Three qualify for national rodeo

Freedom Newspapers Three Eastern New Mexico University rodeo athletes have qualified for the 2005 College National Finals Rodeo June 12-18 at Casper, Wyo. The ENMU qualifiers are senior Dusty Higgins of Roswell (bull riding), James Gilliland of Tularosa (team roping) and freshman Brittany Bennett of Portales (barrel racing). The top three finishers in each region […]

Community has task at hand

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In the face of staggering statistics — 85 percent of bases recommended for closure by the Department of Defense are indeed shuttered — area leaders are holding tightly to the idea that Cannon Air Force Base can beat the odds. Many are unwilling to even discuss a contingency plan. “Frankly,” […]

Kelly, VanWettering named to honor roll

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Erica Kelly and Kristen VanWettering have qualified for the 2004-05 Lone Star Conference commissioner’s honor roll in women’s tennis. Kelly is a junior from Stockton, Calif., majoring in biology, and had a 3.25 cumulative grade point average entering the spring semester. VanWettering, a Portales High grad […]

ENMU represented by dozen athletes in all-star game

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Twelve players who are planning to walk on in football at Eastern New Mexico University are slated to participate in the first West Texas Football Classic, a benefit game set for June 4 at Lowery Field. Playing for the North squad are Tyler Caffey of Plains, Omar Jordan and Randy McBrewer […]

Hounds sign four for hoops season

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan figures next year has to be better for the Greyhounds — almost no matter what happens. After winning Lone Star Conference South Division titles the previous two seasons, what was expected to be another good year in 2004-05 began to unravel almost immediately. […]

Jordan chosen again

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University junior Tracy Jordan has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI College Division softball first team for the second consecutive year. The all-district team is chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jordan, a physical education major from Rosamond, Calif., owns […]

Rams, Tigers bow out at state

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent By Eric Butler PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Elida may well come down this road again. And so might the Tigers’ opponent on Tuesday, in the semifinal round of the Class 1A baseball team. Two very young squads faced off at St. Pius high school in Albuquerque for the right to […]

Spilca too much for Lady Rams

PNT Staff In the end, a five-time state singles champion was the difference in making sure Portales didn’t become a three-time team champion over the weekend. Mariana Spilca claimed wins in both the singles and doubles category, giving Sandia Prep a 5-4 win over Portales for the Class 1-3A girls tennis title Saturday in Albuquerque. […]

Elida advances at state

Freedom Newspapers Playing in state tournament competition for the first time in 30 years, the Elida Tigers brought out the big bats on Monday. Elida pounded out 18 hits, including 11 for extra bases, and posted a 15-9 victory over Gallup Catholic in a quarterfinal game played at Cibola High School. The Tigers (7-11) will […]

Four score for Portales

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams were relegated to four scoring finishes over the weekend in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico. PHS posted three sixths for three points in boys competition while the girls came up with a fifth-place finish, good for two points, when eighth-grader Kelsi […]

Portales’ first trip to state a short one

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent With only one senior on the roster heading into the state tournament, the Portales Rams knew that their softball future was promising. They just didn’t know they would have to start thinking about that future so quickly. The Rams were shellacked 14-0 by defending champion Grants when the Class 3A […]

Cross country members earn awards

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Joel McMullen and assistant Matthew Gordillo have announced winners of the inaugural Mike Boit Award as the program’s runners of the year. Award winners for 2004-05, based on their placings in cross country meets during the fall, were freshman Jason Garcia of Alamogordo for the men […]

Tennis team members earn third-place awards

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Even after she woke up on Thursday, Portales sophomore Morgan Erf knew she was due for another wake-up call later that morning. This one, however, wasn’t from the hotel front desk. It was, instead, from the preeminent girls prep player in the state over the last two years […]

Rams hope to shake off rust

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By Kevin Wilson With defending state champion St. Michael’s out of the equation, the battle for the Class 3A baseball title seems is an open one. The Portales Rams have had a lot of time to think about that, not to mention the first team standing in their way of that goal. The Rams, last […]

Erf reaches title match

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High sophomore Morgan Erf has a tall order in today’s Class 1A-3A state tennis girls singles semifinals, but coach Bill Wahlman thinks she’s ready for it. After a first-round bye, Erf breezed past Bosque’s Tori Linton 6-0, 6-0 in the Wednesday’s quarterfinal round at the Albuquerque Tennis Complex. In today’s […]

Portales gets set for rematch with Grants

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By Kevin Wilson If the Portales High softball team needed more motivation than a state championship, all its members would need to think of are two numbers — 18 and 0. The former is the score of Grants in last year’s regional championship against Portales, the latter Portales’ score in that same game. The teams […]

Ram golfers end up sixth

PNT Staff GRANTS — Portales High’s boys shot a little better on the second day and moved up one notch to sixth in the state Class 1A-3A golf tournament at Coyote del Malphis Golf Course. The Rams improved three strokes over their first-day total with a 316 to finish at 635 and three shots ahead […]

Elida back in state baseball tournament

Dylan Radcliff led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple, then scored the winning run on a passed ball as Elida won the Region B championship, 11-10 over Mesilla Valley Tuesday at Ram Field in Portales. The Tigers will face Gallup Catholic to start the state tournament next week. That game is set […]

Portales sending 18 athletes to state track meet

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PNT Staff Portales’ track coaches were pleased with results from last weekend’s District 4-3A track championships in Ruidoso, and will go to this weekend’s state meet in Albuquerque with 18 athletes between the boys and girls squad. The girls, by the numbers, had a better weekend, qualifying an additional seven athletes at the meet — […]

Rams in hole after first day at state golf

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers GRANTS — The Portales High boys golf team finds itself in a big hole in the state Class 1A-3A tournament — in part because of Mesilla Valley Christian. The tiny Las Cruces-based school, with only four players, shot a team score of 290 to open a 14-stroke lead over New Mexico […]