Props’ 22 helps Wildcats edge Moriarty

CNJ staff MORIARTY — Senior guard John Props scored a season-high 22 points as Clovis held off Moriarty 79-75 Saturday in a non-district game. Props provided a needed scoring surge, as Clovis (19-3) spent much of the game without leading scorers Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin. Bunton reinjured his ankle in the second quarter and […]

Clovis-Moriarty boys basketball capsule

CNJ staff Clovis (18-3) at Moriarty (4-14) 6 p.m. Saturday Last game: Clovis beat Carlsbad 70-64 on Tuesday. Moriarty beat Artesia 67-64 in overtime on Tuesday. At stake: The Wildcats are trying to keep sharp after going 3-1 over the first half of district play. The Class 4A Pintos want to continue their recent good […]

Lackluster Clovis nearly caves in at Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats were sluggish Tuesday night, allowing a team with just five wins to excel in nearly every category except the scoreboard. With no player over 6-foot-2, Carlsbad was able to keep pace on the boards and slow down the Wildcats typically up-tempo style. Uninspired and lacking emotion, the Wildcats’ […]

Red-hot Cibola cooks Clovis for first district win

CNJ staff Albuquerque — The Cibola Cougars shot themselves back into the District 4-5A race. Cibola’s Roman Andrade, Jeff Apodaca and Derek Apodaca combined for 11 3-pointers and 54 points as the Cougars beat Clovis 73-55 Friday in Albuquerque. Andrade led Cibola with 21 points. “It was all their guards shooting,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler […]

Red hot Cibola roasts Clovis

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Senior point guard Roman Andrade and the Cibola Cougars shot themselves back into the District 4-5A race. Andrade scored 25 points and Cibola hit 11 3-pointers Friday as the Cougars beat Clovis 73-55. The Cougars, ranked third in thr Albuquerque Journal Coaches’ Poll, used a dominating third quarter to put Clovis […]

Clovis, Hobbs battle for first

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Clovis senior post Dominique Easterlin fights for a shot in the paint Friday against Sandia. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Take a deep breath. Calm down a little. Despite what 4,500 fanatics in the stands may think, Hobbs is just another district opponent. Clovis Wildcats coach J.D. Isler said […]

Wildcats wash away Sandia in district opener

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton throws down a dunk off a pass from Tizrick Phillips during the second half of the Wildcats’ 61-45 win over Sandia on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis boys basketball coach J.D. Isler told his team that other schools in the district didn’t respect […]

Division I schools pursuing Bunton

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Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds through the first 16 games. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton has come through plenty of times for the Wildcats this season. If he can come through on his ACT or SAT, he’ll likely be […]

Phillips’ shot propels Clovis over Gadsden

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Clovis senior Dominique Easterlin goes by Gadsden’s Manuel Bojorquez in the fourth quarter for two of his game-high 14 points as Clovis beat Gadsden on Friday 37-35. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Tizrick Phillips picked a good time to score his only two points of the game. The Clovis senior […]

Clovis basketball capsules 1-14

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Boys Purple Pepper Shootout Friday Gadsden (11-4) at Clovis (14-1), 7 p.m. Last game: Clovis beat Portales 57-47 Tuesday. At stake: Clovis’ top ranking in the Class 5A Albuquerque Journal coaches poll and momentum going into the start of District 4-5A play next week. Gadsden players to watch:Frank Borden, […]

Portales targeting Wildcats for upset

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Portales boys basketball team has been steadily improving, but the Rams know they have their work cut out tonight when they face big Tigg Bunton and his fellow Clovis Wildcats. Clovis (13-1), whose only loss was by two points to Frenship at Woolforth, Texas, is a senior-dominated squad led […]

Bunton shrugs off injury

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Clovis senior Dominique Easterlin tries to put the shot up despite Coronado’s Tanner Thetford. Easterlin had 13 points and seven rebounds. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) CNJ Staff Clovis senior Tigg Bunton walked across the court Friday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium with a heavy limp. That limp was nowhere to be seen for the previous […]

Clovis basketball briefs 1-7

John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer Boys Coronado (11-10) at Clovis (11-1) 7 p.m. Friday Clovis at Goddard (2-10) 7 p.m. Saturday Last game: Clovis lost 49-47 Tuesday at Frenship. Last meeting with Coronado: Clovis lost 72-71 in 2 OTs in last year at Coronado. At stake: The Cats are trying to bounce back after suffering […]

Keene goes long way for tournament

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In mid-October, Clovis sent a schedule out to St. Michael’s in Santa Fe to confirm its attendance at the Milk Cow Classic, which runs today through Wednesday. However, St. Michael’s found another tourney, leaving Clovis scrambling. Clovis got a call from Keene High School, a Class 2A school south […]

Senior guard provides spark off bench

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Clovis senior Dominique Easterlin drives to the basket during the second half of Tuesday’s game against Alamogordo at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Senior guard Jacob Jones doesn’t start, doesn’t put up a ton of points, but that doesn’t diminish his role with the Clovis Wildcats. […]

Bunton burns Levelland

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Clovis’ Tigg Bunton releases a shot over Pampa’s Jarett Kotara during the first half of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ Staff LEVELLAND, Texas — Senior post Tigg Bunton scored a career-high 39 points as the Clovis remained undefeated Monday with a 76-66 win over Levelland. Clovis coach J.D. […]

Wildcats overcome foul situation

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Clovis’ Dominique Easterlin tries to save the ball from going out-of-bounds over Pampa’s Clayton Hall during the first half of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis won 60-53 to move to 6-0 on the season. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Despite a sluggish performance overall, the Clovis Wildcats were clutch at the […]

Lady Cats face stern test

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Clovis junior Aimee Hilburn tries to grab a rebound away from Hereford senior Jamie Gerber during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer A high-pressure system originating in Lubbock will accompany the Coronado girls basketball team as they travel to […]

Clovis basketball teams ride defenses to unbeaten starts

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal pressures Frenship’s Danielle Blakeley Monday night at Rock Staubus Gym. No team has scored more than 47 points on the Lady Wildcats this season. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis boys basketball team weathered the storm unscathed. Despite not being at full strength because […]

Wildcats coast into Artesia championship

CNJ staff Before his team left for the Artesia City of Champions Classic, Clovis coach J.D. Isler wasn’t sure how much he would get out of senior Tizrick Phillips, who was battling the flu. But it was the Artesia Bulldogs who were feeling a little sick Saturday night when Phillips poured in a career-high 18 […]