Elida gains Eunice tourney semifinals

Staff report EUNICE — The Elida Lady Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the eight-team Eunice volleyball tournament on Friday with a 25-7, 25-19, 25-16 win over Roosevelt County rival Dora. The Lady Tigers (2-0) face the host Lady Cardinals at 12:30 p.m. today. Elida captured its pool, splitting sets with Loving 24-25, 25-11 and […]

Cats take on Goddard in opener

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — The weekly scouting report handed to Clovis players this week is a mostly blank cover, with only three statements: • The team hashtag #PFF, short for, “Pride, Family, Football.” • The team hashtag #WRTS, short for, “We Run This State.” • The team’s adaptation of the oft-repeated […]

Thursday area prep volleyball — Aug. 28

Staff report HAGERMAN — The Elida Lady Tigers overcame a slow start to open the volleyball season on Thursday with a 13-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-9 win over Hagerman. “It looked like the first game of the season,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said of the slow start. “After we got playing a little bit and settled […]

Unbeaten Eagles blank Rams

Staff report The Portales High boys soccer team didn’t score against Hobbs on Thursday, but the Rams weren’t the first ones this season to come up empty against the Eagles. Hobbs scored twice in a two-minute span of the first half and that held up for a 2-0 victory on Thursday at the PHS soccer […]

Rams take on Robertson in season opener

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com For at least the fourth year in a row, the Portales Rams and Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals open the football season against each other. In the previous three years, the Cardinals have also ended the Rams’ season in the first round of the playoffs. Tonight’s contest at Robertson is […]

N.M. Fishing Report — Aug. 28

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: We had no reports […]

Portales rallies to win opener at Hobbs

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Portales’ Brooke Lopez sets during the Lady Rams’ win over Hobbs on Tuesday at Ralph Tasker Arena. Portales won 22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12, 15-7 in its season opener.

Staff report HOBBS — It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Portales’ early season record is. The visiting Rams rallied back from a 2-1 deficit and controlled the final two games in a 22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12, 15-7 victory Tuesday night at Ralph Tasker Arena in Hobbs. Portales, in its first match as a Class 4A […]

Rams, Wildcats play to scoreless tie

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Portales and Clovis battled deep into the evening, both unsuccessful in their bids to break the scoring ice. At the end of Tuesday’s nil-nil, double-overtime draw at Leon Williams Stadium, coaches had decidedly different reactions. “We played a lot of defense today,” Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. […]

Lady Rams reloaded for 4A run

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Portales senior Brooke Lopez focuses on a game-opening serve Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Lopez is one of three seniors on the roster for Portales, which opens the season Tuesday night at Hobbs.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Brooke Lopez was confident, but understandably not convinced, heading into Saturday. The Portales senior setter knew she’d gotten better, and could say the same for her Ram teammates. But you never quite know how you are when you only play each other for three weeks, or when […]

Girls soccer pulls Saturday split in Roswell

Staff report ROSWELL — So far in three matches for the Portales Lady Rams soccer team, it’s been a matter of the first team to score wins. All three outings were shutouts in an eight-team weekend tournament hosted by Roswell Goddard. After losing to Roswell High 5-0 on Friday, the Lady Rams blanked Lovington 4-0 […]

Defense sets tone for Rams

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Portales senior Matt Martinez tries to elude Clovis JV defender Taitt Kuchta during their scrimmage Friday night at Portales High School.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez had no complaints about his team’s defense in a five-team scrimmage on Friday at PHS — the Rams shut out West Las Vegas, the Clovis junior varsity and Eunice. Offensively, though, it was a bit different. “I thought defensively we played outstanding,” Ramirez said. “Offensively, […]

Roiswell blanks Portales girls in opener

Staff report ROSWELL — Portales High’s girls held their own for a half on Friday, but Roswell High took control with three goals in the first nine minutes of the second half and pulled away to a 5-0 win on Friday in a tournament hosted by Roswell Goddard. The Lady Rams face Lovington in a […]

Wildcats hold their own in scrimmage

Staff report RUIDOSO — The Clovis Wildcats didn’t notch a win against back-to-back 5A champ Las Cruces in their scrimmage, but they held their own. The Wildcats were bested 5-3 in the regular scrimmage, but looked sharper in the goal-line situation as both teams scored five touchdowns on 10 plays. Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said […]

Ram soccer teams ready for season

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Senior keeper Lane Nichols dives for a block during Portales’  Thursday afternoon practice.

By Derek Major PNT correspondent The Portales High School soccer teams had to deal with a lot of adversity last year, but both squads come into this season with more experience and high expectations. Boys to feature new formation Boys coach Nathan Dodge spent last year teaching his players; the Rams had just one senior, […]

Hounds log some extra work

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Junior fullback Andrew Lopez is tackled by senior Conner Brinton during the Greyhounds’ Wednesday evening scrimmage at 
Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — There were plenty of logistical reasons the Eastern New Mexico University football team opted for a Wednesday night scrimmage. The Greyhounds have seven night games on their schedule, and the nighttime weather is more forgiving than a morning scrimmage with little cloud cover over Greyhound Stadium. […]

Hounds log some extra work

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — There were plenty of logistical reasons the Eastern New Mexico University football team opted for a Wednesday night scrimmage. The Greyhounds have seven night games on their schedule, and the nighttime weather is more forgiving than a morning scrimmage with little cloud cover over Greyhound Stadium. […]

Hounds out of Top 25, but score preseason votes

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Aaron Johnson gets past corner Quavshaun “Q” Branch during Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds picked up 12 points in the preseason AFCA Division II poll.

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University is not officially ranked in Division II, but the Greyhound squad is at least in the picture. The Greyhounds garnered 12 points in the “also receiving votes” category of the preseason American Football Coaches Association’s D-II poll. Eastern, which finished 7-3 and claimed a share of the Lone Star […]

Hounds hold first scrimmage

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Senior running back Jordan Wells tries to turn the corner as defender Tim Foley reaches out during Saturday morning’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s first football scrimmage of the season on Saturday was probably about the way a coach would like it — some good things to talk about, other areas that need work. The Greyhounds, in full pads for the first time, went about 2 […]

Zias aim to prove they belong

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Karra Day, who led the Zias in assists last season, sets a ball during Thursday 
afternoon practice at Greyhound Arena. The Zias open the season Sept. 5 at the Lady Buff Classic at West Texas A&M.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Karra Day shouldn’t really be here. That’s not to say the 5-foot-10 setter doesn’t belong on the court at Eastern New Mexico University, where she led the Zias with 494 assists last year. Rather, the native of Escondido, California, wasn’t the target in 2010 when New Mexico Military Institute […]

Quarterback battle friendly one

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Sophomore Shawn Miller looks for an opening on a run during Wednesday morning practice at Portales High School. Miller was one of many linemen who took handoffs while the defense practiced against the run.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Whatever happens with the quarterbacks, the line, the defense, the Portales Rams are steadfast in the belief they win and lose, succeed and fail, together. “My goal is to show everybody this team’s a brotherhood,” senior Paul Conrow said Wednesday. “If we’re close off the field, we’re going to […]