Homecoming hiccup for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University football team could get precious little going Saturday night. A fumble set up an early Abilene Christian score and the Wildcats punched over another touchdown shortly before halftime in rolling to a 21-0 victory over the Greyhounds in the Lone Star Conference […]

Abilene Christian sweeps Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers For most of the first game, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team hung with Lone Star Conference South Division leader Abilene Christian on Thursday night. Then, with the score tied 29-29, a borderline call on a Wildcats attack went the visitors’ way after originally it appeared it would go […]

Rams split summer twinbill with Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers Portales had plenty of pitching in Tuesday’s doubleheader, but Clovis had enough patience to come out with a split. The sister cities split a summer league doubleheader at Bell Park, with the visiting Rams claiming an 8-3 win in the opener and Clovis taking an 11-1 win in six innings in the nightcap. […]

June 4, 2006 AAU tournament scores/schedules

Freedom Newspapers State AAU girls tournament At Clovis Friday’s pool play 10-and-under Pool A Clovis Wildcats 26, Lea County Flames (Hobbs) 0; Navajo Nation (Gallup) 19, Zias (Portales) 13; Clovis Wildcats 37, Eastern New Mexico Pride (Texico-Clovis-Portales) 4; Zias 20, Lea County Flames 11; Navajo Nation 44, Eastern New Mexico Pride 7. 11-and-under Pool B […]

STATE 3A BASEBALL: Rams edged by rival Lovington

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PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — Once again for the Portales Rams, it was close but no cigar against District 4-3A rival Lovington. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats, the only one of the top 10 seeds to reach the semifinals in the 16-team Class 3A baseball tournament, spoiled the Rams’ bid to make it to the championship game […]

Lovington downs PHS tennis squads

LOVINGTON — Portales High’s tennis teams took it on the chin in District 4-3A duals against Lovington on Tuesday, but the Rams and Lady Rams figure to get quick shots at a return match. Lovington won the boys matchup 6-3 and took a 5-4 victory in the girls dual. Lovington’s boys finished second in the […]

Wildcats foil PHS’ bid

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PNT staff The Portales Rams had rival Lovington on the ropes Tuesday — not once, but twice. Both times, the Wildcats were able to pick themselves off the deck with sixth-inning rallies, winning the opener 3-2 and the second game 6-4 to lock up the District 4-3A regular-season title. Strong pitching performances by junior Mario […]

Abilene Christian takes two from Hounds

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PNT staff Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh got reasonably good pitching performances from left-handers Seth Clabaugh and David Swinconos on Friday. What he didn’t like what his team’s overall approach in 9-3 and 9-1 Lone Star Conference South Division losses to seventh-ranked Abilene Christian at Greyhound Field. ENMU (22-28, 4-10 South) managed […]

Zias post second split with Wildcats

PNT staff ABILENE, Texas — Armando Quiroz wanted to be greedy, but in the end he was more than satisfied. His Eastern New Mexico University softball team earned a second consecutive split with Lone Star Conference South Division-leading Abilene Christian on Saturday, losing 5-1 and winning 6-2. The results keep the Zias (27-13, 8-4 South) […]

Zias rally to take second game

PNT Staff Report ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University scored three times in the top of the seventh, capped by Tina Whitt’s sacrifice fly, and beat Abilene Christian 7-6 to earn a split of a Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader. The division-leading Wildcats (28-8, 10-2 South) rode a three-run fourth to win the […]

Lady Wildcats easily advance in seniors’ final home game

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers Had it been a closer game, elimination contest as it was, perhaps the five seniors on the Clovis girls basketball team would not have had so much time to reflect about their last game at Rock Staubus gymnasium. But, en route to a 76-26 blowout victory over Santa Fe, the […]

One down, one to go for Rams

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By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer With their destiny in their hands, the Portales boys took care of business on Tuesday by defeating the Lovington Wildcats, 52-34. The Rams’ win improved their district record to 3-2 and dropped the Wildcats to 3-2. The victory means, if the Portales Rams win on Friday night at home […]

Zias routed by Abilene, 83-63

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore guard Alex Guiton led five Abilene Christian players in double figures with 20 points on Saturday as the Wildcats posted an 83-63 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Senior guard Kierstan Barbee added 14 points and team highs of 16 rebounds and six […]

Manzano coach: Clovis’ talent is better

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo knows first-hand how explosive the Clovis Wildcats’ offense can be. The Wildcats beat Manzano 49-14 two weeks ago in the second round of the playoffs. “You have to contain (Rishard) Matthews,” Ocampo said. “And I don’t know if you can stop him without double covering him […]

Rams, Wildcats concerned with improving

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Anybody who saw Portales’ 36-6 win over West Las Vegas on Friday knows that Tularosa is more than likely to key on Ram junior Eric Segovia. It’s not a fact that’s lost on junior running back Cruz Ontiveros, who may see a big role in his first action of […]

Hounds fall short of winning season

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for its first winning season since 2000 came up just short. After earning a Lone Star Conference South Division split with NCAA Division II fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on Friday with a 5-0, three-hit shutout from junior left-hander David Swinconos, the Greyhounds went down twice on […]

Lovington rallies to manage split with Rams

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams were two innings from a District 4-3A baseball sweep over rival Lovington when the roof fell in. The Wildcats, who had threatened through the first four innings, scored five in the fifth and five more in the seventh Saturday for a 10-3 victory at Ram Field after Portales held […]

Clovis fights off solid effort by Rams to post 57-47 win

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams accomplished one of their missions Tuesday night — get 6-foot-8 Clovis senior center Tigg Bunton out of the game. But the Wildcats made do without their star player, fighting off a scrappy Rams effort for a 57-47 win at the PHS gym. Senior forward Dominique Easterlin scored 13 points […]

La Cueva overpowers Wildcats in 5A final

By Rick White In a locker room filled with the low murmur of disappointment and teary-eyed teammates, Juan Gutierrez peeled off his purple jersey and shoulder pads for the final time. A sun-splashed afternoon that started with so much promise quickly dissolved into one of the most painful days of his young life. The heartache […]

Clovis squad knocked out of nationals

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats were eliminated from national AAU 15-and-under girls basketball competition Tuesday, falling to the Concord Blazers 78-67 in the second round of bracket play. The Lady Wildcats, who had a first-round bye in bracket play, finished 4-2 for the tournament after winning four of their five games in pool […]