Rams seeking one-at-a-time approach

By Dave Wagner Mark Gallegos doesn’t want his team to get ahead of itself. On paper the Rams (15-8, 4-1 District 4-3A) figure to beat last-place New Mexico Military tonight at the PHS gym and ensure no worse than a tie for the regular-season title and force a playoff against Lovington on Monday in Roswell […]

Fort Sumner beats Floyd, gains finals

PNT Staff FORT SUMNER — Fort Sumner put only one player in double figures Thursday night, but the Foxes dominated the first half and posted a 54-35 victory over Floyd in the District 3-1A boys semifinal. Junior guard Richard Canales led Fort Sumner (19-9) with 10 points, but five others scored at least six. Junior […]

Sluggish Zias pull out win over Pioneers


By Dave Wagner Tia Doss knew she’d deflected the ball near midcourt. She just couldn’t find it for a second. The Eastern New Mexico University junior spotted it in time to grab it, drive for a tie-breaking layup and convert a 3-point play with 1:04 left to give the sluggish Zias a 57-54 Lone Star […]

Rams look to rebuild pitching


By Dave Wagner En route to reaching the state Class 3A baseball championship game last season, the Portales High Rams had a luxury a lot of teams would like, especially at their level — two quality pitchers. On top of that, one (T.C. Nusser) was right-handed while the other (Seth Clabaugh) threw lefty. Despite finishing […]

Melrose eliminates Lady Tigers

By Dave Wagner ELIDA — Melrose’s Schuyler Cochran came up big in the final minute on Wednesday night. Cochran found 6-foot-1 senior Audrey Hemminger for a tie-breaking layup with 42 seconds left, then added two insurance free throws 15 seconds later as the Lady Buffaloes upended Elida 54-50 in a District 3-1A tournament girls semifinal […]

ENMU squads wrap up seasons

By Dave Wagner They won’t make the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament, but Eastern New Mexico University’s women have a chance to put a nice finish on an up-and-down year when they close out Lone Star Conference South Division and regular-season play this weekend. The Zias (11-14, 5-7 South), coming off road wins against Texas […]

ENMU tennis team battling numbers


PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis coach Christine Blaeser likes to win as much as the next person, but for now she’s trying to get her team through another season. Blaeser, in her 15th year as the ENMU coach, won’t be able to field a full team this weekend when the Zias open […]

Zias finish successful homestand


By Dave Wagner Acting Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Amber Daniel is off to a nice start in her new role. The Zias improved to 7-3 under Daniel, a graduate assistant who has taken over the team while head coach Armando Quiroz recovers from ankle surgery over the next few weeks, with a 6-5, […]

Lady Rams rout Ruidoso to clinch title

By Todd Fuqua: Special to the PNT RUIDOSO — For one quarter at least, it looked as though the Ruidoso Lady Warriors had a plan against Portales — effective pressure defense, plus a spectacular buzzer-beating halfcourt shot from Allison Rigsby. Then the Lady Rams began slowing the game down and used their superior size and […]

Broncos advance with OT win over Dora


By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Not that he would have expected overtime, but Floyd boys basketball coach Jeff Gillespie figured his team wouldn’t run away from Dora in Tuesday’s District 3-1A first-round tournament matchup. After all, the Broncos had split in the regular season with three of the other four teams in the district, and […]

Lady Tigers beat Floyd, gain semis

PNT Staff ELIDA — Junior Kodi Armitage, expected to be sidelined a while by a knee injury, returned to action Monday night and scored 14 points to help Elida beat Floyd 47-34 in a District 3-1A girls first-round tournament game. Elida (17-7), seeded second in the tournament, will host Melrose (12-14) in a 6 p.m. […]

UCO takes three of four from Hounds with Sunday sweep

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh isn’t as concerned about losses as he is that his team plays the way it has to if it hopes to be successful. The Greyhounds went toe-to-toe with Central Oklahoma over the weekend, outhitting the Bronchos 41-34 and putting themselves in position to win […]

Zias salvage series finale against Mustangs

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth Sunday to beat Western New Mexico 16-8 on the eight-run rule after five innings and salvage the finale of a four-game weekend series. WNMU won the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader in five innings 18-7, scoring 11 times in the top […]

Buffs defeat ENMU


By Dave Wagner Two big rivals had some trouble generating the usual energy for each other Monday night. But with postseason ramifications on the line for West Texas A&M, the Buffaloes found just enough gas in their tank to outlast Eastern New Mexico University 81-78 in a Lone Star Conference South Division matchup at Greyhound […]

Rams fall into early hole they can’t escape

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — The Portales High boys’ celebration was quickly put on hold by the Lovington Wildcats on Friday night. Lovington opened a 17-0 lead late in the first quarter and held the Rams at bay the rest of the way en route to a 61-47 victory that left the teams tied for the […]

Scherer pitches Hounds to split with UCO


PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University senior Brett Scherer made his mound debut for the Greyhounds two weeks ago at Sul Ross State, but that game was rained out after he pitched three scoreless innings. On Saturday at Greyhound Field, Scherer took on a bigger challenge and passed it with flying colors. The right-hander worked […]

Mustangs spoil fun for ENMU


By Dave Wagner On Friday, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team ended a homefield drought of nearly 22 months. Unfortunately, Western New Mexico didn’t give the Zias have much of a chance to enjoy their success. ENMU ended a 16-game home losing streak dating to April 25, 2003 by sweeping New Mexico Highlands 3-2 […]

Zias whip Midwestern behind Brown, Bryant

PNT Staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Sophomore guard Heather Brown tied her career high with 25 points and junior post Tiana Bryant added a double-double Saturday night to lift Eastern New Mexico University’s women past Midwestern State 80-73 in a Lone Star Conference South Division game. The Zias (11-14, 5-7 South) moved ahead of the […]

Hounds go down to Indians

PNT Staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior guard Jay January hit three 3-pointers inside the first two minutes and Midwestern State went on to an 88-77 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night. January finished 6-of-8 from the 3-point line and shared team scoring honors with Justin James, […]

PHS tennis teams place third, fourth

PNT Staff ROSWELL — In their first action of the year, the Portales boys and girls tennis teams each ended up in the third-place match on Saturday in the Goddard Invitational. From that point, it was a story of small breaks — the girls got them and finished third, while the boys didn’t and finished […]