Six Rams named to girls District 4-4A team

Staff report The results of the All-District 4-4A girls basketball team has been released. According to Portales coach Wade Fraze, the 12 members of the All-District team are voted on by all coaches in their respective districts. Going a perfect 6-0 in district play, the Lady Rams had six players voted to the team. Portales […]

Clovis rallies to top Rams

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Portales senior right fielder Draven Saiz dives for a ball in the top of the first inning against Clovis in Tuesday’s game at Ram Field. Saiz made the catch and finished the game 1-2 with an RBI, but Clovis won 9-8.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The game of baseball is about minimizing your mistakes, while making your opponent’s faux pas count. The Clovis Wildcats were able to capitalize on several Portales fielding errors late to swipe a 9-8 win on Tuesday in the season opener for PHS at Ram Field. The game seesawed through […]

ENMU runners compete at D-II nationals

Staff report PITTSBURG, Kan. — Eastern New Mexico University seniors Klaudia Szych and Sabrina Huelga were unable to reach the finals in Friday’s preliminaries of the NCAA Division II national indoor track championships, hosted by Pittsburg State. Syzch, from Szczerin, Poland, finished 15th in the women’s 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 15.64 seconds. […]

Hounds rally, win finale from TSU

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team has been looking for someone to step up and pitch deep into a game. They found someone on Monday — although it’s unlikely they expected it to be James Thomas. The sophomore right-hander from Fallbrook, Calif., made his first start and just his […]

State tournament update — March 12

(Seeds in parentheses) Championship games At The Pit, Albuquerque BOYS Saturday Class 6A (11) Rio Rancho 56, (4) Carlsbad 54 Class 5A (5) Espanola Valley 36, (3) Capital 34 Class 4A (1) Hope Christian 67, (3) West Las Vegas 42 Class 3A (2) Texico 77, (4) Tucumcari 52 Class 2A (1) Melrose 63, (2) Mora […]

Lady Rams ready for softball season

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Junior PHS pitcher Daizia Looney warms up during last week’s practice. Looney pitched in five games last season and went 1-0, helping the Lady Rams finishing 19-10.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales High softball team had a good 2015 season, going 19-10 and a perfect 8-0 in District 4-4A to earn a No. 3 seed in the Class 4A state tournament. Cobre knocked the Lady Rams out of the tournament with a 3-0 shutout, but veteran PHS coach Robbie […]

Hounds salvage split with Commerce

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ENMU second baseman Audrey Velasquez throws the ball to first base to complete a double play in the second inning of the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Texas A&M-Commerce at Greyhound Softball Field. ENMU lost the first game 14-6 but won the nightcap 8-7 to snap a four-game losing streak.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team, outscored 24-1 in getting blown out twice by Lone Star Conference foe Texas A&M-Commerce on Friday, sure looked like it was headed for another double loss on Saturday at Greyhound Field after blowing two sizable leads. The Lions erased the last of an […]

State basketball tournament update — March 11

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys CLASS 6A Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (4) Carlsbad 27, Onate 25, OT (11) Rio Rancho 49, (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland 42 Saturday’s championship At The Pit, Albuquerque Carlsbad vs. Rio Rancho, 8 p.m. CLASS 5A Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (5) Espanola Valley 44, (8) Centennial 39 (3) […]

Texico storms back for Class 3A girls crown

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Texico guard Brianna Reyna gets tangled with Tularosa's Avianna Garcia in the second half of Friday's Class 3A girls state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Reyna scored 13 points, all in the second half, in Texico’s come-from-behind 43-37 win over Tularosa.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — The Texico Lady Wolverines had a second quarter — well, really an entire first half — to forget in what looked like the closing chapter on a perfect Tularosa season. Then junior Jasmine Gannon had a rewrite, and Texico’s 10th state title was one to remember. The […]

Lady Buffs hold off Logan, defend 2A title

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Melrose senior Taylor Bostwick drives the lane in the fourth quarter of Friday's Class 2A championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Bostwick scored 22 points in Melrose's 48-47 victory.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Taylor Bostwick wasn’t going to be bothered by the fans, the noise or the atmosphere of The Pit. Her teammates weren’t going to be bothered by a No. 7 seed. Not when they had a championship to defend. The Melrose senior fought off foul trouble to score […]

Jaguars beat Cats in Goddard tourney

Staff report ROSWELL — Junior Vicente Trujillo pitched a three-hitter and Atrisco Heritage took advantage of five Clovis High errors to beat the Wildcats 5-2 on Friday in the championship semifinals of an eight-team baseball tournament, hosted by Roswell Goddard. The Wildcats (2-3) will play the loser of Friday’s late semifinal between Lovington and host […]

Lady Tigers down Grady in 1A girls final

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Kasyn Creighton goes up for two points over Grady's Jordyn Stowe during the third quarter of Friday's Class 1A girls championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Elida made it six consecutive small-school girls state titles with a 55-31 win over the Lady Bronchos.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — New theme. Same story. Elida put one more stamp on its well-established dominance of small-school basketball, using a 30-3 run to best second-seeded and district rival Grady 55-31 Friday at The Pit to claim the sixth straight championship and seventh in school history. Senior Lauren Stone scored […]

Commerce sweeps ENMU

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University softball team held Texas A&M-Commerce in check for a while on Friday, but once the Lions broke loose they put a bigtime whipping on the Greyhounds. First baseman Luci Ponce homered in each game and Commerce collected 25 hits in cruising to an 8-0, 16-1 Lone Star Conference […]

State prep basketball results, pairings — March 10

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys CLASS 6A Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (4) Carlsbad 27, Onate 25, OT (11) Rio Rancho 49, (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland 42 Saturday’s championship At The Pit, Albuquerque Carlsbad vs. Rio Rancho, 8 p.m. CLASS 5A Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (5) Espanola Valley 44, (8) Centennial 39 (3) […]

Lady Rams lose in final seconds

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Portales senior Bailey Rowley leaves the court as Hope Christian celebrates its 35-34 Class 4A semifinal win at The Pit in Albuquerque  on Friday morning

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE —  Hope Christian girls coach Terry Heisey was hoping Thursday’s Class 4A semifinal against Portales would have been a state title rematch instead. The Portales Lady Rams are probably thinking it should have been bracketed that way. Hanna Valencia scored 12 points and hit one of two free […]

Elida handles Springer

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Elida senior Kynzi Creighton drives the baseline against Springer junior Danielle Blake n the third quarter of Thursday's Class 1A semifinal at Bernalillo High School. Elida defeated Springer 55-38.

STAFF REPORT BERNALILLO — The top-seeded Elida Lady Tigers are now just one win away from their sixth-straight small-school state girls championship after beating Springer 55-38 on Thursday in a Class 1A semifinal at Bernalillo H.S. Elida (26-3) opened a 14-2 lead after one quarter and was on its way to another dominating performance. “We […]

State basketball tournaments — March 9

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys CLASS 6A Wednesday’s quarterfinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland 59, (7) Rio Grande 48 (11) Rio Rancho 72, Cibola 63 (1) Onate 65, (8) Hobbs 37 (4) Carlsbad 50, Valley 44 Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque Onate vs. Carlsbad, 4:45 p.m. Rio Rancho vs. Rio Rancho Cleveland, […]

Lady Tigers advance to semis again

STAFF REPORT BERNALILLO — The Lady Tigers’ quest for a sixth-straight small-school state title is still alive. Top-seeded Elida cruised past Cimarron 54-34 on Wednesday at Bernalillo H.S. in a rematch of last year’s Class 1A title game. Elida (25-3) was led by Kasyn Creighton with 15 points and Madison Haley with 10, but the […]

Cardinals end another Rams sports season

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — The Portales Rams’ bid for a their first state basketball title since 2001 will have to wait at least one more year. Las Vegas Robertson defeated the Rams 65-53 in Wednesday’s Class 4A boys quarterfinals at Santa Ana Star Center. Robertson (26-4), the No. 2 seed, took command with a […]

Rams ready for baseball season

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Portales senior Chris Aranda fields a ground ball during Tuesday’s practice. The Rams begin their season this Tuesday against the Clovis Wildcats.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After going 21-9 land making it to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament last year, the Portales Rams baseball team is hoping to mount an even a deeper run into the playoffs this season. Coach Dustin Nusser will need to find some new starters as about half […]