Area prep basketball roundup — Dec. 2

BOYS Texico 60, Farwell 59 Farwell (1-1) — Lee Cervantes 13, Angel Graxiola 5, Brandon Galvan 3, Iziah Benoit 4, Jace Perkins 13, Pedro Ruiz 6, Chase Mitchell 10, Armando Arebalo 2, Gerardo Martinez 3. Totals 23 6-18 59. Texico (1-0) — Justin Rucker 17, Brendon Clark 3, Rodrick Dean 9, Tanner Dickerman 2, Brannon […]

Lady Cats survive season opener

Staff report AMARILLO — As first games go, it was about what Clovis girls coach Jeff Reed expected. “I’ll take a win,” Reed said after the Lady Wildcats held off Amarillo Palo Duro 51-45 Tuesday on the road. “We have a long ways to go and a lot to work on.” Danni Williams led Clovis […]

UTEP beats Zias in exhibition tilt

Staff report EL PASO — Eastern New Mexico University’s women kept Division I Texas-El Paso off the scoreboard for the first four minutes of Tuesday’s exhibition matchup. The Miners, though, responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead for good and went on to an 84-49 win over the Zias. Sophomore guard Sparkle Taylor  […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Dec. 2

MEN Texas-Permian Basin at ENMU • When: 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Records: UTPB 4-1, ENMU 4-3 • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Falcons beat Sul Ross State 104-82 on Wednesday in their home opener at Odessa, Texas. The Hounds edged Harding 76-73 on Saturday in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving […]

Cats falter down stretch in opening loss

Staff report RIO RANCHO — For most of three quarters, Clovis High’s boys held their own in Saturday’s season-opening basketball game against Rio Rancho. The Rams got 3-pointers from senior forward Clay Patterson and sophomore guard Jeremy Snider early in the final period, though, and pulled away to a 72-58 victory. “That really got them […]

Red-hot LCU downs Zias

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ENMU junior guard Shayla Williams works her way around Lubbock Christian’s Ashton Meeks during Saturday’s women’s matchup at Lubbock. LCU handed the Zias a 101-49 setback.

Staff report LUBBOCK — Clearly, Tarleton State’s Kathy Thomas didn’t do Eastern New Mexico University’s women any favors on Friday night. Thomas went 7-for-7 from 3-point range, a school record, and the TexAnns ended Lubbock Christian’s 18-game home winning streak with a 73-71 overtime win. The Zias (1-5) paid a heavy price on Saturday night. […]

Gilliam’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Junior guard John Gilliam capped his first double-double of the season with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday, lifting Eastern New Mexico University’s men past Harding 76-73 in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic. Gilliam’s shot came after junior forward Andraz Kavas tied the game for the ninth time […]

ENMU’s Bailey wraps up college grid career in style

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ENMU senior Seth Bailey scored two defensive touchdowns for the Greyhounds this season, including a 30-yard fumble return in the team’s Nov. 15 win over rival West Texas A&M in the Lone Star Conference’s fifth-place playoff game at Greyhound Stadium. Bailey, from Texico, was chosen the LSC’s linebacker of the year.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — It’s almost time for Eastern New Mexico University linebacker Seth Bailey to move on to the “real” world. Bailey capped his ENMU football career this month by earning the Lone Star Conference’s linebacker of the year award. Still, he’s not quite ready to give up sports. The […]

Veterans will carry Lady Cats

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Clovis senior guard Danni Williams is hoping to lead the Lady Wildcats on another run for a state championship, this year in Class 6A. under seventh-year coach Jeff Reed. Williams, who has committed to Texas A&M for next season, is the two-time New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com On paper, things look good for the potential of another deep run in state competition for the Clovis High Lady Wildcats. Four players have already signed with college programs for next season, including three with NCAA Division I programs led by two-time New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year […]

UTPB notches 67-58 triumph over ENMU

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ENMU junior post Jasmine Johnson scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting on Friday, but the Zias came up short in a 67-58 loss to Texas-Permian Basin in the Lubbock Christian Thanksgiving Classic.

Staff report LUBBOCK — Texas-Permian Basin used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take control, then hit nine consecutive free throws in the final two minutes on Friday to seal a 67-58 women’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University in Lubbock Christian’s Thanksgiving Classic. Senior guard Giselle Loya had four 3-pointers […]

Hornets turn back Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — The good news on Friday for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is that it posted a season-low in points allowed. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, they also struggled to score, finishing with a season-low total in a 74-63 loss to Emporia State in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic. […]

Young Cats looking for quick progress

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Clovis junior Luke Bussen looks for a teammate while senior Logan Cole provides pressure defense during Wildcats basketball practice on Wednesday morning at The Rock. Clovis opens the 2014-15 season on Saturday at Rio Rancho.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com There’s no telling where the Clovis High boys basketball program will end up this season, but they hope to get there fast. New coach and longtime assistant Scott Robinson said a relatively inexperienced squad is getting clear instructions to pick up the pace. “We want to get back to […]

Spight takes roundabout path to ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight races past several West Texas A&M defenders during the Greyhoujnds’ Nov. 1 Lone Star Conference playoff game against the Buffaloes at Blackwater Draw. Spight set ENMU single-season records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this fall.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight spent the 2014 season running through and around defenders on his way to 1,611 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, both Greyhounds single season records. His effort helped the Hounds to their second consecutive seven-win season. However, Spight, who grew […]

ENMU weekend basketball capsules — Nov. 28-29

All Times MST MEN ENMU (3-2) vs. Emporia State (2-2), vs. Harding (3-1) • When: 1:30 p.m. today (Emporia State), 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Harding) in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 (Saturday only) • Last time out: The Greyhounds downed Western New Mexico 94-87 on Saturday at The Pit […]

Steers leery of Seagraves’ speed

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The deeper you get in the Texas football playoffs, the more speed you tend to see. Farwell expects to face perhaps the fastest player it has seen this season in junior running back Cory Kyle when the Steers take on unbeaten Seagraves at 6 p.m. (CST) today in the […]

Skyhawks spoil Zia rally

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Zia senior Jasmine Johnson gets the layup for two of her 11 points during Tuesday’s contest at Greyhound Arena.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University clawed its way back from a 10-point second half deficit, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Fort Lewis escaped with a 59-56 win Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. It is the Zias’ third loss by three points or less this season. Junior point guard Sarah […]

ENMU women’s basketball capsule — Nov. 25

Fort Lewis (2-1) at ENMU (1-2) • When: 6 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Skyhawks posted an 81-47 win over Northern New Mexico on Thursday in their home opener. The Zias broke into the win column on Saturday night at The Pit in Albuquerque, beating Western New […]

CHS swims teams take Hobbs titles

Staff report HOBBS — The Clovis High girls swimming team has set an early standard that the Lady Wildcats might have a tough time maintaining. The Lady Cats won all 11 swimming events for the second time in two meets, breezing to the team title in Saturday’s Hobbs Invitational with 205 points to 19 for […]

Buffs top Logan for 8-man title

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Melrose junior Braden Hemminger hauls in an 11-yard touchdown pass over Logan's Michael Estrada in the third quarter of Saturday's 8-man state championship game in Melrose. Hemminger caught two TD passes in the Buffaloes' 76-37 win over the Longhorns.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes put Logan in a situation the Longhorns hadn’t been in all season on Saturday — playing from behind. Freshman Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns, passed for two and caught one and the Buffs were in control from the start in a 76-37 victory […]

Zias capture first victory

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Former Melrose standout Cassidy Doherty pushes the ball up the floor in Saturday's 77-61 win over Western New Mexico at The Pit in Albuquerque. Doherty led the Zias with fouor assists.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Suffice it to say, Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Ton Tucker likes playing at The Pit. Tucker, who scored 21 points in a season-opening exhibition against the University of New Mexico on the Lobos’ home court, finished with 25 points and seven rebounds on Saturday night in helping the Zias […]