Going south: EPAC heads to Greyhound Arena

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — One needs only follow Richard Luscombe to see what a difference a new arena can make. The Texico boys basketball coach used to operate out of an office comparable to supply closets, located in what referred to as the “old gym” in the brackets of this year’s 47th annual EPAC […]

Grady girls hold off Floyd

By Eric Butler TEXICO — Grady was burned once by Floyd’s Corina Mendoza. They weren’t about to let it happen again. Mendoza hit six 3-pointers in their first meeting between the two teams, a 20-point Grady win. In the second go-round, Grady put the clamps on Floyd’s senior sharpshooter en route to a 74-49 win […]

New Year’s question: to stay or go

By Tony Parra Portales residents of all ages will have an opportunity to celebrate the new year with others from around the area, the only question being how far are they willing to travel to celebrate. For those wanting to stay in Portales for the festivities, the Victory Life Christian Church will have two different […]

Rams looking to surprise experts

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Kevin Wilson Most of the state looked past the Portales Rams when the 2001 state basketball tournament began, and the Rams came out with a championship. Portales was an afterthought in last year’s Class 3A regionals, right before eventual champion St. Michael’s needed overtime to eliminate the Rams. With seven players lost to graduation, Mark […]

Greyhounds face challenge against NMSU

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams return to the road this weekend against challenging opponents. The men travel to Las Cruces for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff on Saturday against Division I New Mexico State. The women face host and Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M at 5 p.m. (MST) on […]

Dora boys to defend Class A title

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Tony Parra The Dora Coyotes lost several players from last season’s state championship team, and they’re comfortable with dropping below the radar of most teams this season. “We have a young group, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse,” Dora coach Ty Thatcher said. “We are thought of as the underdogs and […]

Causey man had wild pets, caring spirit

Helena Rodriguez J.D. Freeman had two turkeys named Thanksgiving and Christmas that followed him around and would sit on a back porch swing with him. “J.D. just had a spirit for animals. He loved those pet turkeys,” said Patti Darwin of Lubbock, as she recalled fond memories of her late stepfather who died on Nov. […]

Dora hopes to rebound from losing season

Mike Linn The Dora Lady Coyotes are hoping this season yields one, two and three-point victories, not losses. They’re hoping last year’s young squad now has the experience to fight through the pressure of a close game. And, like any team one season later, they’re hoping last year’s kinks and cobwebs are nothing more than […]

Lady Rams cruise to state championship

Kevin Wilson ROSWELL — A Portales-Lovington volleyball match to end all Portales-Lovington volleyball matches never materialized. Seniors Erika Cook and Kelly Parkey led the way with eight kills each, and Portales capped off another Class 3A state title season — its third in the last four seasons — with a convincing 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 sweep […]

Zias turn around season

Dave Wagner A month or so ago, it looked like neither the Eastern New Mexico University nor Texas Woman’s volleyball teams were postseason contenders. Both recovered, though, making it to the Lone Star Conference tournament with strong October runs. The Zias, seeded third from the South Division, and the Pioneers, the North’s No. 2 seed, […]