Clovis High point guards share passion for game

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By Rick White Playing point guard is as demanding as a boss having a bad day. They’re expected to handle the ball, be a coach on the floor, get teammates involved and score when needed. Being a vocal leader on and off the court and a go-between for the coach and the rest of the […]

Routine win puts Cats into semifinals

CNJ STAFF SANTA FE — Maybe it’s high expectations that left Clovis coach J.D. Isler disappointed after a 27-point win. Or maybe it’s just part of being a coach, he said. “I was hoping we’d play a little sharper,” Isler said after a 60-33 win over St. Michael’s on Thursday in the first round of […]

Clovis stuns Sandies in tourney finals

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Clovis seniuor point guard Bud Willis shoots a jumper in the first half of Friday’s game against Abilene Cooper. Willis was one of three Wildcats named to the all-tournament team. CNJ photo by Rick White. CNJ STAFF CANYON — Clovis coach J.D. Isler wasn’t ready to rank it with David knocking off Goliath. He did, […]

Rattled Cats regroup at halftime

CNJ staff CANYON — Clovis passed its first real test of the season, surviving a second-quarter meltdown to beat El Paso Parkland 75-63 on Thursday in the first round of the Gene Messer Tournament of Champions. The unbeaten Wildcats blew all of what was a 20-point, second-quarter lead before regrouping at halftime to beat the […]

Cats seek right mix

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Senior Mario Caswell gives the Clovis Wildcats a big body inside CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Now when Clovis coach J.D. Isler looks down the bench he sees answers instead of question marks. Bolstered by the addition of five players from the football team, Clovis takes on El Paso Parkland today in […]

Sports an avenue to college education

Ramblin’ Rick It’s a shame Tig Bunton won’t be playing basketball for the Clovis Wildcats. Not for the Wildcats, but for Bunton. The Wildcats will survive the loss of the talented but inconsistent Bunton, a 6-foot-6 junior who was rated the second-best player in New Mexico by a Sporting News publication. Justin Pinckney, Dominique Easterlin […]

Same name, different game

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Clovis junior Dominique Easterlin had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first varsity start. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Dominique Easterlin smiles shyly when asked if he was named after former NBA all-star Dominique Wilkins. Turns out his father, former Clovis High standout William Easterlin, was a huge fan of Wilkins, […]

Cats roll past Tascosa for second win

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Clovis senior Bud Willis tries to get around Tascosa’s Tony Lance during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game in Amarillo. Photo by Eric Kluth CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — While waiting for several cohorts who are still playing football, the Clovis High boys basketball team is making things look pretty easy so far. Senior Justin Pinckney […]

Shorthanded Cats face Hereford

By Dave Wagner What you see tonight when the Clovis High boys open their basketball season against Hereford at Rock Staubus Gym won’t be what you see in a few weeks. Only eight Wildcats, including two moved up from the junior varsity, will dress for the 7:45 p.m. game against the Whitefaces. Third-year coach J.D. […]

CHS basketball practice begins today

By Dave Wagner Basketball practice begins today at Clovis High School and other schools around New Mexico. CHS boys coach J.D. Isler and girls coach Miles Watters, both beginning their third seasons at the helm, will have less-than-full squads to work with for now with players still involved in football and volleyball. But both are […]