LITTLE LEAGUE: Roosevelt County 12-13s head to Colorado

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Assistant coach Draven Saiz gets the celebratory ice bath following RC’s State Championship win last Monday in Albuquerque.  RC beat the Ruidoso All-Stars 18-3 in five innings to advance to the Southwest Regionals.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com With three-straight wins, the Roosevelt County Intermediate All-Stars punched their ticket to the Southwest Regional Little League Tournament with a spot in the Little League World Series going to the winner. Regionals will be held in Grand Junction, Colorado, starting on June 22 with a guaranteed two games.  In […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Roosevelt All-Stars eliminated

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE —The Roosevelt County 9-11 All-Stars went 1-2 for the weekend in the double-elimination state Little League competition, played at Zia Little League. The Portales-based squad dropped an 11-9 decision to South Valley of Albuquerque on Friday, then beat Espanola Valley 11-6 on Saturday before getting eliminated in an 11-7 loss to La […]

ENMU runners honored

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s cross country team had the top team grade point average among its Lone Star Conference competitors, according to a Wednesday release from the LSC. The team had an average GPA of 3.533. The conference also honored West Texas A&M’s men and Texas Woman’s for claiming the best collective […]

Softball fanatics have a ball at 33rd Custom Classic tournament

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Lubbock Ladies Second II None’s Brianna Mares hits a double in the top of the first inning during a game on Saturday in the 33rd Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex. She later scored in the inning.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com CLOVIS — The 33rd Annual Custom Classic softball tournament is under way this weekend, but there are still plenty of softball games left at the Guy Leeder Complex which started at 7 p.m. on Friday and will finish today. Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma are participating in […]

Custom Classic set next weekend

Staff report CLOVIS — The 33rd annual Plateau Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament is slated for next weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with just over 100 teams participating in five divisions. Tournament director Roger Jackson said on Friday that a few slots remained available for the event. He said around 104 teams were already entered, […]

ENMU women’s basketball team adds forward

STAFF REPORT Jorie Mayfield, a 5-foot-11 forward from Tempe, Arizona, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team next season. Mayfield, a transfer from Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College, helped the Artichokes post back-to-back playoff appearances in her two years at the school She averaged 9.7 […]

Waggoner introduced at ENMU

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Newly appointment ENMU Athletic Director Greg Waggoner talks during his press conference Friday morning inside Greyhound Arena.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Greg Waggoner envisions a year of assessment as the new athleic director at Eastern New Mexico University. That year officially began Friday morning, as he was introduced during a morning ceremony. Waggoner, hired last week by the college, comes from a 20-year term as athletic director at Western State […]

ENMU preps for sports camp season

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — With the school year complete, it’s time for sports camps throughout the summer months. Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a plethora of camps in the months of June and July ranging from fall football to winter basketball and even spring baseball. Starting with the camps that begin earliest, here’s […]

Clovis assistant heading to Lovington

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Casey Pack is going home. But it feels like he’s leaving home, too. Pack, who has roamed Roosevelt and Curry County basketball sidelines for 22 years, is leaving to take over the girls program at Lovington. The hire, made last week, was first reported by the Hobbs News-Sun. Pack […]

ENMU hires Waggoner as new athletic director

Greg Waggoner

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The search for ENMU’s new athletic director has come to a close. On Wednesday, the university announced that Western State Colorado University Athletic Director Greg Waggoner will fulfill the same role for Greyhound athletics on June 1. Waggoner has served as the athletic director at Western State for 20 […]

ENMU ROUNDUP: ENMU qualifies six to D-II nationals

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University will send six athletes in four events to the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships May 26-28 in Bradenton, Florida. Senior Klaudia Szych of Szczecin, Poland, will return for the second year in a row in the women’s 800 after finishing 13th in last season’s nationals. […]

Errors cost Rams championship

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Senior Grant Wagner strikes his bat in frustration on the ground after being stuck out by a Sandia Preparatory Saturday at Santa Ana Star Field in the Class 4A title game. Portales lost to Sandia Preparatory 13-0.

By David Lynch CMI CORRESPONDENT ALBUQUERQUE — It was a tale of two defenses in the Class 4A state baseball title game Saturday morning at Santa Ana Star Field, with the Portales Rams making seven errors in the field en route to a 13-0 thumping at the hands of top-seeded and defending champion Sandia Prep. […]

Boys place third in track championships, Cabledue shatters record

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Portales senior Hannah Cabledue had already broken the Class 4A state record in pole vault earlier this season. During Saturday’s competition in the 4A state meet at the University of New Mexico, she left no doubt as to who the queen of pole vaulting is in her […]

Portales gains 4A final 5-0

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — Portales baseball coach Dusty Nusser said his goal was to win three games during his team’s trip to the Class 4A state baseball tournament this weekend. With Friday’s 5-0 victory over Cobre in the semifinals at Rio Rancho H.S., the second-seeded Rams (23-6) set a school […]

PHS athletes compete well in 4A track

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — With the first day of the Class 4A state track meet completed, Portales athletes had a great showing in the preliminaries as they advanced in 10 races that will conclude today. In addition to the races, five Rams placed in the top-six in their field events. After […]

Rams reach semis

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The Rams mob sophomore catcher Joel Legarda, right, after he hit a home run in Thursday's game at Rio Rancho.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — Last year,  the Bloomfield Bobcats run-ruled Portales 11-1 in the Class 4A state baseball quarterfinals. This time, Dusty Nusser and his team made sure history wouldn’t repeat itself as the Rams bested Bloomfield 4-2 in Thursday’s 4A quarterfinals at Rio Rancho H.S. The Rams (22-6), seeded […]

Errors haunt Floyd

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — Five errors, including two in the top of the seventh inning, helped end Floyd’s hopes for a Class 1-2A state baseball title on Thursday. Second-seeded McCurdy capitalized on the mistakes, scoring four runs in the seventh, and advanced to today’s 9 a.m. championship game against top-seeded […]

Walk-off ends Portales’ title bid

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — All it took was one swing by Dominique McGilbert to end the Lady Rams’ 2016 softball season on Thursday. The Kirtland Central sophomore hit a solo home run, her second of the game, on a 2-0 count in the bottom of the seventh inning to give […]

Wolverines beat Pecos for 3A title

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Texico baseball coach Ty Thatcher saw how his team jumped on a struggling pitcher early in the game, and decided he wouldn’t let his starter’s potential troubles snowball into a rally for the opposition. It paid off, as Texico beat Pecos 6-2 on Friday afternoon at Isotopes Park […]

Melrose blanks McCurdy, defends 1-2A state title

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — While there are seven innings in a high school baseball game, Melrose needed just one on Friday to dispatch McCurdy 4-0 and defend its Class 1-2A state baseball title at Isotopes Park. The Buffaloes (17-4) capitalized on two McCurdy errors to grab a 4-0 lead in the bottom […]