Clovis races past La Cueva; earns rematch with Rio Rancho.


Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal scores in the first half of Tuesday’s game against La Cueva. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis relentlessly pestered, frustrated and ran by the bigger La Cueva Lady Bears, which led to turnovers, easy points and a 66-30 the Lady Wildcats win in the second […]

Defensive duo sparks Lady Cats


Clovis freshman Ebony Bunton scored three points and added four rebounds in Monday’s first-round game against Abilene Cooper. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior guard Melissa Roberts’ job is to harass opposing point guards. Sophomore Tori Northcutt draws the opponent’s top scorer. The pair teamed to disrupt Abilene […]

Farmington finds high level of competition at Plateau Classic


Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon is fouled by Lubbock Coronado’s Leslie Powell as she drives to the basket during the second half of the game Dec. 17. The Lady Wildcats host Abilene Cooper at 6:30 p.m. tonight. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Farmington girls basketball coach Tammy Davis doesn’t mind traveling […]

Lady Cats perfect through 10 games

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer With post players Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn tired and in foul trouble, Tori Quintana and company helped pick up the scoring slack. Quintana, a junior point guard, scored 13 points, including three first-half 3-pointers, and sophomore Tori Northcutt added 11 to lead unbeaten Clovis past Pampa 56-44 Saturday […]

Lady Cats face stern test


Clovis junior Aimee Hilburn tries to grab a rebound away from Hereford senior Jamie Gerber during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer A high-pressure system originating in Lubbock will accompany the Coronado girls basketball team as they travel to […]

Lady Cats tear up Frenship


Clovis Lady Wildcats junior Tori Quintana dishes a pass to a wide open teammate during Monday’s win over Frenship in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Frenship Tigers had the size advantage over Clovis on Monday night, but that didn’t seem to bother Brittany Blackmon. The Lady Cats […]

Lady Cats post win on Dawgs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Clovis traveled to Rio Rancho on Thursday for the opening round of the 5th annual Mel Otero Invitational. While the beginning of the girls basketball game wasn’t ideal for the Wildcats, the end turned out fine thanks to a versatile performance from junior Aimee Hilburn. In a […]

Clovis teams try to maintain perfect starts

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Both Clovis basketball teams continue their brief but undefeated seasons tonight as the ’Cats host Amarillo Caprock at 7 p.m. while the Lady Wildcats travel down the road to face Portales at 7:30 p.m. before moving on to Moriarty for a game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Wildcats are […]

Football success means depleted basketball roster


Clovis freshman Jaden Isler is scheduled to start today’s season-opener against Amarillo-Tascosa. A number of junior varsity players will play on varsity because so many varsity players are still playing football. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Success on the gridiron is having a direct effect on the basketball court […]

Clovis pounds Lovington


Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon releases a shot over Lovington’s Crystal Marquez during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent You’d expect some rustiness in the opening game of the year, but Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon played the Wildcats’ lidlifter Tuesday night as […]

Lady Cats hungry after runnerup finish


Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal is fouled by the Cannon Falcons’ Natalie Howell during a scrimmage Friday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer he Clovis Lady Wildcats are older, deeper and think they’re better than the team that ended up one win short of the state title last […]

Clovis roundball practice starts today

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Even after 11 state titles and nearly three decades of coaching, Clovis girls basketball coach Miles Watters will wake up today with a little extra spring in his step. He won’t be the only one. After two months of off-season workouts, the high school basketball season in New Mexico […]

Life imitates movie


Hailey Grimes of Farwell was one of several area residents who portrayed basketball players Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium during the filming of “Believe in Me.” (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin Twelve-hour days, extended periods of boredom, sporadic outbreaks of basketball and the occasional twisted ankle. Life has been tough for the basketball […]

Clovis coach in charge of polishing stars’ skills


Clovis High School girls basketball coach Miles Watters jokes with actors Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryan Lengerich: CNI staff writer Allison Cochran approached the free-throw line Tuesday afternoon and calmly sank two shots. The 19-year-old Eastern New Mexico University freshman made countless shots in her four-year basketball career […]

Lady Cats developing depth

By Rick White With six of their top eight players returning, the Clovis Lady Wildcats don’t have many holes to fill off a basketball team that finished second in the state. The biggest concern for Clovis coach Miles Watters is finding a replacement for junior point guard Tori Quintana, who is out until at least […]

Trio of Lady Cats land on 4-5A first team


Clovis coach Miles Watters led the Lady Wildcats to a school-record 27 wins. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth.. By Rick White Ironically, two attributes Clovis coach Miles Watters considered strengths of his record-breaking team might have cost the Lady Wildcats in voting for all-district honors. The Lady Wildcats, the District 4-5A regular season co-champions and […]

Bad quarter costly for Lady Cats


Clovis senior Jessica Hohn (middle) reacts to a 57-49 loss to Mayfield in Friday’s Class 5A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Miles Watters paced the sideline like an expecting father. He called three quick timeouts in an attempt to calm his rattled […]

Lady Cats fall to Mayfield in 5A finals

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — They came at Clovis in waves, bringing the Lady Wildcats’ record-breaking season to a crashing halt. Senior Ashley Gilpin fueled a decisive third-quarter run, leading Mayfield to a 57-49 win over the Lady Wildcats in the Class 5A girls state title game Friday at The Pit. Gilpen finished with a […]

CHS girls state tournament notes

Sophomore Tori Quintana has hit big shots all season — and she did again in Wednesday’s 56-32 win over Gallup. After a nightmarish first half, Quintana hit 3-pointers to start the third and fourth quarters and finished the second half 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She missed all six of her shots in the first […]

Lady Cats’ coach a pussycat


Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters talks to his team during a practice on Thursday as Los Lunas High School. The Lady Wildcats face Mayfield at 8:45 p.m. tonight in the Class 5A girls state championship game. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — His salt-and-pepper hair isn’t the only thing that […]