Players can help coach achieve “Miles-stone”

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Clovis High School girls basketball coach Miles Watters runs drills with the Lady Wildcats Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Plateau Wireless Holiday Classic that starts today at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s girls basketball coach is closing in on another “Miles-stone.” Less […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Clovis set for busy weekend

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With his team off to a 4-0 start, Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler said he’s less concerned about who the Wildcats are playing and more about fine-tuning their overall game. CHS boys and girls squads begin a busy weekend with a doubleheader today against Aztec at Rock […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Clovis home at last

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Clovis sophomore Antiesha Brown, left, goes against senior guard Britni Montague in practice Monday at the Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis coach Miles Watters said Amarillo has a strong inside-outisde game. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Coming off solid performances in three-day tournaments, Clovis hosts Amarillo in a boys-girls basketball […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats ride strong first half to win

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Clovis High’s girls weren’t able to sustain a strong first half on Tuesday night, but it didn’t really matter. The Lady Wildcats improved to 2-0 heading into a Friday night clash at rival Portales, building an 18-point halftime lead en route to a 58-39 victory over Roswell Goddard. Senior guard Tori […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats win opener at Moriarty

CNJ staff MORIARTY — The rebuilding Clovis High girls basketball team got its season off on the right foot Tuesday night. Senior guard Tori Northcutt hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with about 1:15 left, and added a driving layup to help the Lady Wildcats seal a 53-49 win over Moriarty. Northcutt posted a career-best 20 points […]

Lady Cats rebuilding

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Juniors Ebony Bunton,left, Jasmine McDonald, center, and Janea Eshleman listens to Coach Miles Watters Thursday afternoon during practice in the Rock Staubus gym. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After losing only three games over the past two seasons, the Clovis High girls basketball team is in a rebuilding mode. Sixth-year […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Playoff delay slows Cats

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Clovis High’s Maria Sena runs the floor during a ballhandling drill in Lady Wildcats basketball practice on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is used to waiting for the football team to wade through the Class 5A state […]

Lady Cats begin rebuilding process

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Clovis High’s Jasmine McDonald dives for a loose ball during a summer league basketball game against Friona on Tuesday at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After three consecutive runs deep into the Class 5A state tournament, including a championship in 2005, Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters […]

Gallup brings end to Lady Cats’ run

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Clovis High senior Aimee Hilburn picks up instructions from coach Miles Watters during a timeout in Thursday’s Class 5A girls state semifinal game against Gallup at The Pit in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ girls ran into a mountain-size roadblock in their bid to repeat […]

Lady Cats face Gallup in 5A semifinals

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Clovis High senior Brittany Blackmon goes up for a shot in traffic during the Lady Wildcats’ 55-38 win over La Cueva in Tuesday’s Class 5A state quarterfinal matchup at The Pit. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Gallup coach John Lemasney said he is eager to get a […]

Lady Cats roll in second half

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Clovis senior Brittany Blackmon is surrounded by three La Cueva defenders. Blackmon finished with a game-high 18 points. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis coach Miles Watters preached to his starters the importance of staying out of early fouls trouble at the state tournament. He’s likely not done […]

In good company

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor They will leave Clovis as the school’s all-time leading scorer, passer and 3-pointer shooter. And with three wins this week at the state basketball tournament, they will win back-to-back Class 5A state titles. Starters since they were sophomores, Brittany Blackmon, Aimee Hilburn and Tori Quintana have been the core […]

Last time at Rock for CHS seniors

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Jessica Russell is one of five Clovis seniors who will play their last home tonight when the top-ranked lady Wildcats host Santa Fe in a first-round state playoff game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A trio of names synonymous with Clovis High girls basketball in recent years— Brittany Blackmon, Aimee […]

Cats’ coach uphappy with No. 9 seed

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Senior Devin Sweet and his Clovis High teammates, seeded ninth in the Class 5A boys state playoffs, travel to Albuquerque to play Valley in a regional game on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters isn’t sure his defending Class 5A state champion […]

Clovis junior defensive stopper

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Tori Northcutt has played varsity since her freshman year. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor What Clovis High junior Tori Northcutt does better than most won’t show up next to her name in the scorebook. Northcutt relies on a combination of tenacity and a basketball IQ that’s off the chart to […]

CHS’ Watters honored

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Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters was recently names the 2005 Southwest Sectional Coach of the Year for girls basketball by the National Federation of State High School Association. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Miles Watters is modest about his coaching success, which includes 12 New Mexico girls state basketball titles. […]

Lady Cats dominate Cavegirls again

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats are taking more pride in their defense and it shows. The top-ranked Lady Wildcats held an opponent under 40 points for a sixth-straight game and move one win away from another District 4-5A title with a 65-19 win Friday over struggling Carlsbad. Junior Tori Northcutt scored a […]

Lady Cats run win streak to 10

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Clovis’ Tori Northcutt drives to the basket while being defended by Carlsbad’s Katherine Harmeson during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth). By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After pregame warmups, the two teams were announced. From there, things went downhill for the Carlsbad Cavegirls. The Clovis […]

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 […]

Surprising Lady Eagles host Clovis

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer It’s not much of a surprise that tonight’s Clovis-Hobbs matchup involves a 20-win team. The surprise is that team is Hobbs. The Lady Wildcats go on the road to face the Lady Eagles at 7:30 p.m. tonight in a game between not only the best teams in District 4-5A, […]