Feeling right at home

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico McMurry University senior Bryce Hill takes a jumper Friday night at Greyhound Arena. Hill, a 2008 Clovis High grad, scored 13 points in the War Hawks’ 85-82 win over Northern New Mexico College. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis trio of J.D. Isler, Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill […]

Clovis hires basketball coach (Updated)

Kevin Wilson After a month of searching, Clovis High School has a new basketball coach. Matt King, who coached last season at Los Alamos, is planning a 5:30 p.m. Thursday meet-and-greet at Rock Staubus Gymnasium for players and parents from seventh grade and higher. He replaces J.D. Isler, who left earlier this month to take […]

Isler leaving Clovis to take over at McMurry

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J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where his son, Jaden Isler, is getting set for his senior season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After 10 seasons, Clovis High will be looking for a new boys basketball coach. J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University […]

School board accepts settlement with basketball coach

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Coach J.D. Isler was awarded a contract to coach next year in exchange for dropping his law suit against the district and superintendent. CNJ staff writer: Liliana Castillo

School board meeting to discuss Isler litigation

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at noon Thursday in executive session to discuss litigation involving Clovis High basketball coach J.D. Isler. Isler was suspended in December, and subsequently terminated, for New Mexico Activities Association allegations of recruiting. Isler, who has denied the allegations, was reinstated by a federal judge […]

Isler says he will drop lawsuit against school district if given coaching contract

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A federal judge issued a temporary injunction last week that will allow J.D. Isler to finish the rest of the season as Clovis High’s boys basketball coach. The Wildcats host the district tournament championship game Saturday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler says […]

Education digest: School board meeting Saturday

School board meeting Saturday The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is meeting in executive session 10 a.m. Saturday at the administration building. The closed meeting is to discuss threatened of pending litigaion in Coach J.D. Isler’s federal case. An agenda for the meeting can be picked up from the superintendent’s office 24 hours prior […]

Judge rules Isler can coach rest of season

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Hobbs News-Sun: Kimberly Ryan J.D. Isler returned to the sidelines in Hobbs after a federal judge reinstated him for the remainder of the season. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Calling allegations against Clovis High School’s boys’ basketball coach J.D. Isler “unsubstantiated assumptions,” a federal judge has reinstated him as coach for the remainder of […]

Education digest: School board to meet Saturday

School board to meet Saturday The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is meeting in executive session 1 p.m. Saturday to Coach Jerry Isler’s case against the district and the New Mexico Activities Association. Isler, fired by the schools and suspended by the New Mexico Activities Association, is asking U.S. Judge Martha Vasquez to grant […]

Isler benched as Clovis coach – for now

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CNJ file photo The NMAA said Wednesday Clovis’ boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is still suspended after a Tuesday federal court ruled a temporary restraining order had expired. CNJ staff Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler has been benched again. Isler, suspended on Dec. 16 and subsequently fired as coach, had continued to coach […]

Ruling benches Isler again

CNJ staff A federal judge in Albuquerque has lifted a restraining order that allowed Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler to continue to coach this season, according to his attorney, Warren Frost. Frost said the ruling Tuesday night by judge Martha Vasquez means Isler’s coaching season may be over. Isler, in his ninth season […]

Judge delays decision in Isler hearing

Freedom New Mexico As of Friday there was no decision by a federal judge contemplating the status of Clovis High School’s varsity boy’s basketball coach J.D. Isler. At a hearing Wednesday in Santa Fe, U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez said she might render a decision as early as Friday on Isler’s temporary restraining order. Isler […]

Judge to make Isler decision by Friday

CNJ staff A federal judge is expected to decide later this week if J.D. Isler can continue coaching the Clovis Wildcat boys varsity basketball team. A hearing at U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Wednesday lasted more than six hours and the judge announced she hoped to reach a decision by Friday, according to Clovis senior […]

Isler case in federal court Wednesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for J.D. Isler says a federal court hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque could determine his client’s future as coach of the Clovis High School boys basketball team. Isler’s attorney, Warren Frost, said he will argue for the continuation of a restraining order allowing Isler to continue coaching. The […]

School district: Court overstepped bounds on Isler restraining order

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis basketball coach J.D. Isler talks to his team during the semifinals of the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic last week against El Paso Bowie. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says she has lost all trust and confidence in J.D. Isler’s ability to coach varsity basketball. Isler, […]

Coach wins court order

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler shakes the hand of his attorney Warren Frost after he was granted a temporary court order reinstating him as a coach. By Sharna Johnson A district judge granted an order Friday reinstating Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler. The order hits […]

Isler files for injunction to stop suspension

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CNJ file photo Clovis High School boy’s basketball coach J.D. Isler has filed a petition in district court asking for an injunction to stop his suspension. By Sharna Johnson A meeting with an incoming varsity basketball player was not improper and Clovis High School’s head-coach is asking for court intervention in his suspension, according to […]

Clovis basketball coach suspended

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CNJ file photo J.D. Isler was in his ninth season coaching the Wildcats. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler has been suspended for the remainder of the school year by the New Mexico Activities Association. Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said her office has received a letter […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler worked out this week at the Wildcats’ practice. Now playing at Lubbock Chritian, Isler is close to full health again after collapsing in Canyon, Texas, last spring. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know […]

South squads fall in all-star games

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some coaches are lucky enough to coach their own kids in the last regular game of a high school career. Texico’s Richard Luscombe and Clovis’ J.D. Isler took it a step further on Thursday. Both got to coach their sons in an all-star game to cap their time together on […]