Mustangs edge Hounds

Staff report Midwestern State made an early goal stand up and the Mustangs edged Eastern New Mexico University 1-0 on Saturday in men’s soccer at the ENMU pitch. MSU’s Jevan Toledo headed in a corner kick by teammate Paul Sunderland into the upper right corner of the net just over 11 minutes into the contest. […]

Bull riders take center stage in Clovis

By Derek Major Staff Writer Professional bull rider L.J. Jenkins has been riding as long as he can remember. “I’ve been riding since I was a little boy,” said Jenkins, a Texico native who is currently 12th in the PBR world standings. “My dad did it and my brother did it, and I rode […]

Zias hoping to change culture, end losing streak


Zias guard Tori Tucker tries to drive past a defender in a game last season. Tucker averaged a team high  11.5 ppg and 5.9 rpg last season. The Zias were picked to finish next to last in a coached poll.

By Derek Major Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico Zias haven’t had a winning season in eight years and had just six wins overall last season, but that hasn’t stopped senior guard guard Jasmine Johnson from expecting great things from her team this season. “I want to bring a national title to Portales” Johnson […]

Portales soccer teams eliminated

Staff Reports The Portales Rams soccer teams both hit the road for the first round of the state playoffs and came home without a win as the Rams lost 6-0 and the Lady Rams lost to Sandia Prep 7-0. The Rams (7-11-1) knew they had to do their best to keep Taos forward and leading […]

Hounds beat Buffalos 31-21


By Dave Wagner Sports Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — It’s been a rough week for West Texas A&M’s football program, dealing with charges of academic fraud involving one of the team’s key players. So you might have expected the Buffaloes to come out a bit slow in Saturday’s “Wagon Wheel” game at Greyhound Stadium. Still, […]

Cats post win at Carlsbad

By Kevin Wilson CARLSBAD — Micah Gray had made the right play, even if he wasn’t so sure of it. The sophomore running back carried 40 times for 218 yards for two touchdowns, including a 66-yard exclamation point on Clovis’ 24-10 District 4-6A win at Carlsbad. With the win, its third straight and second […]

WT’s games ‘nullified’ for ineligible player

By Dave Wagner Before Friday, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team thought its No. 6 seed was set in the upcoming Lone Star Conference playoffs. Things changed a bit, though, when tonight’s opponent, West Texas A&M, had five LSC games “nullified” by the conference for the use of an ineligible player in those games. […]

Friday area prep football summaries — Oct. 31

Eunice 34, Texico 15 Records: Eunice 5-4 (2-0), Texico 2-7 (0-2) Difference: The Cardinals erased a 1-point halftime deficit, blanking the Wolverines over the final two quarters. Difference-makers: Eunice, senior RB Armando Rodriguez scored on runs of 38, 35 and 62 yards, while senior QB Ivan Zamora added TD runs of 2 and 54 yards. […]

Rams turn back St. Michael’s

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Rams senior running back Miguel Garza lunges through St. Michael’s defenders for a touchdown in the first half of Friday’s District 4-4A title at Greyhound Stadium.

By Derek Major BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams’ running game turned Greyhound Stadium into a house of horrors on Halloween night for the St. Michael’s Horsemen. Senior quarterback Matt Martinez and junior running back Bronte Staugaard combined for 339 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries to propel the Rams to a 33-20 […]

Lady Cats run away from field in district

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Clovis freshman Kelsey McNaughton crosses the finish line after easily winning the District 4-6A girls cross country race on Friday at Ned Houk Park. McNaughton ran a time of 18 minutes, 30.22 seconds to lead the Lady Wildcats to a team victory.

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen wanted freshman Kelsey McNaughton to win Friday’s District 4-6A girls cross country race at Ned Houk Park. Meantime, McNaughton had modestly said she hoped to finish “in the top three.” She greatly underestimated her ability, blowing away the field and leading the […]

Zias to battle Lions on Sunday for LSC crown

Staff report Although they’re currently tied for second place, Eastern New Mexico University and Texas A&M-Commerce will play for the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer regular-season championship at noon on Sunday at the ENMU pitch. ENMU continued its remarkable run on Friday with a 2-1 victory over Texas Woman’s at the ENMU pitch, while Commerce […]

Zias fall in three sets at Tarleton

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Except for two ties early in the first set and two ties and two lead changes early in the third, Tarleton State led the entire night in rolling past Eastern New Mexico University 25-17, 25-12, 25-17 in Lone Star Conference volleyball on Friday night. The TexAnns (20-5, 10-4 LSC) avenged […]

Rams’ receivers help keep defenses honest

By Derek Major Staff Writer Even though the Portales Rams run the ball twice as often as they throw it, senior wideout Travis Connell said he is ready when his number is called. Connell is third on the team with 16 catches, which have been good for 159 yards and a touchdown. He caught […]

Elida finishes regular season unbeaten

Staff report FLOYD — The Elida Lady Tigers completed a perfect volleyball regular season on Thursday night with a 25-16m 25-21, 22-25, 25-7 District 4-1A victory over Floyd. The Lady Tigers (20-0, 10-0 district) will have the top seed in next week’s district tournament. The 3-6 seeds will play off on Monday, with the lowest-remaining […]

Boys and Girls Class 4-4A state soccer playoff bracket

Boys NM state soccer tournament First round (1) Sandia Prep (14-4-2), bye (9) Socorro (11-7) vs. (8) Montel Del Sol Charter (9-6-1), at Santa Fe HS, 1 p.m., Saturday (12) Desert Academy (8-7-1)  vs.  (5) Hope Christian (10-9-1), at Sandia Prep HS, 10 a.m. Saturday (3) Bosque (15-3-2), bye (4) NMMI (13-3-1), bye (11) Portales […]

LSC volleyball update

School Conf.   All W-L    W-L West Texas A&M 12-0 25-3 Texas Woman’s 10-3 17-7 Tarleton State 9-4 19-5 Angelo State 9-4 16-5 Texas A&M-Kingsville 5-7 14-10 ENMU 4-8 12-13 Texas A&M-Commerce 3-10 5-20 Cameron 3-11 10-13 Midwestern State 3-11 7-18 Friday West Texas A&M 3, Dallas Baptist 1; Angelo State, 3, St. Edwards 1; Midwestern State 3, […]

Greyhounds get first-place vote

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University is picked to finish near the bottom of the Lone Star Conference men’s basketball standings, which isn’t a surprise since the Greyhounds have a new coach and a revamped roster. ENMU was picked seventh in the eight-team league with 57 points, including one first-place vote, according to the 2014-15 […]

Zias picked seventh in LSC

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Jordyn, left, and Jaylyn Cooper of Texico are two of the leading scorers returning for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team this season. The Zias finished 6-20 last season in coach Josh Prock’s first season.  The Zias were picked to finish seventh in the LSC this season

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in ninth-team Lone Star Conference, according to the 2014-15 preseason poll announced Wednesday. The Zias return four of their leading scorers — including Floyd’s Tori Tucker and Jordyn and Jaylyn Cooper of Texico — off last year’s 6-20 team that finished […]

Volleyball regular season winding down

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sophomore Shaelei Payne dives for the dig during the 
second set during Tuesday night’s match against Melrose at the Dora High School gym. Melrose defeated Dora 25-21 25-19, 25-21 to clinch the District 6-2A regular-season title.

By Derek Major Staff writer Volleyball district playoffs are set to begin next week as area teams wrap up their regular seasons. The Elida Tigers (18-0, 8-0 in district) are working on an undefeated season and a fifth straight District 4-1A title, but the ultimate goal is a fifth straight state title. “We definitely […]

Hounds slotted as sixth seed

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Heading into the final game of the regular season, the Eastern New Mexico University football team already knows its fate for the upcoming Lone Star Conference football playoffs. The same can’t be said for the teams above them. With Saturday’s 41-20 loss at Angelo State, the Greyhounds (4-4, 2-4 LSC) […]