Lady Tigers back in finals

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Clovis Media Inc. BERNALILLO — The good news for the Elida Lady Tigers is they don’t think they’ve played their best basketball in this week’s Class B state tournament, yet they’re ready to play for their second consecutive title. The top-seeded Lady Tigers overcame what coach Dan Howard called a “streaky” performance Friday to down […]

Elida wins Class B girls state title

The Elida Tigers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Grady 60-48 Friday afternoon in the Class B girls state championship game. Magarita Ortiz scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter when Eldia outscored Grady 26-8. Reavis Best led Elida (26-3) with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Amanda Cross-Smith added […]

Hounds can’t keep pace with hot-shooting East Central

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico East Central gave up nearly 100 points Saturday, but the Tigers won and coach Terry Shannon said it was primarily because of defense. Guards Maurice Abraham, Wayne Andrews and Eric Allen combined for 78 points and the Tigers pulled away late in the half, holding on down the stretch […]

Lady Tigers notch win over ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico East Central scored five of the final six points in the third game with Eastern New Mexico University at set point, and the Lady Tigers went on to a 21-25, 25-13, 27-25, 25-17 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over the Zias Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. Holly Hicks had match highs of […]

Hounds turn back Tigers

Freedom New Mexico Sophomore right-hander Justin Cotten pitched a complete-game five-hitter and Eastern New Mexico University beat East Central 5-2 Saturday in the first game of a scheduled Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. The second game of the twin bill was postponed by rain, and rescheduled for 1 p.m. today. ENMU has […]

Hounds can’t hold off Tigers in second half

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — Senior guard Tyler Thetford converted a 3-point play with 18 seconds left on Sunday, boosting East Central to a 60-58 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University. The Tigers (2-4), held to a season scoring low after coming into the weekend averaging just over 95 […]

Elida boys and girls fall in state semifinals

The Elida boys and girls lost Thursday in the semifinal round of the New Mexico Class 1A state basketball tournament at the Santa Anna Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Tigers lost 68-54 against top-seeded Cliff, while the girls lost 70-68 to Magdalena in overtime. Check www.varsitynow.com late Thursday night for full the game story […]

Hounds edge Tigers

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Senior guard Justin Redman-Trotter converted a backcourt steal into a layup with five seconds left Thursday night, capping Eastern New Mexico University’s rally from a 12-point deficit with under 14 minutes remaining for a 63-61 Lone Star Conference men’s victory over East Central at Greyhound Arena. Redman-Trotter scored a […]

Zias’ rally comes up short

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico The young Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was poised for a stunning comeback Thursday night. Then East Central senior Lacey Goldwire put the rally to rest, scoring a clinching basket from the lane with 20 seconds left to secure the Tigers’ 62-58 Lone Star Conference women’s crossover […]

Hounds host East Central

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo expected Eastern New Mexico University’s secondary to be challenged last week by Northeastern State’s air attack. The Greyhounds passed that test, winning 14-10, but now may face a bigger challenge against East Central in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover game today at Blackwater Draw. Sophomore […]

Elida beats Tucumcari

PNT Staff Report The Elida Lady Tigers swept Tucumcari in three games at home Thursday to remain perfect in early-season play at 5-0. Elida made quick work of the visiting Lady Rattlers with scores of 25-6, 25-6 and 25-15. Elida coach Darrell Chenault said the young Lady Tigers, with just one senior in their ranks, […]

Elida quarterfinal comeback spells defeat for Questa

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a three-run deficit and moved into today’s semis with […]

Elida Tigers are determined to advance in state playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Elida head baseball coach Jimmy Ward says he’s not repeating the mistake he made last May that brought the Tigers an early exit from the Class 1A state playoffs — this time, he’s not looking ahead and he’s starting hard throwing junior Wesley Gilmore in Elida’s state quarterfinal game […]

Tigers unload on Broncos

PNT Staff Report Active Elida bats complemented a live Elida arm as the Tigers used two five-run innings to beat Floyd 12-1 in five innings Monday night. Junior pitcher Wesley Gilmore confounded the Broncos, allowing one run on three hits. Gilmore struck out 10. “He threw very well,” Elida coach Jimmy Ward said. “We’re about […]

Elida edges Portales JV

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PNT Staff Report The Elida Tigers played extra baseball against the Portales JV Monday night at Portales and won in eight innings 10-9. The Tigers (3-2) are still tinkering with their pitching staff as Ben Massey started the game and pitched two innings. Caleb Widener pitched two innings as well. Junior Wesley Gilmore threw for […]

Elida beats Texico on diamond

Freedom Newspapers DEXTER—A big third inning rallied Elida past Texico and lifted the Tigers to their first win of the young baseball season 8-4 over the Wolverines this morning in the annual Hal Bogle tournament in Dexter. Texico scored two runs in each of the first two innings to lead 4-1 heading into the third […]

Cliff Cowgirls rope Elida Lady Tigers

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Elida Tigers advance to semifinals

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — For most of Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game, Elida played more like the No. 1 seed than did top-seeded Cliff. The Tigers, competing in a state tournament for the first time since 1983, showed that they may have been underappreciated coming in at No. 8. […]

Tigers upset Dora

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DORA — The Elida Tigers narrowly escaped Coyote Country with a victory Saturday night, but the win gave them their first district championship in more than a decade. In a game that was close and physical all the way, it literally came down to the last second before Elida […]

Elida Tigers hang on to beat Fort Sumner

PNT Staff Writer The Elida Tigers were tested on their home court Thursday night, but they did enough to clinch a spot in the 1A state basketball tournament. Elida senior Caleb Widener led the Tigers to a 49-47 District 3-1A semifinal victory over Fort Sumner. Widener finished the game with 13 points as the Elida […]