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 […]

Cavegirls oust Clovis in 6A

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Clovis' Serena Garcia drives into the post against Carlsbad's Lauryn Wade in the third quarter of Friday’s Class 6A first-round game at Carlsbad High School. the host Cavegirls defeated Clovis 53-18.

STAFF REPORT CARLSBAD — It certainly wasn’t the way Clovis High’s girls wanted to end their season. Take out Carlsbad freshman guard Carsyn Boswell, though, and it might have been a different story. Boswell was far and away the best player on the court Friday night, pouring in 25 points to lift the fourth-seeded Cavegirls […]

Portales routs Wingate to open 4A tourney run

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Portales sophomore Zamorye Cox goes for a contested shot in the first quarter of Friday’s game against Wingate. Cox finished with two points and the Lady Rams cruised to a 63-23 victory.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — Another game, another big win for the Portales Lady Rams as they dominated the Wingate Lady Bears at the Ram Athletic Center in the opening round of the Class 4A State Tournament Friday night 63-23. Portales (23-3) needed just three seconds from the opening tip to get […]

Class 1A girls roundup: Elida cruises past Coronado

STAFF REPORT ELIDA — The top-seeded host and five-time defending state champion 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 double […]

2A girls roundup: Melrose ousts Lady Trojans

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Melrose guards Jayden Beard, left, and Taylor Bostiwck trap Meas Vista’s Maryssa Martin in the second quarter of Friday’s Class 2afirst-round game at Melrose High School.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com MELROSE — Reagan Carthel knows outside the maroon-and-white locker rooms of Melrose High, she and her seventh-seeded Lady Buffaloes teammates aren’t expected to pull off a Class 2A title repeat. But on the court, the Melrose junior and her teammates sent a message they won’t be an easy out, […]

Texico outlasts Clayton in 3A

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Texico senior Emily Hodnett is fouled by Clayton junior Makayla Baker on her drive to the basket in the first half of Friday night’s first round playoff game at Texico.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com     TEXICO — Brianna Reyna was quiet early on for Texico’s girls in Friday’s round-of-16 Class 3A state tournament game. Eventually, though, she made plenty of noise. The senior forward-guard scored 19 points and posted a team-high six assists as the second-seeded and defending state champion Lady Wolverines subdued […]

Ram teams in unfamiliar territory

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Portales junior Kiki Hesley takes the ball across the court while senior Sheraya Cox guards her during Thursday’s practice at Greyhound Arena. The Lady Rams will host Wingate tonight in the opening round of the state basketball tournament with a 6 p.m. start.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The first round of the New Mexico State basketball tournament begins today and both the Rams and Lady Rams are facing opponents that the schools have literally not played since the current players were born with the Lady Rams hosting Wingate tonight at the Rams Athletic Center at 6 […]