Lady Cats open tonight


Clovis girls basketball coach Miles Waters works with his team during practice at Rock Staubus gym Monday afternoon. The defending Class 5A state champion Lady Wildcats open the season at home tonight versus Goddard. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While the defending Class 5A champion Clovis High girls open […]

Clovis basketball teams getting ready for openers

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer This is the time of year Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler usually has some mixed feelings. With seven of his varsity players still participating in football, including his own son, Isler is hopeful the Wildcats can make a strong run at a Class 5A state championship. At […]

CHS’ Hilburn signs with Texas State


Aimee Hilburn signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. (CNJ file photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With her college plans set, Clovis High senior Aimee Hilburn can now spend the 2005-06 basketball season focusing on helping the Lady Wildcats repeat their […]

Hoops team honored by city, fans


Freedom Newspapers: Kevin WilsonAimee Hilburn smiles after handing a signed mini-basketball to a young fan during Sunday’s session at North Plains Mall. By Leslie Radford Many Lady Wildcat fans stood in line for autographs and a chance to congratulate the Class 5A girls basketball state champs at the North Plains Mall Sunday afternoon. The first […]

Clovis avoids upset


Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson is fouled by Magdalena’s Kayla Armstrong, No. 32, and two other players as she drives to the basket during the second half of their Class 1A quarterfinal game in Bernalillo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Tori Northcutt’s layup with five seconds left pushed Clovis past Gallup 44-40 […]

Clovis survives scare from Sandia


Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn regains her dribble during the second half of their District 4-5A final against Sandia Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis held off Sandia 48-45. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Pfewwww. Sandia’s Melissa Hillebrand missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than two seconds […]

‘Preseason’ over for Lady Wildcats


Clovis junior guard Tori Quintana drives around a Sandia defender during last week’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Forget the first 26 games. For undefeated Clovis, the real season begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the Lady Wildcats host the District 4-5A tournament championship game […]

Lady Wildcats cruise in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Clovis moved within a game of a perfect regular season by beating Carlsbad 61-26 Tuesday in a District 4-5A game. The Lady Cats (25-0, 7-0) host Sandia (18-4, 6-1) Friday in a showdown for the district title. At Carlsbad, Clovis erased any doubts of an upset bid by holding the Cavegirls […]

Dead heat in 4-5A


Clovis senior post Dominique Easterlin goes up for the shot against Cibola last Tuesday. The Wildcats and Hobbs battle tonight with a share of first place on the line. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer With two weeks left in District 4-5A boys season the race is tighter than a cheap […]

Lady Cats cruise at Cibola

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn took turns dominating the game and Tori Quintana continued her torrid 3-point shooting as unbeaten Clovis rolled to a 70-45 win over Cibola on Tuesday in a District 4-5A girls basketball game. After squandering a double-digit lead in the second quarter, the Lady Wildcats (23-0, 5-0 […]

Wildcats guarding against Cibola 3s


Jacob Jones will be one of the Wildcats counted on to help defend the perimeter against Cibola at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cibola stunned Clovis with its ability to shoot the 3-pointer the first time the team met. Guards Roman Andrade, Jeff Apodaca […]

Lady Cats clobber Cavegirls


Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon tries to make a move to the basket as Carlsbad defenders Kayla Jarnagin, ( No. 20) and Kelly Egan (No. 24) hold on during the second half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis won 67-35. (CNJ staff Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Two weeks ago, as […]

Lady Cats not satisfied with effort


Clovis’ Tori Northcutt, left, and Cibola’s Holli Ward hit the floor over a loose ball during the second half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Cibola 64-46. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis coach Miles Watters’ voice was laced with annoyance. He produced a laundry list of […]

Win at Hobbs would give Lady Cats edge in 4-5A


Clovis freshman Ebony Bunton fights for a shot against Alamogordo’s Shikyra Dailey on Jan. 15. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A victory tonight against Hobbs could go a long ways towards the Clovis girls basketball team’s chances of winning the District 4-5A title. The No. 1 Lady Wildcats have already beaten No. 3 Sandia […]

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 […]

Lady Cats make it 18 straight


Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon rips the rebound from Alamogordo’s Shirece Johnson during the first half of their game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal and Alamogordo’s Amber Gonzales are in back. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Playing perfect and staying perfect are two different things. Clovis capped off its non-district schedule with […]

Lady Cats pound Lovington again

CNJ staff LOVINGTON _ The Clovis girls continued their unbeaten ways, past Lovington for the second time this season. Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon scored a game-high 25 points and fellow junior post Aimee Hilburn added 13 points in Clovis’ 64-42 win that was decided before halftime. Clovis coach Miles Watters said Blackmon and Hilburn […]

Lady Cats conquer Canyon

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent CANYON, Texas — Clovis girls basketball coach Miles Watters kept talk of Monday’s game against Canyon, Texas, to a minimum. Watters didn’t want his team dwelling on the fact that Canyon is one of the top programs in the state of Texas and finished the 2003 season as the top-ranked […]

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 […]

Lady Cats survive off night

CNJ staff WOLFFORTH, Texas — Clovis survived early foul trouble, an off night by its leading scorer and a team bent on redemption to stay unbeaten. Aimee Hilburn scored 13 points and Brittany Blackmon added 11 as Clovis held off Frenship 48-46 Tuesday in a girls basketball contest. Clovis beat the state-ranked Lady Tigers 68-46 […]