Mustangs spoil fun for ENMU


By Dave Wagner On Friday, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team ended a homefield drought of nearly 22 months. Unfortunately, Western New Mexico didn’t give the Zias have much of a chance to enjoy their success. ENMU ended a 16-game home losing streak dating to April 25, 2003 by sweeping New Mexico Highlands 3-2 […]

Zias whip Midwestern behind Brown, Bryant

PNT Staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Sophomore guard Heather Brown tied her career high with 25 points and junior post Tiana Bryant added a double-double Saturday night to lift Eastern New Mexico University’s women past Midwestern State 80-73 in a Lone Star Conference South Division game. The Zias (11-14, 5-7 South) moved ahead of the […]

Hounds go down to Indians

PNT Staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior guard Jay January hit three 3-pointers inside the first two minutes and Midwestern State went on to an 88-77 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night. January finished 6-of-8 from the 3-point line and shared team scoring honors with Justin James, […]

PHS tennis teams place third, fourth

PNT Staff ROSWELL — In their first action of the year, the Portales boys and girls tennis teams each ended up in the third-place match on Saturday in the Goddard Invitational. From that point, it was a story of small breaks — the girls got them and finished third, while the boys didn’t and finished […]

Banged-up Elida girls survive Melrose

PNT Staff MELROSE — The Elida Lady Tigers managed to overcome knee injuries to two starters and a myriad of fouls Friday night to nail down second place in the District 3-1A girls race. In a game where both teams shot 43 free throws, the Lady Tigers (16-7) pulled away in the fourth quarter for […]

PHS girls get back on track


By Dave Wagner Now that the Portales Lady Rams have the District 4-3A lead back, they intend not to let it go. Portales ended a two-game losing streak Friday night at the PHS gym with a 55-36 victory over a Lovington squad they swamped earlier by 44 points at home before losing by 11 on […]

ENMU adds trio of football players

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has announced the signing of three freshmen to national letters of intent. The signees include Jason Behler, a free safety from Brownwood (Texas) High School; Clark Hanley, a tight end and deep snapper from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, and Randall Hutchinson, a […]

Zias hang on late to turn back Lions

PNT Staff COMMERCE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team may not be going to the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament, but the Zias made it a little harder for Texas A&M-Commerce Thursday night. Senior forward Mika Robertson posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and scored the Zias’ final […]

Commerce knocks off Hounds

PNT Staff COMMERCE, Texas — Another long-range bomber did in Eastern New Mexico University’s men Thursday night. Junior point guard Jermart Miller led a 63 percent outing from 3-point range for Texas A&M-Commerce, hitting 7-of-9 en route to 24 points, and the nationally 11th-ranked Lions turned back Eastern New Mexico 80-73 in a Lone Star […]

Hounds, Zias get set for busy weekend at home

By Dave Wagner Graduate assistant Amber Daniell, thrown into the fire in a hurry with the Eastern New Mexico University softball team, will get a real coaching baptism over the next few weeks. Daniel, a recent Baylor University graduate who played her last two years in college for the Lady Bears, will handle the coaching […]

District races up for grabs in Portales-Lovington contests


By Dave Wagner The bizarre District 4-3A girls regular-season championship has gotten down to a two-game race. All three teams stand 2-2, having split head-to-head, with one round to go heading into tonight’s 7 p.m. matchup between Portales High and Lovington at the PHS gym. Meantime, the PHS boys have a chance to clinch a […]

Ex-PHS runner qualifies for Boston Marathon

By Dave Wagner When he was laboring away nearly a quarter of a century ago for the Portales High track team, no one could have guessed Bob Harmon Jr. would eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon. Harmon, though, plans to run to marathoning’s major event on April 18 after qualifying for the 26.2-mile race with […]

Postseason a longshot for ENMU

By Dave Wagner With four games left in the regular season, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan and acting women’s coach Dustin Klafka aren’t particularly concerned with making the Lone Star Conference tournament. Both ENMU squads have a chance, but they have their work cut out trying to jump into the LSC […]

Zias coast to pair of victories over CSW

PNT Staff HOBBS — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team, playing without first-year head coach Armando Quiroz, got solid hitting and pitching Wednesday and swept a doubleheader from host College of the Southwest 8-1 and 10-0. Quiroz dislocated an ankle and fractured his fibula last week when he stepped on a batting helmet while […]

PHS tennis squads looking for good things this spring


By Dave Wagner Portales High senior Rachelle Self has already enjoyed a highly successful high school tennis career — three Class 3A state team titles in four years, going back to eighth grade. She’s also qualified for state in doubles each of the last two years. With only one player lost to graduation, she’s pretty […]

Late rally lifts Floyd to victory


By Dave Wagner FLOYD — The Floyd boys basketball team may have been up and down much of this season, but the Broncos are picking up some late momentum. Junior guard Jerrod Long converted a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left and Floyd, down by 11 points on two separate occasions before leading […]

Rams get past Ruidoso, stay unbeaten in district


By Dave Wagner RUIDOSO — The Portales boys basketball team has learned the hard way that no team can be taken for granted in District 4-3A. Four days after escaping from Roswell with a 1-point win over New Mexico Military Institute, the Rams had what looked like a comfortable lead over Ruidoso. With 6 1/2 […]

Hounds split in home debut


By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh plans to use senior right-hander Trevor Davis whenever needed this season — whether as a starter or in relief. After ENMU was blanked 9-0 by Colorado School of Mines in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader at Greyhound Field, Davis assumed quick control of the […]

ENMU-Mines baseball twin bill rained out

PNT Staff Saturday’s scheduled home opener for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team against Colorado School of Mines at Greyhound Field was postponed due to rain. ENMU coach Phil Clabaugh said everything was in shape to play until a brief rainshower hit around 10 a.m. on Saturday. Another shower followed that, leaving water standing […]

Broncos squeak out win at Melrose

PNT Staff MELROSE — After a slow start this season, the Floyd Broncos are starting to make some noise in District 3-1A boys basketball. Juniors Jerrod Long and Kyle Kropf each hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Friday night and Floyd outlasted Melrose 57-56, knocking the Buffaloes (15-7, 4-2 district) out of […]