Hounds grab LSC South lead

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Jamaal Hunnicutt tries to get his shot off against West Texas A&M defenders Jason Campbell (No. 40) and Carl Lamb in the first half of Monday’s game at Greyhound Arena. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. Dave Wagner PORTALES — With the Lone Star Conference South Division lead on the line, Eastern New Mexico University’s […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule

CNJ STAFF What: ENMU (13-6, 3-1) vs. West Texas A&M (13-6, 3-1) in a Lone Star Conference South Division game. When/where: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena, Portales. Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3, KGNC-AM 710. Notes: The Greyhounds and Buffaloes are part of a four-way tie for the South lead with Midwestern State (13-6 overall) and Texas […]

New coach leads retooled ENMU softball program

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — In the Lone Star Conference South Division preseason poll, first-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski picked his own squad for last place in the six-team circuit. It’s not that he doesn’t have faith in the Zias, who are coming off a 24-29 season (4-16 South) under interim […]

Zias upend No. 8 Rambelles

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Heather Brown splits Angelo State defenders Natalja Tsurbakova, left, and Sarah West as she drives to the basket during the second half of Saturday’s game in Portales. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Kevin Wilson Tiana Bryant had a night to remember, and helped give Angelo State a night to forget. […]

Hounds beat ASU, pull into four-way tie for first

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Garland Coleman drives to the basket past Angelo State’s Matt Hardin as he goes in for two points during the first half of Saturday’s game in Portales. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Irshaun Pinckney struggled early trying to give Eastern New Mexico University’s offense some […]

Clovis’ Isler has won at every stop

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Clovis coach J.D. Isler planned to be a dentist before turning to coaching. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White J.D. Isler never gave much thought to being a coach when his playing career ended. Even though basketball was his life growing up near Grady, Isler had his sights on becoming a dentist after […]

Vixens continue to roll in District 3-1A

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Melrose’s Audrey Hemminger shots over Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson during the second half of Friday’s game in Melrose. Hemminger finished with a team-high 21 points. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Melrose’s size matched up reasonably well with Fort Sumner’s speed on Friday night — for a half. Then the Vixens broke […]

Foxes end Melrose’s winning streak

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Fort Sumner’s Ross Cortese tries to split Melrose defenders Caleb Doss and Harvey Park during the first half of Friday’s game in Melrose. Cortese was called for traveling on the play. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner MELROSE — No matter what Melrose did Friday night, the Buffaloes couldn’t get Fort Sumner to crack. […]

Late ACU basket sinks Zias

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Eastern senior Lauren Scarlett, battling Lynsie Blau for a rebound, finished with eight points and eight rebounds. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — A post-game conversation took an unusual turn in the corridors of Greyhound Arena Thursday night, with Abilene Christian coach Shawna Lavender apologizing to Zia coach Dan Buzard for […]

Hounds subdue Abilene Christian

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Eastern senior point guard David Hamilton drives past Abilene Christian’s Cliff Green. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Shawn Scanlan liked the way his two starting big men played Thursday night. Jamaal Hunnicutt recorded a triple-double and Travazz Buckley added a double-double as the Greyhounds beat Abilene Christian 87-61 in Lone […]

Area well-represented in 1A-2A grid clash

By Dave Wagner TEXICO’S MIKE PROKOP WILL coach five members of his Class 1A state championship team in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 1A-2A all-star game, scheduled for June 12 at Western New Mexico University in Silver City. Prokop’s South squad will include guard Bryce Bailey, tackle Jared Curtis and running back […]

Hounds’ Cooper wants to share his knowledge

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Brent Cooper hopes to pass on what he has learned as a player by coaching after he’s done playing collegiately. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Brent Cooper can think of no bigger assist than to pass along his knowledge […]

Lady Cats ride big second half

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Cold shooting. Hostile road crowd. Foul trouble. A trio of obstacles the Clovis Lady Wildcats haven’t faced in a while. Regrouping at halftime, Clovis scored the first 22 points of the second half en route to a 53-28 win over Carlsbad on Tuesday in a District 4-5A game. Brittany Blackmon scored […]

Cats take advantage of inside superiority

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Clovis junior Tizrick Phillips chipped in eight points and three assists. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner As expected, the Clovis High boys basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night. Now the Wildcats have some time to prepare for rival Hobbs in next Tuesday’s key District 4-5A showdown at Rock Staubus […]

Cats’ slow starts cause for concern

Rick White Of course Clovis coach J.D. Isler is concerned his team has lost three times in five games. But there’s no reason to panic, the third-year Wildcats basketball coach said. “We just need to keep everything in perspective,” Isler said. “We just need to keep doing the things in practice it takes to get […]

Hounds look to regroup

By Dave Wagner His team earned a split on a tough weekend road trip, but Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan said the Greyhounds are going through some tough times. ENMU opened Lone Star Conference South Division play on Thursday with a 55-52 win at Texas A&M-Commerce, then traveled south to face […]

ENMU picked near bottom in LSC South baseball, softball

CNJ STAFF Phil Clabaugh doesn’t disagree much with the Lone Star Conference South Division’s preseason baseball poll — except his thinks his Eastern New Mexico University squad might have been picked higher than he expected. The Greyhounds were tabbed for fourth place in the five-team circuit, just one point ahead of rival West Texas A&M. […]

Lady Cats outgun Eldorado

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Clovis senior Tyisha Brown, driving to the basket against Eldorado’s Megan Hines, finished with a season-high 10 points off the bench. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Aimee Hilburn did a little bit of everything on the court, including helping a teammate reinsert a loose contact lens. Fouled on the play that jarred her […]

Weekend area prep basketball summaries

CNJ STAFF Saturday Girls New Mexico Non-district Fort Sumner 62, Dexter 40 Fort Sumner (14-4) — Kayla Britain 3 0-0 6, Keri Ann Gammill 1 0-0 2, Leslie Wood 2 1-1 5, Shannon Wilson 2 0-0 4, Tobea Patterson 5 1-2 15, Sandy Fortner 6 2-2 15, Lindsay Mansell 3 0-0 7, Kelly Fortner 2 […]

Zias pull away from Kingsville in second half

CNJ STAFF KINGSVILLE, Texas — Junior guard Laci Lee led three Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 17 points Saturday afternoon and the Zias pulled away after a close first half to beat struggling Texas A&M-Kingsville 67-47 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball. ENMU (9-8, 3-1 South) won for the […]