Lady Cats win at buzzer

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Tori Northcutt high-fives fans after Clovis beat Gallup 39-37 in a Class 5A semifinal at The Pit in Albuquerque. Northcutt scored the winning bucket on a rebound at the buzzer. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Fans were screaming and the clock was racing down when Tori Northcutt […]

Hot start propels Lady Cats

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Clovis High’s Mariah Sena drives to the basket past Manzano defender Adriana Saiz, left, in the round of 16 at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday night. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s girls wasted no time Friday in locking up the program’s fourth consecutive trip for Class 5A […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats begin 5A state bid

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Senior guard Tori Northcutt, right, and the Clovis High Lady Wildcats hope to make a deep run in the Class 5A state tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like most coaches, Miles Watters is skeptical when he faces a team with an unimposing record. That’s certainly the case tonight […]

Coaches surprised by seedings

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The Clovis Wildcats were seeded No. 5 by the New Mexico Activities Association selection committee Sunday. The Lady Cats earned a No. 2 seed as well. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After the New Mexico Activities Association released the seedings for the round of 16 in the state basketball […]

Lady Cats rally, beat Hobbs

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Clovis High junior Ebony Bunton tries to avoid defensive pressure from Hobbs’ Stacey Sigala during the Lady Cats late 52-48 victory (Hobbs News-Sun: Timothy Rios) CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis High girls are the District 4-5A regular-season champions again, but it didn’t come without a struggle. Junior guard Ebony Bunton scored a career-best 28 […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats seek district title at Hobbs

CNJ staff Clovis coach Miles Watters said the Lady Wildcats played well enough at home to beat Hobbs earlier this month. In order to win in tonight’s rematch at Hobbs, he figures they’ll have to play better. “We didn’t have a particularly great outing that night,” Watters said of a 55-45 win Feb. 2. “I […]

Lady Cats notch win

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Clovis High’s Tori Northcutt collides with Carlsbad’s Jordan Neatherlin as they go for the ball during Tuesdsay’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. The Lady Wildcats posted a 57-42 win in the District 4-5A contest. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The potential for greatness is there for the Clovis Lady […]

Clovis girls in control in District 4-5A

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis High girls were able to relax a little bit on Tuesday night. Leading by 25 points at halftime, coach Miles Watters turned most of the second half over to his bench and the Lady Wildcats coasted to a 52-35 District 4-5A victory over Carlsbad. While his team had the […]

Clovis gameday

District 4-5A Boys Carlsbad (10-12, 0-1) at Clovis (17-3, 0-1) When: 7 p.m. today Where: Rock Staubus Gym Last time out: Hobbs defeated Clovis 99-93 Friday. Artesia beat Carlsbad 54-47 Friday. Key Carlsbad players to watch: Jose Cruz Lopez, 6-4, Jr., F; Zack Mendez, 5-6, Sr., G; Chris Thompson, 6-5, Jr., F, Keys to the […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Coaches downplay rivalry

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters doesn’t want to overemphasize the importance of his team’s 7 p.m. District 4-5A opener today against rival Hobbs at Rock Staubus Gym. He’d like his team to look at it as just another game — if that’s possible. “I guess any time Clovis […]

Clovis readies for Artesia

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters told Brittany Johnson a year ago it would take her a season to learn the team’s defensive system. She’s right on schedule. Watters typically pits the 5-foot-7 sophomore against the opponent’s top perimeter threat this season as the Lady Wildcats prepare for district […]

Lady Cats making strides

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Clovis High’s Janea Eshleman, center, fights for control of the ball with two Portales defenders, including Dallas Russell, left, in Tuesday’s girls game at Rock Staubus Gym. The Lady Wildcats posted a 51-37 win. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two seasons removed from a 30-0 record and a Class […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats prep for rematch with Portales

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — While the Portales Lady Rams play their final pre-district tuneup tonight, their Clovis counterparts are glad to be back on the court. Portales (8-7), riding a three-game winning streak, visits Rock Staubus Gym for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Lady Wildcats. Meantime, Clovis (8-5) had a scheduled […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats gear up for rematch with Alamo

CNJ staff The last time Clovis High’s girls faced Alamogordo — only a couple of weeks ago — Lady Wildcats coach Miles Watters earned his 500th win as a high school girls basketball coach. Today, Watters would settle for just another victory. CHS hosts the Lady Tigers in a 4:30 p.m. matchup today at Rock […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats set to face Canyon

CNJ staff The Clovis High girls have done something few teams have done against Canyon and longtime coach Joe Lombard over the years — post a winning streak. The Lady Wildcats beat Canyon 48-38 on the road two years ago, then edged the Lady Eagles 49-45 last season at Rock Staubus Gym. They’ll try to […]

500 just another number to Watters

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Clovis High head coach Miles Waters is honored for his 500th win after his team defeated Alamogordo at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday, December 30, 2006. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Miles Watters doesn’t like to speak a lot about his successes as a basketball coach. That doesn’t matter […]

Sluggish start hurts Lady Cats

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — The first half was a case of extremes. Mayfield’s Madison Spence was red hot, and the Clovis Lady Wildcats ice cold. Spence scored 21 of her game-high 31 points in the first half, and Mayfield held on for a 59-46 win Tuesday over the Lady Wildcats. Tori Northcutt led Clovis […]

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 […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats give Watters 500th win

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Clovis girls coach Miles Watters shouts instructions to his team during Friday’s Plateau Holiday Classic semifinal game against Alamogordo at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High girls relied on defense Friday night to snap out of a sluggish start. Trailing for much of the […]

Lady Cats rip Gadsden

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Clovis High’s Brittany Johnson gets defensive pressure from Gadsden’s Alma Gallegos during Thursday’s first-round game in the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer There wasn’t much doubt Thursday night about whether or not Clovis High would advance to the semifinals of the Plateau […]