Cats roll to win over Cavemen

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — For a couple of minutes, at least, it must have seemed like “here we go again” for the Clovis High boys basketball team. Lowly Carlsbad, which has given the Wildcats trouble on its home floor in the recent past, grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first couple of minutes in Tuesday’s […]

Cats wary of ‘trap game’ at Carlsbad

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With Friday’s 92-84 win over Hobbs at Rock Staubus Gym, the Clovis High boys basketball team took a big step toward a possible District 4-5A regular-season championship — something the Wildcats haven’t accomplished since 1997. Still, coach J.D. Isler is wary of a letdown when his team plays at […]

COLUMN: Hobbs-Clovis rivalry unlike others

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer I moved to Clovis from St. Louis about five months ago. Last July, I didn’t know what a Clovis Wildcat or a Hobbs Eagle was, much less that they were rivals. Friday night was my first taste of the Hobbs-Clovis experience. From the moment I walked into Rock Staubus […]

Wildcats win wild one against district rival

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Clovis senior Devin Sweet scores two of his 15 points over Hobbs’ Oliver Stinson. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ smallest player nearly blew the roof of The Rock. Cody Thornsbury, a 5-foot-6 junior lefty, hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points and sophomore Jaden Isler iced the game […]

Wildcats prepare for Hobbs

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Clovis guard Jaden Isler is questionable for tonight’s game against Hobbs with an injured ankle By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For someone such as Clovis junior Rishard Matthews who has never seen much less played in a Hobbs-Clovis basketball game, all he can go by is what his teammates have told him. “They just […]

Healthy Wildcats win on road

CNJ STAFF ARTESIA — Playing at full strength for the first time in a month, Clovis sophomore guard Jaden Isler helped the Wildcats down Artesia 70-61 Friday in a non-district tune-up game. Isler and junior guard Cody Thornsbury lead the Cats in the game for the Cats (13-6) with 17 points each. “We looked a […]

CHS HOOPS: Big game, small package

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Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury (left) is only 5-foot-6, but he has been a key player for the Wildcats this season. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Standing at 5-foot-6 on his tip toes, Clovis junior guard Cody Thornsbury might get mistaken for a towel boy or someone’s little brother when […]

Cats pull away from win at Aztec

CNJ STAFF AZTEC — Guards Cody Thornsbury, Bryce Hill and Jaden Isler turned consecutive steals into baskets in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, and the Clovis High boys basketball team pulled away to a 60-48 victory over Aztec. The Wildcats never trailed after the first quarter, but saw the Tigers pare an eight-point halftime deficit […]

Cats hit road for lengthy trip to Aztec

CNJ staff The Clovis High boys basketball team will tune up for District 4-5A play with a couple of road trips this week, beginning with a long one to Aztec for a 6 p.m. contest today. The Wildcats (11-6) left on Monday afternoon for Albuquerque, where they planned to spend the night before completing the […]

Roswell High fends off Cats

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Through three quarters, the Clovis Wildcats hung with Roswell High. In the final period, though, the Coyotes pulled away and earned a 84-69 win on Thursday. “They had about a two-minute stretch were they got running,” Clovis boys coach J.D. Isler said. “Then they spread us out and worked the clock.” […]

Rebounds key for Cats

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Clovis senior Devin Sweet will need to have a big game today when the Wildcats go on the road to face Roswell High (15-3). (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In basketball, height isn’t everything, but it’s a lot. It’s the reason Sam Bowie was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan. […]

PURPLE PEPPER SHOOTOUT: Wildcats squander late lead

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Amarillo High School’s coach John Smith talks with Clovis’ Jaden Isler after the Wildcats 58-56 loss in the Purple Pepper Shootout Saturday in Clovis. Isler missed a shot as he drove to the basket in the final seconds. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant Playing from behind for most of the […]

PURPLE PEPPER SHOOTOUT: Cats post win over Taos

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Clovis’ Rishard Mathews tries to release a shot over Taos’ Chris Martinez during the second half of Friday’s game in the Purple Pepper Shootout at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Riding a balanced attack that featured five players in double figures, the Clovis High boys took […]

Cats wary of letdown against Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a one-sided matchup for a decade or so, but Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats can’t afford a letdown tonight when they host Portales at Rock Staubus Gym. “We’re going to have to come out with some intensity,” Isler said following Clovis’ 72-46 win over […]

Cats roll to win over Goddard

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Clovis’ Bryce Hill releases the ball for two points during the second half of Saturday’s game against Roswell Goddard at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Despite a broken bone in his right hand, Jaden Isler wasn’t going to wait three weeks to return to action. The Clovis High sophomore guard […]

Cats seek bounce-back effort against Goddard

CNJ staff Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is looking for a bounce-back effort tonight. Never mind that the opponent is Roswell Goddard, a team the Wildcats have handled comfortably twice this season, in a 7 p.m. tipoff at Rock Staubus Gym. “We’re coming off a game where we didn’t play very well defensively […]

Cats edge Pampa in OT for title

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Clovis sophomore Bryce Hill scores two of his 17 points during the first half of the Wildcats’ 89-88 overtime win Friday in the finals of the Milk Cow Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats would like to make a late submission for game of the year. […]

Wildcats pull away from Rebels in second half

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Clovis guard Jaden Isler and Amarillo Tascosa’s Marquise Bryson struggle for a loose ball during Wednesday’s first round game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Against an undermanned and winless team, an eight-point lead at halftime is cause for concern. The Clovis Wildcats were never threatened […]

Cats edge Coronado with no time left

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Clovis’ Jaden Isler falls to the ground as he tries to control a loose ball during the second half of Thursday’s game against Lubbock Coronado at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With time about to run out, Jaden Isler knew he had to just throw one […]

Wildcats trying to overcome slow start

CNJ STAFF Clovis coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats are still trying to play catchup after starting the season late after an extended football season. Take for example, the Cats’ 61-51 loss to Alamogordo on Tuesday. “It was a tough game,” Clovis coach J.D Isler said. “They were just a little bit better than us […]