Cats, Hobbs duel for one spot

By Rick White Clovis and Hobbs have been state boys basketball playoff staples for decades, although there have been occasional hiccups. Like in 1999, when the Wildcats failed to make the playoffs in former coach Terry Ferguson’s first season. Hobbs hasn’t been left at home come March since 1992, when legendary coach Ralph Tasker still […]

Cats survive scare in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — It wasn’t pretty, but the Clovis High Wildcats will take it. The Cats struggled to pull away Tuesday night against the last-place team in District 4-5A, a Carlsbad squad they had beaten by 30 points two weeks earlier at home. But with the score tied, Clovis scored the first nine points […]

Lady Cats regoup, Cats juggle lineup


Clovis senior Monique Walker shoots over freshman Tori Northcutt during Monday’s practice at The Rock. CNJ photo by Rick White. Rick White Clovis coach Miles Watters said it took his team a while to put last week’s double-overtime loss at Hobbs behind them. The Lady Wildcats, who had their 13-game winning streak snapped in the […]

Hobbs guard does ‘Youmans’ work


Clovis senior Bud Willis sails through the air past Hobbs senior Ervin Youmans for two points during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Halftime couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Clovis Wildcats. Fighting back from an early eight-point deficit and […]

Hobbs, Clovis battle to stay in 4-5A race


Senior Irshaun Pinckney, shown here against Carlsbad, leads a strong Clovis inside game that figures to give Hobbs trouble in tonight’s game. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Clovis and Hobbs are finding out that three’s a crowd. After dominating District 4-5A since it was formed in 2000, Clovis and Hobbs in an unfamiliar […]

Clovis’ Isler has won at every stop


Clovis coach J.D. Isler planned to be a dentist before turning to coaching. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White J.D. Isler never gave much thought to being a coach when his playing career ended. Even though basketball was his life growing up near Grady, Isler had his sights on becoming a dentist after […]

Cats take advantage of inside superiority


Clovis junior Tizrick Phillips chipped in eight points and three assists. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner As expected, the Clovis High boys basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night. Now the Wildcats have some time to prepare for rival Hobbs in next Tuesday’s key District 4-5A showdown at Rock Staubus […]

Cats’ slow starts cause for concern

Rick White Of course Clovis coach J.D. Isler is concerned his team has lost three times in five games. But there’s no reason to panic, the third-year Wildcats basketball coach said. “We just need to keep everything in perspective,” Isler said. “We just need to keep doing the things in practice it takes to get […]

Boys 4-5A race up for grabs

By Eric Butler Starting district play three days later than everybody else, Clovis boys basketball coach J.D. Isler already has a slight head start in evaluating how the District 4-5A race might shape up. But one night of play among the other four teams hasn’t changed one of Isler’s basic premises: The district is still […]

Quick start lifts Cats past Portales


Clovis’ Justin Pinckney has the ball knocked from his hands as he grabs a rebound during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Despite the difference in records, Clovis High’s boys weren’t about to take Portales for granted. Senior point guard Bud Willis scored 16 […]