Rams rout Lovington, improve to 2-0

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — The question for the Rams coming into this game was if their defensive effort a fluke last week against Robertson. With Portales handily defeating rival Lovington 48-12 it’s safe to say the Rams defense is for real. Portales shut out the Wildcats in the first half […]

Friday area prep football capsules — Sept. 4

Tucumcari 35, Texico 26 Records: Texico 1-1, Tucumcari 1-1 Difference: Down at the half, the Rattlers took the lead for good on a 49-yard run by senior RB Daniel Lopez in the opening minute of the third period. Difference-makers: Lopez rushed for 239 yards and scored four touchdowns, including a 77-yard punt return. His other […]

Melrose pummels Cloudcroft

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Melrose sophomore Carson Fraze tries to power past Cloudcroft defenders Jarod Gay, left, and Jacob Toddy. Fraze had five carries for 45 yards in Melrose’s 60-6 win.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes are the reigning champions of New Mexico 8-man football because they have experience, speed and talent. They’re a favorite to stay that way because everybody plays a part. The Buffaloes wasted no time — OK, maybe a little time — and dominated Cloudcroft in […]

Lady Cats second, Cats fourth at Coronado

Staff report LUBBOCK — As the only non-Texas squads in the field, Clovis High’s cross country teams did a good job of representing the Land of Enchantment in Friday’s Lubbock Coronado Invitational. The CHS girls finished second to Canyon Randall in the varsity girls meet while the boys were a solid fourth in the three-mile […]

ENMU volleyball team splits; men’s soccer posts second win

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Junior outside hitters Courtney Lawson and Lauren Frye combined for 40 kills on Friday and Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team earned a split for the day in West Texas A&M’s season-opening Lady Buff Classic with a 25-22, 15-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-13 victory over Lubbock Christian. Earlier on Friday, the […]

Cats ease past Portales 10-0

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Clovis sophomore Markus Ward goes high to head the ball to a teammate during the first half of Thursday’s boys soccer match against Portales at the Yucca complex. Clovis cruised to a 10-0 victory.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The fast start to the 2015 season continued on Thursday for the Clovis High boys soccer team. Meantime, a young Portales squad is going through some early tribulations. Senior forward Alejandro Medina scored two goals and added a pair of assists as the Wildcats improved to 7-1 with a […]

ENMU volleyball team counting on sophomores, juniors

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — With just four returners who had significant playing time  last season, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Sia Poyer hopes his juniors and sophomores will help improve a team that finished 13-18 last season. Why the sophomore and juniors for this season? ENMU only has two seniors […]

Thursday area prep volleyball summaries — Sept. 3

Melrose 3, Floyd 0 Melrose    25    25    25 Floyd    8    9    16 Melrose individual statistics Kills — Taylor Bostwick 11, Addison Dial 9. Blocks — Dial 1. Digs — Reagan Carthel 8, Jayden Beard 4. Aces — Ember Woods 8, Carthel 4, Cailey Payne 4. Assists — Payne 22. Record — Melrose 4-1. Junior varsity […]

ENMU women fall in opener 1-0

Staff report BETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene senior forward Siara Price scored in the first minute of the second half and the Crimson Storm made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico University’s women on Thursday in the season opener for both teams. It was the first career goal for Price, […]

Weekend prep football capsules — Sept. 4

Texico at Tucumcari When: 7 p.m. today Records: Texico 1-0, Tucumcari 0-1 Last week: The Wolverines won at Santa Rosa 28-6. Tucumcari lost at home 18-0 to Escalante in a game called at halftime. Last year: Texico dominated the Rattlers 47-6 at Texico. Of note: Tucumcari’s opener last week at home ended because the power […]

Hounds pound New Mexico Highlands 40-10 in season opener

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A Greyhound trio of Cordero Gonzales, Keylon Hollis and Michael Cowden get to New Mexico Highlands quarterback Keith Moore and force a first-quarter fumble in Thursday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds 
recovered the ball on the play and went for a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — This may be the final season at Greyhound Stadium. But it’s clear the Curse of Blackwater Draw is still alive, at least for New Mexico Highlands and its special teams. The host Greyhounds scored all of their touchdowns following New Mexico Highlands miscues — including two […]

Cats ready to test Cibola in Albuquerque

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com By most metrics, Clovis quarterback Daulton Hatley estimates, the Wildcats are farther along in their second week of 2015 than at the same time in 2014. “We’re running the ball better at this point than last year, we’re throwing the ball better at this point,” Hatley said. “We have […]

Hounds ready for Thursday kickoff

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Just a reminder to all the Greyhound faithful: Your Eastern New Mexico football team has its first game of the season tonight. Yes, it’s a rare Thursday game as the Greyhounds take on the New Mexico Highland Cowboys with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. at Blackwater Draw. Additionally, it […]

Wanted: New scorers

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The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team goes through its passing warmup drills on Tuesday afternoon. The team opens up the season today at Southern Nazarene University.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Coach Omar Morales has his work cut out for him in his sophomore season as the Greyhounds soccer coach. After finishing last season 9-8 (6-4 in conference), Eastern New Mexico University said good-bye to their seven senior players and now have to fill those roles. ENMU will be without […]

Hounds working with new coach, system

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The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team warms up Monday afternoon in preparation for its trip to Taos.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Paul Tate was handed the keys to the Greyhounds soccer team this offseason and with a new coach, that typically means changes throughout the program that finished 7-6-3 last year as well as previous starters aren’t guaranteed to keep their old spots. There are 16 returning players from last […]

ENMU president: ‘No excuse’ for NCAA infractions

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s president apologized to fans and students Wednesday, saying there was no excuse for administrative errors that resulted in four years probation from the NCAA and the vacation of all victories and championships between 2008 and 2012. During a press conference at Greyhound Arena, Gamble answered […]

Lady Rockets edge CHS in five-setter

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Clovis High senior Skyler Sambrano sets the ball during Tuesday’s match against Goddard at Rock Staubus Gym. Sambrano collected 15 assists in the match, which went the distance before the Lady Rockets pulled out a 3-2 win.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Two matches into the season, and the Clovis Lady Wildcats are still learning. You’ll fall behind, and you’ll face good hitters. “We had a talk at the start of the game,” Clovis coach Gabe Apodaca said. “We’re still learning about what we’re going to see this season. Sometimes we’re […]

Lady Cats, Goddard play to tie

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Clovis junior Jaci Sievers looks to control a throw-in against Roswell Goddard junior defender Bianca Morones during Tuesday’s girls soccer match at Leon Williams Stadium. The Lady Wildcats and Lady Rockets played to a 1-1 tie.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Clovis HIgh and Roswell Goddard girls soccer teams got their first real test on Tuesday of the New Mexico Activities Association’s decision to eliminate overtime and penalty-kick tiebreakers in non-tournament games this season. Well, at least both sides can say they didn’t lose. Clovis eighth-grader Sofia Rico broke […]

Cats notch 1-0 road victory over Rockets

Staff report ROSWELL — Clovis High’s boys converted one of the few scoring opportunities in the match, and it was just enough. Senior Luis Bustamante scored in the 63rd minute and the Wildcats held Roswell Goddard without a shot on goal in posting a 1-0 victory over the Rockets on Tuesday night. Senior midfielder Sergio […]

Cats fifth in Los Alamos tourney

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Seniors Eduardo Hernandez and Drew Kernan scored about eight minutes apart and the Clovis High boys soccer team made it stand up for a 2-1 win over Farmington on Saturday in the fifth-place match of an eight-team tournament hosted by Los Alamos H.S. Hernandez gave the Cats (5-0-1) the lead […]