Portales looks for 2nd district road win

Tony Parra There’s no better way to start district play than a victory on the road and that’s exactly what the Rams did on Tuesday. The Rams won their 4-3A district opener against the Ruidoso Warriors, 55-54. Portales (6-11, 1-0) is tied with the New Mexico Military Institute Colts for first place in the district. […]

ENMU guard: a coach on the floor

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Brent Cooper can think of no bigger assist than to pass along his knowledge of the game. A two-year starter and steadying influence for the Greyhounds, Cooper said he’d like to be able to coach someday, probably at the high school level. “I enjoy […]

Lady Rams pick up easy win

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By Kevin Wilson A quick glance at the final score would indicate a Portales blowout, 49-35, in Tuesday night’s game against Ruidoso. A closer look, however, would reveal a dichotomy for the Lady Rams and their intensity level. There was the first Portales team, which shot 75 percent in the first half and overmatched the […]

Rams tied for District 4-3A lead

Freedom Newspapers Portales’ 40-38 win over Ruidoso, coupled with New Mexico Military Institute’s 55-54 shocker over Lovington, marked an unexpected start to District 4-3A play Tuesday night. Following Tuesday’s games, the district lead is a two-way tie between a pair of teams that are a combined 11-22. The two teams at the bottom of the […]

Dora girls hand Melrose first district loss

Freedom Newsapers DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes made an effort to stop Melrose six-footers Allison Cochran and Audrey Hemminger, but a combined 40 points and 34 rebounds would suggest they failed. However, the rest of the Lady Buffs scored just seven points, and host Dora cruised to a 61-47 victory Tuesday night. Kassandra Clark […]

Greyhounds prepare for congested homestand

By Dave Wagner His team earned a split on a tough weekend road trip, but Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan said the Greyhounds are going through some tough times. ENMU opened Lone Star Conference South Division play on Thursday with a 55-52 win at Texas A&M-Commerce, then traveled south to face […]

Lovington the favorite in District 4-3A play

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By Kevin Wilson There are two things that are clear for boys basketball in District 4-3A. The Lovington Wildcats are the favorite. That, and being the favorite doesn’t mean a lot in 4-3A. “I’ve been in this district long enough to know that you don’t overlook or count anybody out,” New Mexico Military Institute coach […]

Portales wins district opener at Lovington

By Kevin Wilson LOVINGTON — Erika Cook left the Lovington court Friday night with a smile and her hand in the air, holding up one finger. The game that preceded the gesture, however, was anything but a first for Cook and the Portales Lady Rams. Instead Cook, Roni Gomez and Kassandra Richards finished off a […]

Javelinas rally to beat Greyhounds

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior guard Will Brown scored the final nine points in a game-opening 13-0 run and Texas A&M-Kingsville went on to beat Eastern New Mexico University 77-69 Saturday afternoon in Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball. Brown led four Javelinas in double figures with 23 points as TAMK (12-6, 3-0 […]

Zias whip Kingsville

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Junior guard Laci Lee led three Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 17 points Saturday afternoon and the Zias pulled away after a close first half to beat struggling Texas A&M-Kingsville 67-47 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball. ENMU (9-8, 3-1 South) won for the […]

Melrose girls get long-awaited win over Elida

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — It’s been a while since the Melrose girls beat Elida in basketball. So long, in fact, that no one could remember for sure the last time it happened after the Lady Buffaloes rode 30-of-38 free throw shooting and double-figure scoring from four players to a 67-53 whipping of the Lady […]

District rivalry renewed

By Kevin Wilson Throughout the history of New Mexico high school basketball, and particularly the last two years, the Lovington-Portales girls rivalry has been a good story. The setting: with pre-district seasons over, the Lady Rams and the Lady Wildcats seek supremacy in District 4-3A and all of Class 3A. Their paths cross three times […]

Greyhounds win LSC-South opener

Freedom Newspapers COMMERCE, Texas — Irshaun Pinckney and Brent Cooper each sank two free throws in the final 17 seconds Thursday night as Eastern New Mexico University slipped away with a 55-52 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Texas A&M-Commerce. Pinckney also hit a jumper as the shot clock ran out with 33 […]

Zias edge Commerce for second LSC-South win

Freedom Newspapers COMMERCE, Texas — Sophomore Elizabeth Richards hit a key 3-pointer with 1:45 left and freshman Heather Brown and junior Laci Lee each converted 1-and-1 free throw opportunities in the final 32 seconds as Eastern New Mexico University held off Texas A&M-Commerce 79-74 Thursday night in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball. Lee […]

Greyhounds embark on pivotal road games in LSC south

Dave Wagner Sam Walker isn’t sure how you’d handicap the Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball race. You can understand why the fourth-year Texas A&M-Commerce coach would feel that way. Four of the division’s seven teams finished pre-South play with records of 10-5, while the other three were 9-6. While it’s dangerous to put […]

Zias look for wins to push them over .500

Kevin Wilson This year’s Zia basketball team picked up its seventh win on Thursday, compared to reaching that mark in the season finale last year. And although odds favor Eastern New Mexico topping last year’s win mark during a two-game Lone Star Conference South Division road trip, Dan Buzard feels there’s no room for the […]

NMAA may drop five-class format

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Realignment proposals ranged creating unbalanced districts to eliminating Class 5A expect for football to dropping the five-class format altogether during Wednesday’s meeting of the New Mexico Activities Association realignment committee, according to an NMAA press release. Scott Evans, Albuquerque Public Schools athletic director and alignment committee member, proposed two of the […]

Dora teams eye first wins in District 3-1A

PNT Staff Prep notes The Dora Lady Coyotes (4-8) fell to the Fort Sumner Vixens 58-35 Tuesday in their District 3-1A opener. D’Shawn Pettigrew led the Lady Coyotes with 15 points. “She’s (Pettigrew) usually not our leading scorer,” Dora coach Bill Stockton said. “She’s usually our leading assister. Jaci Sant, Kassandra Clark and Jena Bilberry […]

Elida goes overtime for district win

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Elida survived a late Floyd rally — not to mention its own free-throw shooting — to claim a district win Tuesday night. Keisha Chenault scored a team-high 16 points, and Casey Ford hit a key jumper in overtime to give the visiting Lady Tigers a 47-44 win at Floyd High […]

Goddard holds off Rams

By Kevin Wilson Portales’ magic number against the Goddard Rockets was 45. For the Rockets, the magic number turned out to be 86. Visiting Goddard led for just 86 seconds, but it equated into the final 1:26 as the Rockets outlasted Portales 40-39 Monday in a non-district game. The Rams held Goddard under their defensive […]