District rivalry renewed

By Kevin Wilson Throughout the history of New Mexico high school basketball, and particularly the last two years, the Lovington-Portales girls rivalry has been a good story. The setting: with pre-district seasons over, the Lady Rams and the Lady Wildcats seek supremacy in District 4-3A and all of Class 3A. Their paths cross three times […]

Greyhounds win LSC-South opener

Freedom Newspapers COMMERCE, Texas — Irshaun Pinckney and Brent Cooper each sank two free throws in the final 17 seconds Thursday night as Eastern New Mexico University slipped away with a 55-52 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Texas A&M-Commerce. Pinckney also hit a jumper as the shot clock ran out with 33 […]

Zias edge Commerce for second LSC-South win

Freedom Newspapers COMMERCE, Texas — Sophomore Elizabeth Richards hit a key 3-pointer with 1:45 left and freshman Heather Brown and junior Laci Lee each converted 1-and-1 free throw opportunities in the final 32 seconds as Eastern New Mexico University held off Texas A&M-Commerce 79-74 Thursday night in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball. Lee […]

Greyhounds embark on pivotal road games in LSC south

Dave Wagner Sam Walker isn’t sure how you’d handicap the Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball race. You can understand why the fourth-year Texas A&M-Commerce coach would feel that way. Four of the division’s seven teams finished pre-South play with records of 10-5, while the other three were 9-6. While it’s dangerous to put […]

Zias look for wins to push them over .500

Kevin Wilson This year’s Zia basketball team picked up its seventh win on Thursday, compared to reaching that mark in the season finale last year. And although odds favor Eastern New Mexico topping last year’s win mark during a two-game Lone Star Conference South Division road trip, Dan Buzard feels there’s no room for the […]

NMAA may drop five-class format

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Realignment proposals ranged creating unbalanced districts to eliminating Class 5A expect for football to dropping the five-class format altogether during Wednesday’s meeting of the New Mexico Activities Association realignment committee, according to an NMAA press release. Scott Evans, Albuquerque Public Schools athletic director and alignment committee member, proposed two of the […]

Dora teams eye first wins in District 3-1A

PNT Staff Prep notes The Dora Lady Coyotes (4-8) fell to the Fort Sumner Vixens 58-35 Tuesday in their District 3-1A opener. D’Shawn Pettigrew led the Lady Coyotes with 15 points. “She’s (Pettigrew) usually not our leading scorer,” Dora coach Bill Stockton said. “She’s usually our leading assister. Jaci Sant, Kassandra Clark and Jena Bilberry […]

Elida goes overtime for district win

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Elida survived a late Floyd rally — not to mention its own free-throw shooting — to claim a district win Tuesday night. Keisha Chenault scored a team-high 16 points, and Casey Ford hit a key jumper in overtime to give the visiting Lady Tigers a 47-44 win at Floyd High […]

Goddard holds off Rams

By Kevin Wilson Portales’ magic number against the Goddard Rockets was 45. For the Rockets, the magic number turned out to be 86. Visiting Goddard led for just 86 seconds, but it equated into the final 1:26 as the Rockets outlasted Portales 40-39 Monday in a non-district game. The Rams held Goddard under their defensive […]

South team will feature 3 Rams

Kevin Wilson It never really occurred to T.C. Nusser that he’d be following in his brother’s footsteps this summer. Three years after his brother Dusty played in the inaugural North-South 3A All-Star football game, T.C. now has his turn in the annual senior-only game. He’ll represent Ram football one final time and make friends out […]