Groups combine to teach fastpitch

By Kevin Wilson It’s hard enough making the transition into high school athletics. A few groups are trying to make sure local softball players don’t have to adjust to a whole new sports on top of that. The city softball park played host this week to a fastpitch softball clinic, a joint effort through the […]

Buzard undergoes succesful surgery to remove tumor

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard had a brain tumor surgically removed Monday in Albuquerque, where he remains hospitalized. Buzard, 36, was taken ill over the weekend while in Albuquerque. “Sunday he just got really sick at my parents’ house,” said Buzard’s wife Jennifer. “He looked really pale and […]

Tae kwon do students to compete in Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]

Clovis squad knocked out of nationals

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats were eliminated from national AAU 15-and-under girls basketball competition Tuesday, falling to the Concord Blazers 78-67 in the second round of bracket play. The Lady Wildcats, who had a first-round bye in bracket play, finished 4-2 for the tournament after winning four of their five games in pool […]

Roosevelt team declared winners

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Roosevelt County, victims of a technicality on Monday, have been declared winners of the District 3 Little League 9-10-year-old baseball tournament. Roosevelt County beat the Clovis American All-Stars, 11-1, in Monday’s finals, but had to forfeit after the Clovis team protested. On Tuesday, American League president Sherry Best said she talked […]

Roosevelt forfeits to Clovis

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — After thoroughly dominating the game, the Roosevelt County 9-10-year-old All-Stars were foiled by Little League rules Monday night. Roosevelt County beat Clovis American 11-1 in the championship game of the double-elimination District 3 tournament at Beachum Field in a game called after 3 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule. But American […]

Clovis AAU squad hammers Florida Green Wave

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After four close games, the Clovis Lady Wildcats closed out pool play in the AAU national girls 15-and-under tournament on Monday with a 66-36 rout of the Florida Green Wave. The Lady Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for first place in their pool at 4-1. They advanced to bracket play as […]

Roosevelt County slips by Clovis

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Roosevelt County All-Stars got off to an early lead and rode solid pitching to beat Clovis 5-3 on Sunday night for the District 3 Juniors division tournament championship game at Brady Field. Roosevelt built leads of 3-0 and 5-2 early in the game and held on behind the combined pitching […]

Roosevelt wins tournament against American

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — The Roosevelt County All-Stars rode strong pitching and just enough hitting Saturday night to a 5-3 win over Clovis American in the championship game of the District 3 major bracket Little League tournament at Beachum Field. Third baseman Chet Chenault drove in three runs with a first-inning single and a […]

Rodeo a family affair for Sant siblings

By Kevin Wilson Rodeo has always been a family event for the Sant family. This week, they’ll have a chance to create the same atmosphere for the National High School Finals Rodeo. Dustan and Jaci Sant are two of the three members competing this week in Gillette, Wyo., site of the annual NHSFR. Dustan and […]

Former Greyhound transforms into successful sports management CEO

By Dave Wagner Former Eastern New Mexico University football player and golfer Steve Loy has carved out a successful career for himself in the sports world since his playing days. The 52-year-old Albuquerque native spent several years as a successful college coach and administrator, and now serves as managing partner/president and CEO of Gaylord Sports […]

Portales High girls win all-sport trophy

By Kevin Wilson For the second year in a row, Portales High School has won thei girls all-sport trophy for Class 3A. For the first year, they will have something to show for it. On Oct. 14, during the New Mexico Activities Associations’s annual meeting of schools, PHS will receive a plaque along with nine […]

Volleyball camp comes to Portales

By Kevin Wilson The Kenneth Livingston Gymnasium was a place that Megan Kabrick had never played in, and it is a place she’ll likely never play in again. Still, the Portales High School junior-to-be felt like she belonged. “It feels awesome,” Kabrick said. “It feels like I’m back home.” Kabrick is one of about 80 […]

Zias softball team announces new signings

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski has announced the signing of four players from Midland (Texas) College to national letters of intent. The players are Tina Witt, a catcher from Riverside, Calif.; Jessica Nocas, a second baseman/shortstop from Crestline, Calif.; Adina Taul, an outfielder from Placentia, Calif., and Rosemary […]

ENMU teams earn no respect

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — If their conference preseason polls are to be believed, Eastern New Mexico University’s soccer teams have their work cut out this fall. The second-year women’s program is projected to finish ninth in the 10-team Lone Star Conference race. The Zias were 3-12-2 last year in their inaugural campaign, […]

Lady Blues fight off elimination

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — On Saturday morning, first-round play of the state USSSA softball championships began at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. Those contests determined whether teams would be playing in “winners” or “losers” bracket games later that day in the double-elimination tournaments. But whether the night contests were by nature elimination […]

Roosevelt drops heartbreaker

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By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Tall compared to his fellow 11- and 12-year-olds in Friday’s game, Roosevelt County pitcher Ty Terry had a group of Clovis American hitters mostly in check. But the American All-Stars were able to scratch out a single run in the top of the sixth inning — the last frame under […]

ENMU cowboys pursuing different career paths

By Kevin Wilson A few weeks after impressive finishes at the College National Finals Rodeo, a pair of Eastern New Mexico University team members are working their own circuits. Royce Lynch, a senior-to-be for ENMU, is currently trying to get in as many rodeos as he can for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). “I’ve […]

Six PHS gridders to play in all-star game

By Dave Wagner LAS VEGAS, N.M. — For Seth Clabaugh and Cole Parrish, Saturday’s fourth annual Class 3A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star football game will lead them into the start of two-a-days in college next month. For Matt Lujan and Brian Berry, it’s a chance to put a cap on their football […]

Clovis-based team preparing for trip to AAU nationals

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Regina Downing doesn’t think she’ll have to whip her team into a frenzy for its opener in the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament next week in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Clovis Lady Wildcats, seeded second in their six-team pool, face the top-seeded New Hampshire Stars at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) on […]