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Elida, Melrose boys advance

ELIDA — It’s been a special season for the Elida boys basketball team, and the Tigers aren’t ready to see it end just yet. Especially senior guard Tyce Delk. Delk scored 17 of Elida’s 23 first-half points and finished with 29 on Saturday as...

 

Rams spike Vikings in 4A opener

PORTALES — For the season, Valley’s girls shoot about 29 percent from 3-point range. That doesn’t mean the Vikings couldn’t get hot on a given night, and Portales High wasn’t about to take...

 

Portales says Valley no easy out

PORTALES — If nothing else, the Valley Vikings figure to be a bit out of their element in Friday’s 6 p.m. Class 4A round-of-16 girls state tournament game against Portales High at the Ram Athletic Center — it’s the first time in 29 games...

 

Lovington shocks Portales in 4-4A opener

PORTALES — Rickie McBroom was at a bit of a loss for words. In a game where his Portales High boys squad led most of the way, including by 15 points in the second quarter, things got away late and the Rams dropped a 60-58 decision to Lovington on...

 

ENMU women wrap up No. 5 seed

PORTALES — Sophomore guard Zamorye Cox led four players in double figures with 16 points, and Eastern New Mexico University’s women subdued Midwestern State 77-60 on Saturday at Greyhound Arena to lock up the No. 5 seed in next week’s Lone...

 

Portales repeats in 4-4A

PORTALES — An early lead against a capable opponent can sure come in handy sometimes. Portales High’s girls got just that on Friday, scoring 13 consecutive points after Roswell Goddard tallied...

 

Postseason push comes for Hounds

PORTALES — It’s coming down to the final weekend of the regular season in Lone Star Conference basketball, and both Eastern New Mexico University squads have something on the line. The women,...

 

See you again soon

CLOVIS — Will the real Clovis High girls basketball team please stand up? Is it the one which shot 2-for-26 from the field in the first half of Friday’s District 4-5A matchup against Roswell High...

 

Portales girls find rhythm, top Lovington

PORTALES — After fighting for their lives at times down the stretch in Friday’s 64-57 win over Roswell Goddard, Portales High’s girls found things a little calmer on Saturday. Not that it was easy, but the stress level was ratcheted down a notc...

 

Rams stay in 4-5A hunt

PORTALES — By winning twice at home over the weekend, the Portales High boys basketball team has given itself a chance to still earn the No. 1 seed in the upcoming District 4-4A tournament. It’s...

 

Late Ram rally secures win over Goddard

PORTALES — Even though Portales High’s boys led wire-to-wire on Friday night, the game wasn’t decided until late. Junior post Kenevan Bailey came up with back-to-back putbacks after Roswell Goddard had closed a double-figure deficit to three po...

 

Portales girls stay perfect in district

PORTALES — Things came pretty easily for a long time for Portales High’s girls in Friday night’s District 4-4A matchup against Roswell Goddard at the Ram Athletic Center. PHS came out playing aggressive defense and flustered the Lady Rockets...

 

Artesia size proves troubling for Rams

PORTALES — The Artesia boys basketball roster lists five players at 6-foot-3 or taller, four of whom started. Meantime, Portales has just one. The size differential was a key factor as the Bulldogs captured Friday’s District 4-4A matchup over...

 

Big run lifts Portales girls past Artesia

PORTALES - Things were a little shaky early for the Portales High girls on Friday night. But not for long. Trailing 9-4, the Lady Rams erupted for 17 unanswered points and never looked back in a 54-34...

 

Youthful optimism key for softball squad

PORTALES — If nothing else, second-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kira Zeiter is an optimist. Picked for 15th place in the new 17-team Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll...

 

Rams cruise past NMMI

PORTALES — When New Mexico Military junior Daniel Xibille suddenly found himself in foul trouble, it didn’t take long for the Colts’ fortunes to change. Xibille carried NMMI early, scoring 18 of...

 

Fort Sumner grabs sweep at Clovis Christian

CLOVIS - Clovis Christian's girls are more competitive this season than at any time in recent years. Still, though, it's a lot to ask for them to stay with the better teams in the area with two...

 

Lovington outlasts Portales in Shootout finale

PORTALES — Portales High boys basketball coach Rickie McBroom knows his team is close to where it would hope to be; just not close enough at this time. The Rams went down for the third consecutive...

 

Elkettes prove too much for Portales girls

PORTALES — Pojoaque girls coach Seledon Martinez knew his team would face some stiff competition in the Portales Shootout. It’s nothing that won’t help the Elkettes down the line, though, and if they can win a game or two, all the better....

 

Rams find tough challenges at Shootout

PORTALES — So far, it’s been a tough week for the Portales HIgh boys basketball team. The Rams, playing four games at the RAC in five days, dropped the first three of them by a combined nine points, including Friday’s 60-55 loss to Lubbock...

 

Melrose gets top seed, Floyd-Dora winner

MELROSE — What’s in a number? Not a whole lot, when it comes to seeding for this week’s EPAC basketball tournament, says Melrose girls coach Caleb King. “It’s the first time we’ve been the (No.) 1 seed since I’ve been at Melrose,...

 

Portales boys top Santa Rosa

PORTALES — With limited numbers, Santa Rosa’s boys played a deliberate style on Saturday. That was just fine with Portales High, which isn’t uncomfortable with a slower pace itself. The Rams’ 3-2 zone bottled up Santa Rosa most of the way,...

 

Lady Blue overcome foul trouble to top Clarendon

FARWELL — With key players in early foul trouble, someone had to step up for Farwell’s girls on Friday afternoon. Senior guard Karson Barnes provided the spark, hitting a pair of third-quarter...

 

Turnovers haunt Steers in loss

FARWELL — There are turnovers … and then there are turnovers, as in the open-court kind. The Farwell Steers made too many of the latter on Friday and absorbed a 55-48 loss to Clarendon. For the ga...

 

Bowl win caps ENMU year

PORTALES — The first postseason football win in school history and a trip to NCAA Division II South Central Region competition for the women’s basketball program highlighted 2019 for Eastern New Mexico University sports. The school also enters th...

 

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