Wildcats wash away Sandia in district opener


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


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


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


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 […]