Farwell survives regional semifinal against Hawley

LEVELLAND — The Farwell Steers are just one game away from the Texas Final Four. Senior guard Angel Graxiola hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute to play — his only points of the game — and the Steers held on for a 47-45 victory in Friday’s Class 1A Region I semifinals at South Plains […]

West Texas A&M takes series opener from Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Designated hitter Jeff Caples drove in three runs, two on a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, and West Texas A&M took the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. ENMU (4-8, 0-1 LSC) took a 6-5 lead in the seventh on an RBI single […]

Angelo State holds off Zia softball squad

Staff report As far as moral victories go, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team couldn’t complain with losing by a combined five runs to Angelo State, the No. 6 team in NCAA Division II. But the visiting Rambelles earned a pair of Lone Star Conference victories, holding off a late Zias rally in the nightcap […]

Steers edge Hawley, gain regional finals

Staff report LEVELLAND — The Farwell Steers are just one game away from the Texas Final Four. Senior guard Angel Graxiola hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute to play — his only points of the game — and the Steers held on for a 47-45 victory in Friday’s Class 1A Region I semifinals at […]

Lone Star Conference Update

LSC tournament At Allen, Texas All Times MST (Seeds in parentheses) Men Wednesday’s quarterfinals Game 2: (2) Angelo State 83, (7) Texas A&M-Kingsville 73 Game 4: (8) (1) Tarleton State 80, (8) Eastern New Mexico 50 Thursday’s quarterfinals Game 6: (6) Cameron 87, (3) Midwestern State 84 Game 8: (5) West Texas A&M vs. (4) […]

Area teams ready for playoffs

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Portales Ram senior Alex Villanueva gets off a pass around teammate Bronte Staugaard during a team scrimmage Thursday afternoon during the Rams’ practice. Portales, seeded fifth in Class 4A, hosts Thoreau  tonight.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com This weekend will be full of playoff basketball action as local area teams will be hosting playoff games today (girls) and Saturday (boys). The Portales Lady Rams (20-6) begin their bid to win a second straight state title as the top seed in Class 4A. The Lady Rams host […]

Zias lose to MSU in first round of LSC tournament

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Senior guard Tori Tucker drives against Midwestern State’s Andrea Carter in Wednesday’s game. Eastern finishes their season with a 9-18 overall record and 5-11 in the LSC. The Zias will lose Tucker and Jasmine Johnson to graduation.

STAFF REPORT ALLEN, Texas — Andrea Carter scored 19 points to lead four in double figures, and Midwestern State struck early to squelch any early hopes of an upset in a 70-49 win over Eastern New Mexico University Wednesday morning in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament at the Allen Events Center. Shambreka […]

Basketball makes March great

It’s March, which means while the temperature is freezing outside, gyms across the country are heating up. March is one of my favorite sports months of the year. High school basketball and college basketball is about to get a lot more interesting. I love playoff basketball (except the NBA, where the playoffs last six months). […]

Area prep tournaments

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys District 4-4A Feb. 24 game (3) Ruidoso 66, (4) East Mountain 63 Thursday’s game (2) New Mexico Military 56, Ruidoso 47 Saturday’s game Championship (1) Portales 65, New Mexico Military 42 District 6-2A Feb. 24 game (3) Dora 72, Fort Sumner 58 Thursday’s game Dora at (2) Logan, ppd. Saturday’s game […]

LSC tournament pairings

At Allen, Texas All Times MST (Seeds in parentheses) Men Wednesday’s quarterfinals Game 2: (7) Texas A&M-Kingsville vs. (2) Angelo State, 1:30 p.m. Game 4: (8) Eastern New Mexico vs. (1) Tarleton State, 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s quarterfinals Game 6: (6) Cameron vs. (3) Midwestern State, 1:30 p.m. Game 8: (5) West Texas A&M vs. (4) […]

Lady Rams get top seed in playoffs

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Portales technically can’t defend the state championship it won last year, since it’s no longer a member of the Class 3A where it upset top-ranked Shiprock last season. And they can’t topple a defending champion either, since 2014 4A title winner Santa Fe moved up to Class 5A. But […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — March 4

MEN ENMU vs. Tarleton State • When: 7:30 p.m. (MST) today in the Lone Star Conference tournament quarterfinals at Allen, Texas • Records (seeds): ENMU 7-20 (8th), Tarleton State 26-2 (1st) • This season: Tarleton beat the Greyhounds 89-64 on Jan. 24 at Greyhound Arena and 65-55 on Feb. 21 at Stephenville, Texas. • Last […]

Monday area prep roundup — March 2

DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS (Seeds in parentheses) Boys District 4-4A Feb. 24 game (3) Ruidoso 66, (4) East Mountain 63 Thursday’s game (2) New Mexico Military 56, Ruidoso 47 Saturday’s game Championship (1) Portales 65, New Mexico Military 42 District 6-2A Feb. 24 game (3) Dora 72, (4) Fort Sumner 58 Thursday’s game Dora at (2) Logan, […]

PHS pulls district double

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Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales basketball teams took care of business Saturday night in District 4-4A, with the  girls were never challenged by Ruidoso in a 58-24 win, and the boys using a big second quarter to take down New Mexico Military Institute 65-42. “It’s nice knowing we won district and got that […]

Buffs hold off Greyhounds, 96-86

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Freshman guard David Chavlovich led four West Texas A&M players in double figures with 26 points and the Buffaloes defeated Eastern New Mexico University 96-86 on Saturday in the Lone  Star Conference and regular-season finale for both teams. Senior Miles Gatewood added 24 points, senior Tez Dumar 20 and senior […]

NMAA reschedules seeding meetings

Staff report The New Mexico Activities Association is postponing seeding meetings for the state basketball tournament to correspond with the rescheduling of numerous district tournament games across the state due to inclement weather. The seeding meetings, which were scheduled for Sunday, have been moved to Monday and Tuesday. The NMAA plans to release brackets on […]

ENMU calls baseball, softball games

Eastern New Mexico University’s Lone Star Conference baseball series against Tarleton State and softball series at Midwestern State were canceled due to weather. Both were LSC opening series. Each was to include Friday and Saturday doubleheaders, but both had been pushed to today and Monday in hopes of getting them in. The Zias (12-4) will […]

Zias can’t keep up with Lady Buffs

Staff report CANYON, Texas — You kind of figured Eastern New Mexico University’s women were in trouble when, trailing by 12 points ad the intermission, they opened the second half 11-for-15 from the field and found themselves down by 19 at that point. Fourth-ranked West Texas A&M pulled away from there, posting a 99-67 victory […]

ENMU looks to start spring drills Monday

Staff report When it comes to spring drills, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn isn’t used to waiting to see what the weather does. The Greyhounds are scheduled to open four weeks of practice on Monday, but Lynn said on Saturday that they may push it back a day depending on how the […]

Clovis resident prepares for world MMA event

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Roy “Hot Sauce” Saucedo, right, spars with Rico Urqizo of Clovis on Monday night. Saucedo is one of 40 fighters selected for the second annual King of the Cage World Amateur Championships.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Roy Saucedo had a bad life as a kid, and he says it’s part of the reason he fought all the time. Now 29, Saucedo is working for a chance to let fighting make his life better. The Clovis resident is one of 40 mixed martial artists across the […]