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  • Lady Rams finish second, Rams third in district meet

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 14, 2024

    It was a satisfying day overall for Portales High sophomore Skyler Massey, especially in high jump. Massey set a personal best, clearing five feet to win the event and help the Lady Rams to a second-place team finish in Friday's District 4-4A meet at Greyhound Stadium. Now she has her sights on a possible win in Class 4A state competition in Albuquerque this weekend. "My goal is to PR (set a personal record) again in high jump, and hopefully in every event," Massey said....

  • Texico advances with 13-12 win

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    TEXICO – Finally, a close game against Pecos went Texico's way, and the Wolverines are advancing to the Class 2A state quarterfinals because of it. Texico erased deficits of 5-0, 10-8 and 12-11, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to nip District 6-2A rival Pecos 13-12 on Wednesday night. It's the third time in four meetings this season that the teams have played tight, high-scoring contests decided late. The Panthers won the first two, erasing an 8-0 deficit for an 1...

  • Buffs, Bronchos advance to Class 1A semifinals

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 11, 2024

    MELROSE – There's nothing like getting off to a quick start to take the suspense out of things. Defending Class 1A champion Melrose did just that on Wednesday, getting a three-run homer from junior catcher Dathan Yeary before anyone had been retired in the bottom of the first and rolling to a 19-0 win over Magdalena in a state quarterfinal game shortened to 4 ½ cantos by the 10-run rule. The third-seeded Buffaloes (12-6), who defeated District 3-1A rival Logan13-7 in l...

  • Rams to face No. 2 Grants in Class 4A first-round series

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 7, 2024

    Portales High's baseball team seemingly was cruising to a District 4-4A doubleheader sweep of Lovington on Friday at Ram Field when suddenly the wind started blowing. It nearly caused the roof to fall in on the Rams. Senior left-hander Edel Legarda pitched 3 2/3 innings of perfect ball before the Wildcats began to put some things together. With the wind picking up, they scored four times in the sixth, then threated to overtake the Rams in the seventh before an unusual double...

  • Cats cruise to 10-0 triumph over Coyotes in home finale

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated May 4, 2024

    While 12 seniors honored in postgame ceremonies on Thursday night at Bell Park, it was junior Jace Piepkorn who stole the spotlight. Piepkorn, a transfer from Class 1A Grady, spun his second shutout of the season on a two-hitter and also contributed a run-scoring single as the Wildcats blanked Roswell High 10-0 in a District 4-5A clash and their home finale. Except for a brief blip in the fifth, when he walked the bases loaded before escaping, Piepkorn stayed in command in...

  • CHS hosts small field in Wildcat Invite

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Liz Elam wasn’t pleased with her start in Clovis High’s Wildcat Invite golf tournament on Tuesday at Colonial Park Golf Course, but she eventually sorted things out. Starting on the back nine, the Texico High senior shot six-over 42 from holes 10 through 18, then came back for even-par 36 on the front side, easily taking medalist honors for the day with her 78. “I don’t really know what happened,” Elam said of her slow start. “I wasn’t really that focused. “I told myself, ‘Don’t worry about the score.’ I just decided to play...

  • Cats rally, post split with Eagles

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Jayden Jameson found his game just in time Thursday night. The senior right-hander struggled through a five-run Hobbs second – two errors in the frame didn’t help – before blanking the Eagles over the next four innings as Clovis High posted a come-from-behind 8-6 win in the second game of a District 4-5A doubleheader at Bell Park. Hobbs clinched a series win with a 17-12 verdict in Game 1 behind a nine-run third. The Cats (12-10, 2-4 district) close the regular season with three games against Roswell High this week – a 5 p.m...

  • St. Mary's comes back for split with Hounds

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Coming into this weekend’s season-ending Lone Star Conference series against St. Mary’s, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team knew its work wasn’t quite done in a bid for an LSC tournament berth. It was done before Friday’s series-opening doubleheader, though. St. Edward’s, trailing the Greyhounds by two games, played its series at Texas Woman’s early this week due to weather concerns for the weekend in the Denton area. Needing a sweep – and three losses by the Hounds – the Rattlers dropped two of three to the Pionee...

  • Hounds earn series win over St. Mary's with 10-5 victory

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team did what it needed on Sunday and remained alive for a possible Lone Star Conference tournament berth, although the Greyhounds' work is cut out. They opened an 8-0 lead through five innings against St. Mary's and earned a 10-5 win over the Rattlers at Greyhound Field, notching their second consecutive LSC series triumph. ENMU (21-25, 19-25 LSC) stands two games behind Arkansas-Fort Smith (21-23, 21-23) and St. Edward's (21-25,...

  • CHS squads finish fourth in Wildcat Invite track meet

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Essentially, there were two track meets going on in Friday's Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium – one for Rio Rancho, Artesia and Hobbs and another for everybody else. Clovis High's squads won the "other" meet – finishing fourth in both divisions. Rio Rancho took the boys title with 97 points to 95 for Artesia, 80 for Hobbs and 50 ½ for the Wildcats, and completed a sweep with 102 ½ on the girls side to 85 for Hobbs, 83 for Artesia and 60 for the Lady Wil...

  • ENMU blanks Eagles 8-0, notches series victory

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    In one inning on Sunday, Eastern New Mexico University's softball team nearly scored as many runs as were tallied combined during the rest of the weekend series. Senior designated player Taighen Whitzel capped an eight-run second with a grand slam, and the Greyhounds went on to blank Oklahoma Christian 8-0 and take the Lone Star Conference series at Greyhound Softball Field – their first series win all time against the Eagles. Saturday's doubleheader was a split, with each s...

  • Cavemen, Cavegirls top Clovis

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 13, 2024

    Had things gone according to plan, Clovis High's tennis girls might be looking at a big District 4-5A win over Carlsbad. Illness limited junior Madita Evert, the Lady Wildcats' No. 1 singles player, to just doubles against the Cavegirls. Then sophomore Emily Bjorklund had to default at No. 4 singles due to a leg injury with a 6-1, 2-1 lead over Carlsbad freshman Charise Young. The final result was a 6-3 victory for the Cavegirls in the district opener for both sides. Carlsbad...

  • Chavez gearing toward repeat title in 4A javelin

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 13, 2024

    Manny Chavez appears to be rounding into form. The Portales High junior is the defending Class 4A state boys javelin champion, winning by nearly 27 feet at 177 feet, 2 inches, and he's already easily surpassed that mark this season. On Thursday, Chavez posted his third consecutive personal best with a throw of 192 feet in Portales' George-Love Relays at Greyhound Stadium. It was the highlight for the Rams, who finished 10th in the 14-team meet with 25 points. "We had better...

  • Vo chosen as ENMU men's basketball coach

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 13, 2024

    Former Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball assistant Daven Vo was chosen as the program’s next head coach in an announcement by the school on Thursday. A native of Oklahoma City, the 39-year-old Vo served for three years under outgoing ENMU coach Brent Owen as an assistant coach from 2020-23. Owen accepted the head coaching job at NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. After the program was shut down due to COVID-19 in 2020-21 in Owen’s and Vo’s first campaign, they helped the Greyhounds post a 1...

  • CHS tennis squads knock off Goddard

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Clovis High's girls won two of three doubles matches on Monday to eke out a 5-4 tennis victory over Roswell Goddard at the CHS tennis courts. Meantime, the boys had no such concerns, rolling to a 9-0 sweep as the Rockets managed to win only 15 total games. It was the start of a busy week for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats, all at home. Clovis is slated to host District 4-5A foe Roswell High in non-district duals today, with the actual district slate beginning on Friday...

  • Hounds break 10-game losing streak with a bang

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Luciano Terilli had a tough time in his first pitching start for Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team on Sunday, but he sure delivered at the plate. So did almost everyone else. The junior left-hander, normally the Greyhounds' closer, was thrust into the starting role in the wind-blown finale of a Lone Star Conference series against Arkansas-Fort Smith at Greyhound Field. He lasted three innings on the mound, giving up eight runs, but as the designated hitter from the...

  • ENMU's Owen moving on to position at Lenoir-Rhyne

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Brent Owen has accepted the head coaching job at Lenoir-Rhyne University, an NCAA Division II program in Hickory, N.C. In a release from ENMU, Owen said the decision comes with “the opportunity to get my children closer to their grandparents and cousins and to put my wife, Ashley, in a better position for her career.” Owen was hired by ENMU prior to the 2020-21 season, which was later canceled due to COVID-19. After a 7-18 record in 2021-22, the Hounds won 17 games the f...

  • MSU takes series from Hounds

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 30, 2024

    Midwestern State's Addison Lindemann did it all in this week's Lone Star Conference softball series against Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Softball Field. The freshman right-hander tossed 13 innings and allowed just two runs, including her first collegiate shutout with a 3-0 victory in Friday's series finale. She also delivered a two-run, first-inning homer that set the tone in that one. The Mustangs (7-29, 5-22 LSC), second from the bottom in the league coming...

  • Hounds drop last three in series, fall to 10th place

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Thank goodness Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team came back for a stunning win in Friday's Lone Star Conference series opener. Otherwise, the rest of the weekend didn't go too well. After ENMU pulled out a 6-5 win in the opener, Texas-Permian Basin completed a 3-1 series win by taking Sunday's early-morning finale 16-8 at Greyhound Field. The contest was moved up five hours to an 8 a.m. start as the teams tried to beat the winds that enveloped the area as the day...

  • Hounds rally for 6-5 win over Falcons

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 23, 2024

    Ruger Bravo found himself in an unusual position on Friday night. With no relief appearances since his freshman season in 2022, Bravo came in from the bullpen in the sixth inning charged with protecting a one-run lead in the opener of a key four-game Lone Star Conference series against Texas-Permian Basin. The senior left-hander allowed no runs over four two-hit innings, and the Greyhounds held on for a 6-5 victory at Greyhound Field. The teams were scheduled for two seven-inning tilts on Saturday. They’ll complete the s...

  • Mavericks pull away late, oust ENMU from tourney

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    CANYON, Texas – Unfortunately, it wasn't Eastern New Mexico University's day on Saturday. Playing in the NCAA Division II men's basketball regionals for the first time in 20 years, the Greyhounds held a six-point lead heading into the late stages of the half. But third-seeded Colorado Mesa and standout 6-foot-9 junior forward Trevor Baskin were too much in the end, and the Mavericks pulled away late for a 95-77 victory. Baskin, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's p...

  • Mesa turns back Hounds in South Central Region tournament

    Dave Wagner, THE STAFF OF THE NEWS|Updated Mar 16, 2024

    CANYON, Texas – Unfortunately, it wasn’t Eastern New Mexico University’s day on Saturday. Averaging just over 90 points per game during the season, the Greyhounds suffered through several long droughts and dropped a 95-77 decision to Colorado Mesa at West Texas A&M’s First United Bank Center. Six-foot-9 junior forward Trevor Baskin, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s player of the year, scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the third-seeded Mavericks (28-4). They advanced to a 4 p.m. (MDT) Sunday semifinal...

  • Buffs turn back SonBlazers

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    MELROSE – Clearly, Melrose is one of the handful of top teams in a competitive Class 1A boys basketball field. On Saturday, the fourth-seeded Buffaloes advanced to the 1A state quarterfinals, scheduled for today at Bernalillo H.S., with a 51-36 victory over No. 13 Mesilla Valley. Still, they know that if they want to make a deep run, they'll have to pick up the pace. "We're glad to get the 'dub,' but it wasn't the way we wanted to win," said senior Michael Cardonita, who finis...

  • Cats' season ends with loss to Albuquerque High

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    This isn't the way Clovis High's boys envisioned the season coming to an end. Albuquerque High came into The Rock for Saturday night's first-round Class 5A state tournament game and dominated virtually from the get-go, riding a 31-point outing from senior guard Isaiah Maldonado to a dominating 74-50 win. A pair of double-digit seeds were slated to face off into today's 9:45 a.m. quarterfinal tilt at The Pit in Albuquerque, with the 11th-seeded Bulldogs (18-10) taking on No....

  • Lady Rams thump Huskies

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    Portales High's girls led as close to wire-to-wire as you can on Friday night. Junior guard Myleigh Banda knocked down a corner 3-pointer just five seconds in, and the Lady Rams never looked back in beating Hope Christian 69-38 in a Class 4A first-round state tournament game at the Ram Athletic Center. PHS (20-8), seeded fifth in the 16-team field, now faces fourth-seeded Gallup (22-8) in a 3 p.m. quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Junior forward...

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