Zias blow out Western

Freedom Newspapers SILVER CITY — Senior post Tiana Bryant had a double-double and Eastern New Mexico University put four players in double figures in rolling to a season-opening 87-61 victory over Western New Mexico Tuesday night. Senior forward Riikka Lehtonen went 6-for-7 from the field en route to a team-high 17 points for the Zias, […]

Losses help lead Portales on winning path

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer In high school volleyball, 22 wins say a lot about a team. In Portales’ case, three losses said just as much. After Portales survived five-game battles against St. Michael’s and Pojoaque to claim its fourth Class 3A title in six years, it could be said those three losses that […]

Season of adversity ends for Ram football squad

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Glenn Johnson shared a saying with his seven seniors during the football season — adversity introduces a man to himself. Monday let him know the message stuck. “We had a team meeting today (Monday) and we let our seniors visit with the team,” Johnson said. “The most […]

ENMU hoops teams open seasons

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Shawn Scanlan hopes to learn a few things about his Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team in tonight’s season opener at Lubbock Christian. LCU coach and Melrose native John Copeland is probably in the same boat. The teams collide at the Chaparrals’ Rip Griffin Center in a 6 p.m. […]

Schiely chosen for All-LSC team

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior middle blocker Lindsay Schiely represented Eastern New Mexico University on the All-Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball team, released monday by the league office. Junior middle blocker Grace George represented the Zias on the second team. South Division and LSC tournament champion Abilene Christian led the way with four […]

Lady Rams capture sixth state title

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By Kevin Wilson ALBUQUERQUE — Tested, but never bested. That’s how the Portales Lady Rams ended the Class 3A tournament this year, holding on Saturday for a 14-25, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 victory over third-seeded Pojoaque for the school’s sixth Class 3A volleyball title and fourth in six seasons. Megan Kabrick had a team-high 18 […]

Dozier all-conference in soccer

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Megan Dozier has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference women’s soccer first team. Dozier, from Midland, Texas, is one of the original members of the three-year old Zias program. She was first-team All-LSC as a afreshman and second-team last year. This fall, Dozier […]

ENMU gets back on track after 2004-05 train wreck

By Dave Wagner Coming off back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division championships, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan thought the Greyhounds were positioned for a three-peat in preseason a year ago. Injuries, defections and dismissals helped put that idea to rest in a hurry as the Hounds staggered to a 9-18 finish […]

Zias gearing up for season opener

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers One of the positives of playing people better than you in preseason is finding out the areas where you need improvement. In an exhibition game at Division I Texas-El Paso on Sunday, the host Miners served that purpose for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s team. “We learned that we […]

Efficient Clovis steamrolls Bulldawgs

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Tanner Fickling took the handoff from quarterback Devin Sweet and appeared startled for a moment. With nothing but open spaces in front of him, the Clovis High senior fullback was off to the races for a 69-yard touchdown on the game’s second play from scrimmage, sending the Wildcats […]

Texico advances to 2A volleyball finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE —Texico coach Mike Littlejohn belives energy always prevails over emotion. Littlejohn’s energetic Texico squad defeated Tularosa 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19 in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday at Eldorado High School. “You can play on emotion for a while, but emotion runs out and energy lasts,” Littlejohn said. “It […]

Raton eliminates Rams from playoffs

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer RATON — Raton, which knocked Portales from the ranks of the undefeated in the third week of the season, knocked the Rams out of the playoffs by holding off a second-half rally for a 15-7 win Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Portales, which ended the season with a nine-game […]

Lady Rams outlast St. Michael’s, advance to 3A volleyball finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It was a match so good that both teams cried. Portales won the first two games, nearly collapsed, then rallied in the fifth to defeat St. Michael’s 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 11-25, 16-14 on Friday at University of New Mexico’s Johnson Gym and advance to the finals of the […]

Portales sweeps into semifinals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Knowing Socorro was going to take away the middle, Portales used the outside to move on to the next round. Four Lady Rams had nine or more kills as Portales swept Socorro 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Thursday at La […]

Rams hope for redemption against Raton

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer There’s no question that the Portales Rams are going to be home next weekend. The question is whether or not another football team joins them. Due to playoff histories, both third-seeded Las Vegas Robertson and 14th-seeded Shiprock owe Portales a game, guaranteeing homefield advantage should Portales reach the second […]

Four hounds make LSC All-Conference

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Four members of the Eastern New Mexico University football squad were accorded first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division honors in voting done by the division’s head coaches and released on Wednesday by the conference office. Greyhounds chosen on offense were senior wide receiver Derrick Hunter and sophomore fullback Patrick Hemphill, […]

PHS girls advance in pool play

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales in Class 3A and Texico in Class 2A captured first place in state volleyball tournament pool-play competition on Wednesday, setting up today’s eight-team bracket quarterfinals. At La Cueva High School, Portales swept all six of its games — two games to 15 against three pool opponents — to earn the […]

Portales has target on its back

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With the No. 1 seed, a 10-match winning streak and an undefeated record against Class 3A, there’s no denying that Portales has the target on its back coming into the Class 3A state volleyball tournament in Albuquerque. Though the answers might be different in some ways, it seems that […]

Football team earns No. 11 seed

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Albeit with an expanded field, the Portales Rams are again a playoff team after a two-year drought. Despite losing their final eight games of the season, the Rams (2-8) earned the No. 11 seed in Class 3A and will face Raton in a 7 p.m. Friday game at Tiger […]

Zias thumped in exhibition

Freedom Newspapers EL PASO, Texas — Junior reserve forward Chemeka Amos scored 20 points in 23 minutes on Sunday as Texas-El Paso defeated Eastern New Mexico University 96-66 in women’s exhibition basketball. Four players scored in double figures for the Miners, with Amos (10 rebounds) and forward Kaisa Krezel (18 points, 11 rebounds) both posting […]