Zias struggle early, but still beat Texas Woman’s

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By Dave Wagner Dan Buzard was happy his squad wasn’t playing Lone Star Conference South Division contenders. Rubber-legged and emotionally drained after a double-overtime win over Midwestern State two nights earlier, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team struggled to find some energy Saturday afternoon against lowly Texas Woman’s. They did so long enough […]

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 […]

Obits Feb 3

Maggie Lou Lawson, 95 Maggie Lou Lawson, 95, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on June 23, 1908, in Thurber, Texas, to Annie Jane and Joseph A. Booth. She attended school in Minco, Texas. She married Gayle U. Lawson on Aug. 2, 1928, in […]

Zias drop LSC crossover game

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By Kevin Wilson The Zias had the game they wanted to start January — a home matchup against a 1-7 squad. In the end, Eastern New Mexico’s offense couldn’t seal the deal. Randi Wilson had 14 to lead three players in double figures, and Monica Sanders sparked a game-ending 11-2 run as Southeastern Oklahoma upset […]

Lady Rams regain 3A hoop title

By Rick White Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a series of 2003’s Top 10 News-Tribune sports stories. ALBUQUERQUE — The more Kassandra Richards shot the ball, the better her injured finger felt. By the end of the game, the Portales High junior was all smiles and dreaded rival Lovington was the one […]

Portales avenges earlier loss

Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Erika Cook and Kassandra Richards have seen just about everything as teammates at Portales High School. It was that familiarity that helped them knock Rio Rancho into unfamiliar territory. Cook set up Richards for a late jumper from the baseline, giving Portales a 47-45 win over previously unbeaten Rio Rancho in […]

A family affair for Richards, Richards

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By Kevin Wilson A family reunion is never far away for Kassandra and Ashleah Richards. It happens with every game and every practice for the Portales girls basketball team. The sisters are hoping to have a few more family reunions, with state championships in basketball and softball as a backdrop. “Our state championship just brought […]

Portales girls win at St. Michael’s tournament

SANTA FE — The Lady Rams took care of business early, beating Los Alamos 53-36 in the first round of the Lady Horsemen Invitational Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s High School. Portales (5-2) maintained a comfortable lead throughout en route to its fourth win in five games. The Lady Rams only had two players in […]

Clovis edges Portales, 61-59

By Kevin Wilson Youth edged out experience Saturday at Portales, as Clovis won the first battle in what could be a season-long war. Sophomore Aimee Hilburn had a game-high 22 points, and fellow 10th-grader Tori Quintana hit a 3-pointer in a 9-1 run that helped the Lady ‘Cats steal a 61-59 win Saturday night against […]

Lady Rams cruise in season opener

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By Kevin Wilson From a fast break to a break between seasons, the concept of transition carries weight in high school basketball. The Portales Lady Rams are one game through this current transition, but a 63-23 win over Artesia was never much of a test for the defending Class 3A champs. The three top scorers […]