Clovis AAU squad hammers Florida Green Wave

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After four close games, the Clovis Lady Wildcats closed out pool play in the AAU national girls 15-and-under tournament on Monday with a 66-36 rout of the Florida Green Wave. The Lady Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for first place in their pool at 4-1. They advanced to bracket play as […]

Clovis-based team preparing for trip to AAU nationals

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Regina Downing doesn’t think she’ll have to whip her team into a frenzy for its opener in the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament next week in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Clovis Lady Wildcats, seeded second in their six-team pool, face the top-seeded New Hampshire Stars at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) on […]

Rams improve after games against Clovis

By Rick White The Portales Rams have faced Clovis on numerous occasions this season. And the Rams are better for it. “We get a little tired of playing each other,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “But it’s good for us playing Clovis because they make us better.” The Rams and Wildcats will meet twice more […]

Rams playing waiting game

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Lovington Wildcats clinched their second-straight District 4-3A title Saturday, sweeping the visiting Portales Rams 3-1 and 9-3 at Wildcat Field. Lovington outhit Portales 16-12 in the doubleheader, but benefitted from a six-error difference (the Rams committed 10 errors in the twin bill, Lovington four). The Wildcats still have a doubleheader […]

Abilene sweeps three from Hounds

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Christian catcher J-Bob Thomas drew a tie-breaking, bases-loaded walk in a five-run eighth as Abilene Christian beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-6 to complete a three-game sweep of their Lone Star Conference South Division series. Center fielder Chris Judkins was 4-for-4 and first baseman Matt Callahan 3-for-4 in ACU’s […]

Abilene Christian sweeps Hounds

By Dave Wagner After watching his team get swept in a three-game series at home by Abilene Christian, Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh said he’s disappointed but not discouraged. The Greyhounds, who lost to the Wildcats 8-3 and 10-3 on Friday, had Saturday’s series finale in hand much of the way and […]

Clovis sings song of victory

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — As Gallup reached the bottom of the ramp leading to the floor at the The Pit for pregame warmups, Gallup players started singing: “Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.” Typically an end-of-the-game crowd sendoff to the losing team, the barb was directed at the Clovis Lady Wildcats, who […]

Zias’ weekend heads south

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — The weekend of promise turned into a nightmare for Eastern New Mexico University’s women. Playing for a chance at a surprising Lone Star Conference South Division championship going into the weekend, the Zias absorbed their two worst losses of the season, including Saturday’s 75-42 setback against Abilene Christian. The win […]

Hounds coast past Wildcats

By Dave Wagner Shawn Scanlan liked the way his two starting big men played Thursday night. Jamaal Hunnicutt recorded a triple-double and Travazz Buckley added a double-double as the Greyhounds beat Abilene Christian 87-61 in Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball at Greyhound Arena. Hunnicutt, who came up one assist short of a triple-double […]

Late push negates late push for Zias

By Kevin Wilson A post-game conversation took an unusual turn in the corridors of Greyhound Arena Thursday night, with Abilene Christian coach Shawna Lavender apologizing to Zia coach Dan Buzard for winning. It was the way the Wildcats won that prompted the apology, which followed an ending that left the Zias frustrated. A late offensive […]

Rams’ game changed to earlier time

Kevin Wilson Whether The Portales volleyball team makes the state tournament or gets eliminated on Saturday is still up in the air. But everybody will know three hours earlier now. The New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of state high school athletics, wanted Portales’ regional championship match against Grants to start at 4 p.m. […]

Ram football squad knocked out of playoffs

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By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — Like it has been for countless seasons, the District 4-3A playoff race winds down to three teams competing for two spots. For the first time in four seasons, the Portales Rams are team No. 4. Senior quarterback Matt Palmer accounted for 250 yards of offense, and the visiting Lovington […]

Rams, Wildcats fight for playoff lives

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By Kevin Wilson Even with the district rivalry, it’s safe to say the Portales Rams and Lovington Wildcats share some common bonds. The approaches are the same, as Portales coach Glen Johnson could tell you. “The only similarities,” Johnson said, “(are) we spread the field, throw the football, (we’re) not afraid to run the football […]

Portales defeats rival Lovington in four games

Special to the PNT LOVINGTON — The match was just as one would expect from the first meeting of the season between arch rivals. Each game between Lovington and Portales was close and intense, with three of the four being settled by three points or less. When everyone’s pulses returned to normal, it was the […]

Abilene Christian beats Greyhounds again

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Christian did it to the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds again. Senior running back Richard Whitaker capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with his second touchdown of the night Saturday, an 8-yard run which put the Wildcats in front for good with 6:47 left en route to a 24-14 victory […]

Hounds look to break streak against ACU

By Dave Wagner Gary Gaines has had a tough time against most teams in his three-plus seasons as the Abilene Christian football coach. But even though the Wildcats are 3-0 against ENMU in that time — and have won four in a row in the series overall — Gaines isn’t exactly licking his chops at […]

Clovis moves past Portales in four games

By Kevin Wilson In the matchup between sister cities, big sister won yet again. The visiting Lady Wildcats struggled at times, but had enough in the tank for a 25-11, 28-26, 21-25, 25-17 win over Portales Thursday evening at Portales High School. Clovis earned a season sweep of Portales (3-0) and moved to 10-1 on […]

Forfeit doesn’t stop Wildcats from season finale

By Kevin Wilson Prior to Thursday’s final City League softball game, the Wildcats pulled a steal of a trade. The new players? Ashley Flores, Hailey Quick and Caron Johnson — all from the Pros. The price? Nothing. The reason? There was a game to play, and the Wildcats didn’t want to end their season by […]

Orlando trip part of busy summer for Carter

By Kevin Wilson When Chris Carter spends his school days at Portales High School, he makes every attempt not to wear his Amateur Athletic Union shirt, which shares the Wildcat name with rivals Clovis and Lovington. “Wildcats, huh?” is the comment the PHS junior-to-be said he hears most often. During the summer, however, he splits […]

Hill content with being a Wildcat … for now

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Staff Writer Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com CLOVIS — Under other circumstances, the sight of Morgan Hill in a Clovis jersey would be enough to scare her coaches at Portales High. This summer, she has their blessing. Hill, a 6-foot, 145-pound post, is playing with the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats team at this […]