Portales faces playoff-tested St. Michael’s

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Riding a three-game win streak, the Portales Rams are a game away from a Class 3A state championship game. Their mission is simple: beat third-seeded St. Michael’s on the road at 1 p.m. today in the state semifinals. “We’ve had a great week of practice,” Portales coach Andy Correll said. […]

Wildcats not amused by seeding ‘joke’

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley was not a big fan of the state’s two-year-old playoff system even before learning Saturday the Wildcats were seeded fourth in the Class 5A state playoff pairings. “The committee as a whole is joke,” said Kelley, who felt the Wildcats should have been seeded […]

Zias fall in LSC soccer tourney

CNJ staff EDMOND, Okla. — Junior defender Tamara Geels scored two goals and sophomore midfielder Melissa DoRemus and freshman defender Whitney Hancock each had a goal and an assist Thursday, lifting Texas A&M-Commerce to a 4-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the first round of the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer tournament. In […]

Midwestern State beats Hounds in SSC tournament

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State limited Eastern New Mexico University to just two shots on goal Thursday night and the top-seeded host Mustangs notched a 5-1 victory in the semifinals of the Southwest Soccer Conference tournament. Goals by Scott Leonard and Brandon Swartzendruber midway through the first half staked Midwestern (16-2-1), ranked […]

Rams ousted by district rival Lovington

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Once again for the Portales Rams, it was close but no cigar against District 4-3A rival Lovington. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats, the only one of the top 10 seeds to reach the semifinals in the 16-team Class 3A baseball tournament, spoiled the Rams’ bid to make it to the championship game […]

Portales sends boys, girls doubles to semifinals

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Portales junior Kyle Adams (above) teamed with senior Matt Tucker on Friday to reach today’s boys doubles semifinals in the Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque. (Freedom Newspapers photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self are right where they expected to be after Friday’s play in […]

CHS readies for postseason

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats head into the Class 5A playoffs with no fear of higher seeded teams. After all, they’ve already beaten the tournament’s top-ranked squad, Carlsbad, in district play. The Cats (11-14) drew the 13th seed and play Saturday at fourth-seeded Cibola (21-4-1) in the tournament’s first round. “I […]

Free throws help Huskies get past Texico

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Texico had nearly as many free throw attempts as Hope Christian in Thursday’s Class 2A state girls semifinal basketball game. It’s just that the Huskies never seemed to miss. Hope Christian managed only 11 field goals, the same as the Lady Wolverines, but sank an astonishing 33-of-38 free throws en route […]

Rams seek berth in 3A boys finals against Grants

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Needing only one win to clinch a spot in the Class 3A state tournament finals, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said he’s glad the team had Thursday off. “It’s nice to have a day off,” Gallegos said. “We’re going to go back to Bernalillo and work out. You […]

Foxes struggle at line in loss to Hagerman

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Fort Sumner senior Ryan Fikany squeezes off a shot in the lane during Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state tournament quarterfinal game against Hagerman at Del Norte High School. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — A frenzied full-court press helped Fort Sumner climb out of a deep first-half hole […]