Zias can’t close out East Central in second half

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By Kevin Wilson Heather Brown and the Zias had quite a start, but Kelli Donovan and the East Central Lady Tigers had a better finish. Donovan scored all of her 15 points in the second half and hit three 3-pointers in a pivotal 21-6 run, pushing East Central to a 71-66 victory in a Lone […]

EPAC has wide-open feel this time around

By Dave Wagner After a six-year domination by Texico and Elida, the 2004 Eastern Plains Athletic Conference girls tournament has a more wide-open feel to it. While Texico (1998-2001) and Elida (2002-03) have combined for the last six EPAC girls titles, several others could challenge in this year’s 10-school event which begins today at Texico […]

Rams pull upset over West Las Vegas

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By Kevin Wilson The mantra is that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. While that goal seems a little lofty for the Portales Rams at the moment, it was good enough to give them their fourth win of the year. Austin Pullen’s layup with seven seconds left put the Rams up for good, but […]

Greyhounds recover after early stumble

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By Dave Wagner Jamal Washington wasn’t sure how much good he’d be Saturday to Eastern New Mexico University. Despite an injured right thumb, the junior college transfer from California turned out to be plenty good, scoring a season-high 21 points as ENMU rallied from a slow start and beat Southeastern Oklahoma 86-73 in a Lone […]

Zias drop LSC crossover game

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By Kevin Wilson The Zias had the game they wanted to start January — a home matchup against a 1-7 squad. In the end, Eastern New Mexico’s offense couldn’t seal the deal. Randi Wilson had 14 to lead three players in double figures, and Monica Sanders sparked a game-ending 11-2 run as Southeastern Oklahoma upset […]

ENMU basketball capsules

Freedom Newspapers Men What/when: ENMU (7-3) vs. Southeastern Oklahoma (6-3) at 4 p.m. Saturday, vs. East Central (4-5) at 7:30 p.m. Monday Where: Greyhound Arena

Lady Rams regain 3A hoop title

By Rick White Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a series of 2003’s Top 10 News-Tribune sports stories. ALBUQUERQUE — The more Kassandra Richards shot the ball, the better her injured finger felt. By the end of the game, the Portales High junior was all smiles and dreaded rival Lovington was the one […]

Struggling Rams take aim at New Year’s turnaround

By Tony Parra With the arrival of the new year, Portales boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos is looking for a fresh start. The Rams have lost seven of their last eight games going into Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against the West Las Vegas Dons. The Rams (3-7) practiced on Thursday for the first time […]

Greyhounds crush Aggies

By Kevin Wilson The Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies capped off a 2003 they’d like to forget, and the Greyhounds got the start they wanted on a three-game homestand. Jamaal Hunnicutt and Travazz Buckley had 17 apiece to lead four in double figures, and Eastern New Mexico University never trailed in a 92-52 rout Wednesday afternoon […]

Clovis cruises past Portales

By Rick White CLOVIS — Portales had no answer for Clovis’ inside attack. Twin posts Brittany Blackmon and Monique Walker combined for 34 points and 11 rebounds as Clovis manhandle the smaller Lady Rams in the paint en route to a 57-39 win Wednesday in the championship game of the Plateau Classic at Rock Staubus […]