Portales clobbers Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink. Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters […]

Coyotes improve to 7-3

PNT Staff TULAROSA — The Dora Coyotes overcame a first-round loss Thursday and an overtime game Saturday to win the consolation bracket of the Tularosa Tournament. They beat Cloudcroft 58-53 to advance their record to 7-3 on the season. Overall Dora coach Ty Thatcher said he was pleased overall with his team’s effort. “We had […]

Dora boys drop to 5-2

PNT Staff TULAROSA — The Dora Coyotes got a taste of basketball west of the Pecos Thursday at the Tularosa Tournament and found it not to their liking. The Cliff Cowboys got an early jump on Dora in the opening round of the tournament and never let the Coyotes (5-3) back in the game. Cliff […]

Portales teams suffer double-digit losses

PNT Staff SUDAN, Texas — Apparently, the Portales girls team left its offense in New Mexico. In its only visit to Texas this season, the Portales girls team suffered its second-straight defeat, 33-20, to Sudan Tuesday night. Portales (2-2) fell into a 13-5 hole after the first quarter and was blanked in the third for […]

Elida teams sweep House

PNT Staff ELIDA — Kodi Armitage scored 17 points as the Elida Lady Tigers (5-1) breezed past the House Cowgirls Tuesday by a score of 63-33. Elida got out early and posted a 35-15 halftime and built on that in the final two quarters. “We got it going early in the first quarter and coasted […]

Clovis routs Portales in early-season matchup

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Although both of the respective head coaches might disagree, Friday night saw 5A Clovis as 19 points better than Class 3A Portales. Aimee Hilburn led all scorers with 15 points and Tori Quintana had a pair of back-breaking threes early in the third quarter as the visiting Lady Cats […]

Kingsville holds off ENMU

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Junior defensive back Blair Anderson returned an Eastern New Mexico University fumble 21 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, giving Texas A&M-Kingsville the lead for good Saturday night as the Javelinas defeated Eastern New Mexico University 26-14 in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game. The 21st-ranked Javelinas (6-2, 2-2 […]

Rams lose district opener, running back

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — By looking at their pre-district schedules and records, one could reason that Portales and Lovington’s football teams started their district seasons on even ground. After Friday’s 48-16 Lovington win, it seems the two have started on opposite paths in the Class 3A playoff race, and the […]

Different philosophies work at Wagon Wheel

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Unbeaten West Texas A&M’s 52-51 overtime win over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday before a record crowd of 22,993 at Kimbrough Stadium in Canyon, Texas, was not a typical shootout. Instead, it was a battle of offensive philosophies — ENMU’s punishing ground game versus West Texas A&M’s spread passing […]

“Lobo” approach works for Greyhounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — A subtle switch helped Eastern New Mexico University turn around Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division clash with unbeaten Angelo State. Trailing 14-7 early, the Greyhounds employed what they called their “Lobo Defense” — using two linebackers on the line of scrimmage to apply more pressure on […]

Broncos pull to 2-2

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With each passing week, the Floyd Broncos appear less and less tired after games. Part of that’s due to a progression in team conditioning, and part of that is that the Broncos sometimes don’t need all 40 minutes to win. The Broncos evened their record to 2-2 with a […]

Floyd posts first win of season

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor FLOYD — The Floyd Broncos started well, and finished even better thanks to senior Kyle Kropf. Kropf accounted for 151 yards of offense and four of Floyd’s six touchdowns i its first win of the year, a 38-18 home triumph over Magdalena. Floyd held off the visiting Steers with […]

Mead’s kickoff return spaks Cats

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After struggling last week against Mayfield, it took Clovis High’s offense a while to find the groove Friday night against Pampa, Texas. Held without a first down for nearly 1 1/2 quarters, junior Brian Mead got the Wildcats rolling with an 87-yard kickoff return and the offense took over from […]

Rams reach title game

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Daniel Aranda has been battling the flu, but you would never know it by his performance on the basketball court Friday. Aranda scored 12 points, including 10 in the final quarter, to lead Portales to a 47-36 win over Pojoaque in the state tournament. Portales advances to meet the winner […]

Lady Rams two wins away from three-peat

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams advanced to the Class 3A girls state semifinals Tuesday night, pulling away in the second half for a 57-46 victory over Wingate in a quarterfinal game at La Cueva High School. Junior Megan Kabrick scored eight of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter for […]

Coyotes overhaul Rams in fourth quarter

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales High may have led a good part of the way, but Rams coach Mark Gallegos wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance Thursday night. “We weren’t prepared to play,” Gallegos said after the Rams dropped a 58-46 decision to Roswell High. “We were really never in the game. We gave them […]

Broncos’ bid for six-man crown falls short

By Dave Wagner Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five stories highlighting the top Portales-area sports stories of the year. Jeff Gillespie maintained in preseason that his youthful Floyd football team had a long ways to go to contend for a state championship. “Melrose is the team to beat in six-man […]

Coyotes unable to overcome Farwell’s spurts

By Dave Wagner FARWELL, Texas — Dora’s boys recovered from Farwell’s first haymaker, but not the second. Down 11-0 in the first three minutes, the Coyotes battled back to within a point in the third quarter before the Steers ran off a 20-1 blitz that cemented a 65-49 victory on Friday night. Senior guard Tate […]

Tatum teams win pair against Floyd

PNT Staff TATUM — The Tatum Coyotes broke open a tight game with a late 9-0 run Monday night and beat the Floyd Broncos 54-47. In girls action, Tatum used a 28-point second quarter to hand the Lady Broncos a 67-45 setback. The games were the season openers for both schools. Trailing by 10 points […]

Broncos fall to Melrose in title game

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — In a game featuring 134 points, going two quarters with a combined one touchdown is nearly impossible to overcome. The Melrose Buffaloes took command by shutting out Floyd in the second quarter, then lost control but regained it in the final period Wednesday en route to a 74-60 victory over […]