Clovis team wins AAU state title

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Cats, an AAU team from Clovis, took first place in the 11-and-under division of the AAU State/District championship Sunday in Albuquerque. Brandi Gomez and Danni Williams posted double figures in a semifinal win over the El Paso Longhorns (Gomez 15, Williams 11) and the title game victory over the […]

Clovis team wins AAU state crown in 12U division

CNJ staff Clovis New Breed captured the boys 12-and-under AAU state championship last weekend in Albuquerque, posting a 7-0 record. Coach David Dawson said New Breed (a moniker he said stands for “Never Ever Wonder ’Bout Rejection, Endure Every Dream”) was placed into a pool with the top three finishers from the 2006 tournament. Dawson […]

Local women earns 2006 AAU award

CNJ staff Jane Miner of Clovis, a long-time volunteer for AAU sports in New Mexico, has been chosen for a 2006 Presidents Leadership Award by the national organization. She received the award at an AAU convention in Honolulu in October. Miner has spent 21 years working in various roles for New Mexico AAU, most recently […]

Former Clovis coach honored by AAU

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Carroll Graham, chairman of the AAU girls basketball national committee and a former Clovis High and Yucca Junior High girls basketball coach, was inducted into the AAU Hall of Fame in October. Graham, 78, has headed the committee since 1991. He lived and coached in Clovis from 1960 to […]

Local teams fare well in AAU state meet

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Several area teams qualified for national AAU girls basketball competition of the weekend in state tournaments played in Clovis, although not all of them will be able to go. In the 10-and-under division, the Clovis Wildcats have opted instead for the Basketball Congress International tournament July 7-11 in Dallas, […]

Right match key in recruiting

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Portales senior post Morgan Hill helped the Lady Rams win Class 3A state titles in 2003 and 2004. She signed in November to play basketball at Navy. (CNJ file photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer When Portales senior Morgan Hill received a letter from Navy in August, but didn’t think much of it. “You […]

Clovis 15-and-under girls split in AAU nationals

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats beat the New Hampshire Stars 64-57 and lost to the Dallas Storm 66-55 Saturday in pool play of the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament. The Lady Wildcats play two more games today, facing the Georgia Hot Shots and Pan American Jam It On at 11:45 […]

Clovis 15s gear up for AAU nationals

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Brittany Blackmon drives to the basket during the Clovis Lady Wildcats 15 and under team practice Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Regina Downing doesn’t think she’ll have to whip her team into a frenzy for its opener in the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament next week […]

Clovis AAU team headed for nationals

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Kayla Ware squeezes off a shot during Tuesday’s practice at Marshall Junior High. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Forward Kayla Ware sees herself as an ambassador on and off the court. Diminutive point guard Sarah Johnson worries about the caliber of players she’ll face. Delany Ware has heard stories about 6-footers from […]

Local 11-12 squad qualifies for AAU nationals

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Clovis team routs El Paso for AAU title

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ 16-and-under Amateur Athletic Union basketball team won the boys state title on Sunday and, in the process, took care of a little unfinished business. With a 75-51 rout of the El Paso Warriors at Albuquerque’s Manzano High, the Wildcats avenged a loss in the championship of an earlier AAU […]

Clovis loses vote for AAU tournament

By Dave Wagner After a one-year stop last weekend in Clovis, the AAU girls state basketball tournament will not be returning for 2004. Coaches voted to bring the event to Albuquerque next year at a meeting held during the tourney. Thirty-eight teams came to Clovis for championships in six age divisions. When it came time […]

Local squad going for AAU boys crown

By Dave Wagner Last weekend, two Clovis-based teams captured AAU girls state basketball championships in competition here. This weekend, the New Mexico Wildcats, a team made up mostly of up-and-coming Clovis High talent, will try to pick up a boys title when they travel to Manzano High School in Albuquerque for the state AAU 16-and-under […]

Two Clovis AAU teams headed to nationals

By Eric Butler One loss from elimination, the Clovis Heat beat the El Paso Comets twice on Sunday to win the 17-and-under division of the state AAU girls basketball tournament at Rock Staubus Gymnasium The 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats also snared a state AAU title on Sunday, walloping the New Mexico Magic All-Stars, 96-39, in that […]

Freshman crosses state for games

By Eric Butler Have game. Will travel. That’s one way to describe Talmai Aguirre, who traveled more than 400 miles (one way) to play with the Clovis 14-and-under Wildcats in this weekend’s state AAU basketball tournament in Clovis. As a freshman at Silver (City) High, Aguirre was the state’s leading scorer, averaging 26.6 points a […]

AAU tournament kicks off

By Dave Wagner Basketballs will fill the air this weekend as 42 teams converge on Clovis for the New Mexico state AAU girls basketball tournament. Play begins early this afternoon with games in six age divisions — 17-and-under, 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U and 10U — scheduled for Clovis High’s Rock Staubus Gym, as well as […]