Zias struggle in pool play

Freedom Newspapers IRVING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University struggled in pool play on Friday and Saturday in the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association’s Division II Leadoff Classic, losing three close games. The Zias (6-13) were scheduled to take part in consolation bracket play later Saturday and on Sunday. ENMU lost to Cameron 5-4 and to […]

Fort Sumner holds off Elida

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Fort Sunner beat Elida 47-24 in the Class 1A Region B title game Saturday, one night after both teams had easy victories to earn state tournament berths. Sandy Fortner had 13 to lead Fort Sumner (24-4) to Saturday’s victory, while Tobea Patterson added 10. Nobody reached double figures for Elida […]

Lady Rams win regional title

By Kevin Wilson There was never much of a celebration for Grants to delay. Sophomore post Morgan Hill had 25 points to lead all scorers in Portales’ 61-42 win over Grants, giving the host Lady Rams the Class 3A Region B title and a trip to this week’s state tournament. After the presentation of the […]

Floyd banks on home-court edge

By Kevin Wilson It’s not too hard to understand why homecourt advantage is important for regional basketball tournaments. “Homecourt advantage is huge,” Floyd boys coach Jeff Gillespie said. “Would you rather play in a gym you’ve been to three time a year, or a gym you practice in?” The Broncos get the latter of the […]

Seniors make final push for state title

By Kevin Wilson Erika Cook spent a good deal of her formative years in the Portales High School gymnasium. “I remember me and Roni (Gomez) coming when we were starting in sixth grade,” the Lady Ram senior said, “and we’d come to my sister’s practices.” For the past four years, she’s been the one practicing […]

Hounds lose in first round

By Dave Wagner The Southwestern Oklahoma Bulldogs played like, well, Bulldogs. Taking control of the game early and controlling the tempo most of the way, the Bulldogs upset Eastern New Mexico 61-52 Tuesday in a Lone Star Tournament quarterfinal game at Greyhound Arena. Eastern (20-8) suffered through an uncharacteristically poor shooting night from the field […]

Zias crushed by Northeastern State

Freedom Newspapers TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — A successful season for Eastern New Mexico University came down to a crashing end Tuesday night, as Northeastern State routed the shorthanded Zias 77-46 Tuesday night at Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse. Leslie Warner had a game-high 20 points to lead four in double figures for Northeastern State, the Lone Star Conference […]

Rams win baseball opener

By Kevin Wilson It wasn’t a close shave for the Portales Rams, and Tyler Rutherford made sure there wouldn’t be any type of shave for his legs. The junior catcher went 3-for-4, including two home runs in the fourth inning and six RBI, to help the Rams win their season opener, 16-4, over Friona, Texas, […]

Hounds host SW Okla. in playoffs

By Dave Wagner Southwestern Oklahoma beat Eastern New Mexico University during the regular season, but needed help Saturday just to get into the Lone Star Conference men’s basketball tournament. The stakes are higher this time as SWOSU prepare to invade Greyhound Arena for today’s 7 p.m. first-round game today against the two-time LSC South Division […]

Zias face Northeastern on the road

by Rick White Eastern New Mexico Zias coach Dan Buzard is not a big fan of the Lone Star Conference basketball tournament format. The Zias, who returned from a two-game road trip late Saturday night, were back on the bus less than 36 hours later heading to Tahlequah, Okla., the northern-most post in the LSC. […]