Lady Rams move on to state tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Experience helps in a match where everything is at stake. So does being at home. Playing better than the opponent is better than all of those things, though, and the Portales High volleyball team did just that Saturday with a state tournament berth on the line. Portales (12-10) swept past Grants in […]

Greyhounds crushed in Wagon Wheel game

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — The game could not have been more memorable for West Texas A&M coach Ronnie Jones. Eastern New Mexico University’s football team would just as soon forget it. WT handed the Greyhounds a stunning 49-23 Lone Star Conference South Division loss, capturing the “Wagon Wheel” game for the first time […]

Hounds win exhibition game

Freedom Newspapers Junior college transfer Kennis Green scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday night to lead Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team past the New Mexico All-Stars 106-58 in a preseason tuneup at Greyhound Arena. The Greyhounds scored the first six points and led all the way. They broke open a 14-12 […]

Rams go out with dominant win

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Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Without the pressure of playoff possibilities and with any spoils of victory limited to what transpired on Colt Field, the Portales Rams had one of their most dominant performances in recent memory. The Ram offense controlled the ball and the defense controlled the field in a 39-0 rout over New Mexico […]

Lady Rams get set for Grants

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By Kevin Wilson The mood at recent Portales volleyball practices seemed closer to the energy of a brand new volleyball season than one almost done, where injuries and losses have taken their toll. Call it excitement, call it anticipation. But don’t call it overconfidence. “We’re not going in overconfident or cocky,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez […]

Rams can still impact playoff race

By Kevin Wilson One team will look for a chance to extend the 2003 football season tonight, the other a chance to build momentum for 2004. The Portales Rams represent half of the playoff equation in District 4-3A in the 7 p.m. battle at New Mexico Military Institute, but only in the respect that Portales […]

Greyhounds face struggling West Texas A&M

By Dave Wagner It’s a long road back to respectability for the West Texas A&M football team, but second-year coach Ronnie Jones thinks the Buffaloes are headed in the right direction. WT brings a potent offense and a suspect defense into Saturday’s 1 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Division contest against Eastern New Mexico University […]

ENMU runners have work cut out for them

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Greg LaSage knows his Greyhounds and Zias have their work cut out in Saturday’s South Central Region meet at Commerce, Texas. “The teams that beat us in the (Lone Star) Conference meet are all ranked in the top 10 in the region,” said LaSage, whose squads […]

Elida may face Vixens again

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com FORT SUMNER — The Elida Lady Tigers and Fort Sumner Vixens are looking at a possible fourth matchup this season when they compete this weekend in the Class 1A Region B volleyball tournament. The teams split their District 3-1A regular-season matches, necessitating a playoff last […]

Rams’ game changed to earlier time

Kevin Wilson Whether The Portales volleyball team makes the state tournament or gets eliminated on Saturday is still up in the air. But everybody will know three hours earlier now. The New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of state high school athletics, wanted Portales’ regional championship match against Grants to start at 4 p.m. […]

Zias finish season with close win

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By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team won Tuesday night, but coach Mike Maguire wasn’t impressed. Seemingly on their way to an easy victory over Wayland Baptist after a first-game rout, the Zias ended up with a major fight on their hands before bailing out a 30-18, 28-30, 27-30, 30-21, 15-13 win […]

Carpenter adjusting to college basketball

By Kevin Wilson Matt Carpenter used to step on the Greyhound Arena floor as part of an annual tradition called the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Now he steps on the court as part of a daily routine called practice. It’s one of many transitions the Dora native and Eastern New Mexico University freshman […]

Portales basketball squads prep for season

By Kevin Wilson While one Portales basketball squad looks to repeat, the other hopes it can reload. Practices started Monday for the girls and boys squads at Portales High School. Both teams are currently waiting on significant portions of their rosters, and the first few days are being used as a foundation for the rest […]

ENMU News and Notes, Nov. 4

By Dave Wagner SINCE BUD ELLIOTT WAS unable to achieve the 200th win of his 36-year college coaching career against longtime conference power Texas A&M-Kingsville, getting it this week against rival West Texas A&M would be almost as satisfying. Elliott said Eastern New Mexico played pretty well in Saturday’s 44-26 Lone Star Conference South Division […]

Ram football squad knocked out of playoffs

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By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — Like it has been for countless seasons, the District 4-3A playoff race winds down to three teams competing for two spots. For the first time in four seasons, the Portales Rams are team No. 4. Senior quarterback Matt Palmer accounted for 250 yards of offense, and the visiting Lovington […]

Kingsville hands Hounds third loss

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Junior quarterback Daniel Taylor survived five sacks by Eastern New Mexico University, throwing for 322 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night to lead Texas A&M-Kingsville past the Greyhounds 44-26 in Lone Star Conference South Division football. Taylor completed 17 of 25 passes as the Javelinas (7-1, 4-0 South), ranked fourth […]

Q&A: Greyhound football coach Bud Elliott

By Kevin Wilson Harold “Bud” Elliott is Greyhound football, and Greyhound football is Bud Elliott. Elliott is in season No. 10 with Eastern New Mexico University, at the tail-end of a career that has taken him through 36 years at numerous levels of college football. Elliott, 71, entered Saturday’s game at Texas A&M-Kingsville one win […]

ENMU volleyball team finishes regular season strong

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By Dave Wagner Already assured a spot in the Lone Star Conference tournament, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team picked up a shot of confidence Saturday in its LSC South Division finale. The Zias rallied back from a pair of one-game deficits, riding a strong overall defensive performance and 25 kills from junior outside […]

Zia soccer avoids LSC cellar

By Dave Wagner The first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team assured itself on Friday that it won’t finish at the bottom of the Lone Star Conference this season. The Zias got two goals in a span of 3 1/2 minutes of the second half and staved off Southwestern Oklahoma 2-1, also earning their […]

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 […]