Portales pulls Shoot Out sweep of Clayton

STAFF REPORT Portales’ Jeremie Karngbaye and Clayton’s Jacob Naranjo staged a two-man shootout on Saturday, appropriately enough in the Portales Shoot Out. Karngbaye, the Rams’ 6-foot-5 junior center, had a bit the better of it in the end, scoring a career-best 31 points to go with 12 rebounds as Portales turned back the Yellowjackets 54-47 […]

EPAC NON-TITLE ROUNDUP: Grady boys edge Logan for 3rd

Staff report PORTALES — Senior guard Tucker Northcutt won a scramble for the rebound of his own missed shot and banked it in as time expired on Saturday, giving Grady a 33-31 victory over Logan in the boys third-place game of the EPAC basketball tournament on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. Northcutt scored 16 of his […]

Mustangs sweep ENMU

Staff report WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior guard Jordan Stevens scored 21 of his game-high 31 points in the first half, and sixth-ranked Midwestern State cruised to a 90-56 Lone Star Conference men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night. Stevens hit a 3-pointer on the game’s opening possession and knocked down another […]

EPAC brackets, Friday area prep summaries — Jan. 8

EPAC BRACKETS (Seeds in parentheses) Boys At Texico Wednesday Game 1: (8) Floyd 48, (9) Tatum 41 Game 2: (3) Grady 63, (6) Fort Sumner 54 Game 3: (4) Logan 59, (5) Dora 32 Game 4: (10) Clovis C 67, (7) San Jon 47 Thursday Quarterfinals Game 5: (1) Texico 63, Floyd 23 Game 6: […]

EPAC boys roundup: Melrose pulls away from Grady late

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Melrose sophomore Cade Barnard muscles his way up for a lay-up in Friday’s Eastern Plains Athletic Conference boys semifinal. Barnard had 21 points in Melrose’s 63-45 win.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Melrose has won the last two 8-man state football championships. This year, the Buffaloes have designs on adding a Class 2A boys basketball title to their resume. They got pretty much all they wanted, though, from Grady in Friday’s EPAC semifinals before holding the Bronchos scoreless for nearly six […]

EPAC girls roundup: Texico withstands Logan rally, wins in overtime

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Texico senior guard Audrey Wren dives for a loose ball against Logan’s Karli Webb as junior McKenna Stone joins the play in the first half of Friday’s Eastern Plains Athletic Conference semifinal at Greyhound Arena.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com If you think scoring the game’s first seven points, leading by 13 in the second half and never trailing sounds like an easy night … well, you weren’t at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament on Friday night. That’s the situation Texico found itself in, but it barely […]

Lovington tops Clovis

Staff report LOVINGTON — Clovis High’s boys are having a hard time breaking into the win column. The Wildcats came up short again on Friday, erasing most of a 14-point, third-quarter deficit before falling to Lovington 60-55 in a game added to the schedule this week after both teams lost three games when the CHS […]

Portales girls outlast Espanola Velley in Shoot Out

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Portales senior Jeremie Karngbaye goes up for two of his 18 points in the second quarter of Friday’s Portales Shoot Out game at the Ram Athletic Center. Mesilla Valley defeated Portales 57-46.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Going into the Portales Shoot Out, Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze was looking forward a challenge from Espanola Valley on Friday night. They got just that as PHS held off the Lady Sundevils 50-42 at the Ram Athletic Center. Meantime, the Portales boys absorbed a 57-46 loss to Mesilla […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 9

ENMU at Midwestern State Men • When: 5 p.m. (MST) today at Wichita Falls, Texas • Records: ENMU 4-9 (0-1 Lone Star Conference), Midwestern State 12-1 (2-0) • Last season: MSU swept the Greyhounds, winning 77-42 at Portales and 64-42 at Wichita Falls. • Last time out: ENMU lost at home to Cameron 90-79 on […]

EPAC brackets, Thursday summaries

BRACKETS (Seeds in parentheses) BOYS At Texico Wednesday Game 1: (8) Floyd 48, (9) Tatum 41 Game 2: (3) Grady 63, (6) Fort Sumner 54 Game 3: (4) Logan 59, (5) Dora 32 Game 4: (10) Clovis C 67, (7) San Jon 47 Thursday Quarterfinals Game 5: (1) Texico 63, Floyd 23 Game 6: (2) […]

EPAC boys roundup: Texico cruises past Floyd

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com TEXICO — The outmanned Floyd Broncos made an effort to hang with top-seeded Texico early in Thursday’s EPAC boys quarterfinal matchup, sinking four 3-pointers in the opening quarter. The shots dried up after that, though, and Texico cruised to a 63-23 victory over the Broncos. Junior guard Braden Fraze […]

EPAC girls roundup: Tatum outlasts Elida in overtime

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com TEXICO — The third time really was the charm for the Tatum Lady Coyotes, as they went overtime to hand Elida its first loss of the season, 57-52 in overtime during a Thursday Eastern Plains Athletic Conference quarterfinal at Texico High School. Kevyn Ferriera scored 13 to lead three […]

Portales gets ready for Shoot Out

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com While most of the focus this weekend will be on the EPAC tournament, it’s far from the only basketball games in Roosevelt and Curry counties as Portales High School hosts the Portales Shoot Out this Friday and Saturday. While not a traditional tournament, four boys and four girls teams […]

Cameron outlasts ENMU

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The ENMU women’s basketball team learned the hard way that it’s not how you start a game, it’s how you finish. The Greyhounds led 27-13 after one quarter on Thursday, but Cameron dominated most of the remainder of the day and pulled away to an 82-73 Lone Star Conference […]

Late Aggies run sinks Greyhounds

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Elida junior Madison Haley takes a off-balance shot over Tatum senior Kimberlyn Glenn in the first half of Thursday’s evening EPAC tournament game at Texico High School.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After building a bit of a cushion late in the half, things went south late for Eastern New Mexico University’s men in Thursday’s Lone Star Conference basketball opener at Greyhound Arena. Cameron scored 57 second-half points and finished the game on an 18-3 run to hand the Greyhounds a […]

Logan bests Dora in EPAC first round

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Dora senior Dalton Privett flies past Logan defenders on his way to the basket during Wednesday’s boys opening-round game against Logan in the EPAC tournament at Texico. Logan posted a 59-32 win.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com TEXICO — Basketball is a game of streaks, as Dora found out in Wednesday’s opening round boys matchup in the EPAC tournament. While the Coyotes started off well, Logan won the battle of runs as the Longhorns cruised to a 59-32 victory. While this contest matched the No. 4 […]

Fort Sumner rolls past cold-shooting Melrose

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Melrose senior Taylor Bostwick can’t corral the ball on a baseline drive in the first half of Wednesday’s Eastern Plains Athletic Conference game at Texico High School. Bostwick scored 12 points in Melrose’s 46-35 loss.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — Melrose started the game hot at the line, going 10 for their first 12 before cooling down to 21-of-30 on the night. But no Buffalo lives by free throws alone. Everywhere else on the court, the defending Class 2A champions struggled, and Fort Sumner quickly took control […]

ENMU grads Henderson, Cooper earn NFHSA national honors

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A pair of Eastern New Mexico University graduates were named National Federation of State High School Associations national coaches of the year in their respective sports. Artesia football coach Cooper Henderson and Roswell boys basketball coach Britt Cooper are the fifth and sixth New Mexico coaches to earn national […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 7

Cameron at  ENMU Men • When: 1 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Records: Cameron 8-6 (1-1 Lone Star Conference), ENMU 4-8 (0-0) • Last season: The Aggies swept the season series, winning 98-71 at Lawton, Okla., and 55-47 at Portales. • Last time out: Cameron lost at Tarleton State 71-61 on Saturday. ENMU posted […]

ENMU posts GPAs

Eastern New Mexico released its cumulative grade point averages for athletes during the fall semester, with basketball leading the way for women’s sports and baseball leading men’s sports. The women’s sports averaged a 3.324 GPA while on the men’s side recorded a 2.712 GPA. Women’s athletic teams ranged from the 3.564 recorded by basketball to […]