ENMU Zias’ softball completes sweep

Freedom Newspapers HOBBS — Behind good pitching and senior infielder Jessica Nocas’ 7-for-9 day, Eastern New Mexico University swept the College of the Southwest 4-0 and 10-2 Wednesday in a softball doubleheader. “I think we played well, although we can play better,” ENMU coach Armando Quiroz said. “For whatever reason, we came out a little […]

Zia win anything but easy

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s women led all the way Thursday night, but it turned into anything except an easy win. The Zias saw a 23-point, second-half lead shrink to four in the final minute, but went on to close out a 71-62 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in a Lone Star […]

Baskett gets ready to go bowling

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver will play in the 55th annual Senior Bowl Jan. 28 in Montgomery, Ala., and has accepted an invitation to the […]

Lady Rams claim win in district opener

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Morgan Hill had 15 points to lead three Lady Rams in double figures, and Portales jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 71-42 victory over Lovington in Friday night’s District 4-3A opener. Portales (13-6) played an inside-outside game, with Hill scoring on the interior and her […]

Zias survive 3-point onslaught from Lady Savages

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Southeastern Oklahoma came out bombing Saturday night. The Lady Savages hoisted 38 3-point shots in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game against Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena, hitting 15, but the Zias rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to post a 75-72 victory. Junior guard Heather Brown […]

Greyhounds trounce Tigers, 98-51

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Whatever had been ailing the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team during a five-game losing streak certainly wasn’t in evidence Thursday night. Clicking on all cylinders from start to finish, the Greyhounds destroyed East Central 98-51 in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. Senior post Mikal […]

EPAC starts today in San Jon

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Texico’s boys and Fort Sumner’s girls begin defense of their 2004 titles when play begins today in the 10-school EPAC basketball tournament. The first three days of the event will be hosted by San Jon, with games on Friday and Saturday scheduled for Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Teams […]

Lady Wildcats prepare for eight-team tournament

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats, only a desperation heave from being unbeaten, figure to become even more formidable heading into this week’s third annual Plateau Holiday Classic. As they prepare to host eight-team tournament beginning today at Rock Staubus Gym, the Lady Cats have been buoyed by the return to […]

Zias drop non-conference game to St. Edward’s

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With her team down 10 points, St. Edward’s women’s coach Jennifer White issued a challenge. Her team responded with a dominant second-half performance. In a game of runs, the Hilltoppers made the final one, outscoring Eastern New Mexico University 20-2 to take control en route to a 60-52 victory Saturday […]

Zias need solid play from pair of friends

By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer Whether it’s on the basketball court or in a conversation, Tiana Bryant knows exactly where Heather Brown is, and vice versa. With three players — Rochelle Vance, Elizabeth Richards and Riikka Lehtonen — suffering season-ending ACL injuries within a week of each other — the Brown/Bryant familiarity is something […]

Lady Rams capture sixth state title

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By Kevin Wilson ALBUQUERQUE — Tested, but never bested. That’s how the Portales Lady Rams ended the Class 3A tournament this year, holding on Saturday for a 14-25, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 victory over third-seeded Pojoaque for the school’s sixth Class 3A volleyball title and fourth in six seasons. Megan Kabrick had a team-high 18 […]

Central Oklahoma avoids upset by zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Two shots off the crossbar. That was how close the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team came to putting itself in position for a major Lone Star Conference upset on Friday at the ENMU pitch. Unfortunately, close doesn’t count, and Central Oklahoma broke through on a goal by junior […]

Rams, Roswell in similar positions

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though they feel they have played well at points, the Portales Rams come into their homecoming game with a record that indicates they haven’t played well since mid-September. Tonight’s opponent certainly understands such struggles. Tonight’s matchup between the Rams and the Roswell Coyotes pits a pair of teams that […]

Red hot lover: PHS’s Cyrano opens to acclaim

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Audience members enjoyed the opening night of the Cyrano de Bergerac theater production by the Portales High School students on Thursday night, but the actors still feel like they could do better. More than 150 people showed up to watch the students perform in the Cyrano de Bergerac play, directed […]

Zias defeated by Lady Buffs in four

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After an 0-6 start this season, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team has shown signs of progress. On Tuesday night, though, the Zias were guilty of too many mistakes to beat rival West Texas A&M, falling to the Lady Buffs 30-25, 29-31, 30-24, 30-23 in a Lone Star Conference […]

Zias drop five-game match to Kingsville

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers The Zias could contain Shaday Smith only so long. The Texas A&M Kingsville sophomore had a game high 25 kills, including four in the fifth game and deciding game, as the Javelinas defeated ENMU 30-23, 26-30, 30-22, 22-30, 15-6 Saturday in a Lone Star Conference South match at Greyhound Arena. […]

Elliott among eight inducted into Hall of Honors

Freedom Newspapers Former Eastern New Mexico University head coach Bud Elliott and longtime area high school basketball coach Jimmy Joe Robinson were among eight inductees Saturday into ENMU’s Athletic Hall of Honors. Others inducted included Jennifer (Harrer) Buzard (softball), Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff (rodeo), Tommy Hightower (football), Stacey (Estlund) Vladimiroff (volleyball) and Michael Walton (football), and […]

Greyhounds blank UT-Permian Basin

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Stepping outside the Southwest Soccer Conference was apparently what the doctor ordered for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s squad. The Greyhounds, who came in having lost each of their previous four matches by a goal, played perhaps as solid a game as they have this season on Friday in dispatching […]

Rams take third in volleyball tournament

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor If the New Mexico Activities Association were to pull a surprise and announce that state volleyball match will be a best-of-nine format, consider Portales well prepared. Long matches created just that circumstance, as Portales had to play a pair of matches with a 15-minute break in the second day of […]

6/26 Life Story

Floyd could make music from anything By Laurie Stone PNT Correspondent Thomas J. “T. J.” Floyd Jr. was more than an entertainer to those who knew him. He was accustomed to breaking the silence in the lives of others through his tangible relationship with music. According to family members, he could get music out of […]