Dora coach: Upperclassmen will have to set tone

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Coach Arnold Peralez goes over instructions with this players during Dora volleyball practice Wednesday.

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer masher@pntonline.com Coach Arnold Peralez is very happy with the future of the Dora Coyotes volleyball teams as they had one of the biggest turnouts in a long time. This year 27 girls, including seven transfer students, came out for both the varsity and junior varsity squads. Out of those 27 […]

Floyd volleyball squad young but ready

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Assistant coach Dawn Kuchta readies for a serve during Tuesday’s practice.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com FLOYD — When a coach says his team has a lot of youth, that’s usually not a good thing due to the possible lack of experience. Coach Mike Maguire, head coach of Floyd’s volleyball team, would beg to differ. “We’re young, but not inexperienced,” Coach Maguire said. “Our team […]

Ram volleyball roster finalized

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Rams junior varsity coach Charity Gomez, left, goes over serving drills with Kambrey Blakey during practice. Blakey, a senior, has played on the varsity squad since she was a freshman.

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer masher@pntonline.com If coach Ruth Chavez wants to end her career at Portales High School with one last state title, she’s certainly put together a group that has a chance to do it. Of the 10 players listed on this year’s roster, eight of them played considerable time on last year’s […]

Hounds hold first scrimmage

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Above: Freshman fullback Jakorious Williams looks for daylight in the first half of Saturday’s scimmage at Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Todd and Charles Countee always played football together while they were growing up, and they saw no reason to change that when they both had the chance at college ball. When Todd signed on at Eastern New Mexico University, Charles said, it was almost a foregone […]

Ram job up in the air

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Sophomore Tyrese Dawson completes a throw during practice.

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer masher@pntonline.com Last season, the Portales Rams said good-bye to their two senior quarterbacks. Rather than simply naming an heir apparent, coach Jamie Ramirez is holding an open tryout to see who will become the Rams’ newest signal caller. With six players vying for the job — two sophomores, three juniors […]

Ram QB job up in the air

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Junior Ramirez follows through on a pass attempt during Wednesday’s Ram football practice. Ramirez is one of three juniors, and six players overall, vying for the starting quarterback job.

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer masher@pntonline.com Last season, the Portales Rams said good-bye to their two senior quarterbacks. Rather than simply naming an heir apparent, coach Jamie Ramirez is holding an open tryout to see who will become the Rams’ newest signal caller. With six players vying for the job — two sophomores, three juniors […]

One last run

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Coach Chavez talks to her players during Monday’s afternoon practice.

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer masher@pntonline.com Ruth Chavez has been a fixture in the Portales School system for more than a quarter of a century. Between 14 years coaching Portales’ junior varsity, and the next 14 coaching the varsity volleyball squad, Chavez enters her 29th year of coaching. She’s decided it will be her last, […]

Ram teams set for practices

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer masher@pntonline.com School doesn’t officially start for the students of Portales High until next Friday, but that doesn’t mean the sports teams have been taking it easy. Strength and conditioning and team practices and even competing in touraments have all been par for the course for the Portales Rams. Volleyball July […]

Hounds start practice Tuesday

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn expects to have the largest turnout for the start of practice in at least a couple of years when the Greyhounds begin drills this week. Around 140 to 150 players are expected to check in on Monday morning, and the team will begin workouts the […]

ENMU tabbed for fourth in LSC women’s soccer

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fourth place in the Lone Star Conference women’s preseason soccer poll this week, while both ENMU cross country squads have been tabbed for third place in rankings. Angelo State finished with 82 points and eight of 15 first-place votes in the six-team women’s […]

ENMU adds former post to coaching staff

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has hired former post Jasmine Johnson as a graduate assistant. As a senior Johnson played 27 games for the Zias — since renamed the Greyhounds — last season, with six starts. She averaged 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

ENMU eighth of nine in LSC volleyball poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team was picked for eighth place in the nine-team Lone Star Conference in the league’s preseason poll, released on Tuesday by the conference office. West Texas A&M, which ran through the LSC unbeaten a year ago, is the favorite to win it again this season. […]

ENMU adds transfer for women’s basketball

Staff report Briana White, a 5-foot-9 wing player from Phoenix, has signed a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball this season at Eastern New Mexico University. White transferred from NCAA Division II Dixie State, where she averaged 10 points, 2.8 rebounds and nearly two assists per game in 2013-14, and ranked second on […]

Rams get started with midnight practice

Staff report The Portales Rams couldn’t wait to get on the practice field on Monday. For the second year in a row, Rams coach Jaime Ramirez and his squad had a midnight practice — starting at 12:01 a.m., actually — to kick off the new season. Ramirez said Monday’s workout, which lasted more than three […]

Ram football to again kick off season early

Staff report For the second year in a row, the Portales High football team will kick off preseason drills with a midnight practice. Fourth-year coach Jaime Ramirez said Saturday that the Rams will start at 12:01 a.m. on Monday — the first day teams can practice — with about a three-hour session. From Tuesday through […]

PHS junior receives invite

Staff report A Portales High School junior participated in the Don Mattingly World Series in Farmington, and has been invited to play a weekend tournament with its champion. Emilio Lovato, an outfielder for Portales High, played three games with Naataanii, based in Farmington, during the championships in Surprise, Arizona Friday through Wednesday. Lovato, who batted […]

Majors inducted into NMHSCA Hall of Honor

Staff report A Clovis resident and Grady assistant coach was inducted last weekend into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Honor. Mike Majors, a 1980 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, was inducted along with Allan Lockridge (Pojoaque) and Bill Cawood (Kirtland Central). Majors won eight state volleyball titles and a girls […]

Hounds picked for sixth in LSC grid poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Last season, coming off a share of its first Lone Star Conference football championship since 1991, Eastern New Mexico University was picked for third place in the conference’s preseason poll. A year ago, the Greyhounds went 3-4 in league play (7-4 overall), and their stock apparently dropped as a result. […]

Senior LL team falls in opener

Staff report SEGUIN, Texas — The Clovis Zia 15-16 all-star team dropped its first-round game on Friday to San Antonio-based Capital Park 4-3 in the Southwest Region Seniors Little League tournament. Zia will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. (MDT) today in the losers bracket of the double-elimination meet against an opponent to be […]

Ex-ENMU player headed for Spain

Staff report Former Eastern New Mexico University basketball player Phil Henry is going overseas for his second professional season. The 6-foot-7 Henry, who set an ENMU career blocks record with 70 in just two seasons, will join Alza Basket Azuquece of the EBA league in Spain. “We are extremely excited for Phil with this new […]