Two Wildcats in Golden Spread games

CNJ Staff Two Clovis High seniors are playing this weekend in the Golden Spread All-Star Games. Guard Cody Thornsbury and center Michael Lewis are playing for the West All-Stars in tonight’s game against the North. The game is 7 p.m. (MDT) at the First United Bank Center in Canyon, Texas. The team will play in […]

Cats hope to end playoff drought

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats turned to a famous alumni in hopes of ending five years of postseason frustration. Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett spoke to the team Friday afternoon as the Cats prepared to host Mayfield today in a first-round game of the Class […]

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. […]

Rio Rancho downs Cats for second time

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — For the second time this season, No. 1-ranked Rio Rancho beat Clovis in a high-scoring affair. Wildcats coach J.D. Isler saw positives in Friday’s 97-91 loss. “I told (his players) we might see them again in the state tournament,” Isler said. “They never quit, they never got rattled, and these […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats pull away for victory over Pintos

CNJ staff MORIARTY — Junior guard Jaden Isler led four players in double figures with 23 points Friday night as Clovis High’s boys pulled away from Moriarty 76-59. Senior guard Cody Thornsbury added 16 points and junior posts Layne Strebeck 11 for the Wildcats (12-1), who face Roswell Goddard in a 7 p.m. contest today […]

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. […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats blitz Tascosa to advance to finals

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis is fouled by Tascosa’s Ruben Solis as he attemptsa layup during Friday’s Milk Cow Classic semifinal game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After one half, host Clovis seemed in jeopardy of suffering its first loss of the year — in the semifinals […]

Student profiles: Cory Thornsbury

By CNJ Staff Cody Thornsbury is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Ed and Karen Thornsbury. Who is your favorite entertainer? Will Ferrell, because he is great in all of his movies. What’s so great about your favorite sport? I love basketball because it is fun, exciting, and you never […]

Cats nail down regular-season district title

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Clovis’ Jason Roberts looks to pass the ball as he drives to the basket during the second half of Tuesday’s District 4-5A game against Carlsbad at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Junior guard Cody Thornsbury brought back memories of Christian Laettner Tuesday night. Thornsbury did his […]

Coyotes hold off Cats

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet splits two Roswell defenders during the first half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Roswell High and Clovis switched roles in their two meetings this season, but the outcome didn’t change — the Coyotes won both. Roswell beat Clovis 60-57 […]

Wildcats win wild one against district rival

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Clovis senior Devin Sweet scores two of his 15 points over Hobbs’ Oliver Stinson. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ smallest player nearly blew the roof of The Rock. Cody Thornsbury, a 5-foot-6 junior lefty, hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points and sophomore Jaden Isler iced the game […]

CHS HOOPS: Big game, small package

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Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury (left) is only 5-foot-6, but he has been a key player for the Wildcats this season. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Standing at 5-foot-6 on his tip toes, Clovis junior guard Cody Thornsbury might get mistaken for a towel boy or someone’s little brother when […]

Cats pull away from win at Aztec

CNJ STAFF AZTEC — Guards Cody Thornsbury, Bryce Hill and Jaden Isler turned consecutive steals into baskets in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, and the Clovis High boys basketball team pulled away to a 60-48 victory over Aztec. The Wildcats never trailed after the first quarter, but saw the Tigers pare an eight-point halftime deficit […]

Cats claw way into finals

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Clovis sophomore Layne Strebeck goes up against Rio Grande junior Alex Rogan during the second quarter of Thursday’s semifinal game of the Milk Cow Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Under the circumstances, the Clovis Wildcats couldn’t have asked for a better game on Thursday night. In the semifinals of […]

Wildcats romp at home

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Clovis sophomore Bryce Hill finished with 7 points and 6 assists in Friday’s 94-62 win over Moriarty. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Cody Thornsbury wasn’t quite sure when he last had the kind of game he had on Friday night — maybe fifth or sixth grade. Suffice it to […]