Portales volleyball team wins district title

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By Kevin Wilson Volleyball is a game of momentum — enough momentum to decide whether Erika Cook has a championship-winning kill off the hands of Jesika Jameson, or if it’s the other way around. It’s a game of joy — enough joy that a quick set can make a sophomore lose track of the fact […]

Hounds underdogs on the road

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By Dave Wagner History is not on the side of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds this week as they continue their quest for the program’s first playoff bid in nearly two decades. The Hounds play at Texas A&M-Kingsville in a 6 p.m. (MST) start on Saturday. Eastern (6-2, 2-2 Lone Star Conference South Division) […]

Melrose receiver in running for six-man record

By Rick White He’s not big. Nor particularly fast. Harvey Park just has a knack for catching footballs — and finding the end zone. His coach and teammates rave about his hands, knowledge of the game and determination. The combination of skills and intangibles has the Melrose senior wide receiver closing in on a 60-year-old […]

Rams, Wildcats fight for playoff lives

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By Kevin Wilson Even with the district rivalry, it’s safe to say the Portales Rams and Lovington Wildcats share some common bonds. The approaches are the same, as Portales coach Glen Johnson could tell you. “The only similarities,” Johnson said, “(are) we spread the field, throw the football, (we’re) not afraid to run the football […]

Lady Tigers play ‘waiting game’

Kevin Wilson Safe at home While the rest of District 3-1A battles it out, Elida is playing the waiting game. But that doesn’t mean the Lady Tigers are relaxing. “We’re working harder this week than we’ve worked in a long time,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “We’re doing a lot of conditioning and going back […]

Floyd faces Longhorns in playoffs

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The games are about as meaningful as they get with the Floyd Broncos playing the Logan Longhorns in the six-man quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday in Logan, with the losers’ season coming to an end. The Broncos have not played Logan, but they did scrimmage the […]

Dora advances to second round of tournament

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By Kevin Wilson DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes started their District 3-1A playoff match slow. But they sure finished it quick. D’Shawn Pettigrew had three of her match-high seven kills in the final stretch of the third game, and Dora recovered from a slow start to sweep Floyd 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 in a first-round […]

Former prep stars control Zia fortunes

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By Kevin Wilson They were separated by one year, one classification and 28 miles. Now, they’re together with a determination to revive Zia basketball. Eastern New Mexico University junior guard Laci Lee and sophomore forward Elizabeth Richards represent some of the best talent from the last few seasons of New Mexico high school basketball, but […]

Hounds face toughest test

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By Dave Wagner THE EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY football team has lost its two toughest tests of the season — 24-14 decisions on the road against Abilene Christian and Midwestern State. To stay in contention for an NCAA Division II playoff berth, the Greyhounds must win at fifth-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville (6-1) in a Lone Star […]

Ram turnovers prove costly

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By Kevin Wilson RUIDOSO — Like a football on a fumbled handoff or an intercepted pass, a chance for a second-straight District 4-3A title has very nearly slipped out of the collective grasp of the Portales Rams. Portales’ district opener saw turnovers by both teams in the first half, but the host Warriors held onto […]

Greyhound defense comes through

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Given Saturday’s brisk conditions, Eastern New Mexico University was less inclined than it might otherwise have been to throw against Texas A&M-Commerce’s suspect pass defense. Matching strength against strength, the Greyhounds controlled the ball just enough with their ground attack and let their defense take care of the rest […]

Zia volleyball squad beats Kingsville

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — It’s been a long climb to the .500 mark for the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team. The Zias finally made it Saturday — and also put themselves in an improved position in the Lone Star Conference South Division race — with a 30-26, 37-35, 30-26 victory over Tarleton State. […]

Zia soccer drops road match

Freedom Newspapers Northeastern State 4, ENMU 1 — At Tahlequah, Okla., the host Lady Reds got two goals and an assist from Marie Widerman to improve to 11-3 (4-2 LSC). Widerman assisted on a goal by Stacey Cutler just over three minutes into the game, then scored on a penalty kick to give NSU a […]

Huskey has career finish

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By Dave Wagner Karissa Huskey had just finished running the race of her life, and she looked like she was ready to go again. Huskey placed fifth overall with a time of 23:44.6 over 6 kilometers to lead Eastern New Mexico University’s women to a fifth-place team finish in the Lone Star Conference cross country […]

Rams look to get into driver’s seat

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By Kevin Wilson By virtue of a win at Greyhound Stadium last December, the Ruidoso Warriors are the defending Class 3A state champs in football. By virtue of a punishment from the New Mexico Activities Association, the Portales Rams are the best 2-5 team in the state. Neither circumstance matters at 7 p.m. today in […]

Lady Rams clinch top seed

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By Kevin Wilson Two down, one to go. For the Portales volleyball team, it’s not one season. It’s three. There is the pre-district schedule, the district season, and there’s the playoffs. The Lady Rams ended season one with a 6-10 record last week and ended season two on Thursday with a 25-22, 27-25, 25-21 sweep […]

Greyhounds not looking to take Lions lightly

By Dave Wagner Texas A&M-Commerce is coming off a discouraging home loss to West Texas A&M, and at 1-6 is not having even close to the kind of season it envisioned. Still, Eastern New Mexico University coach Bud Elliott isn’t about to take the Lions lightly in Saturday’s 1 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Division […]

A story of Courage

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By Dave Wagner Nigerian-born Courage Idemudia knows his first name must have a special meaning. He’s just not sure what it is. “I never asked my parents about it,” the Eastern New Mexico University junior said. “I just know I try to live up to it.” An outside linebacker, Idemudia moved from a village in […]

LaSage looks for improvement

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University second-year cross country coach Greg LaSage knows that the Abilene Christians of the world are out of range in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, set for Portales Country Club. What he’s looking for is improvement over last year, when the Greyhounds finished eighth out of 10 men’s […]

Rams forfeit two victories

Tony Parra The Portales Rams had to forfeit their first two games of the football season on Wednesday — wins over West Las Vegas and Tularosa — due to the use of an ineligible player. “There was a mixup in the residency of one of our players,” Portales coach Glenn Johnson said. “It’s been cleared […]