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 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 20, 2019 

Biggest one yet

PORTALES - The Eastern New Mexico men's basketball team may remember Jan. 17, 2019 for the remainder of this season. Maybe longer. It was the night an injury-riddled 2018-19 team seemed to find...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 20, 2019 

Gaining steam

PORTALES - Teams having special seasons, teams looking like championship contenders usually have at least one game of the gut-check, character-building variety throughout the course of a season. Check...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 20, 2019 

Ram teams suffer tough defeats to Trinity Christian

PORTALES — Both Portales High basketball teams looked to use Tuesday’s cross-state games with Lubbock’s Trinity Christian as educational experiences. And both did learn, though it might not have seemed so from a glance at the Ram Athletic...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 20, 2019 

Hawks stop Clovis girls again

CLOVIS - You again? That was the theme of Friday's Volcano Vista-Clovis girls basketball game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. After all, it was a mere 20 days earlier that the teams had met at the Rock...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 16, 2019

History repeats itself

PORTALES — Any team that wins three consecutive tournament championships expects to win a fourth straight. But expecting doesn’t guarantee it. The only guarantee comes from what the scoreboard say...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 16, 2019

Texico triumphs again

PORTALES — The Texico boys basketball team entered Saturday night’s EPAC Tournament championship game at Greyhound Arena knowing history was within reach. Early in the second quarter, though,...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 13, 2019

Thursday EPAC roundup

MELROSE - Dora's boys basketball team was not without its chances to climb back into Thursday night's EPAC Tournament quarterfinal at Melrose High School. Those chances, though, lessened with each off...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 13, 2019

EPAC: Texico teams reach finals

PORTALES — Texico’s boys basketball team always has eyes on an EPAC championship. The Wolverines win it so regularly, it’s almost like a rite of January. The Melrose boys approach it a little...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 9, 2019

EPAC offers tune-up

TEXICO - When taking a long drive, it's always good to see certain mileposts, certain landmarks, signifying how far you've come no matter how far you still need to go. The EPAC tournament is a...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 6, 2019

Cats' goals: Finish strong

CLOVIS — The first segment of basketball season is over, the part when teams size up their opponents, size up themselves, get into the flow of the season, play holiday tournaments. The third segment — district play, likely the most important on...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 2, 2019

Year in review: Curry County had plenty of 2018 success stories

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories reviewing 2018 for eastern New Mexico. As John Lennon once sang, ‘Another year over and a new one just begun.’ 2018 flew like the high plains wind, with some Curry County sports teams sweeping...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 2, 2019

Hawks top Clovis girls in consolation game

CLOVIS — Once upon a time there was a Clovis girls basketball team called the Lady Wildcats. They battled for points and rebounds and were in every game they played. But try as they might, those...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 2, 2019

Wildcats finish second at tourney

CLOVIS — Clovis’ boys basketball team was hoping to lug a nice bounty into 2019. A seven-game winning streak and a holiday tournament title were the treasures Clovis wanted to haul into January. N...

 

Cats split first two holiday tourney games

For Clovis girls basketball coach Jeff Reed, it was simple. He didn't have to think too hard and long to figure out what his team had learned over the first two nights of the Plateau Holiday...

 

Cats start tourney strong

CLOVIS — The only win streak Clovis’ boys basketball team really cares about is a four-game stretch to win a state tournament in March. Miles to go before then. But as of Friday night, the...

 

Cats have homecourt for the holidays

CLOVIS — With Clovis’ girls basketball team tipping off on the last day of November, the Clovis boys in early December, holiday tournament time comes fast. It will begin for both teams on...

 

Farwell tops Texico in rubber match

TEXICO — Losing your own tournament is far from the world’s end. And the Saturday before Christmas is far from do-or-die time. But, Texico’s boys basketball team certainly didn’t want to lose...

 

Jennings inducted into New Mexico Hall of Fame

It all started with a coffee can. Brooks Jennings Sr. took a metal Folgers can, cut out the bottom, taped it to the wall and handed his 3-year-old son Brooks “Bubba” Jennings a tennis ball. That was how Bubba attempted his first basketball...

 

Clovis outlasts Ram rally

CLOVIS — Basketball rivalries are always cool. Even if teams aren’t in the same district, an area rivalry can be fun, packed with fans. Tuesday night’s Portales-Clovis boys basketball game was...

 

Wildcats cruise to win over Hereford

CLOVIS — ‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, and all through the Rock ... all the Wildcats were stirring, a win seemed a lock. The numbers rung up on the scoreboard with care ... with hopes that th...

 

Dawson still Swarming

GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Dawson knows he’s a lucky guy. He’s not playing at venues like Madison Square Garden, nor in cities like Charlotte, New York or Los Angeles. ESPN doesn’t spend hours...

 

Rams roll

PORTALES - The Portales boys basketball team can win close games, and can put games out of reach, too. This past week brought examples of both. Friday night, the Rams took care of Muleshoe 71-56,...

 

Tournaments galore for Clovis teams

For Clovis’ winter teams, it will be a weekend spent far north and west of home. And, they all hope, a weekend that serves them well going forward. Thursday through Saturday, Clovis’ boys basketball team begins competing in the Academy...

 

Portales boys rally to stun West Las Vegas

PORTALES — When the Portales boys basketball team was down big to West Las Vegas in the third quarter Tuesday night, it almost seemed hard to remember that the Rams had actually been ahead midway through the second. But when Portales fought all the...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    December 9, 2018

Clovis rallies to top Cleveland

CLOVIS — Whatever else happened to the Clovis girls basketball team this weekend, whatever else happens to them throughout the winter, the Lady Wildcats may look back at Friday’s 41-35 comeback victory over Cleveland as one of their most...

 

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