Seniors lead Portales baseball team

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Centerfielder Darin Bonem stands in the cage and takes a few hacks during last Thursday’s practice at Ram Field. Bonem missed most of last season due to a knee injury, but still led the Rams in homeruns. The Rams will begin their 2015 season Tuesday at Clovis High School.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Last year Dustin Nusser, in his first year of being the manager of the Portales baseball team, took a young team with just two seniors to the Class 3A state quarterfinals. Now, Nusser wants the Rams to take the next step. “We have nine seniors this year, which is […]

Hope Christian rallies in second half to edge Portales

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Portales junior Sheraya Cox shoots over the hand of a Hope Christian defender during Friday’s Class 4A title game at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian’s boys have dominated the last decade or so in what was Class 3A, and now in 4A will chase another state title tonight. The Hope girls now have a second title in school history — again at the expense of the Portales Lady Rams. PHS […]

Hope Christian ousts Rams in semifinals

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Portales senior Matt Martinez dives for a loose ball as a Hope Christian defender moves in to grab it during the first half of the Rams’ 4A semifinal Friday morning at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — For one quarter, the Portales Rams had top-seeded Hope Christian on the run in Friday’s Class 4A boys state semifinal at The Pit. That changed quickly in the second period. Huskies senior Alex Bellinger keyed a 17-2 domination of the segment with 11 consecutive points and Hope […]

Zias’ series postponed one day due to weather

STAFF REPORT Inclement weather has forced a one-day postponement of the Eastern New Mexico University softball team’s Lone Star Conference series with Texas A&M-Commerce. The series will open with a 1 p.m. (MST) doubleheader Saturday, and close with a noon (MST) doubleheader Sunday. The postponement has also impacts the Zias’ home doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma […]

Tigers play, win with purpose

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Tiger senior point guard Marily Varela maneuvers around a Cimarron defender on her way to the basket during the Tigers' 1A state championship game Friday morning at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — In the four years the New Mexico Activities Association sponsored Class B, Elida made mince meat out of the rest of the field in winning the state title each year and not losing a game to anyone in their class in that time. Now in Class 1A, […]

Texico tops in 3A

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Texico sophomore Jasmine Gannon takes a shot for two of her 14 points in Texico’s 50-39 win over Clayton for the Class 3A title.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — If Texico junior Brianna Reyna knew, she may have tried for one more assist. She had other concerns, though, like making things right for the Lady Wolverines after last year’s heartbreaking three-point loss to Tularosa in the then-Class 2A title tilt. Reyna finished one assist short of […]

Lady Buffs hold off Tatum, win 2A

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Melrose senior Caley Barnard pushes past the Tatum defense for two of her 16 points in Friday’s Class 2A championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Barnard added 10 rebounds and five assists in the 52-48 win.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — It almost seemed as if Melrose’s Caley Barnard was a decoy for a long stretch on Friday. The high-scoring Lady Buffs senior actually went two full quarters without scoring. She was busy making other things happen. Barnard still finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high […]

Melrose beats Tatum to claim 2A title

Staff report The Lady Buffs have gone blue again. Melrose claimed its second championship in four seaons, and its first in Class 2A with a 52-48 win over top-seeded Tatum at The Pit in Albuquerque. The Lady Buffs (24-5) also won the title in 2012, coincidentally against Tatum as well. It is the sixth title […]

Hope Christian uses big third quarter to sink Portales.

Staff report A big third quarter led to a clean sweep for Hope Christian over Portales Friday afternoon at the Pit. The Huskies rebounded from a rough first half, outscoring Portales 17-3 before holding on to take a 47-42 victory over Portales for the Class 4A state championship. It is the second state championship in […]

Texico claims Class 3A championship

STAFF REPORT Big green has gone blue again, as the Texico Wolverines brought back their second state championship in four seasons. Texico defeated Clayton 50-39 Friday at The Pit for their ninth girls basketball championship in school history and first as a member of Class 3A. The Wolverines (24-4), as a member of Class 2A […]

Elida routs Cimarron, claims 1A title

Staff report A mission to honor their late coach became a coronation for the Elida a Tigers very quickly Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who won four straight championships in Class B, dominated in their first season back in Class 1A competition — the final showing a 75-36 rout of Cimarron to claim the state championship […]

Hope Christian tops Rams in boys semifinal

Staff report Top-seeded Hope Christian used a 17-2 second quarter to turn a tight game into a 70-48 win over Portales in a Class 4A semifinal Friday morning at The Pit. The Huskies (26-4), winners of 18 straight, will face either Toas or West Las Vegas in a noon Saturday championship, also at The Pit. […]

Prep state tournaments

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys Class 6A At The Pit, Albuquerque Thursday’s semifinals Rio Rancho Cleveland 81, Albuquerque High 60 Hobbs 99, Rio Rancho 76 Saturday’s championship (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland vs. (1) Hobbs, 8:15 p.m. Class 5A At The Pit, Albuquerque Thursday’s semifinals Gallup 70, Grants 36 Centennial 80, Espanola Valley 53 Saturday’s championship (2) […]

Area state tournament capsules

A look at Friday’s state tournament games with local interests. All games will be played at The Pit in Albuquerque. 1A Girls Championship Elida (21-6) vs. Cimarron (25-4) 11:30 a.m. How they got here: Elida, the top seed and the four-time champion of the since-eliminated Class B, routed fifth-seeded Evangel Chrstian 73-43 Thursday. The Rams […]

Elida rides win to title game

Staff report RIO RANCHO —Elida is in a state final for the fifth year in a row after easily disposing of Evangel Christian 73-43  in the Class 1A state semifinals. The Tigers got off to a fast start, creating turnovers and getting easy buckets as they jumped out to an early 13-4 lead and never […]

Lady Rams move into state finals

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Ram junior Bailey Shillings weaves her way around a St. Mike’s defender during the Rams’ Class 4A semifinal match Thursday morning at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Having plenty of state experience hasn’t helped the Portales Lady Rams get off to good starts in this season’s Class 4A state basketball tournament. It hasn’t, however, prevented them from dominating the second half, either. Junior forward Kambrey Blakey funneled in nine of her game-high 13 […]

Lady Rams move to state title game

Portales, Elida, Melrose and Texico girls’ basketball teams will be playing for state championships. Portales defeated St. Michael’s, 36-29, on Thursday morning at The Pit to advance to the Class 4A finals in the girls state basketball tournament. The Lady Rams, 23-6, will play Hope Christian at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The second-seeded Huskies defeated […]

Area state tournament capsules

Today’s semifinal games of area interest at the state basketball tournament: Class 4A girls Portales (22-6) vs. St. Michael’s (24-6) 8 a.m., The Pit How they got here: Portales, the top seed in Class 4A, whipped ninth-seeded West Las Vegas 57-31 for its ninth-straight win. The Lady Horsemen, seeded fourth, defeated Kirtland Central 45-37. Previous […]

Portales Rams take down St. Mikes

Staff report RIO RANCHO — The Portales Rams reached a season goal and at the same time got revenge on a team that beat them twice this season, using a 17-3 second quarter to defeat St. Michael’s 54-49 in a Class 4A state quarterfinal match Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center. “That’s what’s scary […]

Fishing report — March 11

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: There were a few […]