Cardinals edge Rams in St. Michael’s Shoot Out

STAFF REPORT SANTA FE — The Portales Rams had chances to win their opening game of the St. Michael’s Shoot Out on Thursday night, but weren’t able to finish as Robertson narrowly defeated Portales 60-56. Junior Jeremie Karngbaye (29) and senior Bronte Staugaard (12) scored in double figures for the Rams, but they weren’t the […]

Javelinas hold off ENMU men

Staff report D.J. Weathers scored 18 to lead three Javelinas in double figures, and Texas A&M-Kingsville never trailed to claim its first victory of the Lone Star Conference season, 74-61 over Eastern New Mexico University. Jamar Goodwin added 14 and Will West 12 for Kingsville (9-5), and three others added at least seven — including Elliot […]

ENMU women beat Javelinas to snap three-game skid

Staff report Junior Kassandra Harris notched a career-high 24 points, and Eastern New Mexico came out strong in the second half to pick up its first Lone Star Conference win of the season, 66-52 over Texas A&M-Kingsville Wednesday night. Mikaehla Connor added 10 and Briana White nine for ENMU (6-8, 1-3), which snapped a three-game […]

Portales girls drop tight game to Sandies

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com It was a rough night for the Portales basketball teams as both the boys and the girls lost by single digits. The Lady Rams were defeated at home by the Amarillo Sandies 46-40 and the boys lost their road trip game against the Lovington Wildcats 48-41. Portales coach Wade […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 13

ENMU at Texas A&M-Kingsville Men • When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) today at Kingsville, Texas • Records: ENMU 4-10 (0-2 Lone Star Conference), Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-5 (0-2) • Last season: The Javelinas swept the Greyhounds, winning 75-67 at Portales and 83-52 at Kingsville. • Last time out: ENMU lost at sixth-ranked Midwestern State 90-56 while the […]

Lady Rams face off with Amarillo High

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Portales sophomore Lindsay Blakey goes for a rebound during Monday’s Lady Rams practice at the Ram Athletic Center. The Lady Rams host the 10th-ranked team in Texas today, the 21-3 Amarillo Lady Sandies.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com While the Portales boys basketball team travels to Lovington tonight to take on the rival Wildcats, the Lady Rams stay home for one final game as they will host the Amarillo High Sandies Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Ram Athletic Center. It’s a battle […]

EPAC boys: Texico holds off Melrose

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Texico guard Braden Fraze goes to the air to disrupt Melrose sophomore Cade Barnard in the first half of Saturday’s Eastern Plains Athletic Conference title game at Greyhound Arena.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com If there are any aspiring high school basketball players in the Eastern Plains who want to learn about the importance of free throws, this year’s EPAC boys championship game was the perfect example of how crucial the charity stripe can be as the Texico Wolverines shot 83 percent from […]

EPAC girls: Texico survives another nailbiter

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Texico guard Jaden Stephens tries to split the Tatum defense after getting a steal in the first half of Saturday’s EPAC championship. Stephens scored four points in Texico’s 49-46 win.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The Texico Lady Wolverines expect plenty of adversity during District 4-3A play, and later when they attempt to repeat as Class 3A champions. The Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament gave them plenty of practice. Texico went into survival mode for the second-straight night at Greyhound Arena, eking out a […]

Portales pulls Shoot Out sweep of Clayton

STAFF REPORT Portales’ Jeremie Karngbaye and Clayton’s Jacob Naranjo staged a two-man shootout on Saturday, appropriately enough in the Portales Shoot Out. Karngbaye, the Rams’ 6-foot-5 junior center, had a bit the better of it in the end, scoring a career-best 31 points to go with 12 rebounds as Portales turned back the Yellowjackets 54-47 […]

EPAC NON-TITLE ROUNDUP: Grady boys edge Logan for 3rd

Staff report PORTALES — Senior guard Tucker Northcutt won a scramble for the rebound of his own missed shot and banked it in as time expired on Saturday, giving Grady a 33-31 victory over Logan in the boys third-place game of the EPAC basketball tournament on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. Northcutt scored 16 of his […]

Mustangs sweep ENMU

Staff report WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior guard Jordan Stevens scored 21 of his game-high 31 points in the first half, and sixth-ranked Midwestern State cruised to a 90-56 Lone Star Conference men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night. Stevens hit a 3-pointer on the game’s opening possession and knocked down another […]

EPAC brackets, Friday area prep summaries — Jan. 8

EPAC BRACKETS (Seeds in parentheses) Boys At Texico Wednesday Game 1: (8) Floyd 48, (9) Tatum 41 Game 2: (3) Grady 63, (6) Fort Sumner 54 Game 3: (4) Logan 59, (5) Dora 32 Game 4: (10) Clovis C 67, (7) San Jon 47 Thursday Quarterfinals Game 5: (1) Texico 63, Floyd 23 Game 6: […]

EPAC boys roundup: Melrose pulls away from Grady late

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Melrose sophomore Cade Barnard muscles his way up for a lay-up in Friday’s Eastern Plains Athletic Conference boys semifinal. Barnard had 21 points in Melrose’s 63-45 win.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Melrose has won the last two 8-man state football championships. This year, the Buffaloes have designs on adding a Class 2A boys basketball title to their resume. They got pretty much all they wanted, though, from Grady in Friday’s EPAC semifinals before holding the Bronchos scoreless for nearly six […]

EPAC girls roundup: Texico withstands Logan rally, wins in overtime

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Texico senior guard Audrey Wren dives for a loose ball against Logan’s Karli Webb as junior McKenna Stone joins the play in the first half of Friday’s Eastern Plains Athletic Conference semifinal at Greyhound Arena.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com If you think scoring the game’s first seven points, leading by 13 in the second half and never trailing sounds like an easy night … well, you weren’t at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament on Friday night. That’s the situation Texico found itself in, but it barely […]

Lovington tops Clovis

Staff report LOVINGTON — Clovis High’s boys are having a hard time breaking into the win column. The Wildcats came up short again on Friday, erasing most of a 14-point, third-quarter deficit before falling to Lovington 60-55 in a game added to the schedule this week after both teams lost three games when the CHS […]

Portales girls outlast Espanola Velley in Shoot Out

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Portales senior Jeremie Karngbaye goes up for two of his 18 points in the second quarter of Friday’s Portales Shoot Out game at the Ram Athletic Center. Mesilla Valley defeated Portales 57-46.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Going into the Portales Shoot Out, Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze was looking forward a challenge from Espanola Valley on Friday night. They got just that as PHS held off the Lady Sundevils 50-42 at the Ram Athletic Center. Meantime, the Portales boys absorbed a 57-46 loss to Mesilla […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 9

ENMU at Midwestern State Men • When: 5 p.m. (MST) today at Wichita Falls, Texas • Records: ENMU 4-9 (0-1 Lone Star Conference), Midwestern State 12-1 (2-0) • Last season: MSU swept the Greyhounds, winning 77-42 at Portales and 64-42 at Wichita Falls. • Last time out: ENMU lost at home to Cameron 90-79 on […]

EPAC brackets, Thursday summaries

BRACKETS (Seeds in parentheses) BOYS At Texico Wednesday Game 1: (8) Floyd 48, (9) Tatum 41 Game 2: (3) Grady 63, (6) Fort Sumner 54 Game 3: (4) Logan 59, (5) Dora 32 Game 4: (10) Clovis C 67, (7) San Jon 47 Thursday Quarterfinals Game 5: (1) Texico 63, Floyd 23 Game 6: (2) […]

EPAC boys roundup: Texico cruises past Floyd

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com TEXICO — The outmanned Floyd Broncos made an effort to hang with top-seeded Texico early in Thursday’s EPAC boys quarterfinal matchup, sinking four 3-pointers in the opening quarter. The shots dried up after that, though, and Texico cruised to a 63-23 victory over the Broncos. Junior guard Braden Fraze […]

EPAC girls roundup: Tatum outlasts Elida in overtime

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com TEXICO — The third time really was the charm for the Tatum Lady Coyotes, as they went overtime to hand Elida its first loss of the season, 57-52 in overtime during a Thursday Eastern Plains Athletic Conference quarterfinal at Texico High School. Kevyn Ferriera scored 13 to lead three […]