Lady Cats close out Santa Fe

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn taps the ball over the net during the third game of Thursday’s match against Santa Fe High at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two nights after seeing a two-game lead slip away against rival Portales, the Clovis High volleyball team looked ready to […]

Lady Cats turn back Roswell in four

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ROSWELL — After a year away from volleyball, Clovis senior Aimee Hilburn got her groove back on Thursday. In fact, it was as good as she’s ever had it in this sport and, as a result, the Lady Wildcats may have just rediscovered their go-to hitter. Clovis took a tight […]

Lady Cats buoyed by Hilburn, Blackmon

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Clovis High outside hitter Aimee Hilburn has returned to the Lady Wildcats volleyball team this year after skipping her junior season to concentrate on basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn decided to skip her junior year in volleyball to concentrate on the basketball season. Brittany […]

Clovis reaches title game

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn rips the ball from Rio Rancho’s Kiah Rotunno during the second half of a Class 5A semifinal game Thursday at The Pit in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not often at any level of basketball that you get two unbeaten teams battling for a […]

Clovis avoids upset

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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 avoids upset bid by Gallup

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Tori Northcutt’s layup with five seconds left pushed Clovis past Gallup 44-40 on Tuesday in the first round of the Class 5A girls state tournament at The Pit. Brittany Blackmon scored 15 points and Aimee Hilburn added 10 as the second-seed Lady Wildcats (28-0) avoided the first-round upset. Valerie Kast […]

‘Preseason’ over for Lady Wildcats

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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 […]

Undisputed: Unbeaten Lady Cats finish regular season with win over Sandia

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon is fouled as she scores two of her 17 points in the first half of Friday’s game against Sandia at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis defeated Sandia 63-52. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A furious late rally the last time the teams met may have given Sandia some hope. […]

Lady Cats not satisfied with effort

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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 […]

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 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 […]

Lady Wildcats crunch Rio Rancho for Plateau title

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Clovis coach Miles Watters prods his team to keep playing hard during Wednesday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent They tried to front the Clovis post players. They tried to play behind them. They tried to lay off the outside shooters. In the end, Rio […]

Top 10: No. 9 Lady Cats make championship, win 27 games

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Clovis’ Jessica Hohn puts up a shot during last year’s state championship game against Mayfield as a senior. (CNJ staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Plenty of talented youth, a couple of determined seniors and a little bit of good fortune helped the Clovis girls basketball team nearly grab the biggest prize in 2004. […]

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 tear up Frenship

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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 […]

Clovis captures Otero crown

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Redemption is hard to come by when it’s at the home court of a consistently successful program. But the Clovis Wildcats triumphed at one of its few trouble spots from a year ago by beating host Rio Rancho 44-35 in the finals of the 5th annual Mel […]

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 […]

Lady Wildcats tested by Portales

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Ebony Bunton of Clovis tries to regain a loose ball as Portales post Morgan HIll tries to cut off the angle to the basket in the first quarter of Friday’s game. Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspaper PORTALES — Never underestimate the importance of emotion in a rivalry. In their by far […]

Lady Cats pound Hereford

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Clovis senior Melissa Roberts tips the ball away from Hereford junior Betsy Jimenez during the second half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis has been working extensively in practice on defense and the results showed. Taking advantage of their quickness and […]

Clovis AAU squad reaches bracket play

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After four close games, the Clovis Lady Wildcats closed out pool play in the AAU national girls 15-and-under tournament on Monday with a 66-36 rout of the Florida Green Wave. The Lady Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for first place in their pool at 4-1. They advanced to bracket […]