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Rams dominated at season's end

PORTALES — They may have not have been expecting to pitch a shutout, but the Portales High Rams were certainly confident heading into last weekend’s Class 4A state championship football game at...

 

Rams hit hardwood running

PORTALES — Suffice it to say, it’s a quick turnaround for the football-playing members of Portales High’s boys basketball squad. After pounding top-seeded Bloomfield 23-0 in Saturday’s Class...

 

Still young, but one year wiser

PORTALES — Portales High’s girls return all but two players from last year’s team. Despite that, the Lady Rams remain young as they head into a season-opening tournament this weekend hosted by...

 

Roosevelt County teams prep to start on hardwood

ELIDA — Times have changed in boys sports at Elida. A lot. After years of struggling to even field teams, the Tigers posted a winning record in basketball in 2018-19 and reached this year’s 6-man state championship game in football. They hope to...

 

Triple threat at QB keeps Rams flying high

PORTALES — For most teams, at any level, losing the starting quarterback to injury is, at the least, cause for concern. Portales High, though, has seen its signal-caller go down twice, and in both...

 

Bloomfield bound

PORTALES — When Portales High takes on top-seeded, unbeaten Bloomfield in Saturday’s 1 p.m. Class 4A state football championship game at Bloomfield, Rams coach Jaime Ramirez said the teams will...

 

Area teams ready for hoops seasons

MELROSE — Who needs a district basketball championship? At least last year, Melrose’s boys didn’t need no stinkin’ district championship. Despite finishing third in District 6-1A, the Buffaloes got hot at the right time and captured their...

 

Texico seeks title

TEXICO — One big roadblock remains in the Texico Wolverines’ bid to secure the school’s first state football crown since 2008. Texico visits two-time state champion Eunice for a 1 p.m. kickoff...

 

Rivarly renews

PORTALES — Longtime rivals Portales and Lovington played only three weeks ago. They meet again on Saturday, with much more on the line this time. The Rams (10-1), seeded second in the Class 4A...

 

Buffs back on top

MELROSE — Suffice it to say, Tristan Sena had a full night in his final football game at Melrose High School. To say he was a stat-stuffer may be a bit of an understatement. Sena scored six...

 

Rams expect battle from No. 10 Colts

PORTALES — Portales Rams senior lineman Philip Blidi is looking forward to a college football career. For now, though, he still has some unfinished business. The 6-foot-4, 258-pound tackle/defensive end is hoping to help his team advance in...

 

Buffs seek return to top

MELROSE — A run of four consecutive 8-man state championships came to an abrupt end for Melrose in last year’s semifinal round. The Buffaloes are looking to possibly start a new streak this...

 

Melrose, Texico pick up top seeds

The Texico Lady Wolverines have set a high standard when it comes to Class 2A state volleyball tournament play. Meantime, the Melrose Lady Buffs are certainly trying to follow suit in Class 1A. Both...

 

Hornets prove too powerful for Farwell

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER [email protected] FARWELL — Farwell figured it would have to contain Sudan’s powerful ground game in Friday’s battle for the Class 2A Division II District 2...

 

Elida seeking six-man supremacy

ELIDA — It might have been nice to get a rematch of last year’s 6-man state championship, but Elida coach Jereme Woodruff said the Tigers aren’t worried about it. The top-seeded Tigers (9-0) will host a state final in any sport for the first ti...

 

Clovis boys seek top-three finish, Maldonado seeks title

CLOVIS — A state team championship may be out of reach for the Clovis High boys cross country team, but not a trophy with a top-three finish. And not an individual champion, either. Led by junior Jerrick Maldonado and senior T.J. Gregg, the Wildcat...

 

Melrose moves on quickly

MELROSE — Suffice it to say, the Melrose Buffaloes were ready for the start of the 8-man state playoffs. To say they made short work of the youthful, undermanned Magdalena Steers on Friday night wou...

 

Greyhounds suffer rough second half

PORTALES - A two-goal lead midway through the second half of a college soccer match should normally be pretty safe. It wasn't on Thursday night for Eastern New Mexico University's men. An own goal,...

 

Tigers ready for semifinals

On paper, things are looking good for the Elida Tigers in their bid to claim a 6-man state football championship. After all, they’ve beaten the other five teams in the playoffs, each by at least 43 points. Still, coach Jereme Woodruff knows the gam...

 

Rams, Wildcats square off for district

PORTALES — Never mind that he hadn’t taken a snap under center since his freshman year. Kellan Hightower was anything but nervous when the opportunity arose to play quarterback during Friday’s District 3/4-4A game at Moriarty. Replacing...

 

Hobbs tops Clovis in four set

CCLOVIS — Clovis High’s young volleyball team shows flashes at times. The Lady Wildcats just aren’t sustaining their good play long enough. Hobbs rode strong front-row play from senior middle...

 

Area preview: Texico has final hurdle to district title

The Texico Wolverines could breathe a sigh of relief after outlasting rival Fort Sumner 26-20 on Friday and taking the lead in Class 2A District 6/7. They aren’t quite out of the woods yet, though, not with rival Santa Rosa looming in a 7 p.m....

 

Rams start strong

PORTALES - If you just look at the score, Friday's Class 4A District 3/4 clash between Ruidoso and Portales High at Greyhound Stadium seems like nothing out of the ordinary. Suffice it to say, looks...

 

Hounds outlast WT

PORTALES — To stop a penalty kick from close range inside the 18-yard box, you need a little luck. For Eastern New Mexico University junior Ross Dalton, some planning went into it as well. Dalton...

 

Rams expect tough fight despite Ruidoso struggles

PORTALES — Even though the record indicates a mismatch, Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez isn’t about to take the Ruidoso Warriors lightly in Friday’s 7 p.m. Class 4A District 3-4 opener at Greyhound Stadium. After all, three of the...

 

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