Conquerors jump up early in rolling to win over Elida

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By Dave Wagner The young Elida boys basketball team found itself in over its head early Monday night. Faith Triumphant erased a 2-0 deficit with 12 consecutive points, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by senior guard Luis McCain, and the Conquerors rolled to a 66-46 win over the Tigers at the FTCS gym. McCain [...]

Lady Rams begin quest for fourth 3A title in five years

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By Dave Wagner Veteran Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez has a lot of faith in her team, and for good reason — the Lady Rams have won the last two Class 3A state championships, and three of the last four. So, even though they have to replace three starters from last year’s 23-4 [...]

Hounds win, Zias split in Colorado

PNT Staff ALAMOSA, Colo. — Forward Jamaal Hunnicutt and point guard Jolen Montoya combined for 45 points, including 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:22, and the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team pulled out a 72-67 win over Adams State College Saturday night. The Greyhounds (1-1), coming off a 31-point [...]

Elida girls, FTCS boys notch home wins

PNT Staff ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers got off to a fast start Friday night and cruised past the Lovington junior varsity 57-32 in their season opener. Elida roared to an 18-2 lead at the quarter and never looked back. The Lady Tigers opened a 24-point lead by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 14-4 in [...]

Broncos seek quick transition to basketball

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Jeff Gillespie knows his Floyd boys basketball team may need a little time to adjust after most of his players were participating in the state six-man football championship four days ago against Melrose. With only two practices to get ready for Monday’s opener at Tatum, Gillespie warned not to expect [...]

Lady Broncos looking to compete

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Whatever helped Floyd reach the six-man football state championship game, Noel Carpenter wants some of it to rub off in the girls basketball squad. The Lady Broncos have their work cut out trying to compete in District 3-1A, one of the toughest small-school circuits in New Mexico. But Carpenter, a [...]

District 3-1A selects top volleyball players

PNT Staff Class 1A state champion Fort Sumner dominated the District 3-1A volleyball first-team selections, earning six spots on the 14-person squad. Representing the Vixens on the first team were seniors Leslie Wood, Kayla Britain, Tobea Patterson, Sandy Fortner and Kelly Fortner, and junior Julie Wood. Junior Lindsay Mansell was an honorable mention selection for [...]

Top-ranked Lopers knock out Zias

PNT Staff KEARNEY, Neb. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team, making the program’s first trip to postseason competition since the school joined NCAA Division II 20 years ago, advanced to Saturday’s Southwest Regional semifinals where the Zias were eliminated by top-ranked and unbeaten host Nebraska-Kearney 30-20, 30-18, 30-26 before 2,743 fans. Fifth-seeded ENMU [...]

Zias facing rematch in regional opener

By Dave Wagner In preparing for the program’s first trip to NCAA Division II postseason competition, at least the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team has an idea of what to expect from its opponent. The Zias (24-8), seeded fifth, take on fourth seed Mesa State (22-9) in a 4 p.m. (MST) quarterfinal matchup on [...]

Zias’ matches to be on radio, internet

PNT Staff Matches involving Eastern New Mexico University in this weekend’s NCAA Division II Southwest Regional volleyball tournament at Kearney, Neb., will be broadcast on KSEL-AM 1450 and on the internet through TRL/Teamline, according to a release from ENMU sports information director Robert McKinney. The Zias (24-8) face Mesa State (22-9) in a 4 p.m. [...]