Cruickshank throws no-hitter for Zias

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Sophomore Kristen Cruickshank threw what is believed to be the fourth no-hitter in Eastern New Mexico University softball history Saturday as the Zias blanked New Mexico Highlands 9-0 in the Bronze Bracket championship game of West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. ENMU (13-8) beat defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City University […]

Lady Rams survive upset bid

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Tara Johnson’s leg was shaking. Her heart was pounding. Her mouth was dry and her palms moist. But her free throws? As soft as a morning breeze. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year […]

Elida upsets Cliff in OT

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Elida’s Wesley Gilmore posts up Cliff defender Jerrett Mendenhall in a Class 1A state quarterfinal game Wednesday at Rio Rancho High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer RIO RANCHO — For most of Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game, Elida played more like the No. 1 seed than did top-seeded […]

Vixens top Elida in OT for 3-1A girls tourney crown

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — The Fort Sumner Vixens led nearly the entire game Friday night, but needed clutch free-throw shooting to beat Elida 60-58 in overtime in the District 3-1A tournament championship. “Any time you play Elida and a Dan Howard team, and you come out of an Elida gym (with a […]

Fort Sumner earns berth

CNJ staff MELROSE — Kaylynn Johnson and Rachel Chavez scored 10 points each and Fort Sumner beat Melrose when it counted the most — with a state tournament berth on the line. The third-seeded Vixens hit 10-of-14 free throws in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday and beat the second-seeded Lady Buffs […]

Hounds turn back Mustangs

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan was wondering how his team would react in a bad situation, he found out Thursday night. The Greyhounds twice erased major deficits in turning back Midwestern State 86-81 to retain the early lead in the Lone Star Conference men’s race […]

Hounds win South opener over Wildcats

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Junior Justin Redman-Trotter hit four late free throws, including the two clinching shots with five seconds left, as Eastern New Mexico University held off Abilene Christian 86-82 on Thursday in the men’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. Senior guard Stephen Wilson went 10-of-14 from the field […]

Lady Tigers down Clovis

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Clovis freshmen center Antiesha Brown hustles for a loose ball as Aztec senior guard Charity Gillespie reaches for it at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday night. (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What started as a scorer’s duel in the first half came down to defense and free throws as the […]

Zias fall into tie for South cellar

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior forward Kaipresha Price’s layup with 1:23 left Thursday night lifted Texas A&M-Kingsville past Eastern New Mexico University 60-58 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. Freshman guard Jasmine June scored 21 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the Javelinas (5-17, 1-8 South) snapped a six-game […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]