Hounds picked for national tournament

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By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has earned a spot in the NCAA Division II South Central Region basketball tournament. The Greyhounds (20-8) were accorded the No. 6 seed in selections announced on Sunday night, and will face third-seeded Northwest Missouri State on Saturday at Stephenville, Texas. It’s their first […]

Few positions available for Greyhound football

By Dave Wagner Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott said the Greyhounds are in an unusual situation as national signing day approaches today — they don’t have that many spots available. ENMU normally signs about 22 players to national letters of intent, Elliott said, but will probably add only about half that […]

District rivalry renewed

By Kevin Wilson Throughout the history of New Mexico high school basketball, and particularly the last two years, the Lovington-Portales girls rivalry has been a good story. The setting: with pre-district seasons over, the Lady Rams and the Lady Wildcats seek supremacy in District 4-3A and all of Class 3A. Their paths cross three times […]

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 get ready for Fassel and Cowboys

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By Dave Wagner John Fassel knew he was stepping into a tough situation this season as New Mexico Highlands head football coach. The Cowboys entered the 2003 campaign with a 12-game losing streak, and didn’t figure to break it in their opener. They didn’t, losing 72-13 on Aug. 30 at Northern Colorado — which is […]

A day at the ‘playground’

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — The announcer at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals bellowed to the crowd that they were at the “world’s most dangerous playground” to start Wednesday night’s festivities. While that may or may not be true, there’s a reason Carmen Roberts showed up at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena […]

Spelling champ goes on to D.C.

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]