Eastern’s Elliott calls it a career after 48 years

By Dave Wagner If his health would let him, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott would probably go on coaching forever. As it is, it wasn’t easy for the veteran coach — he turned 73 on Christmas Eve — to step down. Elliott spent 48 seasons as a high school and college head football coach, […]

Lady Rams meet Farmington in Clovis tournament

By Dave Wagner With three starters lost to graduation and facing the usual challenging schedule, Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez realized her team’s 23-4 record of a year ago would be hard to match. Still, she admits to being a bit impatient when it comes to gauging the progress of her 2004-05 squad, […]

Portales girls squads enjoy success

By Dave Wagner Two highly successful girls programs, two almost completely different rosters. But the results have been remarkably similar. Portales High has enjoyed runs of three Class 3A state championships in four years — 2001, 2003 and 2004 — for both girls basketball and tennis. In 2002 the basketball team finished second at state, […]

ENMU’s Buzard tries to recover from tumor after stellar season

By Dave Wagner Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five stories highlighting the top Portales-area sports stories of the year. Dan Buzard’s second season as Eastern New Mexico University women’s head basketball coach was a rewarding one. Picked for last place in the Lone Star Conference South Division, the Zias surprised […]

Broncos’ bid for six-man crown falls short

By Dave Wagner Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five stories highlighting the top Portales-area sports stories of the year. Jeff Gillespie maintained in preseason that his youthful Floyd football team had a long ways to go to contend for a state championship. “Melrose is the team to beat in six-man […]

PHS baseball team converts second chance into title run

By Dave Wagner Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of five stories highlighting the top Portales-area sports stories of the year. Coming into the 2004 season, the Portales High baseball program had never won a Class 3A state championship. With the schedule winding down, that didn’t appear likely to change. The Rams […]

Elida posts sweep over Lovington JVs

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — The Elida basketball jumped over the .500 mark on Monday with a sweep of the Lovington junior varsity squads. Elida won the boys game 50-35 while the Lady Tigers came away with a 44-28 victory. Dylan Radcliff scored 22 points for Elida’s boys, including a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. His other […]

Hounds make total turnaround in rout

Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan didn’t know the team he coached on Saturday in the High Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. He didn’t really expect the team he saw on Sunday. Dominating a good opponent from start to finish, the Greyhounds (4-6) thrashed St. Mary’s 79-41 to gain a split […]

Lady Rams hang on to beat Moriarty

PNT Staff MORIARTY — The Portales Lady Rams struggled through a second half in which they scored just 11 points, but they still had enough on Saturday to hang on for a 33-30 victory over Moriarty. Portales (4-5) led by 10 points early in the second half before the Lady Pintos closed to within a […]

Unbeaten Pitt State romps past Hounds

PNT Staff LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Junior guard Eddie Jackson scored 26 points — all but three in the second half — to lead undefeated Pittsburg State (Kan.) to an 83-63 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday in the High Desert Classic at the McDermott Physical Education Center on the campus of the […]