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 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 24, 2017 

Portales football team looks to earn semifinal spot

PORTALES — A year ago, the Portales High Rams took down the Robertson Cardinals, 43-14, to capture the New Mexico 4A state crown. This year, if the Rams (10-1) want to get back to the 4A title...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 24, 2017 

Muleshoe, Farwell, Bovina in playoffs Friday night

PORTALES — Three nearby Texas schools all won their first round “Bi-District” playoff matchups to advance to the next round of the state’s UIL State Championship playoffs. The three schools — Muleshoe, Farwell and Bovina, will all compete...

 

Rams in semifinals for third-straight year

PORTALES — The postseason is certainly the best time to be playing your best football of the year, and the defending 4A state champion Portales Rams are proving just that. The Rams drubbed the Taos...

 

Rams return to begin 4A state title defense

PORTALES — It's playoff time in New Mexico, and the Portales Rams are fresh after a first round bye. The Rams' road to defending their 4A state title continues in the quarterfinals tonight against...

 

Melrose set for next challenge against Tatum

MELROSE — The NMAA state football playoffs are in full-swing, as three area teams — Melrose, Portales and Clovis, will look to extend their seasons by another week. Melrose is seeking a fourth-consecutive Eight-Man state title, and the ninth...

 

Texas playoffs start for area teams

The Texas state football playoffs begin this week, as three nearby Texas schools — Bovina, Farwell and Muleshoe, will all look to extend their season another week. Farwell will host its first round bi-district while Muleshoe and Bovina will both...

 

Hounds hoping to pull LSC volleyball upset

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico Greyhound volleyball team has overcome the obvious growing pains of youth and inexperience during its 2017 campaign to qualify for this year’s Lone Star Conference Tournament. The No. 8 Greyhounds (12-18, 9-11 LS...

 

Melrose sweeps Elida for 1A volleyball title

RIO RANCHO — To be the best, you have to beat the best. On Saturday night, the Melrose Buffaloes proved that old adage to be true, knocking off a Goliath of sorts in Elida, for the Class 1A state...

 

Texico wins fourth-straight 3A volleyball title

RIO RANCHO — For the fourth year in a row — and eighth time under head coach Kristen Scanlan, the Texico Wolverines are state champions. Texico won yet another 3A state volleyball title at the 201...

 

Prep football: Clovis tops Jaguars

ALBUQUERQUE - The Clovis Wildcats proved in Friday's first-round contest that it's not about winning style points in November, but just winning. The No. 9 'Cats halted No. 8 Atrisco Heritage...

 

November football heats up for regional teams

PORTALES — Three area teams embark on the NMAA postseason tonight, as Dora will look to get revenge on Tatum, following a first-round blowout victory over Pine Hill. Melrose, meanwhile, will also play in an 8-Man quarterfinal game tonight, as it...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 9, 2017

ENMU women's basketball team has high aspirations after banner 16-17

PORTALES — The 2016-17 Eastern New Mexico women’s basketball team made school history, and fifth-year head coach Josh Prock anticipates even more history can be made by his ballclub in 2017-18. The Greyhounds made their first NCAA Tournament...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 9, 2017

ENMU's Cass chasing down history

PORTALES - The Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds could be on the verge of having history happen on Saturday night, and not just because they have a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs for...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 8, 2017

Roosevelt County teams eye volleyball trophies

ELIDA — Very few high school athletes can claim that they've won a state title in any sport, but for two Elida High School seniors, winning is all they've ever known. Elida seniors Lacy Ferguson...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 5, 2017

Prep volleyball: Pintos shock Rams

PORTALES — The Moriarty Pintos proved that the "third time is the charm," winning Saturday's 4A District 4 volleyball tournament championship game against Portales. The Pintos, who lost both of...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 4, 2017

Dora needs one half to advance to eight-man second round

DORA — The No. 5 Dora Coyotes will advance to next week’s eight-man quarterfinals, following an opening round blowout victory at home on Friday night. The Coyotes needed just one half of football to beat the No. 12 Pine Hill Warriors, scoring... Full story

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 4, 2017

Aguilar: ENMU, volleyball were right choices

PORTALES — Former Clovis High grad Andrea Aguilar didn't always plan on staying close to home to resume her volleyball career, despite coming from a large family. However, after further...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 4, 2017

Elida wins 4-1A volleyball tournament

ELIDA — The Elida Tigers volleyball team extended their school record to eight straight on Friday afternoon. The Tigers took down the Melrose Buffaloes in four sets, 25-18, 27-25, 20-25 and 25-20, t...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 3, 2017

Portales football team won't take NMMI for granted

PORTALES — The Portales Rams are coming off one of their toughest football games of the year, after facing off with district foe Moriarty. Portales, however, was ultimately victorious in its road trip against a then-one-loss opponent in the...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 3, 2017

Regional football preview: Dora hosts playoff game

This week’s local games includes a home playoff game for Dora, while two heated rivals — Bovina and Farwell, square-off in a key district showdown. Texico, meanwhile, will look to end its season on a high note. Eight-man playoffs: Pine Hill at...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    November 2, 2017

Melrose, Elida to meet again

ELIDA — For the eighth straight year, the Elida Tigers will be playing for a district championship. The seven-time defending small-school champs will host Melrose Friday after taking down Floyd...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    October 31, 2017

An in-depth look at ENMU football team's recent win

PORTALES — In a battle of the Lone Star Conference' top rushing attack and second-ranked run defense on Saturday night, the offense prevailed. The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds' running...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    October 29, 2017

Portales volleyball team sweeps Hope Christian

PORTALES — There was a different feeling in the Rams Athletic Center before Portales’ 4A District 4 volleyball match with Hope Christian Saturday afternoon. Rams coach Charity Gomez wanted to see...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    October 28, 2017

Clovis High football team routs Sandia

CLOVIS — It may have been a chilly night at Leon Williams Stadium, but the Clovis Wildcats certainly came out red-hot. The Wildcats had a lot on the line coming into Friday night's matchup with...

 
 By Eric Murray    Sports    October 27, 2017

District football could be on the line tonight for Rams

PORTALES — The Rams football team will head to Moriarty tonight in a matchup that may ultimately be the de facto district championship game. The Pintos and Rams both enter Friday’s game at 7-1, with a 2-0 District 4-4A mark. Moriarty’s loss,...

 

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