Rams improve after games against Clovis

By Rick White The Portales Rams have faced Clovis on numerous occasions this season. And the Rams are better for it. “We get a little tired of playing each other,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “But it’s good for us playing Clovis because they make us better.” The Rams and Wildcats will meet twice more […]

Fort Sumner holds off Elida

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Fort Sunner beat Elida 47-24 in the Class 1A Region B title game Saturday, one night after both teams had easy victories to earn state tournament berths. Sandy Fortner had 13 to lead Fort Sumner (24-4) to Saturday’s victory, while Tobea Patterson added 10. Nobody reached double figures for Elida […]

Zias work (double) overtime for win

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By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University Zias aren’t about to go down easily. Down by 12 points with less than 13 minutes left in the second half, the Zias dug down to force overtime on a last-second baseline shot by freshman guard Heather Brown, then pulled away in the second overtime to beat […]

Dora girls hand Melrose first district loss

Freedom Newsapers DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes made an effort to stop Melrose six-footers Allison Cochran and Audrey Hemminger, but a combined 40 points and 34 rebounds would suggest they failed. However, the rest of the Lady Buffs scored just seven points, and host Dora cruised to a 61-47 victory Tuesday night. Kassandra Clark […]

Melrose girls get long-awaited win over Elida

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — It’s been a while since the Melrose girls beat Elida in basketball. So long, in fact, that no one could remember for sure the last time it happened after the Lady Buffaloes rode 30-of-38 free throw shooting and double-figure scoring from four players to a 67-53 whipping of the Lady […]

Logan holds off Dora in second half

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — With tough schedules earlier in the season, Dora and Logan were better than their combined records of 5-11 might suggest. With 8-1 Texico waiting in the bracket, though, it was the Lady Longhorns that were able to hit crucial jumpers and start off the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament with […]

Clovis cruises past Portales

By Rick White CLOVIS — Portales had no answer for Clovis’ inside attack. Twin posts Brittany Blackmon and Monique Walker combined for 34 points and 11 rebounds as Clovis manhandle the smaller Lady Rams in the paint en route to a 57-39 win Wednesday in the championship game of the Plateau Classic at Rock Staubus […]

Rams off to 2-0 start

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — For the second time in three seasons, the Portales Rams are in the championship game of the Shallowater Shootout. The Rams (2-0) won a pair of games on Thursday, beating Tulia 51-39 and host Shallowater 46-45. Portales will face Trinity Christian (Lubbock) at 7 p.m. (MST) tonight at Shallowater High […]

Zias take easy win at Central Oklahoma

Freedom Newspapers EDMOND, Okla. — Junior post Loren Scarlett’s 3-pointer put Eastern New Mexico University ahead for good early in the second half and the Zias went on to beat Central Oklahoma 69-54 Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Scarlett led four players in double figures with 15 points as Eastern […]

Greyhounds drop third-straight

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Turns out three was a bad number for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds. The Lubbock Christian threesome of Brandon Jones, Mario Muzurovic and Eric Sheets combined for 12 3-pointers as the Chaparrals handed Eastern its third-straight loss, a 77-73 setback Monday night at Rip Griffin Center. Sheets came off the bench […]

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 […]

Zias upended by Fort Lewis

Freedom Newspapers PHOENIX — Despite having only one player reach double figures in scoring, Fort Lewis College defeated Eastern New Mexico 63-60 in the championship game of the Canyon Classic at Grand Canyon University. Amy Mohr led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, as the Skyhawks improved to 4-0 on the season. Fort […]

Greyhounds split games at tourney

Freedom Newspapers MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State, ranked No. 16 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll, stayed perfect on the season with a 90-82 win over Eastern New Mexico in the championship game of the Ryland Milner Classic, hosted by the Bearcats. Austin Meyer led four in double figures for the Bearcats (3-0) […]

Lady Rams move on to state tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Experience helps in a match where everything is at stake. So does being at home. Playing better than the opponent is better than all of those things, though, and the Portales High volleyball team did just that Saturday with a state tournament berth on the line. Portales (12-10) swept past Grants in […]

Lady Rams Sweep Artesia

Tony Parra The Portales Lady Rams started slowly but finished strong on their way to a 25-21, 25-23 and 25-17 sweep over Artesia in a non-district match Thursday night in Portales. Megan Kabrick led the Lady Rams with 12 kills and Kelly Parkey followed with 11. Kabrick had a strong first game when she pounded […]

Zia volleyball team rebounds

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team bounced back from a three-game sweep with a 30-24, 23-30, 28-30, 30-19, 15-11 win over Angelo State in a Lone Star Conference South Division match Saturday at San Angelo, Texas. Junior Anna Bellum collected 14 kills, 17 digs and four aces for the Zias (8-12, 3-2 […]

Sept. 21 Sports Briefs

Freedom Newspapers Lady Broncos beat San Jon SAN JON — Floyd won its second volleyball match of the season, defeating San Jon in four games on the road Saturday afternoon. Floyd improved to 2-5 on the season with the 21-25, 27-25, 28-26, 25-10 victory. The Lady Broncos begin a three-match homestand on Tuesday against House, […]

Zias snap three-match losing streak

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team battled back from a 2-1 deficit, earning its second win of the season at New Mexico Highlands Thursday evening. The Zias (2-4) snapped a three-match losing streak with the 25-30, 30-27, 26-30, 30-21, 15-11 victory at the John A. Wilson Complex. Anna […]