High jumpers leading way for Lady Wildcats

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In Darrel Ray’s 26 years of coaching track, he’s never seen a group of jumpers with the potential to reach so high. Junior Brittany Blackmon and freshmen Ebony Bunton and Jasmine McDonald have already qualified for the state meet in May in the high jump, while sophomore Mahalia Molett […]

All District 4-5A

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Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon was named District 4-5A player of the year after averaging 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ Staff Prep All-district teams 4-5A Boys First team Cibola — Roman Andrade, Kasey Cunningham Clovis — Tigg Bunton. Hobbs — B.J. Meredyth. Sandia — Nate Kanyinda. Second team Sandia — David […]

Purr-fection for Lady Cats

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Clovis’ Ebony Bunton looks to drive past a Mayfield defender during the second half of the Class 5A championship game on Saturday. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Many of the key participants from last year’s Class 5A girls state championship game were back for Saturday’s title rematch between Clovis […]

Hobbs knocks out Clovis

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Clovis coach J.D. Isler disputes a call in the first half during the Wildcats’ 75-67 loss to Hobbs on Thursday in the District 4-5A tournament semifinals. (Hobbs News Sun: David Howell) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent HOBBS — Hobbs’ home court advantage is a hard enough nut to crack, even without falling behind by 19 […]

Clovis stops Sandia in district tourney

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Clovis’ John Props scores two of his 15 points during Tuesday’s District 4-5A tournament game at Rock Staubus Gym. Sandia’s Drew Hawk reacts too late. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer With its big men out of the game and the season on the line, Clovis adjusted well enough to beat […]

Clovis pulls off improbable win

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — With 1:45 left in Friday’s game at Sandia, the Clovis boys basketball team appeared headed for a painful road loss. After trailing by 17 at the end of the third quarter, Clovis still trailed by 12 and were staring at the No. 4 seed in the upcoming District 4-5A tournament. But […]

Prep basketball: Clovis nets improbable comeback

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — With two minutes left in the game on Friday night at Sandia, the Clovis boys basketball team appeared dead and buried. The Cats were down 12 points, staring at the No. 4 seed in the upcoming District 4-5A Tournament and three wins from qualifying for the state playoffs. The Cats then busted […]

Cats in control

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton drives past Carlsbad’s Jermaine Barksdale for two of his 32 points in Tuesday’s 77-57 Clovis win. (Staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton poured in 18 points in the first quarter and 32 overall as the Wildcats forged a three-way tie for second […]

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 […]

Props’ 22 helps Wildcats edge Moriarty

CNJ staff MORIARTY — Senior guard John Props scored a season-high 22 points as Clovis held off Moriarty 79-75 Saturday in a non-district game. Props provided a needed scoring surge, as Clovis (19-3) spent much of the game without leading scorers Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin. Bunton reinjured his ankle in the second quarter and […]