Zias push ACU to five games

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Abilene Christian appeared on its way to a three-game sweep Thursday night, then suddenly found itself fighting for its life. Eastern New Mexico University took the Wildcats to a fifth gave before the visitors righted their ship, pulling away to a 30-23, 30-17, 28-30, 25-30, 15-7 Lone Star Conference [...]

Clovis sweeps Portales

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The Portales Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams missed several scoring opportunities Thursday afternoon as the Clovis junior varsity girls beat Portales 4-2 and the Wildcat boys edged out the Rams 2-1. “They weren’t aggressive,” Ram volunteer coach Grant Shanahan said. “They were letting the ball run the play, and they were just there. It’s [...]

Zias sweep ACU, improve playoff chances

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were smoking on Sunday, helping the Zias greatly improved their position in the battle for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. ENMU used consecutive big innings to outlast Abilene Christian 13-9 in the opener, then rode a five-hit pitching performance from freshman Kristen Cruickshank to [...]

Zias earn big split against Abilene Christian

Freedom Newspapers Give the Eastern New Mexico University softball team credit for bouncing back. Abilene Christian rode a nine-run seventh inning to beat the Zias 17-8 the first game of their Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. ENMU rallied behind five RBIs from freshman second baseman Rebecca Quinones and a solid [...]

Rams split with defending champs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Ram baseball team sent a clear message to the defending Class 3A state champion Lovington Wildcats with a 10-0 rout in the first game of a district-opening doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Ram Field. The Wildcats earned the split, though, winning the nightcap 5-3. Senior pitcher Mario Salazar [...]

Lady Wildcats double up Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Clovis Wildcat girls tennis team used a dominating doubles performance to charge a 6-3 team victory over the Portales girls Tuesday afternoon at the Portales and Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts. The Portales boys, however, defeated Clovis 7-2. Clovis girls head coach Billie Merritt was happy with [...]

Rams battle Wildcats tonight

PNT Staff Writer A clear front runner in the battle for the District 4-3A regular season title will emerge tonight, as the Portales Rams host the Lovington Wildcats at the Portales High School Gymnasium (7 p.m.) Both teams sit at 5-1 in district action with one game left to play. “The winner basically puts themselves [...]

Zias fall to ACU

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore center Audrey Maxwell scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and junior forward Alex Guiton added 22 points Thursday night to lift Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 72-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-1 South) held on after building an [...]

Lovington rallies past Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: CNJ staff writer LOVINGTON —The Lovington Wildcats (2-7, 2-0) took control of District 4-3A with a 21-point second half, beating the Portales Rams 27-20 Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. The Wildcats (2-7, 2-0 district) quickly erased a six-point halftime deficit, turning three Portales turnovers into 21 points in just over three minutes [...]

Hounds regroup after home loss

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — After Saturday’s 21-0 Lone Star Conference South Division-opening victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw, the Abilene Christian football team is heading for relatively new territory. For ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo and his squad, it’s back to the drawing board. At 4-0, the Wildcats, who [...]