Rams cruise in second half

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Coming into the game against West Las Vegas, Portales coach Jaime Ramirez said the Dons were a mirror-image of the Rams as both teams ran the same offense and defensive play styles. For the first half, that appeared to be true as Portales went into half-time with a 14-12 […]

Hounds absorb pair of losses at Tarleton meet

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team had a tough first day on Friday in Tarleton State’s TexAnn Invitational, losing to unbeaten Central Oklahoma 25-17, 31-29, 25-18 and to Colorado Christian 26-24, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9. The Greyhounds (3-3) complete play in the two-day event today with an 8 a.m. (MDT) […]

Rams ready for ‘mirror image’ Dons

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Senior running back Darion Ontiveros runs back a kickoff during practice. In two games Ontiveros has scored six total touchdowns.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Much like last year, the Portales Rams dominated their first two opponents and are sitting at 2-0. Next up for Portales is the three-hour drive to Las Vegas to face the West Las Vegas Dons, a team that closely resembles the Rams in more ways than just an identical […]

Adams State edges ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico freshman defender Naomi Abeyta battles an Adams State player for possession of the ball during the second half of Thursday night’s game at ENMU. Adams State won 2-0.

By David Norton SPORTS EDITOR dnorton@pntonline.com PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico women’s soccer team was handed its second straight loss Thursday night, falling to Adams State 2-0. After playing the Grizzlies (2-1) to a 0-0 half time draw, the Greyhounds (0-2-1) seemingly lost their composure in the second half, giving up two goals on […]

Lady Rams edge Lovington in OT

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Portales Lady Rams coach Ruben Tellez congratulates his team after a 3-2 overtime victory over Lovington Thursday afternoon.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com It was a good day to be a Portales Ram as both the boys and girls soccer teams dispatched Lovington on the pitch in make-up games from Tuesday’s weather cancellations. In Portales, Lady Rams senior Hunter Royston needed just three minutes to give her team a quick lead against […]

Grizzlies use second-half flurry to dispatch Hounds

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ENMU junior forward Omary Shabani fights for possession against Adams State in the first half of Wednesday’s afternoon match.

By David Norton SPORTS EDITOR dnorton@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico men’s soccer team was handed its first loss of the season Wednesday, coming up one score short of Adams State, 3-2. Despite playing Adams (3-0) to a first half draw, the Greyhounds found themselves down 3-0 with only 15 minutes of play left. The first […]

Lady Rams sweep Clovis

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Trinity Kizer goes up for an attempted kill during the second set of Portales' match against Clovis on Tuesday night at the RAC. PHS won 25-21, 25-18, 28-26.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The Portales Lady Rams volleyball team staved off a late-match collapse, but still finished with a 25-21, 25-18, 28-26 sweep of Clovis on Tuesday night at the Ram Athletic Center. Portales (2-3) and Clovis (1-3) played the first set even, with neither leading by more than four points. The […]

New Mexico fishing report — Sept. 6

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes — Fishing was slow to […]

ENMU women blanked by Skyhawks

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season on Monday, falling 2-0 to Fort Lewis College during Eastern’s home opener. While the Greyhounds have shown signs of improvement over last year, they have recently been slowed by injuries that have caused coach Omar Morales to rethink […]

Rams top Lovington

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Portales quarterback Junior Ramirez avoids a tackle in the second quarter of Portales' 38-26 victory over Lovington. Ramirez ran for a touchdown and threw for a score as well.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com LOVINGTON — For the first time since 1983 the Portales Rams defeated the Lovington Wildcats in consecutive seasons. For the second time in two seasons, the Rams are 2-0. This time, the Rams rode a strong effort by running back Darion Ontiveros to a 38-26 victory. Ontiveros, who scored […]

Clovis beats Carlsbad for 2-0 start

By David Norton Sports Editor dnorton@pntonline.com CARLSBAD — In what turned out to be coined as an “ugly game” by both teams, Clovis turned in a monumental second-half performance to beat Carlsbad 34-14 Friday. Clovis head coach Eric Roanhaus said, “It is a battle here every time we come down and I think it was […]

Roundup: Melrose recovers, routs Mescalero

STAFF REPORT MELROSE — If the biggest improvement in your season comes between your first game and your second, the Melrose Buffaloes are in good shape. Coming off a 30-20 loss last week against Gateway Christian, the Buffaloes responded with a 56-0 victory over Mescalero Apache. The game was called at the half via the […]

ENMU ROUNDUP: Hounds split opening volleyball matches

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Senior outside hitter Lauren Frye collected 20 kills as Eastern New Mexico University opened its 2016 season by earning a split on Friday’s first day of West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic volleyball tournament with a 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-21 victory over McKendree. Earlier in the day, the Greyhounds were […]

Hounds fall 49-35 in season opener at Southwest Baptist

BOLIVAR, Mo. — It was not the start to the season the Eastern New Mexico football team was looking for, but its 49-35 loss at Southwest Baptist on Thursday showed some good starting points. Former Clovis standout Kamal Cass led the team with 149 yards rushing and two touchdowns while D’Maujeric Tucker had 147 yards and […]

ENMU men’s soccer opens with scoreless tie

By David Norton Sports editor dnorton@pntonline.com GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico men’s soccer team opened its season with a 0-0 tie Thursday, shutting out Colorado Mesa University in double overtime. While Greyhound (0-0-1) head coach Paul Tate would obviously have liked a win, in the game of soccer a tie can feel […]

ENMU women open with scoreless tie

Staff report GUNNISON, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico University and Western State women’s soccer teams combined to put 24 shots on goal in Thursday’s season opener for both teams. Both squads are still looking for their first goals of the season after playing to a scoreless tie. ENMU junior Marissa Torres was credited with […]

Floyd wins season opener in four sets

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Floyd’s Desarae Lewis digs a Dora serve to prevent a Lady Coyote easy point in the second set of Tuesday’s match in Floyd. The Lady Broncos won in four sets.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com FLOYD — Last year when the Lady Broncos and Lady Coyotes met in volleyball, both contests ended in five-set victories by the visiting team. While the Tuesday night match between these Roosevelt County rivals didn’t go the distance, it was a competitive match, with Floyd coming away with a four-set […]

Rams top Wolverines in weather-abbreviated tilt

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Portales High quarterback Junior Ramirez escapes Texico’s Mason Golden on a quarterback keeper.

By David Norton SPORTS EDITOR dnorton@pntonline.com Picking up where they left off before lightning delayed them a day, the Portales Rams shut out the Texico Wolverines 24-0 Saturday in a second abbreviated debut at the new Greyhound Stadium. For the second straight day the contest was called early due to weather concerns, but this time […]

Roswell tops PHS girls soccer 6-1

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Portales head coach Ruben Tallez talks with Fernandaz Jimenez during the second half of Saturday’s contest.

STAFF REPORT Coming off two straight wins, the Portales High School girl’s soccer team was riding high heading into their Saturday matchup with Roswell High. Unfortunately that euphoria wouldn’t last long, as the Rams (2-3) found a very tough opponent in the Coyotes (4-0) and would eventually fall 6-1 to the class 5A school. Head […]

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The Portales Rams ended Friday night up 7-0 on the Texico Wolverines. But the weather notched a 2-0 victory.

So the Rams and Wolverines will try to pick up action again 7 p.m. Saturday, following a Friday night opener that was delayed two hours by the first delay and postponed by the second.

The Rams will kick off one day and one play after Darion Ontiveros opened the scoring with a 1-yard run.

The game — the first official game on the turf of the new Greyhound Stadium, started at 7 p.m. with rain pouring but everything ready to go.

Texico got the opening kickoff and converted one first down, but after six offensive plays, the Wolverines were in a fourth-and-forever situation.

Their punt, with just 3:28 gone in the first, would wait nearly two hours as officials postponed the game for lightning warnings that just didn’t want to leave the 12-mile radius of the stadium.
Around 9:20 p.m. the game resumed with Portales returning the punt to Texico’s 47-yard line. 

The rain came down harder, causing the Rams and quarterback Junior Ramirez understandable troubles handling the ball. Still, Ramirez led the team down to the Texico 1 following several quarterback keepers.

With the Rams knocking on the door, Ramirez mishandled the snap, but calmly picked it up and tossed it to running back Darion Ontiveros.

Ontiveros fumbled as well, but grabbed it back and carried the Wolverine defender into the end zone.

Following the extra point, the officials again cleared the field, this time for the night.

The Portales Rams ended Friday night up 7-0 on the Texico Wolverines. But the weather notched a 2-0 victory. So the Rams and Wolverines will try to pick up action again 7 p.m. Saturday, following a Friday night opener that was delayed two hours by the first delay and postponed by the second. The Rams […]