Lady Rams looking to repeat

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By Kevin Wilson For that small period of time where basketball practices overlapped the end of volleyball season, it felt like there were two coaches named Gomez at each Lady Ram basketball practice. While Brenda Gomez got ready for her 17th season as Portales coach, senior point guard Roni was doing on-the-court training with her [...]

Rams looking to surprise experts

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Kevin Wilson Most of the state looked past the Portales Rams when the 2001 state basketball tournament began, and the Rams came out with a championship. Portales was an afterthought in last year’s Class 3A regionals, right before eventual champion St. Michael’s needed overtime to eliminate the Rams. With seven players lost to graduation, Mark [...]

Elliott sees good things ahead for Greyhounds

Dave Wagner Bud Elliott’s 10th season as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach ended in disappointment, but hardly in discouragement. Elliott, who will be 72 in December, intends to return next year for his 37th campaign as a college head coach. And he thinks the immediate future looks bright for the Greyhounds. “We have so [...]

Greyhounds face challenge against NMSU

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams return to the road this weekend against challenging opponents. The men travel to Las Cruces for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff on Saturday against Division I New Mexico State. The women face host and Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M at 5 p.m. (MST) on [...]

Dora boys to defend Class A title

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Tony Parra The Dora Coyotes lost several players from last season’s state championship team, and they’re comfortable with dropping below the radar of most teams this season. “We have a young group, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse,” Dora coach Ty Thatcher said. “We are thought of as the underdogs and [...]

Elida teams looking to fill holes

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By Kevin Wilson Any team that wants to unseat Class 1A girls champion Des Moines has a tough task ahead of it. Elida coach Dan Howard knows that, but he’s also got enough respect for the District 3-1A opponents to know that the Lady Tigers will be hard-pressed just to reach their third state tournament [...]

Bellum picked for LSC-South volleyball team

Freedom Newspapers FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS RICHARDSON, Texas — Junior outside hitter Anna Bellum represented the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team on the All-LSC South squad, announced recently by the league office. The Zias (16-15, 7-3 South), who won nine of their final 12 matches to notch the school’s 15th consecutive winning season, also placed junior [...]

ENMU News and Notes, Nov. 25

By Dave Wagner New Mexico men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan was disappointed with the Greyhounds’ defensive showing in Saturday’s 90-82 loss to 16th-ranked Northwest Missouri State in the championship game of the Ryland Milner Classic. ENMU shot a blistering 63 percent, but it was negated because the Bearcats shot 54 percent, collected 15 offensive rebounds [...]

Tatum sweeps Broncos in opening games

By Mike Linn FLOYD — Tatum’s annoying full-court press forced the Floyd Broncos to cough up the ball more times in 32 minutes than an average pee-wee football team does in one season. With two more turnovers, the host Broncos would have averaged a turnover for every minute played. But 30 was enough for a [...]

Texico finishes off perfect season with 1A title

By Dave Wagner LOVING — Texico finished the season unbeaten but not unchallenged. Locked in a dogfight with District 3-1A rival Loving, the top-ranked Wolverines scored two touchdowns in the span of 1 1/2 minutes late in the game to take a 21-6 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Class 1A state championship game. Texico [...]