Dora goes overtime for first district win

Freedom Newspapers DORA — The Dora Coyotes survived late heroics from Tom Sullivan and used the trio of Casey O’Connor, Austin Prewett and Tyler Wilhoit to slide past Elida in its District 3-1A opener. O’Connor and Prewett both scored 20, while Wilhoit added 12 in a 61-57 overtime win. The win negated the efforts of […]

Portales, Clovis girls on hot streaks coming into matchup

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Having already played twice this season, the Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams know each other pretty well. Each team’s coach expects to get the other’s best shot when the rivals collide for the final time this season in a 7:30 p.m. start today at Rock Staubus Gym. […]

Hounds cruise to another win


By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers With less than 10 seconds remaining in Eastern New Mexico’s 83-65 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Saturday, Greyhounds Tristan Largent and Ira Cross decided to punctuate the Hounds’ second-straight decisive victory with an ally-oop. “It was an exclamation point to the game,” Largent said. “That felt good. We’d been […]

Zias survive 3-point onslaught from Lady Savages


By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Southeastern Oklahoma came out bombing Saturday night. The Lady Savages hoisted 38 3-point shots in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game against Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena, hitting 15, but the Zias rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to post a 75-72 victory. Junior guard Heather Brown […]

Greyhounds trounce Tigers, 98-51


By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Whatever had been ailing the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team during a five-game losing streak certainly wasn’t in evidence Thursday night. Clicking on all cylinders from start to finish, the Greyhounds destroyed East Central 98-51 in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. Senior post Mikal […]

Brown’s treys prove crucial in Zia win


By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University guard Heather Brown is money from the free throw line — she leads the Lone Star Conference, shooting at a 92-percent clip. On Thursday, the Hereford grad also proved she could knock down 3-pointers when it counted, hitting a pair of treys in the final four […]

Portales wins fourth-straight game

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Ashleah Richards scored 13 points and Portales won its seventh game in eight tries Thursday with a 45-35 win on the road at Roswell High. Morgan Hill added 11 and Megan Kabrick eight for Portales (12-5), which jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter. “We did really well,” […]

ENMU squads battle East Central

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams are glad to be home again, and they hope it helps them rediscover their winning ways. Both teams are on losing streaks as they prepare for final crossover games against Lone Star Conference North teams at Greyhound Arena — tonight against East Central and Saturday against Southeastern […]

Pressure coming for Portales


By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer As the pressure of district and playoff play rises for basketball teams across New Mexico, another type of pressure is rising for Portales — pressure on the ball. Portales (10-5) spent a lot of Monday’s practice working on press-breakers for Tuesday’s home game against Carlsbad, and the team feels […]

Rams put streak to test

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — It’s been a one-sided matchup for a decade or so, but Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats can’t afford a letdown tonight when they host Portales at Rock Staubus Gym. “We’re going to have to come out with some intensity,” Isler said following Clovis’ 72-46 win […]

Guards carry load for Rams


By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Artesia had one statistic that was imposing for the host Portales Rams — 6-5, the height of sophomore center Landry Jones. Portales had control of two other statistics — 43 points from its starting backcourt and 10 fewer turnovers — to make the difference in a 58-55 win in […]

Long bomb lifts Lady Rams to win

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Los Alamos Hilltoppers wouldn’t go quietly into the night, despite everything host Portales was doing against them. Though the team fell behind early, Los Alamos held off every chance by Portales to seal a blowout and made it a seven-point game as Bryanna Richins hit a putback in […]

Texico downs Elida to end four-year EPAC title drought

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The 11-3 Texico Lady Woverines ended the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference Tournament looking more like a team ready for the playoffs than a team just about to start its league season. They hardly missed a beat as they defeated Elida 55-42 in Saturday’s championship at Greyhound Arena in Portales, […]

Logan captures first EPAC title

Freedom Newspapers Senior guard Drew Perez scored 25 points and Logan went on a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter Saturday night to beat Texico 48-34 at Greyhound Arena and capture its first EPAC Tournament boys championship. Trailing 14-12 at halftime, the Longhorns (10-3) outscored the two-time defending tournament champion Wolverines 36-20 in the final […]

Grady tops Elida for consolation title


By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Early in the second quarter, both the Elida Tigers and Grady Bronchos found that Saturday’s consolation game had a familiar circumstance. The difference was that Grady’s situation was just more favorable. Colt Grau scored 14 points to lead four Bronchos in double figures, and Grady survived a fourth-quarter comeback when […]

UCO rallies to beat Zias

Freedom Newspapers EDMOND, Okla. — Meghan Craig scored 20 points and Central Oklahoma rallied from a 14-point, first-half deficit to beat Eastern New Mexico University 84-69 in Lone Star Conference women’s crossover action on Saturday, handing the Zias their sixth consecutive loss. Lindsey Wilson added 18 points and nine rebounds and reserve Mallory Marcus scored […]

Turnovers get best of Greyhounds

Freedom Newspapers EDMOND, Okla. — Central Oklahoma’s Aundrae Grayson hit a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession Saturday and the Bronchos never looked back in an 88-69 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Anthony Brown finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Central Oklahoma, which improved to 5-0 at […]

Wolverines top Dora, seek 3-peat


By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers The Texico Wolverines are on the verge of their third straight EPAC championship. With 19 points from Aaron Vaughan, Texico held off Dora 55-39 in the semifinals of the EPAC tournament Friday at Greyhound Arena. “We played well as a team,” Vaughan said. “We got it down on the inside […]

Lady Rams open Shootout by blowing out Broncos


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


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. […]