Friday morning briefing: Healthy money, calling all cowgirls and a poem

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Healthy money New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman says La Casa de Buena Salud in Portales has been awarded a $342,095 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help deliver health care services to the community. Cowgirls call The Cowgirls Rodeo […]

Zias outlast Cowgirls in five sets

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU’s Jessica King tries for a kill during the Zias’ match against New Mexico Highlands on Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. The Zias pulled out a 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 22-25, 20-18 win over the Cowgirls, erasing four consecutive match points in the fifth set to keep it alive. CNJ staff PORTALES […]

Cowgirls end Zias’ winning streak at five

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior middle blocker Sarah Dirmeyer had 24 kills and freshman outside hitter Darian Mullen and sophomore outside hitter Ashley Nugent both compiled double-doubles as New Mexico Highlands edged Eastern New Mexico University 25-15, 13-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-11 Saturday in the Cowgirls’ invitational tournament, ending the Zias’ longest winning streak […]

Inventions target aging cowgirls

By Glenda Price: State columnist Have you been receiving “special offers” for hearing testing and hearing aids in the mail lately? I sure have, and that’s not all. I’m getting offers for long-term care and life insurance for myself and my animals along with special equipment for arthritic hands and fingers. I wonder if those […]

Zias split with Cowgirls

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ENMU sophomore Samantha Davis fields a ground ball in the infield on Wednesday as the Zia split a doubleheader with New Mexico Highlands. The Zia won the first game 1-0, but dropped the nightcap 11-6. CNJ staff Kimberly Crouse pitched a four-hit shutout, and sophomore Melissa Williams’ bases-loaded walk was the difference in Eastern New […]

Zias close out Cowgirls

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Eastern New Mexico University Zias scored the last 10 points of the game to beat New Mexico Highlands 85-76 Thursday in a non-conference game. Cat Clay led a huge effort off the bench with a team-high 15 points as the Zias (4-6) won their third straight game. Ashley Logan led […]

ENMU at New Mexico Highlands capsule

ENMU (3-6) at New Mexico Highlands (5-2), 7 p.m. at Las Vegas, N.M. Radio: none. Last outing: The Zias overcame a 16-point deficit with less than 16 minutes left to beat Southwestern Oklahoma 73-70 on Monday and complete the sweep of a two-game Lone Star Conference crossover road trip. Notes: The Cowgirls, who upended the […]

Zias rope Cowgirls

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Eastern New Mexico University sophomore guard Cat Clay drives to the basket in the first half of Wednesday night’s game against New Mexico Highlands. The Zias won 79-64, winning their second straight game. By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico It won’t be a long break, but sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer […]

Cowgirls notch 3-game sweep against ENMU

CNJ staff PORTALES — Senior outside hitter Ashley Murray had 13 kills Tuesday night to help New Mexico Highlands beat Eastern New Mexico University 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 in non-conference volleyball at Greyhound Arena. The Cowgirls (7-10) led most of the way. They opened a five-point margin midway through the first game, then weathered a rally […]

Zias take two from Cowgirls

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Zias record first win

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Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico Zias freshman Til-Lois Fifer (42) tries to get a shot past the defense of New Mexico Highlands’ Andrea Salas on Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. The Zias beat NMHU in the home opener. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Leading by 20 at halftime, Eastern New Mexico University’s women […]

Cowgirls post win over Zias

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — New Mexico Highlands rallied from a seven-point deficit to win a decisive third game Tuesday night and the Cowgirls went on to a 30-26, 20-30, 34-32, 30-15 over Eastern New Mexico University. Junior outside hitter Ashley Murray had 20 kills and senior outside hitter Jasmine Morris added 19 for […]

Lady Eagles need five games to turn back House

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Junior Cristen Wofford was excited about the possibility of a sweep when her Clovis Christian volleyball team won the first two games against House in Friday’s District 4-1A tournament championship match at the CCS gym. She and the Lady Eagles probably should’ve known better. The Cowgirls rallied to take […]

ENMU spikers drop ninth in row

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ENMU freshman Megan Kazakoff (left) and a teammate try to block the attack of New Mexico Highland’s Audra Williams on Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers photo: Karl Terry) CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team is having one of those years where going to a fifth game has proven to […]

CCS teams sweep past House

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Clovis Christian’s Sam Barnett is fouled by House’s Sara Lee as she drives to the basket during the first half of Thursday’s District 4-1A girls matchup at CCS. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis Christian’s basketball teams got on the board in District 4-1A in a big way Thursday […]

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 […]

Clovis Christian topples House

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Clovis Christian School’s Brielle Mares hits the ball past House’s Kimberly Lyons. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In a match filled with long rallies and lots of dinks and digs, a scrappy and motivated Clovis Christian squad outshined House at home Tuesday night in its first ever district tournament match. […]

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 […]

Zias turn back NM Highlands

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Zia freshman Grace George blocks a kill attempt by Highlands outside hitter Audra Williams in the first game of Tuesday’s match at Greyhound Arena. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Anna Bellum led three Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 22 kills, and the Zias staved off a late […]