Hound volleyball to rely on youth

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The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team goes through serving drills on Wednesday morning. The Greyhounds begin their season today as part of the Lady Buff Classic in Canyon, Texas.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With just four returners who had significant playing time  last season, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Sia Poyer hopes his juniors and sophomores will help improve a team that finished 13-18 last season. Why the sophomore and juniors for this season? ENMU only has two seniors on its […]

Clovis stays hot, bests Portales 10-0

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Portales junior Jose Salomon and Clovis junior Schuyler Houfek battle for the ball in the first half of Thursday evening’s game at the Yucca Middle School Soccer Field. The host Wildcats defeated Portales 10-0.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — The fast start to the 2015 season continued on Thursday for the Clovis High boys soccer team. Meantime, a young Portales squad is going through some early tribulations. Senior forward Alejandro Medina scored two goals and added a pair of assists as the Wildcats improved to 7-1 […]

Hounds ready for Thursday kickoff

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Just a reminder to all the Greyhound faithful: Your Eastern New Mexico football team has its first game of the season tonight. Yes, it’s a rare Thursday game as the Greyhounds take on the New Mexico Highland Cowboys with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. at Blackwater Draw. Additionally, it […]

Wanted: New scorers

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The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team goes through its passing warmup drills on Tuesday afternoon. The team opens up the season today at Southern Nazarene University.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Coach Omar Morales has his work cut out for him in his sophomore season as the Greyhounds soccer coach. After finishing last season 9-8 (6-4 in conference), Eastern New Mexico University said good-bye to their seven senior players and now have to fill those roles. ENMU will be without […]

Hounds working with new coach, system

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The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team warms up Monday afternoon in preparation for its trip to Taos.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Paul Tate was handed the keys to the Greyhounds soccer team this offseason and with a new coach, that typically means changes throughout the program that finished 7-6-3 last year as well as previous starters aren’t guaranteed to keep their old spots. There are 16 returning players from last […]

ENMU president: ‘No excuse’ for NCAA infractions

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s president apologized to fans and students Wednesday, saying there was no excuse for administrative errors that resulted in four years probation from the NCAA and the vacation of all victories and championships between 2008 and 2012. During a press conference at Greyhound Arena, Gamble answered […]

Late goal stuns Rams

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With less than a minute to go in regulation, it looked like the Portales Rams and Moriarty Pintos would be heading for a tie. Moriarty forward Connor McCarty changed that thought with the game-winning goal with 25 seconds left to lead Moriarty to a 3-2 win at Portales. Portales […]

Portales girls suffer loss, potential key injury, against Moriarty

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Moriarty players swarm Connor McCarty after he scored the game-winning goal against Portales in the final minute of regulation on Tuesday. It was McCarty’s second goal of the game in a 3-2 win over the Rams.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com It was a rough day for the Portales Lady Rams as they may be without the services of Angie Gonzalez in the immediate future. Gonzalez was injured in the first half of Portales’ 3-2 loss against Moriarty on Tuesday at PHS. Moriarty built a two-goal lead to end the […]

Dora, Elida end Eunice tournament on winning notes

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Both the Elida Lady Tigers and Dora Lady Coyotes played in the Eunice Tournament this weekend and both finished on a high note, winning their final games in the tournament after losing their early Saturday moring  matches. The two teams actually faced each other Friday night, with Elida coming […]

Portales squads have rough day

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Both the Portales boys and girls soccer teams had a rough Saturday against Hobbs and Roswell, respectively, as their opponents scored 15 total goals while denying Portales any scoring of their own. The Rams (0-2) boys kept the game close in the first half, trailing 2-0. When the second […]

Friday area prep football roundup — Aug. 28

Texico 28, Santa Rosa 6 Records: Texico 1-0, Santa Rosa 0-1 Difference: Junior RB Mason Golden scored a pair of touchdowns in a two-minute span of the first quarter to give the Wolverines control against a team which has been their nemesis in recent years. Difference-makers: Golden added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 37-yard run […]

Wildcats ground Rockets

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Goddard coach Mike Whelan said coming into the season that anybody who didn’t pick the Clovis Wildcats in or on the cusp of Class 6A’s top five simply didn’t know football. And then, on a breezy August night, the Wildcats proved they did know football. The end […]

Rams claim opener 26-13

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Portales senior Bronte Staugaard scores a touchdown for the Rams in the second quartter of Friday's game against Robertson at Greyhound Stadium.

By Matthew Asher Staff reporter email: masher@pntonline BLACKWATER DRAW — A beauty of sports exists that even after a crucial mistake, a good player can still make it a pivotal play. Enter Portales senior Bronte Staugaard, who overcame a pair of lost fumbles to lead Portales to a 26-13 victory over Las Vegas Robertson in […]

Lady Cats notch title in opener

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The top two runners for Clovis High’s girls were struggling a bit in Friday’s season-opening Clovis Invitational cross country meet at Ned Houk Park. In the end, it only made their jobs a little tougher. Sophomore Kelsey McNaughton battled cramps during the race to successfully defend her meet title […]

CHS soccer teams split matches in tourneys

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Clovis High’s boys suffered a tough loss to host Los Alamos in the quarterfinals of the Hilltopppers’ eight-team tournament on Friday, but bounced back to beat Piedra Vista 7-0 in the consolation semifinals. Coach Greg Trujillo said that because the New Mexico Activities Association has taken out overtime this season, […]

Rams host Robertson in season debut

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After the weeks of two-a-days, the scrimmages and the battle for quarterback, the Portales Rams are finally ready for the season opening game against the Robertson Cardinals. Last season the Cardinals defeated the Rams 33-20 in Las Vegas. Here are four things to watch out for in the season […]

Volleyball roundup: Roswell sweeps Portales

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The first match of a season is often a tough gauge because no other reference point exists. Even though the Portales Lady Rams were swept by the Roswell Lady Coyotes 25-22, 25-14 and 25-18, coach Ruth Chavez wasn’t upset with the results and praised her opposition. “(Roswell) ran a […]

Rams drop opener to Clovis

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Clovis’ MCarl Michael and Portales’ Jesus Castillo go for the ball in the middle of the first half of Tuesday’s boys soccer match at PHS. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 and spoiled the Rams’ season opener with a 5-0 victory.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The Clovis Wildcats continued their fast start to the 2015 boys soccer season on Tuesday by beating Portales 5-0 in the Rams’ season opener at PHS. Both teams started a little sluggish, but Clovis (3-0) took control midway through the first half when Michael Bodine scored the first of […]

ENMU women’s basketball schedule released

Staff report A 30-game women’s basketball schedule for Eastern New Mexico University will include games in five states with 16 Lone Star Conference games, nine home games, four games (three exhibitions) against Division I opponents and a neutral-site game at Clovis High School. The Greyhounds open the season on Nov. 7 with an exhibition at […]

Rams hope younger players will step up

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The Portales High Boys soccer team warms up before taking team on Monday at PHS. The Rams host Clovis at 5 p.m. today in their season opener.

By Matthew Asher Staff reporter masher@pntonline.com With just a handful of returning players who started last season, the Portales High boys soccer team has its work cut out. The good news for coach Nathan Dodge is that the underclassmen from last season do have playing experience, just not starting experience. The Rams open the season […]