Spight takes roundabout path to ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight races past several West Texas A&M defenders during the Greyhoujnds’ Nov. 1 Lone Star Conference playoff game against the Buffaloes at Blackwater Draw. Spight set ENMU single-season records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this fall.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight spent the 2014 season running through and around defenders on his way to 1,611 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, both Greyhounds single season records. His effort helped the Hounds to their second consecutive seven-win season. However, Spight, who grew up in […]

ENMU weekend basketball capsules — Nov. 28-29

All Times MST MEN ENMU (3-2) vs. Emporia State (2-2), vs. Harding (3-1) • When: 1:30 p.m. today (Emporia State), 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Harding) in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 (Saturday only) • Last time out: The Greyhounds downed Western New Mexico 94-87 on Saturday at The Pit […]

Prep basketball summaries — Nov. 26

Tuesday Boys Dora 66, Clovis Christian 16 Clovis Christian (0-2) — J.V. Parrales 2, William Ramsey 8, Dev Cockrell 6, Totals 8 0-5 16. Dora (1-0) — Eddie Arzate 6, Jesus Villegas 9, Dylan Roberts 6, Andrew Puebla 4, Sam McConnell 7, Aaron Jasso 9, Dalton Privett 17, Levi Bickham 6, Totals 30 2-3 66. […]

Skyhawks spoil Zia rally

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Zia senior Jasmine Johnson gets the layup for two of her 11 points during Tuesday’s contest at Greyhound Arena.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University clawed its way back from a 10-point second half deficit, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Fort Lewis escaped with a 59-56 win Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. It is the Zias’ third loss by three points or less this season. Junior point guard Sarah […]

ENMU women’s basketball capsule — Nov. 25

Fort Lewis (2-1) at ENMU (1-2) • When: 6 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Skyhawks posted an 81-47 win over Northern New Mexico on Thursday in their home opener. The Zias broke into the win column on Saturday night at The Pit in Albuquerque, beating Western New […]

Prep football playoff pairings

Class 6A Quarterfinals Friday Rio Rancho 41, Las Cruces 23 La Cueva 28, Onate 14 Mayfield 35,  Clovis 21 Saturday Eldorado  21, Cibola 14 Class 5A Quarterfinals Friday Belen 47, Farmington 29 Saturday Artesia 54, Piedra Vista 7 Centennial 69, Miyamura 20 Goddard 42, Aztec  14 Class 4A Quarterfinals Saturday Hatch Valley 20, LV Robertson […]

Buffs back on top

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Melrose junior Braden Hemminger hauls in an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Saturday’s 8-man state championship game in Melrose. Hemminger caught another touchdown pass later in the Buffaloes’ 76-37 win over Logan.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes put Logan in a situation the Longhorns hadn’t been in all season on Saturday — playing from behind. Freshman Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns, passed for two and caught one and the Buffs were in control from the start in a 76-37 victory […]

Tucker finds Pit to her liking

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Former Melrose standout Cassidy Doherty led the Zias with four assists.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Suffice it to say, Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Ton Tucker likes playing at The Pit. Tucker, who scored 21 points in a season-opening exhibition against the University of New Mexico on the Lobos’ home court, finished with 25 points and seven rebounds on Saturday night in helping the Zias […]

Zias 19th at D-II South Central meet

Staff report DENVER — Junior Amber Saiz earned all-region status on Saturday with a 19th-place finish in the NCAA Division II South Central Region cross country meet, hosted by Metro State. Saiz finished the 6K women’s race in 23 minutes, 40 seconds. The top 25 finishers in both men’s and women’s competition earn all-region status. […]

Gilliam leads Greyhounds’ 3-point barrage

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University’s Terrez Scott during# saturday’s game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Lieb scored three points in the Hounds’ 94-87 win.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Junior guard John Gilliam scored a season-best 25 points and led a potent Eastern New Mexico University outing from 3-point range, hitting 5-of-6, as the Greyhounds built a 19-point, second-half lead before holding off Western New Mexico 94-87 on Saturday night at The Pit on the campus of the University of […]

Silver overpowers Rams in 4A playoff tilt

Staff report Portales scored more points than each of Silver’s last five opponents, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Colts beat the Rams 61-14 Saturday afternoon in a Class 4A state quarterfinal game in Silver City. The sixth-seeded Rams got on the board in the first quarter when Bronte Staugaard scored on a 55-yard […]

Cats unable to overcome quick start by Mayfield

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com LAS CRUCES — The Field of Dreams became a first-half nightmare for the Clovis Wildcats, and a second-half comeback wasn’t enough to halt second-seeded Mayfield. The Trojans scored on five of their first six possessions behind a complete game from quarterback Kavika Johnson en route to a 35-21 victory in a […]

Buffs gear up for Logan in 8-man finals

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Melrose has been the only team to give Logan any trouble this season, but coach Dickie Roybal says the Buffaloes will have to be much-improved if they want to beat the Longhorns in today’s 2 p.m. 8-man state football championship game at Melrose. That’s the only blemish on the record for […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Nov. 22

Men ENMU (2-2) vs. Western New Mexico (0-2) • When: 6 p.m. today at The Pit, Albuquerque • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Greyhounds lost to Fort Lewis 104-72 on Thursday at Durango, Colo. The Mustangs lost to St. Mary’s 77-52 on Saturday in the Skyhawk Classic at Ignacio, Colo. • Last meeting: […]

Hounds place trio on LSC 1st team

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University senior fullback E’lon Spight of St. Louis and junior linebacker Seth Bailey of Texico were named the Lone Star Conference’s back of the year and linebacker of the year in football awards announced on Thursday by the league office. Both players were named to the All-LSC […]

Playoff football pairings

(Records in parentheses) Class 6A Quarterfinals Friday   Las Cruces High (6-5) at Rio Rancho (10-0, 7 p.m. Onate (8-3) at La Cueva (7-2), 7 p.m. Clovis (6-5) at Mayfield (9-1), 7 p.m. Saturday  Cibola (6-4) at Eldorado (9-1), 1 p.m. Semifinals Nov. 28-29 winner Onate-La Cueva winner vs. Clovis-Mayfield winner Championship Dec. 5-6 Semifinal winners Class […]

Cold-shooting Hounds fall at Fort Lewis

Staff report DURANGO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University hoisted 84 shots, 19 more than Fort Lewis. The Sky Hawks were much more accurate though, shooting nearly 62 percent from the field en route to a 104-72 romp Thursday in a non-coference men’s tilt. Center Alex Herrera led a balanced attack with 21 points and […]

Rams face tough test

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By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com In a battle of a high-scoring offense versus a stingy defense, Portales faces Silver in the Class 4A state quarterfinals Saturday afternoon in Silver City. The third-seeded Colts (7-3) haven’t allowed more than 17 points in a single game this season. In their last five games, all wins, the […]

Lady Rams ready to defend title

Portales Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze give pointers to guard Brooke Lopez while her teammates watch.  The Lady Rams are getting ready to defend their state title and will begin their season a the Moriarty Tournament December 11th-13th.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Last year, the Portales girls basketball team had the luxury of sneaking on teams en route to the Class 3A state title. That won’t happen this year. “We definitely know that we have a target on our back,” said senior forward McKenzie Bucksath. “But we also know it’s a […]

ENMU basketball capsule — Nov. 20

ENMU (2-1) at Fort Lewis (3-0) • When: 7:30 p.m. today at Durango, Colo. • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Greyhounds dropped a 109-91 decision at Colorado State-Pueblo on Tuesday. Fort Lewis posted a 105-92 win over Northern New Mexico at home on Tuesday. • Last meeting: The Skyhawks beat ENMU 88-82 on […]