Rams are a perfect 10

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Portales junior quarterback Junior Ramirez prepares to launch a deep pass while senior tackle Adam Hernandez provides protection during Friday’s District 4-4A matchup against New Mexico Military at Blackwater Draw. The top-ranked, unbeaten Rams posted a 26-7 victory.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — In Portales’ quest for its first ever 10-0 regular season, it was the unexpected players who stepped up and allowed the Rams to defeat the NMMI Colts 26-7 on Friday night in the District 4-4A and regular-season finale for both teams. Seldom-used wide receiver Michael Fox […]

Clovis survives mistakes, beats Carlsbad to win district title

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Clovis seniors Jaron Gonzales, left, and Jason Freeman wrap up Carlsbad's Waylond Mendoza on a kickoff return in the second half of Friday's game at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The Carlsbad Cavemen will go down as one of the best 1-9 teams in the history of New Mexico Class 6A football because they can move the ball and find ways to stop the run game. They won’t be 2-8 and bound for state, though, because they found ways […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Elida tops Grady for 4-1A title

Staff report ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers have dominated New Mexico small-school volleyball for a number of years, but they got a bit of a battle from Grady in Friday’s District 4-1A tournament before subduing the Lady Bronchos 25-15, 25-13, 25-15. Elida, the five-time defending state champion — including all four years of Class […]

Hounds, Mustangs clash in LSC playoffs

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s football team gets a chance to avenge an early season-loss when it takes on 11th-ranked Midwestern State in a 6 p.m. first-round Lone Star Conference playoff game today. The teams squared off on Sept. 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, during the LSC Football […]

CHS swim teams set to open season

Staff report Almost everyone is back as Clovis High’s swim teams prepare to open the 2015-16 season. The only loss to graduation was Everett Ward, who posted the school’s first state swimming event championship by taking the boys 100 backstroke last February at Albuquerque Academy. The Wildcats return plenty of firepower, though, from a team […]

Lady Cats look to move up in 6A state meet

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s girls have had another strong cross country season. Now the Lady Wildcats are looking to move up in Class 6A state competition. Clovis is sending both teams to the 6A state meet, scheduled for today at Rio Rancho H.S. The 6A girls race is slated for 10:30 […]

Clovis upsets Carlsbad to reach district title game

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 Clovis sophomore middle hitter Lexi Cole with a kill attempt against Carlsbad freshman middle blocker Carrie Lynn in the second set Thursday. The Lady Wildcats won in four sets, advancing to Saturday’s District 4-6A tournament championship game at Hobbs.

By Matt Hollinshead Carlsbad Current-Argus CARLSBAD – Clovis’ front line turned the intensity meter up another notch in its latest bout with Carlsbad. Compared to its five-set defeats in the previous two meetings, the Lady Wildcats were more effective putting down quick strikes at the net and ousted the Cavegirls in four sets (27-25, 25-10, […]

Pioneers eliminate ENMU

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Texas Woman’s Ashley Bishop scored off a rebound shot midway through the first half on Thursday and third-seeded Texas Woman’s edged No. 6 Eastern New Mexico University1-0 in the opening quarterfinal match of the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer tournament. TWU (11-6-2) advances to a 4 p.m. (MDT) Friday […]

Friday area prep football capsules — Nov. 6

Texico at Eunice When: 7 p.m. today Records: Texico 3-6 (0-1 District 4-3A), Eunice 5-3 (2-0) Last week: The Wolverines lost to Dexter 32-8 at Texico, while the Cardinals won at home over Loving 46-21. Last year: Eunice defeated the Wolverines 34-15 at Texico. Of note: Eunice has already clinched the district championship. … The […]

Cats look to wrap up district title

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Clovis tackle Antonio Martinez and linebacker Jared Duncan take down Alamogordo running back Brandon Henderson during Friday’s District 4-6A game at Tiger Stadium in Alamogordo. The Wildcats posted a 24-14 victory over the Tigers.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus doesn’t have much experience with horse racing, but he figures if you took Triple Crown winner American Pharoah out for a few consecutive races, he’d still be pretty successful whenever you put him back in starting lane. And that sums up his prospects for junior […]

Grady rallies to secure sweep over San Jon

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Grady juniors Jasmine Gonzales, left, and Tayte Trice go up to attempt to block a kill attempt by San Jon junior Alexis Quintana in the first set of Wednesday’s District 4-1A tournament match at Grady High School.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com GRADY — With six sets in the books more than 60 miles apart on Wednesday night, District 4-1A was reduced to No. 1 vs. No. 2. Second-seeded Grady did its part. Even with some bumps in the road on the third set, the host Bronchos (16-5) needed just 56 […]

Angelo nearly sweeps LSC women’s soccer awards

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Lone Star Conference regular season champion Angelo State nearly pulled a clean sweep of conference awards, announced Wednesday night at the LSC championship banquet. Angelo State, which won its second league title, had three first team picks and four second-team picks and took five of the six individual awards. The […]

Clovis stays alive in 4-6A volleyball tournament

Staff report ALAMOGORDO — For all of its struggles, there is one positive for the Clovis High volleyball season. It’s still going. With nine kills each from Jaren Piepkorn and Mimi Coleman, Clovis pulled an upset in the first round of the District 4-6A tournament, beating third-seed Alamogordo 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22. Clovis (5-16) came […]

WT sweeps ENMU volleyball squad, gains tiebreaker edge

STAFF REPORT In a role reversal from their previous matchup, West Texas A&M rolled past Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday night, taking an all-important 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 sweep in the next-to-last LSC regular-season match for both teams. Elsa Bentsen had 10 kills to lead WT (12-15, 4-11), which never trailed in any of the three […]

Not the same Hounds

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Mikaehla Connor, 33, looks to pass to Kassandra Harris, 13, while being guarded by Jaylyn Cooper, 24, during a full-speed scrimmage last week at Greyhound Arena. Connor and Harris are two of the seven new transfer students for ENMU’s upcoming season.

Editor’s note: This is the first of three stories previewing the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball teams. Future stories will focus on team captains and transfer students. By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com In his sophomore season with the ENMU Women’s Basketball team, coach Josh Prock is ready to see how his newly revamped […]

Vixens sweep Dora to open 6-2A tourney

Staff report FORT SUMNER — Paris Allred had 16 kills, and third-seeded Fort Sumner took advantage of 21 service aces to sweep by Dora 25-13, 25-20, 25-20 in the first round of the District 6-2A tournament Tuesday night in Fort Sumner. Kylie Daugherty had 10 aces for Fort Sumner (11-10), which moves on to a […]

Cat Tracks: Senior makes most of chance

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Clovis senior Jaron Gonzales carried 10 times for 87 yards in the Wildcats’ 24-14 win Friday over Alamogordo.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com It took a perfect storm of injuries and transfers for Jaron Gonzales to get a chance in the Clovis backfield, but just a few runs for the senior to prove he deserved that chance. With the Wildcats clinging to a 17-14 lead, Gonzales worked in impressive fashion with sophomore […]

Greyhounds win coin flip, LSC’s third seed

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Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Kamal Cass scores on a 22-yard run in Saturday's Wagon Wheel Game at West Texas A&M. The Buffaloes defeated ENMU 52-42, but still finished as the fifth seed after losing a three-way coin flip. The Greyhounds, who could have earned the third seed in the Lone Star Conference playoffs outright with a win, claimed the third seed anyway by the coin flip, with Angelo State finishing fourth.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com What West Texas A&M took away on Saturday, a flip of the coin gave back to Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. The Greyhounds (6-3, 3-3 LSC), who could have taken third place outright with a win Saturday over the Buffs, won a three-team coin flip with WT and […]

ENMU enters women’s soccer tournament as sixth seed

Staff report After an 0-10 regular season campaign in the Lone Star Conference, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer game will try to grab its first LSC win in the six-team playoffs. Top-seeded Angelo State (14-2-1) will host the single-elimination tournament. The Greyhounds (4-13-1) will visit third-seeded Texas Woman’s University in a 5 p.m. […]

Melrose top seed in eight-man playoffs

Staff report Undefeated Melrose will make its eight-man state title defense as the No. 1 seed, with the eight-team field announced Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. The entire four-team District 4 made the field, with Gateway Christian as the second seed, Dora fifth and Tatum seventh. The Buffaloes (10-0) will face Jemez Valley […]