruised to a 73-40 victory over […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats cruise into tourney semifinals

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Senior guard Cody Thornsbury hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and the Clovis High boys basketball team cruised into the finals of the Artesia Invitational on Friday with a 63-44 victory over Roswell Goddard. Junior guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (2-0), […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats notch win over Jefferson

CNJ staff ARTESIA — The Clovis High boys have already avenged one of their losses from a year ago. Junior guard Jaden Isler led three Wildcats in double figures with 12 points and Clovis, playing its season opener, led virtually wire-to-wire Thursday in posting a 60-41 victory over El Paso Jefferson in the quarterfinals of […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats open today in Artesia tournament

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Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler watches as junior guard Chris Moreno try to defend against junior guard Jaden Isler during a drill in Wednesday’s practice at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer With most of its players fresh off the Class 5A football playoffs, the […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Playoff delay slows Cats

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Clovis High’s Maria Sena runs the floor during a ballhandling drill in Lady Wildcats basketball practice on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is used to waiting for the football team to wade through the Class 5A state […]

Area teams busy with summer schedules

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The season may be nearly six months off, but Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes the summer schedule his team will go through over the next six weeks is crucial. Isler’s four-week summer league began Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym, and he hopes the Wildcats can establish […]

Vikings end Cats’ season

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis coach J.D. Isler knew Valley would be difficult to beat with a lead in the fourth quarter. The Vikings, who made a habit of winning close games all season, steadily pulled away in the final eight minutes en route to a 62-48 win that knocked Clovis out of the Class […]

Cats face scrappy Vikings

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes his team plays better at a fast pace. In that case, tonight’s first-round game of the Class 5A state tournament game at Valley figures to be a battle of tempo. Seeded eighth in the 16-team Class 5A state tournament, Valley (18-8) […]

Cats’ coach uphappy with No. 9 seed

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Senior Devin Sweet and his Clovis High teammates, seeded ninth in the Class 5A boys state playoffs, travel to Albuquerque to play Valley in a regional game on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters isn’t sure his defending Class 5A state champion […]

Hobbs upends Cats for 4-5A crown

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Clovis’ Michael Lewis releases a shot during the second half of their District 4-5A tournament championship game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ Photo:Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent First-round road games for the state tournament have been the bane for the Clovis Wildcats boys basketball team the last few years. Even with a […]

Cats wary of Hobbs’ Turner

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys believe they’re ready for tonight’s rematch against rival Hobbs in the finals of the District 4-5A tournament at Rock Staubus Gym. Hobbs edged the Wildcats 96-94 in overtime at home last week in the regular-season finale for both teams, but Clovis (16-8) had already clinched […]

Hobbs edges Wildcats in overtime

CNJ staff HOBBS — Senior Austin Turner scored 33 points and hit six counsecutive free throws in the final minute of overtime, lifting Hobbs past Clovis High 96-94 in the District 4-5A and regular-season finale for both teams Friday night. Despite the loss, the Wildcats (16-8, 3-1 district) were already assured of the regular-season title. […]

Cats nail down regular-season district title

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Clovis’ Jason Roberts looks to pass the ball as he drives to the basket during the second half of Tuesday’s District 4-5A game against Carlsbad at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Junior guard Cody Thornsbury brought back memories of Christian Laettner Tuesday night. Thornsbury did his […]

Cats can clinch 4-5A title

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Clovis High sophomore Bryce Hill drives to the basket against Roswell High’s Danton Washington during the first half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. The visiting Coyotes beat Clovis 60-57. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys basketball team got a huge gift Friday night. Thanks […]

Coyotes hold off Cats

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet splits two Roswell defenders during the first half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Roswell High and Clovis switched roles in their two meetings this season, but the outcome didn’t change — the Coyotes won both. Roswell beat Clovis 60-57 […]

Cats prepare for rematch with Coyotes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis coach J.D. Isler said his team is playing much better basketball since then a lopsided loss at Roswell three weeks ago. “We’re playing with more confidence, and we’re healthy,” Isler said. “Our kids are in a good frame of mind. I think they understand their roles and they’re […]