Melrose repeats as eight-man champ

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Melrose senior Wyatt Williams clinches the 8-man state championship for the Buffaloes with an interception in the final minute of Saturday’s game against Gateway Christian at Melrose.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — For two teams with nothing approaching a close game all season, Melrose and Gateway Christian put on quite a show in Saturday’s state 8-man football championship. The top-ranked, unbeaten and defending champion Buffaloes pulled it out of the fire, though, driving 80 yards in 11 plays for […]

Rams to face Cardinals in Las Vegas

STAFF REPORT The top-ranked Portales Rams will be heading to Las Vegas for their Class 4A semifinal game  Saturday Nov. 28 with a 2 p.m. start time. On Saturday the No. 4 Robertson Cardinals defeated the No. 5 Bloomfield Bobcats 49-6. The Rams (11-0) and the Cardinals (9-2) met in the first game of the […]

Buffs eye repeat 8-man title

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com By almost any standard, the Gateway Christian football team has had a dominant season. It pales somewhat in comparison, though, to the season the Melrose Buffaloes have put together. One thing’s for certain — the top two teams in New Mexico 8-man football will compete for the state championship […]

ENMU teams absore losses on road

Staff report GUNNISON, Colo. — Sophomore guard Will Duggan scored 13 points and had eight of Western State’s 22 assists as the host Mountaineers outlasted Eastern New Mexico University’s men 81-77 on Friday night in the Comfort Inn Classic. Sophomore guard Ben Beauchamp hit four of Western State’s eight 3-pointers and finished with 16 points […]

Rams advance to semifinals

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Portales senior Jake Weringa makes a catch in the first half of the Rams game against St. Michael's on Friday night. Portales won 41-7 and advances to the Class 4A semi-finals.

By Matthew Asher STAFF REPORTER masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Though it may be cliché to say “offense wins games, defense wins championships,” that doesn’t make it any less true. Top-ranked Portales Rams forced four turnovers on Friday night, propelling the Rams to the state Class 4A semifinals with a 41-7 win over St. Michael’s at […]

Hounds bow out in LSC first round

STAFF REPORT STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Sophomore outside hitter Hailey Roberts had 15 kills Thursday night and top-seeded host Tarleton State notched a 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 25-13 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the quarterfinals of the Lone Star Conference volleyball tournament. The TexAnns (26-5) advanced to face fourth-seeded Cameron, which slipped past Texas A&M-Kingsville […]

Rams readying for rematch

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By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Back on Halloween in Santa Fe the St. Michael’s Horsemen gave their District 4-4A rival Portales Rams their toughest game of the season in a 28-13 Rams victory. Tonight these teams face-off again in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A State Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at […]

Wagner among 10 ENMU baseball 2017 signees

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Grant Wagner, who signed with Eastern New Mexico University for the 2017 baseball season, led Portales in strikeouts and innings pitched last season.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com If the Portales Rams have had a tough baseball game over the last few years, they’ve most likely started Grant Wagner, who’s steadily improved on the mound since he first pitched for the Rams in 2012. The improvement hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the Portales senior is one of 10 […]

Four Hounds named All-LSC first team for football

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Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Kamal Cass, voted to the Lone Star Conference first team, is first in the LSC and ninth in Division II with 1,343 yards rushing.

STAFF REPORT Following a breakout sophomore season where he led the Lone Star Conference in rushing, posted six consecutive 100-yard games and set a team record with 20 touchdowns, Kamal Cass was named one of four Eastern New Mexico University football players to garner All-LSC first-team selections. Cass, whose 1,343 yards ninth in Division-II in […]

Floyd girls plan to run

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Floyd senior Lacey Clark takes a jump shot during Tuesday’s practice. The Lady Broncos finished last season 7-21. They begin this season hosting Tucumcari Nov. 24.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com FLOYD — Last year was a rough season for the Floyd Lady Broncos as they finished fourth in District 4-1A and went 7-21 overall. Fortunately for Floyd, that season’s over. Dawn Kutcha, an assistant for the volleyball team, is in her first season running the girls basketball program. “We […]

ENMU’s Frye named to LSC first team

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico junior Lauren Frye, twice a Lone Star Conference second-team selection, got the callup to the first team Wednesday night. Frye, the LSC’s freshman of the year in 2013, was the Greyhounds’ lone first-team LSC selection this year, announced Wednesday night at the LSC volleyball awards banquet in Stephenville, Texas. The […]

Floyd looks to youth

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Floyd junior Edgardo Chavez looks to pass the ball during Tuesday’s practice. The Broncos are preparing for their season opener next Tuesday at home against Tucumcari.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com FLOYD — The Floyd Broncos are coming off their best basketball season since Steve Foust took over as coach back in 2012. They were 17-12 last season, finishing second in the District 1A-4 regular season and winning their district tournament to advance to the Class 1A state meet. This […]

PHS pair signs with Lubbock Christian

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By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Kambrey Blakey and Bailey Rowley won’t be Portales Rams after they graduate. But they’ll still be classmates. The senior pair made it official Monday, signing with Lubbock Christian University Monday afternoon at Portales High School. Blakey will join the basketball team, while Rowley will join the golf team. The […]

Greyhounds accept invite to Heart of Texas Bowl

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Eastern New Mexico senior running back Vaughn Johnson rips off a fourth-quarter run during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference playoff game at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds lost the game, but received an invitation to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Dec. 5 against Arkansas Tech.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University and Arkansas Tech University aren’t exactly in the heart of Texas. But there’s no nitpicking about your first NCAA postseason game in program history. “They’re fired up; heck, I’m fired up,” Greyhound coach Josh Lynn said of ENMU’s invite to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas […]

Rams trounce Hounds in rematch

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 ENMU junior D'Maujeric Tucker returns a first-quarter kickoff 56 yards to set up the Greyhounds in scoring position in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference playoff third-place game at Blackwater Draw.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Three weeks earlier, the ENMU Greyhounds set a new team rushing record against Angelo State in the final regular season home game at Blackwater Draw. In Saturday’s rematch, the outcome couldn’t have been more different as Angelo State dominated ENMU 63-20. The last time ENMU gave […]

Elida makes it six in a row with sweep of Springer

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Elida senior Kynzi Creighton leaps into coach Darrell Chenault's arms following the Tigers' sweep over Springer to claim the Class 1A championship at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. It is Elida's sixth-straight title and eighth in school history.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnonline.com RIO RANCHO — A few years from now when the current Elida volleyball team is all in college, the former Tigers will all have the memory of 2015, when senior outside hitter Lauren Stone made the team listen to Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” her current favorite song and ringtone Oh […]

Floyd comeback falls short in six-man title game

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 Floyd fullback Edgardo Chavez, right, runs for yards with Hondo's Juan Chacon in pursuit, Friday, Nov. 13, in the State six-man championship at Hondo.

By Todd Fuqua Correspondent HONDO – For three quarters, Hondo seemed to have a second-straight state six-man football title in hand. The Eagles led Floyd 32-0 at the end of the third period, but the Broncos had the ball at the Hondo 12 to start the final period Friday night. A 9-yard run by Jesus […]

Elida, Texico cruise into title matches; Portales ousted in quarters

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Elida senior Lauren Stone slaps down a kill in the third set of the Tigers' 25-16, 25-16, 25-14 sweep over Carrizozo in the Class 1A semifinals.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — As far as small-school volleyball districts go, District 6-2A claims to be one of the toughest. On Friday, they proved it, putting three teams in the Class 2A semifinals and both teams in today’s 9 a.m. title game at the Santa Ana Star Center. “We knew […]

ENMU teams split

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Staff report DURANGO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s women forced 27 turnovers and posted a 39-7 advantage in points off turnovers en route to a season-opening 80-54 victory over Adams State on Friday in the Skyhawk Regional Challenge, hosted by Fort Lewis. In men’s play, New Mexico Highlands scored the game’s first 12 points […]

Hounds host Angelo State for third place

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The bad news for the ENMU Greyhounds is that they lost in last week’s Lone Star Conference playoff semifinal at Midwestern State. The good news is they will get to finish the season at home as they host the Angelo State Rams for the second time in four weeks […]