Seawolves drop Zias

Freedom Newspapers ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Freshman guard Tristan Burnett converted two free throws with eight seconds left Tuesday night, giving Alaska-Anchorage a 62-61 victory over Eastern New Mexico University and a sweep of their two-game women’s basketball series. Burnett, averaging less than eight points and two assists coming into the game, compiled a double-double with […]

Rams drop Las Vegas Robertson 48-42

PNT Staff Report LAS VEGAS, NM — Playing short-handed, the Portales Rams picked up a 48-42 win here against Las Vegas Robertson to even their record at 4-4 going into the holiday break. After three players were suspended this week for violating team rules, the Rams found themselves on the road with just eight men […]

Hounds go cold in Alaska

Freedom Newspapers ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Poor shooting in the second half led to the Eastern New Mexico Zias falling 64-59 to Alaska Anchorage on Monday night. The Zias (6-3) held a 32-31 lead at the half, but shot 8-of-26 in the second and let the lead slip away. Center Rebecca Kielpinski scored a game-high 26 […]

Aranda scores 26 to help Rams pull away

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Mark Gallegos has said the biggest problem so far is that the Ram basketball squad has no defensive identity. They had it when they needed it, and Daniel Aranda provided the offensive identity as the Rams defeated Class 4A Moriarty 66-51 Saturday night. The Rams couldn’t do […]

Portales cruises by Pintos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though some may contend they got a lot in the second half, the Portales girls basketball team has earned its rest. The host Lady Rams put the game on ice quick with a 21-5 first quarter and survived a sluggish second-half effort to beat Moriarty 51-37 Saturday night. Portales […]

Elida wins Route 66 to move to 9-1

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent SANTA ROSA — Just call them the unofficial champs of the Route 66 Holiday Tournament, those Elida Tigers. Although the girls four-team basketball tourney was technically a round-robin event, with each school facing the other three squads once, the Tigers proved themselves the queens of their temporary northern domain by […]

Drury’s hot shooting too much for Hounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, Nev. — For the second night in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were in contention late against a quality opponent. But just as Central Missouri State had done Friday night, Drury spoiled the fun in Saturday’s High Desert Classic matchup, rallying from an eight-point deficit to post an 81-63 […]

Eight-man introduced for competitive balance

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers With eight-man football starting next fall, the New Mexico Activities Association is hoping to get more schools and more players involved. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal, who has won two six-man titles in nine seasons, said he just hopes his quarterbacks can remember the new rules. “The hardest part is gonna […]

Hobbs holds off Portales, 42-41

PNT Staff A solid effort wasn’t enough for the Portales Lady Rams to score an upset on the road against Class 5A Hobbs. The host Lady Eagles rallied late for a 42-41 victory. “We played pretty solid,” Portales coach Brenda Gomez said. “We had turnovers in some bad spots.” Hobbs, which scored six of the […]

Portales clobbers Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink. Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters […]

Largent turning into a good fit for Hounds

By Dave Wagner When approached last spring by Eastern New Mexico University men’s assistant coach Mark Murdock about the possibility of coming to the school to play basketball, Tristan Largent did a bit of a double-take. Playing for Garrett College in McHenry, Md., Largent wasn’t a player on Murdock’s radar when he went to scout […]

Lady Ram Kabrick nabs North/South All-Star slot

By Tony Parra Portales Lady Ram volleyball coach Ruth Chavez feels Megan Kabrick was the best volleyball player in Class 3A in 2005 and the New Mexico High School Coaches Association members felt strongly enough about her play to make her the only Class 3A player on the 2006 North/South 5A/4A/3A All-Star Volleyball Team. Kabrick […]

Clovis streak snapped at 36

Freedom Newspapers LEVELLAND, Texas — For most of the game Tuesday night, the Clovis High girls’ 36-game winning streak seemed safe. Clovis’ lead stayed seven to 11 points from early in the second quarter until the final minute. However, Levelland rallied late, tying the game on a desperation 3-pointer from just short of halfcourt by […]

Loaded weekend awaits Portales

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The goal for the 4-3 Portales girls basketball team is to get more consistent, and with apologies to Elvis Presley, it’s not going to take a little less conversation. “We started out OK, but we keep turning it on and off,” senior forward Ashleah Richards said before Tuesday’s practice. […]

Portales claims consolation title at Mel Otero

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent RIO RANCHO — Portales girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez was concerned after falling behind by double digits against a Los Lunas team that had demonstrated admirable offense patience in the first two rounds of the Mel Otero Invitational. But Los Lunas (4-4) was unable to hold on to an 11-point […]

Hounds cruise past Aggies

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Greyhounds had very little time to plan for Oklahoma Panhandle State’s zone defense. But Eastern New Mexico University had no plans whatsoever to be the Aggies’ first win of the season. The host Greyhounds broke open a close game with a 24-5 run that bridged the first and […]

Zias drop non-conference game to St. Edward’s

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With her team down 10 points, St. Edward’s women’s coach Jennifer White issued a challenge. Her team responded with a dominant second-half performance. In a game of runs, the Hilltoppers made the final one, outscoring Eastern New Mexico University 20-2 to take control en route to a 60-52 victory Saturday […]

Coyotes improve to 7-3

PNT Staff TULAROSA — The Dora Coyotes overcame a first-round loss Thursday and an overtime game Saturday to win the consolation bracket of the Tularosa Tournament. They beat Cloudcroft 58-53 to advance their record to 7-3 on the season. Overall Dora coach Ty Thatcher said he was pleased overall with his team’s effort. “We had […]

Dora beats Dexter in Tularosa tournament

Freedom Newspapers TULAROSA — The Dora Coyotes got back on the winning track Friday, defeating Dexter 66-48 in the Tularosa Tournament. Dora (6-3) got off to a strong start, grabbing a 10-point lead after the first quarter. Junior Austin Prewett got eight of his 11 points in the period as the Coyotes asserted a strong […]

Foxes come back to beat Clovis

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — The Clovis Wildcats’ weary legs may have gotten the best of them on Friday. Leading through most of the first three quarters, the Cats couldn’t finish off El Paso Jefferson and the Foxes rallied for a 40-36 win in the championship semifinals of the City of Champions Classic. With most of […]