Lady Eagles post win over Grady

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Clovis Christian’s Kelsey Massey drives to the basket against Payton Provencio of Grady during Thursday’s girls matchup at the CCS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer This time, the Clovis Christian girls kept their composure and beat Grady for the first time in school history. As a result of […]

Friday area girls prep capsules

CNJ staff * In a double overtime thriller, Sudan finished unbeaten in District 5-1A by defeating Bovina 54-52. The Hornets (20-7, 10-0 district) rallied from a 37-32 deficit in the third quarter. Jesus Rocha scored 15 points and Trent Quintana added 13 points for Bovina (12-10, 7-3). Bovina coach Willie Torres said Sudan’s final push […]

Cats survive foul trouble at Roswell

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys had a somewhat uneven game Friday night, partly due to foul trouble. Nonetheless, the Wildcats had relatively little trouble improving to 19-3, putting four players in double figures in a 70-58 non-district victory over Roswell High. Clovis was held to nine points in the second quarter as […]

Clovis slips by Roswell

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Clovis sophomore Brittany Johnson battles for a loose ball in the second half of Friday’s non-district game against Roswell. Clovis held on for a 42-39 win at Rock Staubus Gym. By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis coach Miles Watters hates that the Lady Wildcats are still struggling to find their offensive identity this late […]

Thursday area prep basketball capsules

CNJ staff Boys * District 4-1A leader Logan outmanned Grady for an 86-59 victory Thursday at Logan, led by 28 points from senior forward Austin Whetten and 23 from senior point guard Andruw Sandoval. Junior guard Brian Blackburn kept the outmanned Bronchos in the game, scoring 22 of his 26 points in the second half. […]

Tuesday prep capsules

Girls * The Melrose Lady Buffs didn’t put together much offense Tuesday night, but they didn’t need it against District 3-1A leader Fort Sumner. Senior Zanessa Dodd accounted for most of it, scoring 14 points to lift Melrose to a 24-19 District 3-1A win at Fort Sumner. The Lady Buffs (13-8, 2-2 district) blanked the […]

Cats thump Carlsbad

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Clovis High’s Manuel Robles, right, pries a rebound away from Carlsbad forward Jose Cruz Lopez during Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis routed Car0lsbad 72-34 for its first 4-5A victory. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In the first quarter, Clovis’ shots just weren’t falling, coach J.D. Isler said. […]

Saturday’s area prep capsules

CNJ staff Boys * House defeated Grady 53-44 in a District 4-1A matchup on Saturday at House as Ronnie Eldridge scored 17 points and Chris Wooldridge added 13 for the Cowboys. “We made some crucial turnovers,” Grady coach Jim Kneipp said. “And that gave them the momentum.” Grady (4-15, 1-4 district) scored just four points […]

Lady Rams post win at Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales beat Lovington 65-41 Friday to close out the first half of its District 4-3A schedule undefeated, but Lady Rams coach Brenda Gomez said the score does not necessarily indicate Portales dominance. Senior Briana Hernandez led the Lady Rams with 22 points, including five three-pointers, in her second game since returning […]

Lady Cats open district with win

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Clovis High’s Antiesha Brown looks to lay up the ball over Hobbs’s Alesha Jackson at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday. Clovis went on to beat Hobbs 55-45 to open District 4-5A play. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis took control of its District 4-5A opener late in third quarter […]

Friday prep basketball capsules

CNJ staff Boys * At Fort Sumner, Elida retained the District 3-1A lead with a 103-60 thumping of the Foxes as five players scored in double figures for the Tigers (18-2, 3-0 district), led by junior Ever Varela with 27 points and senior Caleb Widner with 20. Fort Sumner (4-11, 0-2) stayed close for a […]

Cats cruise to easy win over Artesia

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Clovis High junior Bryce Hill drives to the basket during Friday night’s game against Artesia at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats put on an offensive exhibition in their last non-district game, defeating Artesia 94-70 Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym. Junior Bryce Hill […]

Cats bounce back for win at Borger

CNJ staff BORGER, Texas — Clovis High’s boys quickly got back on the winning track Tuesday night. Four Wildcats scored in double figures and combined for 10 3-pointers as the Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 72-57 victory over host Borger. Clovis (16-2) bounced back from a loss on Friday night at […]

Lewis helps Clovis sweep Taos

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis, center, jumps for a layup against Taos defenders Paul Serrano, left, Michael Malone, center, and Donnie Ward, right at Rock Staubus Gym on Saturday night. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Asked what he sees as his role on the team, Clovis High senior post Michael […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats erupt in third quarter

Clovis High’s Jaden Isler splits Taos defenders Joe Montoya, left, and Juan Valdez during Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Taos Tigers hung around for a half Friday night. It didn’t take Clovis High’s boys long, however, to turn the game into a […]

Eagles hold off Buffs

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Melrose defenders Wesley Hollaway, left, and Adam Hairgrove battle with Clovis Christian’s Keeson Bell for a rebound during Tuesday’s boys matchup at the CCS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Christian boys defeated Melrose 57-47 Tuesday night at the CCS gym. Clovis Christian senior Will Genitski led […]

Clovis survives Goddard

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Michael Lewis absorbs contact from Goddard center Peyton Cometti on the way up on a shot in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Lewis was fouled and hit the free-throw for the 3-point play. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ bus didn’t roll into town […]

Weary Cats prevail

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Despite feeling the effects of playing their sixth game in 11 days, the Clovis Wildcats had enough energy left to hold off Amarillo High 61-49 Tuesday in a back-and-forth contest. The Cats piled it on in the third quarter and shut Amarillo down with excellent defense, Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. […]

PLATEAU HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Champs again

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La Cueva’s Laura Burnett, left, attempts to steal the ball from Clovis High’s Antiesha Brown. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer A day after giving him his 500th career coaching win, the Clovis Lady Wildcats gave coach Miles Watters another reason to celebrate. Junior Ebony Bunton scored a game-high 23 […]

Cats improve to 7-0 with rout of Coyotes

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Clovis junior Manuel Robles scored 12 points off the bench in the Wildcats’ win over Roswell High. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer J.D. Isler believes opponents aren’t always ready for what they get with his Clovis High boys basketball team. “We’re the kind of team that doesn’t look very […]