Feb. 20, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: American Idol Where: FOX When: 6 p.m. What it’s about: The top 12 female singers perform.

Whole lotta hoopla


CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis coach J.D. Isler watches the players on the floor while senior guard Manuel Robles makes an inbound during Thursday’s practice session at Rock Staubus Gym. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Given the intensity of the Clovis-Hobbs rivalry, tonight’s boys basketball clash would be well-attended even if both squads had […]

Shorthanded Hounds host WT tonight

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Facing rival West Texas A&M was already a big challenge for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, but it just got a lot bigger. When the Greyhounds entertain WT in a 7:30 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Division clash today at Greyhound Arena, their bench […]

Survivors, supporters relay cancer stories


CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Melissa Crowe, right, a Relay For Life Co-chair, helps Therese Musick inventory T-shirts Thursday for event sponsors at Ned Houk Park. By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor The 12th annual Clovis Relay for Life is taking place today and Saturday at Ned Houk Park. Here are some of the stories […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats begin 5A state bid


Senior guard Tori Northcutt, right, and the Clovis High Lady Wildcats hope to make a deep run in the Class 5A state tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like most coaches, Miles Watters is skeptical when he faces a team with an unimposing record. That’s certainly the case tonight […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats seek district title at Hobbs

CNJ staff Clovis coach Miles Watters said the Lady Wildcats played well enough at home to beat Hobbs earlier this month. In order to win in tonight’s rematch at Hobbs, he figures they’ll have to play better. “We didn’t have a particularly great outing that night,” Watters said of a 55-45 win Feb. 2. “I […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats look to contain Hobbs star


Senior guard Jaden Isler, center, and the rest of the Clovis Wildcats hope to avenge an earlier District 4-5A loss to Hobbs tonight at The Rock and force a coin flip for the top seed in next week’s district tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Layne Strebeck knows he […]

Wildcats welcome Portales

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers With several key players back from injury, Portales basketball coach Mark Gallegos wants to see if his Rams can deliver against a quality program. He’ll find out tonight as the Rams face the undefeated Clovis Wildcats at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Clovis (6-0) features a three-guard lineup of junior […]

Poor shooting gives Carlsbad win over Rams


Portales senior Ethan Tucker goes up for two points against Carlsbad on Friday night at PHS. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullock) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers The Portales Rams missed their shots, and the Carlsbad Cavemen made theirs. Put together, the two facts resulted in a 62-36 blowout Friday night at Portales High School. Travis […]

Tree lighting, parade set for tonight

CNJ Staff Seventy small dancers clad in green and red elf costumes will perform on Main Street tonight in downtown Clovis. The performance will kick off the city’s 2006 Christmas Lights Parade. A tree lighting is also scheduled for 5 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets. The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at […]

Cats face scrappy Vikings

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes his team plays better at a fast pace. In that case, tonight’s first-round game of the Class 5A state tournament game at Valley figures to be a battle of tempo. Seeded eighth in the 16-team Class 5A state tournament, Valley (18-8) […]

Hundreds walk for cancer cure in area’s annual Relay for Life

By William Thompson Anna Winslow, a freshman at Portales High School, said she was walking in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Friday night because she loves her grandmother so much. “My grandmother has had cancer three times,” Wallace said, “I’m doing this for her.” Wallace was joined by hundreds of area residents as […]

Lady Cats win away from title


Senior Aimee Hilburn was one of three Lady Wildcats to score in double figures in a 57-33 win over Hobbs in the teams’ first meeting this season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Listening to Hobbs girls basketball coach Johnny Casaus, you might be hard pressed to discern that his squad actually […]

Lady Cats pass test against Hobbs

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats passed a major District 4-5A test with flying colors Friday night. Dominating pretty much start to finish, the Lady Cats roared to a 57-33 victory over rival Hobbs, never giving the Lady Eagles a chance to get off the deck. Clovis, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A […]

Lady Cats dominate Artesia


Clovis guard Tori Northcutt grabs a rebound during the first half of Friday’s game against Artesia. The Lady Cats blew out Artesia 61-27. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s girls were revved up Friday night. An anticipated showdown with Artesia, ranked third in the Albuquerque Journals’ Class 4A […]

Fatigue doesn’t bother Lady Cats in rout

CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — Fatigue turned out to be no factor for Clovis High’s girls on Saturday night. Coming off a rugged 33-31 win at Amarillo High on Friday night, the Lady Wildcats made the four-hour bus ride to south-central New Mexico on Saturday and hammered Alamogordo 72-39, improving to 15-2 for the season. Senior […]

PURPLE PEPPER SHOOTOUT: Cats post win over Taos


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 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 […]

Local churches perform living nativities


Mary, played by Cas Velez, left, and Joseph, played by Kolton Miller, 12, await the arrival of the three wise men during a performance of the First United Methodist Church’s Living Nativity Wednesday at the church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many […]

Wildcats romp at home


Clovis sophomore Bryce Hill finished with 7 points and 6 assists in Friday’s 94-62 win over Moriarty. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Cody Thornsbury wasn’t quite sure when he last had the kind of game he had on Friday night — maybe fifth or sixth grade. Suffice it to […]