Ramblin’ Rick: Samoans improve football, and vice versa

Rick White

Football is a physical game and Samoans are physical people. A natural fit, said Eastern New Mexico University senior Ben Pedro-Langford, who plays linebacker well enough to earn preseason all-America honors. Langford is among a tsunami of players from the tiny island of American Samoa who have swept into college football and the NFL in […]

Lady Tigers improve to 5-0

The Elida Lady Tigers improved to 5-0 for the season with a 25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20 win at Melrose on Tuesday night. The Lady Buffaloes fell to 4-2 with the loss. In preliminary matches, Elida defeated Melrose in two games at the junior varsity level and in three in the junior high contest. At Floyd, […]

Local golf results — Sept. 8

PCC 2-person scramble Saturday, Sunday At Portales C.C. Championship Flight: 1. Mark Foster/Sid Felan 58-58 — 116; 2. Charlie Maciel/Hunter McLemore 61-65 — 126; 3. Amit Bhakta/Keith Kiser 66-62 — 128-x; 4. Andy Reynolds/Clark Colson 63-65 — 128; 5. (tie) Bobby Crane/Clay Hawk 67-64 — 131 and Brad McConnel/John Gutierrez 65-66 — 131; 7. (tie) […]

State prep football polls — Sept. 8

Maxpreps.com Class 6A Team    Record 1. Las Cruces High    2-0 2. Mayfield    2-0 3. Rio Rancho    2-0 4. Eldorado    2-0 5. Rio Rancho Cleveland    1-1 6. La Cueva    1-1 7. Hobbs    1-1 8. Sandia    1-1 9. Manzano    1-1 10. Clovis    1-1 Class 5A Team    Record 1. Roswell Goddard    2-0 2. Centennial    2-0 3. Farmington    2-0 […]

Hounds survive red cards in win; Zias edged

Staff report Sophomore forward Ryan McManus scored in the 12th minute on Sunday to give the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team the lead and the Greyhounds went on to a 3-1 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs in their home opener at the ENMU pitch. ENMU (1-1) improved to 6-3-2 all-time in home openers, but […]

Commerce sets several records in opening rout

Lone Star Conference.org COMMERCE, Texas — Senior quarterback Tyrik Rollison broke three school records and tied another and Texas A&M-Commerce set a Lone Star Conference record for points in a season-opening 98-20 rout of NCAA Division III East Texas Baptist on Thursday night. The Lions broke the NCAA Division II record for total yards with […]

Zias drop pair of four-setters at Lady Buff Classic

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team finished 1-3 in the sason-opening Lady Buff Classic, losing a pair of four-setters on Saturday. The Zias were beaten by Adams State 25-18, 10-25, 26-24, 25-16 before dropping an evening matchup with New Mexico Highlands 25-21,20-25, 25-13, 25-20. Adams State, winning for the first […]

Broncos beat Vaughn 40-13, improve to 2-0

Staff report VAUGHN — Wyatt Chandler scored three third-quarter touchdowns and the Floyd Broncos rolled to a 40-13 victory over Vaughn on Saturay in 6-man football. Floyd (2-0) trailed early, but took an 8-6 halftime lead on a 6-yard run by Mark McDonald and the first of five consecutive 2-point conversion kicks by Josue Gonzalez. […]

Lady Rams lose in silver bracket finals of tourney

Staff report MORIARTY — The Portales Lady Rams reached the silver bracket finals in the Moriarty Invitational volleyball tournament on Saturday before losing to Class 6A Santa Fe High 25-11, 25-9, 25-16. Kambrey Blakey had seven kills and Sheraya Cox and Bailey Rowley added four each for the Lady Rams (3-1), while Brooke Lopez collected […]

ENMU beats Highlands 44-21

Staff report LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Senior wide receiver Jacob Johnson caught four passes for three touchdowns and a career 178 yards as Eastern New Mexico University opened its football season with a 44-21 victory over New Mexico Highlands on Saturday night. The win was the seventh in a row for ENMU, dating to its […]

Lady Rams bow to Clovis

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Portales senior Kailee Ramirez, left, tries to keep up with Clovis forward Ashley Gallagher during the first half of Saturday’s girls soccer match at PHS. The Lady Wildcats blanked the Lady Rams 5-0, dropping Portales to 2-4 for the season.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Clovis High girls soccer team is off to a nice start. Next week, the Lady Wildcats will start to see how they stack up at their own level. Junior forward-midfielder Samantha Meza posted a hat trick and the Lady Cats scored three times in a span of just […]

Hounds, Zias place third

Staff report ANAMOSA, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams opened the season with third-place team finishes in Saturday’s season-opening Joe Vigil Open, hosted by Adams State. The host Grizzlies were nearly perfect, taking the top five spots in men’s competition for a perfect score of 15 and just missing on the women’s […]

Lovington holds off Portales

Staff report LOVINGTON — The Portales Rams had two early chances deep in Lovington territory Friday night, and came away empty. Eventually the Wildcats took control, getting two touchdowns each from senior quarterback Jordan Garcia and senior running back Dontae Nash en route to a 28-12 win in a battle of former longtime district rivals. […]

Wildcats rally to beat Cibola

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Clovis senior Christian Caldwell caught three passes for 63 yards and a score in Clovis’ 28-23 win over Cibola.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Resiliency helps when you’re down two touchdowns, but a few lucky bounces don’t hurt either. The Clovis Wildcats turned a few surprising turns of fortune into 22 points over an eight-minute stretch between the second and third quarters, and their defense recovered from a rough first period to lead the way […]

Hounds, Highlands to collide in opener

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ENMU sophomore D’Maujeric Tucker gets by defender Connor Brinton during an August scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds open their season tonight at New Mexico Highlands.

Staff report For some reason, New Mexico Highlands has had Eastern New Mexico University’s number recently in football. The Cowboys will look for a fourth consecutive win over the Greyhounds in today’s 6 p.m. season opener for both teams at Las Vegas, N.M. “It’s one thing we haven’t really done here,” third-year ENMU coach Josh […]

Zias split in opening volleyball tourney

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Frye had two kills and a block in a match-ending 6-1 run which lifted Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team to a 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 16-14 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday in the season-opening Lady Buff Classic, hosted by West Texas A&M. Later, ENMU […]

Ex-ENMU runner ready to take cross country reins

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com One year away from Eastern New Mexico University was apparently enough for Danielle Kcholi. The former Danielle Jones ran cross country and track for the Zias from 2007-11 after graduating from Albuquerque’s Cibola H.S. In 2012 she served as the interim cross country coach for the Greyhounds and Zias, then spent […]

Friday area prep football summaries — Sept. 5

Texico 47, Tucumcari 6 Records: Tucumcari 0-2, Texico 1-1 Difference: The Wolverines had two touchdowns of more than 90 yards, and another called back by an illegal block penalty. They had a 40-0 lead before the Rattlers scored early in the final period on a 45-yard pass from Tyler Ferguson to D’Ontee Sandoval. Difference-makers: Sophomore […]

Clovis holds off Rams, 2-1

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Portales junior Saul Fernandez races past a Clovis defender to take a shot on goal during the first half of  Thursday’s game at Ram soccer field. ClovIs scored the game’s first two goals and held on for 2-1 win.

Staff report Once again, Clovis High and Portales High boys soccer teams played well into the match without scoring. This time, though, the Wildcats got two goals six minutes apart from senior midfielder Juan Ramos early in the second half and held on for a 2-1 victory. Earlier this season, the teams played to a […]

Hounds fall in OT

Staff report ALAMOSA, Colo. — Adams State’s Ethan Jackson hit the post on a shot in the second half, but didn’t miss in overtime as he beat Eastern New Mexico University goalkeeper James Gutierrez to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 victory in the men’s soccer season opener for both teams. ASU came on strong late, […]