Lady Rams open Shootout by blowing out Broncos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With another contest about 20 hours away, Portales’ first unit did more than enough Friday night to save energy for Saturday. Morgan Hill had 18 points and Briana Hernandez 16 in three quarters, and Portales rode an early 14-2 start to come away with a 54-39 victory over Kirtland […]

Rams jump to huge lead, whip Wingate

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer In what turned out to be a tuneup for Saturday’s matchup with Artesia, the host Portales Rams fired on all cylinders early Friday. Portales scored the first 12 points of the game and got points from nine different players in a 52-37 win against Wingate in the Portales Shootout. […]

Elida cruises into EPAC title game

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Elida Lady Tigers spent Friday afternoon filling up the stat sheet, and the team was able to fill in its name to the final game in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament. Jewlie Paiz scored 16 points and stole eight Floyd passes and freshman guard Lindsey Bob Smith […]

Texico dominates semifinal against Fort Sumner

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Texico girls coach Keith Durham wanted to see a wire-to-wire effort for his team in Friday’s EPAC semifinal matchup with Fort Sumner. The Lady Wolverines took him to heart — so well that senior Stephanie Bailey didn’t even realize how well they were doing. “I looked up in the middle […]

Northeastern easily defends ENMU men

Staff reports TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Northeastern State overcame an early deficit with a 12-0 run to end the first half en route to a 65-54 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a men’s Lone Star Conference crossover game Thursday at Dobbins Field House. Bret Rubin scored 16 points off the bench for the Redmen […]

Elida downs Floyd in comeback

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PNT Staff Report SAN JON — The Elida Tigers overcame a terrible start Thursday against Floyd in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament to squeak out a 56-55 win. As the EPAC tournament moves to Greyhound Arena in Portales for the final two rounds, the win gives Elida (8-4) a chance to play for seventh […]

Lady Reds take win over Zias

Portales teams ready for annual Shootout

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer One team will be dealing with contrast, another working with confidence. Both of the Portales teams expect good pre-district challenges in this weekend’s Portales Shootout, which includes eight games between eight different teams. The action starts Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m., with each day featuring four games. The […]

Hounds want to close games better

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan believes that for maybe 35 minutes in most games, the Greyhounds are a pretty competitive team. It’s those last five minutes or so that seem to do them in. “We’re still trying to establish an identity,” said Scanlan, whose team takes […]

Dora, Elida win EPAC openers

PNT Staff Dora had the advantages of being the top seed, having an extra day of preparation and the knowledge that it had already beaten San Jon. San Jon only had one advantage — the homecourt — but it didn’t last long enough as visiting Dora claimed a 63-49 win in Wednesday’s matchup of the […]

Floyd crushes House to open EPAC

Freedom Newspapers It was pick your poison for the Floyd girls, and House didn’t have enough poison for the final three quarters. The Floyd Lady Broncos battled back from an early deficit and outscored House 59-26 over the final three quarters for an easy 69-40 victory in the first round of the Eastern Plains Athletic […]

2006 EPAC Bracket

EPAC Tournament Boys Tuesday’s games At San Jon Game 3: San Jon 56, Floyd 45 Game 4: Melrose 65, House 25 Game 7: Texico 62, Elida 52 Game 8: Fort Sumner 70, Grady 44 Wednesday’s games At San Jon Game 10: Dora vs. San Jon, 4:45 p.m., new gym Game 12: Logan vs. Melrose, 8:15 […]

EPAC starts today in San Jon

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Texico’s boys and Fort Sumner’s girls begin defense of their 2004 titles when play begins today in the 10-school EPAC basketball tournament. The first three days of the event will be hosted by San Jon, with games on Friday and Saturday scheduled for Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Teams […]

Former Hound Wickware joings Amarillo Dusters

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Staff Reports Former Greyhound Brandon Wickware will be joining the Amarillo Dusters in March for training camp. “Wickware put up great pass rushing numbers, but did it mostly as an interior defensive linemen. That says a lot about his motor and aggressiveness,” Dusters General Manager Warren McCarty said. The 6-foot-3, 290 pound Wickware is a […]

Espanola Valley tops Rams for fifth place

PNT staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams traveled north to gain some valuable experience against good teams in front of big crowds and they got that experience. They got it at the expense of a nick on their record, though, as Espanola Valley took a 53-42 win over the Rams in the fifth-place […]

Hounds bow late to Aggies

Freedom Newspapers GOODWELL, Okla. — Senior guard Eddie Moss hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds left, highlighting a game-ending 10-0 run that lifted Oklahoma Panhandle State past Eastern New Mexico University 62-59 on Friday for the Aggies’ first win of the season. Nick Malinowski and Aaron Harrison posted double-doubles for Panhandle (1-10), scoring 15 […]

WT beats Zias in South Division opener

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Center Keisha Monroe led four West Texas A&M players in double figures Friday with 21 points as the 15th-ranked Lady Buffs defeated Eastern New Mexico University 76-44 in the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s opener for both teams. WT (9-1) held the Zias (6-5) to 19 percent shooting for […]

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 […]

Lady Rams lose to Clovis in tourney finals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats went to their big guns Friday night to nail down the third annual Plateau Holiday Classic championship. Seniors Aimee Hilburn (17 points), Brittany Blackmon (15) and Tori Quintana (9) combined for all but four of Clovis’ points in a hard-fought 45-34 victory over Portales […]

Lady Rams victorious in Plateau Classic thriller

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — The Portales Lady Rams have knocked off one Class 5A giant, and now another one waits. Senior post Morgan Hill scored 12 points and managed to get 6-foot-7 Gallup senior Valerie Kast out of the game on fouls, and the Lady Rams advanced to the finals of Clovis’ Plateau Holiday […]