Feeling right at home

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis trio of J.D. Isler, Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill got an experience they’d never forget at Greyhound Arena Friday night. Northern New Mexico almost gave them, and visiting McMurry University, a loss of the same caliber. Jaden Isler hit four free throws in the final 26 seconds, […]

Judge rules Isler can coach rest of season

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Calling allegations against Clovis High School’s boys’ basketball coach J.D. Isler “unsubstantiated assumptions,” a federal judge has reinstated him as coach for the remainder of the year — including post-season play. In a decision letter issued Friday night, Federal Judge Martha Vasquez said she believed allowing Isler’s suspension and termination to continue could cause irreparable […]

Judge may make Isler decision next week

As of Friday there was no decision by a federal judge contemplating the status of Clovis High School’s varsity boy’s basketball coach J.D. Isler. At a hearing Wednesday in Santa Fe, U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez said she might render a decision as early as Friday on Isler’s temporary restraining order. Isler is accused of […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know what caused him to collapse on March 27 while watching a Lady Wildcats softball game in Canyon, Texas. His heart stopped for a time and he was revived at the site with CPR. Isler, who earlier that day […]

Clovis clobbers Portales

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By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — By the end of the first half, the Clovis Wildcats had hit so many 3-pointers the cheerleaders ran out of t-shirts to throw to the crowd. Clovis set a school record with 16 treys on Saturday night in dominating Portales 82-48 at Rock Staubus Gym. The Rams (14-9, […]

Cats annilhate Aztec

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers When your turnovers outnumber your points for the game, you know you’ve had a long night. Overwhelmed from the start by Clovis High’s fullcourt pressure and man-to-man defense, Aztec had little it could do to stem the tide Friday night in a 63-25 loss to the unbeaten Wildcats at Rock […]

Cats cruise into tourney finals

Freedom Newspapers Artesia — Senior guard Cody Thornsbury hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and the Clovis High boys basketball team cruised into the finals of the Artesia Invitational on Friday with a 63-44 victory over Roswell Goddard. Junior guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (2-0), […]

Clovis boys eliminated from playoffs

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis coach J.D. Isler knew Valley would be difficult to beat with a lead in the fourth quarter. The Vikings, who made a habit of winning close games all season, steadily pulled away in the final eight minutes en route to a 62-48 win that knocked Clovis out of the Class […]

Wildcats fall to Hobbs in overtime

Freedom Newspapers HOBBS — Senior Austin Turner scored 33 points and hit six counsecutive free throws in the final minute of overtime, lifting Hobbs past Clovis High 96-94 in the District 4-5A and regular-season finale for both teams Friday night. Despite the loss, the Wildcats (16-8, 3-1 district) were already assured of the regular-season title. […]

Rams put streak to test

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — It’s been a one-sided matchup for a decade or so, but Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats can’t afford a letdown tonight when they host Portales at Rock Staubus Gym. “We’re going to have to come out with some intensity,” Isler said following Clovis’ 72-46 win […]

Clovis edges Pampa for boys tourney title

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Clovis Wildcats would like to make a late submission for game of the year. Behind Bryce Hill’s heroics and a career night from junior Rishard Matthews, the Wildcats won its third-straight Milk Cow Classic on Friday with a 89-88 overtime victory over Pampa, Texas. Down two points […]

Foxes come back to beat Clovis

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — The Clovis Wildcats’ weary legs may have gotten the best of them on Friday. Leading through most of the first three quarters, the Cats couldn’t finish off El Paso Jefferson and the Foxes rallied for a 40-36 win in the championship semifinals of the City of Champions Classic. With most of […]

Rams basketball in rebuilding mode

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler knows his team has a lot of holes to fill going into next season, but he’s encouraged by the Wildcats’ progress during the summer. The Class 5A Cats hosted Portales and Roswell High in a double-round-robin “shootout” on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym, […]

Rams get set to test powerful Clovis

By Dave Wagner The Portales boys basketball team has been steadily improving, but the Rams know they have their work cut out tonight. Portales puts a four-game winning streak on the line against the Clovis Wildcats, one of the top teams in Class 5A, in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the PHS gym. Clovis (13-1), […]

Rams improve after games against Clovis

By Rick White The Portales Rams have faced Clovis on numerous occasions this season. And the Rams are better for it. “We get a little tired of playing each other,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “But it’s good for us playing Clovis because they make us better.” The Rams and Wildcats will meet twice more […]

Portales teams look for wins at Clovis

By Kevin Wilson Clovis coach Miles Watters thinks that the Lady ‘Cats blowout over Portales two weeks ago, albeit a great win, was an anomaly in the normally competitive series between the neighboring schools. Portales coach Brenda Gomez is hopeful her team can prove it tonight in Clovis. The last time Portales (11-3) was on […]