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 […]