Hounds’ bats break losing streak

Freedom Newspapers EDMOND, Okla. — After scoring just 23 runs on 63 hits during a 10-game losing streak, Eastern New Mexico University’s bats came to life again on Sunday. The Greyhounds pounded out 15 hits — including two doubles and two homers by designated hitter Kelton Hayes — and broke the streak with an 18-10 […]

Bronchos extend ENMU’s losing streak to 10

CNJ staff EDMOND, Okla. — Central Oklahoma is usually not a good place for a baseball team to try to break out of a slump. Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhounds dropped a tight 4-3 decision in the opener, then were routed by the Bronchos 9-1 in the second game to see their losing streak stretch […]

Foxes tame stubborn Bronchos

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Ryan Fikany shoots a short-range shot in the first half of Thursday’s Region A semifinal at Logan. The Foxes defeated Grady 65-59. (Courtesy photo: Scot Stinnett) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOGAN — Because Fort Sumner had won the previous two meetings by an average of 27.5 points, it seemed pretty obvious what the Foxes […]

SATURDAY PREP BASKETBALL

CNJ staff Top performers Boys * Will Genitski, Clovis Christian, scored 18 points, but the Eagles lost at Logan 71-53. The Longhorns, who got 23 points from guard Josh Franco, clinched the District 4-1A regular-season championship with the victory. * Colt Grau, Grady, scored 17 points in the Bronchos’ 64-45 District 4-1A win at San […]

Grady’s lone senior comes back from knee injury

By Jesse Wolfersberger Heather Blackburn, Grady’s lone senior, has words of wisdom for her younger teammates on life and basketball. “I tell them not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Because tomorrow it could be gone.” Blackburn, a 5-foot-6 guard, learned that lesson the hard way. Two minutes into last season’s season-opener, she went […]

Bronchos keep Hounds reeling

CNJ staff EDMOND, Okla. — Central Oklahoma’s Aundrae Grayson hit a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession Saturday and the Bronchos never looked back in an 88-69 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Anthony Brown finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Central Oklahoma, which improved to 5-0 at […]

Late-game run propels Grady

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Grady’s Brittany Bailey drives to the basket past Cliff’s Kaya Mayberry during the first half of a Class 1A quarterfinal game Tuesday in Bernalillo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BERNALILLO — The Grady Lady Bronchos are back in the state Class 1A semifinals — and facing a familiar foe. Senior Jennifer […]

Grady cruises into state

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Grady senior Brittany Bailey releases a shot past Desert Academy senior Georgia Jenkins during the first quarter of their Class 1A Region B game Friday in Grady. Grady defeated Desert Academy 75-25. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer GRADY — Grady’s energy never stopped out on the court. Desert Academy found […]

Hounds swept on diamond

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh isn’t as concerned about losses as he is that his team plays the way it has to if it hopes to be successful. The Greyhounds went toe-to-toe with Central Oklahoma over the weekend, outhitting the Bronchos 41-34 and putting themselves […]

Teamwork promotes winning in Grady

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Senior Jarrod Lindsey could experience his first winning season at Grady. The Bronchos are 13-8. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In the 1990s, a conversation about Class 1A boys basketball in New Mexico usually started with Grady. From 1993 to 1998 the Bronchos advanced to every state championship game but one […]

Late 3-pointer does in Zias

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ENMU’s Tia Doss drives down the lane in the second half Thursday against Central Oklahoma. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Freshman forward Lacie Allen hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 14 seconds left, lifting Central Oklahoma to a 54-52 victory over Eastern New Mexico University […]

ENMU’s Hunnicutt chops down Bronchos

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ENMU’s Reggie Wallace attempts a layup in the first half. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Senior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt scored 18 points and blocked a potential game-tying desperation 3-pointer by Central Oklahoma’s Sam Belt as time expired Thursday night, preserving Eastern New Mexico University’s 66-63 men’s Lone Star Conference […]

Vixens sweep Bronchos

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner ended Grady’s first trip to the 1A state volleyball tournament since 1996 on the first day, sweeping the Lady Bronchos 25-12, 25-16, 25-8 in the quarterfinals Thursday at Del Norte High School. The Vixens (21-3) didn’t lose a game all day, earning the top seed out of Pool A […]

Grady seeing net gains

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Grady junior Heather Blackburn goes up for the kill during practice Tuesday. The Lady Bronchos have opened the season 8-1. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By John Eisel GRADY — Volleyball is no longer fall training for girls basketball at Grady. Under the direction of first-year coach Missy Glover, the Lady Bronchos stand at 8-1 to […]

Late run pushes Des Moines past Lady Bronchos

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Grady junior point guard Brittany Bailey blows by Des Moines’ Jodi Kibbe during the first half of Friday night’s Class 1A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Static cling only lasts for so long, and that was true with the pesky Grady girls […]

Grady’s title bid halted by Lady Demons

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Grady sophomore Stephanie Bailey puts up a shot during Friday’s Class 1A girls state championship game against Des Moines at The Pit. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Making their first appearance in the state finals since 1987, the Grady Lady Bronchos made repeated comeback attempts Friday night against the favored Des […]

Grady buries cold-shooting Cowgirls

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — A fairly easy victory with the next day to practice and shop. It’s not usually that good at the state basketball tournament, but the beginning of the Class 1A girls tourney for the Grady Lady Bronchos on Tuesday was everything the doctor ordered for a nice, stress-free visit. And the […]

Lady Bronchos win first EPAC crown since 1987

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Fort Sumner’s Sandy Fortner grabs a rebound in front of Grady’s Aerial Verble during the first half of the EPAC girls title game Saturday in Portales. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — At first glance, a proper title for Grady’s EPAC girls title could be “I Love the 80s Strikes […]

Grady captures fifth in EPAC

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Grady’s Jarrod Lindsey scored 14 points. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Grady boys coach Ken Kostedt thinks the Bronchos’ 4-10 record this season is a little deceptive. “All of our games this year have been close except for two,” he said. “We just haven’t been on the winning end that […]

Bronchos get the best of Elida

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Elida’s Blaine Bumguardner (left) fouls Grady’s Domingo Diaz during Tuesday’s EPAC game in Texico. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler TEXICO — Modest as they were, one team was going to have its winning streak snapped in Tuesday’s first round game of the EPAC boys tournament between Grady and Elida at the Texico […]