West Las Vegas snaps Portales win streak

STAFF REPORT LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Less than 24 hours beating Class 6A Clovis, the Portales Rams were unable to win their fifth straight game, losing to West Las Vegas 67-50 on Saturday. Bronte Staugaard led Portales with 17 points but he was the lone Rams player in double figures. Meantime, D.J. Bustos (22), Miguel […]

ENMU women handed 84-64 loss by Concordia

Staff report SEATTLE — Senior forward McKenna Daly and sophomore guard Sierra Dean combined for 37 points off the bench and Concordia (Oregon) beat Eastern New Mexico University 84-64 on Saturday in the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Seattle Pacific. The Cavaliers, who moved up to NCAA Division II from the NAIA this season, used […]

Tritons collect 106-87 victory over Hounds

Staff report ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — So far on its swing through the Sunshine State, Eastern New Mexico University’s men have certainly put up enough points to be successful. The problem has been getting stops against some pretty solid opposition. After losing at defending NCAA Division II national champion Florida Southern 100-90 on Thursday, ENMU […]

Portales holds off Clovis, 40-33

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Portales senior Jeremie Karngbaye looks for space against Clovis defender David Griego. Karngbaye had 22 points in the Rams’ 40-33 win.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Just 14 seconds in, Clovis post Cory Knight already found himself with two fouls trying to guard Portales big man Jeremie Karngbaye. Nobody else had much luck for the injury-depleted Wildcats either, as Karngbaye’s 22-point, five-rebound effort paved the way for a 40-33 victory over the Wildcats on Friday […]

Portales cruises by Robertson, 58-28

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Portales junior Sky Marianito goes up for a layup between a pair of Robertson defenders during Friday’s game.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Lady Rams’ first home game of the season couldn’t have gone much better on Friday night as Portales cruised to a 58-28 victory over Las Vegas Robertson at the Ram Athletic Center. To call this a dominating win would be an understatement as Portales (4-1) was in complete […]

Seattle Pacific jumps out early on Greyhounds

Staff report SEATTLE — Jordan McPhee scored 12 points to lead a balanced effort, and Seattle Pacific never trailed in a 76-62 victory Friday night over Eastern New Mexico University in the first round of the Seattle Pacific University Tournament. Molly Grager added 11 points for the Falcons (5-3), who had four in double figures, another […]

Area prep box scores 12/17/15

Boys Dora 71, Lake Arthur 28 Lake Arthur (1-4) — Leonel Velo 11, Brandon Dalton 10, Jordan Lilly 4, Saul De La Cruz 3. Totals 11 4-13 28. Dora (7-2) — Dalton Privett 26, Xavier Gramzow 11, Slade Hamann 9, Sam McConnell 8, Andrew Puebla 6, Dylan Roberts 3, Hayden Skinner 2, Johnny Pena 2, […]

Rams seek first win over Cats in 21 years

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Wildcats and Portales Rams enter their Friday matchup on opposite trajectories. The Rams would like to keep it that way, and grab a rare win in the annual battle. The 7 p.m. tipoff represents a prime chance for Portales (3-1) to grab its first on-court win in […]

Rams down Rattlers


By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Coming into Tuesday’s game against Tucumcari, Portales coach Rickie McBroom reminded his team they needed to limit the scoring output of Rattlers senior shooting guard John Paul Garcia. The Rams did just that en route a 64-43 victory at the Ram Athletic Center. Juniors Freddy Exiga and Darion Ontiveros […]

Rams back in action against Tucumcari

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Portales Rams basketball coach Rickie McBroom instructs his team at the start of Monday’s practice. PHS (2-1) ends a weeklong layoff from game competition when it hosts Tucumcari (2-3) in a 7 p.m. clash today at the Ram Athletic Center.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com After an entire week between games, the Portales Rams head back to the court today for a 7 p.m. tipoff today against Class 3A Tucumcari at the Ram Athletic Center. The Rams (2-1) lost their season opener at Roswell after having less than a week of practice as a […]

Aggies get past Hounds

Staff report LAS CRUCES — Unbeaten through six games, New Mexico State’s women came into Monday night’s home contest against Eastern New Mexico University looking to snap a two-game losing streak. They got it done, but the Greyhounds gave them a pretty good tussle before fading in the final quarter in a 76-61 setback. Six-foot-4 […]

Elida claims own tournament, moves to 6-0

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Dora senior Dalton Privett calls out a play in the first half of the championship game against Melrose in the Elida Tiger Invitational Saturday night. Privett led the Coyotes with 14 points but the Buffaloes won 62-56.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ELIDA– With the final day of the the Elida Tiger Invitational Tournament, both championship games showcased talented matchups, with neither game being a blowout. For the boys, the Melrose Buffaloes had to prevent a Dora Coyote comeback in the fourth quarter to hold on to a 62-56 victory and […]

Portales wins Moriarty tournament, Blakey named MVP

STAFF REPORT MORIARTY — Tournament MVP Kambrey Blakey scored a game-high 17 points, and Portales pulled away from the host Pintos for a 52-23 win in the championship game of the Moriarty Invitational Saturday. Sky Marianito scored seven points in a balanced effort for Portales (3-0), which turned a comfortable 30-18 lead into a blowout […]

Queens top Hounds at Rock Staubus

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ENMU senior guard Miranda Moore takes the ball to the basket against a Wayland Baptist defender during the first half of Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — It’s hard to make a comeback if you’re struggling to find the basket. Eastern New Mexico University’s women fell victim to three runs by Wayland Baptist on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym, the last finishing off the Greyhounds in a 73-54 win for the Flying Queens. WBU […]

Chargers post win over Cats

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE —A cynic might say it was a little bit of home cooking that helped host Albuquerque Academy get past Clovis High’s boys in Friday’s consolation semifinals of the Joe Armijo Classic. No, it had nothing to do with the officiating. But the Wildcats were playing at 9:45 a.m. on Friday coming off […]

Lady Cats roll to win, play for 5th

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Based on the first quarter, probably no one could have seen what was coming. Trailing 16-14 late in the period, Clovis High’s girls went on an 11-0 run and held Albuquerque High to just one field goal the rest of the way en route to a 50-22 win in the […]

Lady Rams gain tourney finals

Staff report MORIARTY — Senior Kambrey Blakey scored 19 points and the Portales Lady Rams advanced to the finals of the Alice King Invitational on Friday with a 48-35 win over Centennial. PHS (2-0) will face host Moriarty in today’s 7 p.m. championship contest. Blakey was the only Portales player with more than six points. […]

Friday area prep basketball roundup — Dec. 11

SUMMARIES Boys Farwell Invitational Championship semifinals Texico 75, Friona 37 Texico (6-0) — Rafael Maldonado 12, Tanner Dickerman 2, Brannon Karger 15, Dalton Thatcher 10, Braden Fraze 16, Mason Golden 6, Nathan Phipps 14. Totals 27 12-21 75. Friona — Dalton Woods 7, Kaegan Kerby 15, Jacob Harrison 12, Adrian Munoz 2, Patrick Gaines 1. […]

ENMU women heading to Clovis

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams won’t play their first official home games until Dec. 31, but the ENMU women and coach Josh Prock will have a homecoming of sorts as they will host Wayland Baptist at 4 p.m. today at Clovis High’s Rock Staubus Gym, the same place […]

Elida rolls into girls final

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Elida sophomore guard Lacy Ferguson drives the lane against the Roswell High junior varsity on Friday morning in the Elida Invitational. Elida won 51-21 and Ferguson was one of three Lady Tigers with 11 points.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ELIDA — The theme for the Elida Lady Tigers this season is “Mayhem,” and with Elida winning two games in less than 12 hours by a combined 45 points, the mayhem theme certainly ruled the Elida Invitational. Elida cruised to a 51-21 victory over the Roswell High junior varsity […]