Clovis faces Sandia with state tourney hopes on line

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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 […]

Clovis pulls off improbable win

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — With 1:45 left in Friday’s game at Sandia, the Clovis boys basketball team appeared headed for a painful road loss. After trailing by 17 at the end of the third quarter, Clovis still trailed by 12 and were staring at the No. 4 seed in the upcoming District 4-5A tournament. But […]

Undisputed: Unbeaten Lady Cats finish regular season with win over Sandia

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon is fouled as she scores two of her 17 points in the first half of Friday’s game against Sandia at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis defeated Sandia 63-52. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A furious late rally the last time the teams met may have given Sandia some hope. […]

Prep basketball: Clovis nets improbable comeback

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — With two minutes left in the game on Friday night at Sandia, the Clovis boys basketball team appeared dead and buried. The Cats were down 12 points, staring at the No. 4 seed in the upcoming District 4-5A Tournament and three wins from qualifying for the state playoffs. The Cats then busted […]

2-25 Prep basketball scores

CNJ staff Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Clovis 63, Sandia 52 Santa Rosa 51, Texico 48 Fort Sumner 61, Melrose 43 Muleshoe 59, Pilot Point 51 Alamogordo 31, Gadsden 25 Artesia 46, Albuquerque Academy 44 Belen 52, Onate 51, OT Deming 70, Silver 67 Hobbs 66, Carlsbad 58 Lovington 49, Ruidoso 46 Mayfield 78, Los […]

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

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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 […]

Prep scores 2-18

CNJ staff Prep The Associated Press Friday GIRLS Texas Class 3A playoffs At Post Muleshoe 43, Merkel 34 New Mexico Portales 55, Lovington 36 Santa Rosa 48, Texico 42 Elida 59, Melrose 53 Cibola 50, Carlsbad 38 Del Norte 66, Albuquerque High 46 Deming 60, Belen 28 Des Moines 86, Wagon Mound 24 Eldorado 48, […]

prep scores 2-4

Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Local Texas Muleshoe 58, Levelland 51 New Mexico Carlsbad 51, Cibola 40 Farmington 51, Aztec 42 Grants 66, Cobre 25 Kirtland Central 50, Piedra Vista 42 La Cueva 59, Albuquerque High 45 Lordsburg 44, Tularosa 43 Mayfield 66, Alamogordo 33 Moriarty 44, Albuquerque Academy 38 Pecos 44, Mora 31 Rio […]

Prep Scores 1/28

Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Clovis 64, Cibola 46 Albuquerque Academy 64, Goddard 51 Bernalillo 42, Cobre 30 Cimarron 69, Springer 27 Des Moines 65, Roy 43 Dexter 67, Eunice 40 Espanola Valley 51, Capital 44 Hope Christian 43, Thoreau 38 Laguna-Acoma 51, Sandia Prep 42 Los Alamos 62, Taos 32 Los Lunas 40, Las […]

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 […]

Lady Cats ruin Sandia’s homecoming

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats built a big lead with their leading scorer on the bench, then survived a spirited fourth-quarter comeback and held off Sandia 59-52 on Friday in the District 4-5A opener for both teams. Clovis built its lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Matadors came roaring […]

Prep scores 1-21

CNJ staff Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Clovis 58, Sandia 51 Santa Rosa 40, Texico 39 Fort Sumner 53, Melrose 19 Cibola 50, Hobbs 48 Clayton 69, Tucumcari 39 Dulce 57, Navajo Prep 52 Eldorado 70, Albuquerque Academy 47 Gallup 53, Farmington 35 Jal 57, Lake Arthur 12 Kirtland Central 52, Los Alamos 35 Manzano […]

Boys: Reshuffled 4-5A not any easier

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Clovis’ Tigg Bunton goes for the jam over Alamogordo’s Shaun Porteron. Bunton has a string of good posts he must face during district play, including Cibola’s Kasey Cunningham. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Realignment didn’t make District 4-5A any easier. Out went reigning district and state champion Eldorado and Manzano. In […]

Clovis basketball capsules 1-20

District 4-5A Boys Sandia (10-5) at Clovis (15-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week:Clovis beat Gadsden 37-35 on Friday, lost to Amarillo 51-45 on Saturday in Purple Pepper Shootout. Sandia beat Del Norte 61-47 on Wednesday. Notable: After losing to Amarillo, the Wildcats dropped to No. 2 in the Albuquerque Journal coaches poll, behind new district […]

District 4-5A one tough district

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Clovis’ Tori Northcutt, left, and Alamogordo’s Shirece Johnson battle for a rebound during the first half of their game Saturday in the Purple Pepper Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The girls basketball picture in District 4-5A is a bit like a major college basketball conference come […]

Friday basketball scores

CNJ Staff Basketball New Mexico Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Clovis 71, Lubbock Coronado 62 Sudan, Texas 44, Texico 43 Aztec 56, Bloomfield 34 Cliff 43, Cobre 33 Del Norte 52, Belen 34 Des Moines 57, Questa 40 Grady 74, Gateway Christian 16 Laguna-Acoma 54, Estancia 14 Mayfield 80, Silver 53 Ruidoso 43, Artesia 39 […]

Scholarship honors preacher

Hoyte Welch speaks about his experiences over the last fifty years as a pastor, including being the pastor of Sandia Baptist Church from its birth in 1963. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Long-time Clovis residents might remember a preacher who went door to door recruiting people for his church. Hoyt Welch is 90 now, […]

Cats clinch title during bye week

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats clinched the District 4-5A title Friday without playing a down. Wins by Carlsbad over Hobbs and Sandia over Cibola on Friday left the four teams trailing Clovis in the district with two losses. The Wildcats, who had a bye, are 3-0 in district with a game left Friday against Cibola. […]

Teams face tests at regionals

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Texico’s Lori Richardson tries to send shot past Santa Rosa’s Angela Sena earlier this season. The two teams could meet in the championship of the Class 2A Region D tournament at Sandia Prep High School on Saturday. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer Texico, Fort Sumner and Grady dominated during the regular […]