Rams seek title run

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Junior Kiki Helsley drives the ball against sophomore Kelly Fraze on Tuesday afternoon at the RAC. The Lady Rams made it to the Class 4A championship last year before losing to Hope Christian in the title game.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Last year the Portales Lady Rams finished 23-7 and made it to the Class 4A championship game before coming up short against Hope Christian 47-42. This year, third year coach Wade Fraze looks to return to the title game for the third straight year and winning his second title […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule — Nov. 27

ENMU vs. Emporia State, ENMU vs. Nova Southeastern • When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) today and Saturday in West Texas A&M’s Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic at Canyon, Texas. • Records: ENMU 1-3, Emporia State 1-2, Nova Southeastern 2-1 • Last meetings: Emporia beat the Greyhounds 74-63 in last year’s holiday classic at WT. It’s likely the first […]

Dora splits with Sundown

STAFF REPORT The Dora Coyotes had little problem with Sundown Tuesday with a 58-35 victory, while the Lady Coyotes weren’t as lucky as they dropped their game against Sundown 66-35. Dora’s top two scorers outscored Sundown on their own in the boys’ contest, with Dalton Privett scoring 29 and Zaccary Dewbre getting 9. The Coyotes […]

Rattlers sweep Broncos

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Floyd’s Jarett East dribbles the ball while Ronald Carmichael looks to prevent the drive on Tuesday night. Tucumcari won the game 95-41.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com FLOYD — The opening season games didn’t go in favor of the Floyd Broncos as the Class 3A Tucumcari Rattlers swept the Class 1A Broncos Tuesday night winning the girls varsity match 53-23 and the boys varsity game 95-41. It was Dawn Kuchta’s first game as the coach of […]

Greyhounds move to 3-2 with win at NMHU

Staff report Miranda Moore scored 13 points to lead a balanced effort as Eastern New Mexico University staked out a 20-8 first quarter and never trailed over the final 36 minutes of an 80-69 victory Tuesday over New Mexico Highlands. Sarah Stinnett added 11 points and four assists, Briana White had 10 and three other […]

Ram playoff game moved to 1 p.m.

STAFF REPORT Portales High Athletic Director Mark Gallegos said the Saturday Class 4A semifinal between Portales and Robertson has been moved to 1 p.m. The top-seeded Rams (11-0) are the road team based on playoff history with the Cardinals (9-2). In the semifinal and title rounds, the team that hosted the previous semifinal or state […]

Coyotes seeking state tourney run

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Dora senior Levi Bickham finishes a layup during Monday's practice. The Coyotes, who went 16-11 overall last season and reached the Class 2A state quarterfinals, open the 2015-16 season tonight with a game at Sundown, Texas.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com DORA — Coming off a quarterfinal appearance in last season’s Class 2A state tournament, the Dora Coyotes hope to build on that success when they open the 2015-16 campaign today at Sundown, Texas. Coach Kevin Lackey noted that all but two of the Coyotes’ 14 players return from last […]

Lady Coyotes return most of squad

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Dora girls basketball coach Gabe Montoya goes over the game plan with his team Monday afternoon in preparation for tonight’s season opener at Sundown, Texas. The Lady Coyotes went 14-12 last season and reached the state Class 2A quarterfinals.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com DORA — Third-year Dora girls coach Gabe Montoya figures the Lady Coyotes will get a good test in tonight’s season opener at Sundown, Texas. For one thing, the Lady Roughnecks are already pretty deep into their season. “Sundown is really good,” Montoya said. “They’re eight games in the season […]

New Hounds getting adjusted

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ENMU’s Sarah Stinnett (top) and Kassandra Harris try to poke the ball away from a Lubbock Christian player during Friday night’s game in Lubbock.

Editor’s note: This is the final of three stories previewing the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Previous stories focused on the team captains and the new coaching strategies. By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Any time a new team is formed, it takes a little while for the players to mesh with the […]

Alignment means more travel for Rams

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The new alignments are out for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 New Mexico prep sports seasons, and it means plenty of travel for both Clovis and Portales. Under the new alignments: • Portales will be part of the five-team District 4-4A with Hope Christian, Moriarty, New Mexico Military Institute and […]

ENMU women hold on to beat Texas-Permian Basin

STAFF REPORT LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University’s women opened a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter on Saturday, but it took a free throw by senior guard Miranda Moore with five seconds left to finally nail down a 69-65 victory over Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday. The Greyhounds (2-2), who lost to 14th-ranked host […]

ENMU men ride balanced effort to first victory

STAFF REPORT GUNNISON, Colo. — Senior guard John Gilliam scored 23 points and Eastern New Mexico University’s bench put three more players in double digits in outscoring Colorado Mesa’s reserves 48-15 on Saturday as the Greyhounds rallied in the second half for an 89-85 win over the Mavericks in the Comfort Inn Classic, hosted by […]

Melrose repeats as eight-man champ

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Melrose senior Wyatt Williams clinches the 8-man state championship for the Buffaloes with an interception in the final minute of Saturday’s game against Gateway Christian at Melrose.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — For two teams with nothing approaching a close game all season, Melrose and Gateway Christian put on quite a show in Saturday’s state 8-man football championship. The top-ranked, unbeaten and defending champion Buffaloes pulled it out of the fire, though, driving 80 yards in 11 plays for […]

Rams to face Cardinals in Las Vegas

STAFF REPORT The top-ranked Portales Rams will be heading to Las Vegas for their Class 4A semifinal game  Saturday Nov. 28 with a 2 p.m. start time. On Saturday the No. 4 Robertson Cardinals defeated the No. 5 Bloomfield Bobcats 49-6. The Rams (11-0) and the Cardinals (9-2) met in the first game of the […]

Buffs eye repeat 8-man title

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com By almost any standard, the Gateway Christian football team has had a dominant season. It pales somewhat in comparison, though, to the season the Melrose Buffaloes have put together. One thing’s for certain — the top two teams in New Mexico 8-man football will compete for the state championship […]

ENMU teams absore losses on road

Staff report GUNNISON, Colo. — Sophomore guard Will Duggan scored 13 points and had eight of Western State’s 22 assists as the host Mountaineers outlasted Eastern New Mexico University’s men 81-77 on Friday night in the Comfort Inn Classic. Sophomore guard Ben Beauchamp hit four of Western State’s eight 3-pointers and finished with 16 points […]

Rams advance to semifinals

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Portales senior Jake Weringa makes a catch in the first half of the Rams game against St. Michael's on Friday night. Portales won 41-7 and advances to the Class 4A semi-finals.

By Matthew Asher STAFF REPORTER masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Though it may be cliché to say “offense wins games, defense wins championships,” that doesn’t make it any less true. Top-ranked Portales Rams forced four turnovers on Friday night, propelling the Rams to the state Class 4A semifinals with a 41-7 win over St. Michael’s at […]

Hounds bow out in LSC first round

STAFF REPORT STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Sophomore outside hitter Hailey Roberts had 15 kills Thursday night and top-seeded host Tarleton State notched a 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 25-13 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the quarterfinals of the Lone Star Conference volleyball tournament. The TexAnns (26-5) advanced to face fourth-seeded Cameron, which slipped past Texas A&M-Kingsville […]

Rams readying for rematch


By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Back on Halloween in Santa Fe the St. Michael’s Horsemen gave their District 4-4A rival Portales Rams their toughest game of the season in a 28-13 Rams victory. Tonight these teams face-off again in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A State Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at […]

Wagner among 10 ENMU baseball 2017 signees

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Grant Wagner, who signed with Eastern New Mexico University for the 2017 baseball season, led Portales in strikeouts and innings pitched last season.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com If the Portales Rams have had a tough baseball game over the last few years, they’ve most likely started Grant Wagner, who’s steadily improved on the mound since he first pitched for the Rams in 2012. The improvement hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the Portales senior is one of 10 […]