Petty makes tour stop in Texico

By Ryan Lengerich TEXICO — NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is accustomed to being approached by adoring fans out for an autograph. Tuesday morning, the tables were turned. Clovis residents Lexie Meyers, husband Kevin and six-year-old son Lance made a short trip to a gas station in Texico. There, Petty, two other NASCAR drivers and about […]

Portales girls in search of state berth

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Kevin Wilson Adriana Romero would describe her softball season as a “rollercoaster,” and she and her teammates are hopeful the ride ends May 15 in Hobbs, not Saturday in Grants. Romero and the Lady Rams had all of last week, and have most of this week in preparation for Saturday Class 3A regionals. The junior […]

ENMU hosts day for kids

By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University athletes spent a few hours Saturday giving a group of Portales youths something they couldn’t get anywhere else — a little bit of physical education. About 125 children made their way to Greyhound Arena Saturday afternoon to take part in ENMU’s first participation in National P.E. Day. Megan […]

Rams playing waiting game

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Lovington Wildcats clinched their second-straight District 4-3A title Saturday, sweeping the visiting Portales Rams 3-1 and 9-3 at Wildcat Field. Lovington outhit Portales 16-12 in the doubleheader, but benefitted from a six-error difference (the Rams committed 10 errors in the twin bill, Lovington four). The Wildcats still have a doubleheader […]

Hernandez takes up rowing at Stanford

By Rick White Jim Hernandez believes athletics are an important part of the educational process. So when he dropped his youngest daughter off at college in the fall, he urged her to stay involved in sports. Jessica Hernandez played soccer, basketball and ran track at Clovis High, but it was her academic prowess that landed […]

Players turn to umpiring

Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said normal […]

PHS teams end regular season on high note

Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis teams finished off their home season with 5-0 wins against Roswell High Thursday afternoon. The wins put the Portales girls at 18-2, the boys at 15-5. The matches were played in district format, with players compete only in singles or only in doubles. Hailey Quick, Rachelle Self and Morgan Erf […]

Welch sets personal highs

Rick White Guillermo Chavez’ timing couldn’t be better. With the district and state tournaments coming up in the next two weeks, the long-hitting Clovis junior is playing his best golf of the season. Chavez fired his third-straight, sub-par round Thursday, a 1-under-par 70 to win the Clovis Triangular golf tournament. His short birdie putt on […]

Closing in on state

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By Kevin Wilson For the Portales High track teams, it’s a matter of athletes being an inch away from Albuquerque, a second removed from the state track meet in May. The teams are preparing for Friday’s meet in Lovington, the final meet before the District 4-3A championship (also in Lovington, May 7). Portales track members […]

Rams split with NMMI on the road

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Ivan Morales scored on a Reid Marley squeeze bunt with one out in the eighth inning, giving the New Mexico Military Institute Colts a 14-13 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s District 4-3A baseball doubleheader. Portales (15-7, 7-3) won the first game 5-3, and is still in position to win the […]

Rams stay in second place in district

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — With a little more than week to go in the district baseball season, just two games separate the top three teams in District 4-3A. Portales (14-6, 6-2 district) stayed alive in its quest for a playoff spot with a 10-3, 18-11 sweep Saturday at Ruidoso. The Rams stayed in second place, […]

Dora blows out Broncos

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — It felt like nothing for Dora freshman Casey O’Connor when he hit the first home run of his life. Likewise, it felt like nothing when he and his Coyote teammates jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Floyd. In the end, Dora needed all seven innings to beat the host […]

Welch signs with West Texas A&M

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By Kevin Wilson Kevin Welch will bring his high school golf career to an end next month by heading west to Kirtland for the state tournament. Next year, he’ll transition to a college golf career east of Portales at West Texas A&M. Welch, a senior for the Portales High golf team, signed a national letter-of-intent […]

Sanders hoping to catch on with NFL team

By Rick White NFL scouts starting calling about Cale Sanders after a junior season at Eastern New Mexico University in which he blossomed into one of the top wide receivers and punt returners in the Lone Star Conference. That was two years and two major surgeries ago. Undaunted by his run of tough luck and […]

Hounds take two of three from Kingsville

By Dave Wagner Sophomore Josh Kuchta hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the sixth inning Saturday and Eastern New Mexico University wrapped up its baseball season with a 5-3 win over Lone Star Conference South Division co-champion Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Field. The Greyhounds (19-27-1, 8-13-1 South) took two of three in the series from […]

Zias swept in final series of season

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Sophomore Tori Johnson pitched her first shutout of the season while senior Robyn Jensen hurled her third complete game of the weekend Saturday as Texas A&M-Kingsville completed a four-game Lone Star Conference South Division softball sweep of Eastern New Mexico University with 8-0 and 6-2 victories. The Javelinas (31-24, 10-8 […]

Portales tennis dominates Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Outside of Patricia Gallegos and Andrea Curry, Portales blanked Clovis in a boys and girls dual meet Thursday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex. Gallegos downed Hailey Quick 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 singles while Curry needed a pair of tiebreakers to beat Rachelle Self 7-6, 6-4 in the No. 2 singles match. […]

Senior Merrick hoping to go out with title

By Kevin Wilson The biggest improvement in Cassidy Merrick’s golf game this season, at least according to the Portales senior, has been her accuracy on chipping. Chipping is a process that Merrick likes to call the “ups and downs.” Her golf season so far, has had more of the ups. Merrick, a three-time team medalist […]

ENMU softball split in shutouts

Freedom Newspapers GOODWELL, Okla. — Runs were at a premium in Tuesday’s non-conference softball doubleheader between Eastern New Mexico and Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Zias scored a two-out run in the third inning and held on for a 1-0 win in the nightcap after the host Lady Aggies posted a 1-0 win in the opener. […]

Former ENMU star coaching

By Ferron Lucero A former infielder and relief pitcher at Eastern New Mexico University, Brian Cronk turned to coaching when he was released after playing one year in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. After a year as a student assistant at Eastern, Cronk is in his fourth season as an assistant baseball coach at Clovis High. […]