Wildcats roll past Goddard

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Sophomore guard Bryce Hill knocked down four first-quarter 3-pointers to get the Clovis High boys off to a fast start, and the Wildcats cruised past Roswell Goddard 65-49 on Saturday night. It was the second win in two nights for the Cats (4-2), who pounded Moriarty 94-62 at Rock Staubus Gym […]

CHS HOOPS: Home at last


Clovis’ Jaden Isler, left, and Cody Thornsbury, right, trap teammate Jason Roberts during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis will host Moriarty today at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a delayed start to the season and four games on the road, the Clovis Wildcats […]

Levelland boys turn back Wildcats

CNJ STAFF LEVELLAND, Texas — After a 75-67 loss at Levelland, Clovis coach Jaden Isler was quick to put the result in perspective. “We played pretty well, but that is a tough team for us to play on the road,” Isler said. “They had 12 games already, they were more seasoned that we were, and […]

Clovis basketball teams take road trip to Texas

By Jesse Wolfersberger It is hard to argue any New Mexico team is better than Clovis’ Lady Cats. They are undefeated in their last 36 basketball games, most recently, a convincing 65-40 win over last year’s state runner-up Mayfield in the finals of the Mel Otero Invitational Tournament on Saturday. But that doesn’t mean much […]

Cats turn back Goddard for fifth in Artesia tourney

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ARTESIA — All things considered, the Clovis High boys basketball team has to feel pretty good about the way it has started the season. The Wildcats, with several players getting in only a couple of practices following last week’s Class 5A state championship football game, bounced back from a […]

Foxes come back to beat Clovis

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — The Clovis Wildcats’ weary legs may have gotten the best of them on Friday. Leading through most of the first three quarters, the Cats couldn’t finish off El Paso Jefferson and the Foxes rallied for a 40-36 win in the championship semifinals of the City of Champions Classic. With most of […]

Cats win belated opener

CNJ staff ARTESIA — It was a little rough around the edges, but it’s a win. Five days after the majority of their players were playing in the Class 5A state championship football game, the Clovis High Wildcats opened their season with a 58-48 win over Lovington on Thursday in the first round of the […]

PREP HOOPS: Taking off the pads


Clovis’ Rishard Matthews grabs a rebound during practice Tuesday at the high school. This is Matthews first years on the hardwood for the Wildcats. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High basketball coach J.D. Isler breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the Wildcats came through the Class 5A […]

Clovis basketball teams getting ready for openers

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer This is the time of year Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler usually has some mixed feelings. With seven of his varsity players still participating in football, including his own son, Isler is hopeful the Wildcats can make a strong run at a Class 5A state championship. At […]

Cats finish off busy summer

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — The Clovis High boys basketball team finished a busy summer schedule over the weekend, going 4-0 in a get-together with Class 3A schools Ruidoso, Socorro and St. Michael’s. The Wildcats finished the summer with a 40-4 record, coach J.D. Isler said, after beating St. Mike’s twice and both Ruidoso and Socorro […]

Summer no break for Clovis basketball


Clovis’ Bryce Hill pokes the ball away from Portales Chance Sherburne during a summer league game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler knows his team has a lot of holes to fill going into next season, but he’s encouraged […]

Summer league prepares teams for next season


Clovis High School sophomore Layne Strebeck drives to the basket during a summer league game against Logan on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Logan on a last-second basket. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s a long time until November, but area high school basketball teams are starting to […]

Bunton named MVP of Texas tournament

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Clovis High senior Tigg Bunton nabbed the MVP award in the Golden Spread all-star basketball tournament Saturday at the West Texas A&M Event Center. Bunton scored 26 points in the championship game as the West All-Stars topped the North squad 92-77. In the semifinal game on Friday, Bunton scored 28 points […]

Cats win away from state


Clovis senior Tigg Bunton is averaging 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games against Hobbs. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis coach J.D. Isler believes his third-ranked Wildcats have as good a chance as anybody to win the state tournament. The problem lately for the Wildcats has been getting […]

Clovis stops Sandia in district tourney


Clovis’ John Props scores two of his 15 points during Tuesday’s District 4-5A tournament game at Rock Staubus Gym. Sandia’s Drew Hawk reacts too late. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer With its big men out of the game and the season on the line, Clovis adjusted well enough to beat […]

Clovis faces Sandia with state tourney hopes on line


Clovis coach J.D. Isler expects senior post and leading scorer Tigg Bunton to be double-teamed tonight. Bunton leads the team in scoring and rebounding. (Staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer What a difference one minute and 45 seconds can make. Down 12 points to Sandia on the road Friday, Clovis scored […]

Wildcats fight for seeding

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats will have to go on the road for the district tournament — for how long is the question. Barring a major upset, Clovis will finish third in District 4-5A with a win today at Sandia. The Wildcats (20-5) would need cellar-dweller Carlsbad to knock off Hobbs […]

Cats in control


Clovis senior Tigg Bunton drives past Carlsbad’s Jermaine Barksdale for two of his 32 points in Tuesday’s 77-57 Clovis win. (Staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton poured in 18 points in the first quarter and 32 overall as the Wildcats forged a three-way tie for second […]

Wildcats confident despite recent lull

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer After cruising through the non-district season and early district season with a 17-2 record, the Clovis boys basketball team has hit a couple of potholes. The Wildcats have split their past four games, losing twice to Cibola in district while squeaking out wins to a pair of sub-.500 teams […]

Wildcats guarding against Cibola 3s


Jacob Jones will be one of the Wildcats counted on to help defend the perimeter against Cibola at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cibola stunned Clovis with its ability to shoot the 3-pointer the first time the team met. Guards Roman Andrade, Jeff Apodaca […]