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 […]

Portales beats Bloomfield, reaches 4A semifinals

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams continue to do what they’ve done all season on Tuesday, rolling to a 61-32 win over Bloomfield in a Class 4A girls state quarterfinal game at The Pit. The top-seeded Lady Rams (24-3) advanced to a semifinal game at 8 a.m. on Thursday […]

Carter out as ENMU men’s coach

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Stott Carter spent seven years at Eastern New Mexico University — five as an assistant under Andrew Helton and the final two as head coach. He was 13-42 during his tenure.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Stott Carter era at Eastern New Mexico has come to a close. On Tuesday, it was announced that Carter resigned as men’s head basketball coach following a season where the Greyhounds finished 6-21 and lost their final seven games of the season. Athletic Director Jeff Geiser did not […]

PHS cheer team places third

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High cheer team recently placed third out of 11 teams  in the large varsity, all-girl cheer with music category at the UNM Spirit Invitational. The Lady Rams finished bechind Class 6A Santa Fe High and Class 5A Centennial. Among other schools in the field were Class 6A Cleveland, Class […]

PHS, Elida girls set for state openers

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The Portales Lady Rams and the Elida Lady Tigers locked up the top seed in their respective classes for the state tournament and are ready for the quarterfinal round, which begins today in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho area. In Class 4A, the Lady Rams face Bloomfield today at The Pit […]

Angelo completes sweep of Hounds

Staff report Suffice it to say, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is only too happy to see Angelo State get the heck out of town. After losing the first three games of their Lone Star Conference series at Greyhound Field by a combined score of 34-9, things didn’t get any better in Sunday’s […]

State prep basketball results, pairings — March 6

(Seeds in parentheses) BOYS Saturday Round-of-16 Class 6A (1) Onate 70, (16) Eldorado 49 (8) Hobbs 81, (9) Sandia 65 (5) Valley 62, (12) Atrisco Heritage 51 (4) Carlsbad 49, (13) Volcano Vista 34 (3) Cibola 48, (14) Las Cruces High 42 (11) Rio Rancho 55, (6) Albuquerque High 53 (7) Rio Grande 57, (10) […]

Sweep eludes Hounds softball team

STAFF REPORT SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Kiana Zerr had quite a day for herself on Saturday. Zerr, a sophomore from Los Alamos, earned the pitching victory and keyed back-to-back, six-run innings with a three-run homer and a grand slam as the Greyhounds built a 10-run lead, then nearly let it get […]

Rams survive Kirtland Central

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Portales junior guard Junior Ramirez shoots a floater in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Kirtland Central. Ramirez led all scorers with 22 points and Portales won 81-71.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com It certainly wasn’t the way the Portales Rams wanted to start their chase for the blue trophy, but they survived a tough Kirtland Central Broncos team on Saturday, winning 81-71 and advancing to the second round of the New Mexico state basketball tournament. Portales (18-9) scored the first two […]

Area roundup: Maxwell tops Floyd

STAFF REPORT In a grind-it-out game, not normally indicative of a 5-12 game, the visiting Floyd Broncos just didn’t have enough to pull off an upset as Maxwell took a 50-46 victory in the first round of the Class 1A state basketball tournament Saturday. Seth Chandler scored 12 points to lead the Broncos (8-18), who […]

Angelo takes two from Hounds

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Angelo State second baseman Sam Kohler puts the tag on ENMU senior Charles Sandberg Jr. on a second-inning stolen base attempt in the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. The Rams posted a 13-3, 8-3 sweep of the Greyhounds, with the series concluding in a 1 p.m. single game today.

Staff report Coming off two run-rule losses, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team was positioned to try to salvage a split of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Angelo State, though, was having none of it. The Rams broke open a tie game with a five-run seventh to hand ENMU an 8-3 loss […]

ENMU track teams set six school records

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas —Eastern New Mexico University tracksters opened their outdoor schedule by setting three men’s and three women’s school records in Thursday’s Joe Gillespie Invitational, hosted by Tarleton State. For the men, freshman Julian Coronado won the 100 and 200 dashes, setting a school record in the former at 10.64 seconds and falling […]

CLASS 1A GIRLS: Top seeds Elida, Grady advance

Staff report ELIDA — The top-seeded host and five-time defending state champion Elida Lady Tigers (24-3) more than doubled Coronado in each quarter, turning the game into a rout with a 23-6 blitz in the third segment en route to a 59-21 victory on Friday night. Sophomore guard Lacy Ferguson led three Elida players in […]

Angelo State posts 13-3 win over ENMU in LSC opener

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — First baseman Tyler Coolbaugh went 3-for-4 with two RBI singles in an early six-run burst, and scored three runs as visiting Angelo State took the first of a four-game series at Eastern New Mexico, 13-3 in seven innings in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams. The game ended after […]

Angelo State sweeps ENMU softball

STAFF REPORT SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team had a shot in the opener of Friday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader with Angelo State, but couldn’t get the big hit. In the second game, it was all Rambelles as ASU completed a 7-4, 11-1 sweep. The teams wrap up the series […]