Lady Rams begin bid for repeat title

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Portales junior guard Sheraya Cox, shooting over Ruidoso defenders during the District 4-4A girls tournament final against Ruidoso on Feb. 28 at the RAC, helped the Lady Rams capture the then-Class 3A state championship a year ago.

Staff report On paper, the Portales Lady Rams would seem to almost have an easy ticket into the Class 4A girls state semifinals today. After all, top-seeded PHS, which won the then-Class 3A title a year ago, is facing a West Las Vegas team it drubbed 65-36 on the road in late December. Then, the […]

State basketball tournament schedule — March 9

(Seeds in parentheses) BOYS Class 6A At The Pit, Albuquerque Wednesday’s quarterfinals (8) West Mesa vs. (1) Hobbs, 9:45 a.m. (10) Sandia vs. (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland, 1:15 p.m. (6) Albuquerque High vs. (3) Carlsbad, 4:45 p.m. (5) Valley vs. (4) Rio Rancho, 8:15 p.m. Thursday’s semifinals Albuquerque High-Carlsbad winner vs. Sandia- Rio Rancho Cleveland […]

Buffs rally for split against Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Right fielder Ryan March drove in three runs, two with a go-ahead two-run triple in West Texas A&M’s four-run fifth, and the Buffaloes held on for a 9-8 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday and a split of their Lone Star Conference baseball twin bill. Senior right-hander Cody […]

State basketball tournament results

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys Class 6A Saturday Round of 16 (1) Hobbs 77, (16) La Cueva 55 (8) West Mesa 52, (9) Las Cruces High 49 (5) Valley 65, (12) Onate 60 (4) Rio Rancho 66, Gadsden 58 (3) Carlsbad 67, (14) Rio Grande 43 (6) Albuquerque High 44, (11) Cibola 34 (10) Sandia 36, […]

Rams drop Hawks to advance

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Portales Ram junior center Jordan Davis goes up for a shot as Thoreau defender Montana Miller tries to swat it away during the fourth quarter of the Rams 4A playoff game against the Thoreau Hawks at Ram Athletic Center.

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com In front of a capacity crowd, the Portales Rams used a big second quarter to pace them to a big win against 12-seeded Thoreau in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. “We has a good homecourt advantage,” said Adam Hernandez. “The crowd was great tonight. We couldn’t […]

Zias gain Saturday split with ASU

Staff report PORTALES — Sixth-ranked Angelo State finally got away from Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team in the finale of a four-game Lone Star Conference series, but not before the Zias pulled out a first-game win on Saturday. Freshman left-hander Aja Secheslingloff survived six hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings, while junior […]

Hounds work on situations in scrimmage

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn got a first long look at his current 2015 squad on Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. ENMU went through about a two-hour scrimmage, mostly geared toward situational football. While generally pleased with what he saw, Lynn said the Greyhounds […]

State tournament roundup: Elida starts drive for five

STAFF REPORT ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers, who cruised to Class B state championships in each of the four years the NMAA sponsored the class, look like they could be on their way to another title. Top-seeded Elida opened a 19-point halftime lead and cruised past Roosevelt County rival Floyd 72-27 on Friday in […]

Portales defense keys easy win over Hot Springs

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Portales coach Wade Fraze discusses strategy with his team during a timeout in Friday’s Class 4A first-round game at the Ram Athletic Center.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@cnjonline.com The Portales Rams started off the Class 4A state tournament a bit sluggish offensively. But tefense was on point from start to finish as it led them to a 63-22 win over Hot Springs Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center. Kambrey Blakey had 15 points and eight steals […]

Cats post rout over Gadsden

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Clovis senior Danni Williams  is fouled by Gadsden junior Samantha Jacquez during the first half of Friday’s Class 6A first-round girls state tournament game at The Rock. Williams broke her own school record with 43 points in the top-seeded Lady Wildcats’ 67-24 romp.

By Dave Wagner STAFF WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High senior Danni Williams would have been on the sideline much earlier on Friday night, except for the fact that it was her final home game and she was chasing a single-game scoring record. Williams finally got it in the closing seconds, converting a backcourt interception into an […]

Texico breezes by No. 15 Dulce

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Texico senior Sarah Daniels gets a step on Dulce defender Joetta Waupeknay in the first quarter of Friday’s Class 3A first-round game at Texico High School. Daniels scored 11 points in Texico’s 55-35 win.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — The difference between Texico’s struggles shooting the ball and Dulce’s struggles shooting the ball was simple. Texico’s ended. The second-seeded Lady Wolverines triumphed early with their defense, holding the visiting Lady Hawks without a field goal for the first 13 minutes, 41 seconds and led for the […]

Farwell survives regional semifinal against Hawley

LEVELLAND — The Farwell Steers are just one game away from the Texas Final Four. Senior guard Angel Graxiola hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute to play — his only points of the game — and the Steers held on for a 47-45 victory in Friday’s Class 1A Region I semifinals at South Plains […]

West Texas A&M takes series opener from Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Designated hitter Jeff Caples drove in three runs, two on a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, and West Texas A&M took the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. ENMU (4-8, 0-1 LSC) took a 6-5 lead in the seventh on an RBI single […]

Angelo State holds off Zia softball squad

Staff report As far as moral victories go, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team couldn’t complain with losing by a combined five runs to Angelo State, the No. 6 team in NCAA Division II. But the visiting Rambelles earned a pair of Lone Star Conference victories, holding off a late Zias rally in the nightcap […]

Steers edge Hawley, gain regional finals

Staff report LEVELLAND — The Farwell Steers are just one game away from the Texas Final Four. Senior guard Angel Graxiola hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute to play — his only points of the game — and the Steers held on for a 47-45 victory in Friday’s Class 1A Region I semifinals at […]

Lone Star Conference Update

LSC tournament At Allen, Texas All Times MST (Seeds in parentheses) Men Wednesday’s quarterfinals Game 2: (2) Angelo State 83, (7) Texas A&M-Kingsville 73 Game 4: (8) (1) Tarleton State 80, (8) Eastern New Mexico 50 Thursday’s quarterfinals Game 6: (6) Cameron 87, (3) Midwestern State 84 Game 8: (5) West Texas A&M vs. (4) […]

Area teams ready for playoffs

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Portales Ram senior Alex Villanueva gets off a pass around teammate Bronte Staugaard during a team scrimmage Thursday afternoon during the Rams’ practice. Portales, seeded fifth in Class 4A, hosts Thoreau  tonight.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com This weekend will be full of playoff basketball action as local area teams will be hosting playoff games today (girls) and Saturday (boys). The Portales Lady Rams (20-6) begin their bid to win a second straight state title as the top seed in Class 4A. The Lady Rams host […]

Zias lose to MSU in first round of LSC tournament

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Senior guard Tori Tucker drives against Midwestern State’s Andrea Carter in Wednesday’s game. Eastern finishes their season with a 9-18 overall record and 5-11 in the LSC. The Zias will lose Tucker and Jasmine Johnson to graduation.

STAFF REPORT ALLEN, Texas — Andrea Carter scored 19 points to lead four in double figures, and Midwestern State struck early to squelch any early hopes of an upset in a 70-49 win over Eastern New Mexico University Wednesday morning in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament at the Allen Events Center. Shambreka […]

Basketball makes March great

It’s March, which means while the temperature is freezing outside, gyms across the country are heating up. March is one of my favorite sports months of the year. High school basketball and college basketball is about to get a lot more interesting. I love playoff basketball (except the NBA, where the playoffs last six months). […]

Area prep tournaments

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys District 4-4A Feb. 24 game (3) Ruidoso 66, (4) East Mountain 63 Thursday’s game (2) New Mexico Military 56, Ruidoso 47 Saturday’s game Championship (1) Portales 65, New Mexico Military 42 District 6-2A Feb. 24 game (3) Dora 72, Fort Sumner 58 Thursday’s game Dora at (2) Logan, ppd. Saturday’s game […]