Long claims MVP award at North-South game

By Kevin Wilson Les Long spent the 2002 football season proving he was one of the best in Class 3A. Two Saturdays ago, he proved himself to be the most valuable. Long, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound fullback, was one of six Portales representatives in the Class 3A North-South All-Star football game, held July 12 in Las […]

Scanlan looks to build around nucleus

By Dave Wagner Coming off a 20-8 season and a run to the program’s first Lone Star Conference South Division championship, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan and assistant coach Mark Murdock have been busy trying to supplement the Greyhounds’ returning talent. While the Hounds have a solid returning base, signing players […]

Couples compete at PCC tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Being a couple at the Portales Country Club this weekend is unlike being a couple anywhere else. Under most circumstances, a couple is considered to be a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend. At this weekend’s Portales Country Club Couples Tournament, the only requirement is that one member of the team be […]

Ram football squad looking to make transition

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By Kevin Wilson On Saturday, Glen Johnson got a chance to show that Portales’ senior class of 2002-03 belongs in the category of Class 3A’s elite. Come August, Johnson hopes his remaining nucleus can prove that it belongs in that class as well. Johnson and six Ram seniors from last year’s Class 3A runner up […]

Clovis, Portales dominate state tournament

By Dave Wagner One could have almost called it the Clovis Invitational. Clovis-based teams came home with five championships in six divisions last weekend in the New Mexico USSSA youth slow-pitch state softball tournament in Alamogordo. In addition, the area took three second-place finishes, a third and a fourth. Overall, 17 of the 48 teams […]

Roosevelt can’t catch a break

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — On a night where nothing went right for Roosevelt County, everything went just right for the Zia All-Stars. Zia got instant momentum from a first-inning triple play, and its pitchers scattered seven hits over seven innings in a 9-2 blowout win for the Junior League championship at Brady Field. Zia […]

Roosevelt forces issue

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Roosevelt County took advantage of Zia fielding miscues to take a 7-0 lead in the second inning at Brady Field, and went on to force another game for the Junior League District 3 title at 7 p.m. tonight. Ryan Acosta rode the early run support to a complete-game pitching […]

Roosevelt teams split games in Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Pitching was the only thing that wasn’t a problem early on for the Roosevelt County All-Stars. Once they took care of their hitting and fielding, it got easy after that. Roosevelt broke open a close game with an eight-run fourth inning, en route to a 21-5 pasting of Clovis […]

Trudo terrorizes on the track

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By Kevin Wilson Like methanol flowing through the engine of his go-cart, racing flows in the blood of Troy Trudo. What began as a hobby years ago is now a character trait for the 11-year-old, who has chosen one-eighth of a mile of dirt over a 94-foot basketball court or a 200-foot baseball field. “This […]

American holds off Roosevelt in All-Star tourney

By Kevin Wilson It took only three pitches for Stephan Mills to make his mark. It took about 90 more minutes for the pitching to leave a lasting impression. Mills hit a leadoff homer and combined with Seth Baily on a three-hitter to top a similar effort from Joe Sandoval, and the American All-Stars defeated […]

Buzard’s team sweeps five games down under

By Dave Wagner A group of Division II South Central Region women’s basketball players coached by Eastern New Mexico University’s Dan Buzard swept five games on a trip to Barbados late last month, although the competition wasn’t what the team had hoped to see. With the tiny West Indies island involved in a national tournament, […]

Volunteers help rodeo go smoothly

By Jack King CLOVIS — One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena wll past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel […]

High Plains Rodeo sees first double mugging

By Eric Butler The double mugging event is new to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals and it’s proving to be a popular competition. The term has nothing to do with smiling for the camera or accosting someone for monetary gain, but instead means helping a roper tie down a calf. The event — […]

A day at the ‘playground’

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — The announcer at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals bellowed to the crowd that they were at the “world’s most dangerous playground” to start Wednesday night’s festivities. While that may or may not be true, there’s a reason Carmen Roberts showed up at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena […]

Roosevelt knocked out of Tri-County tournament

By Kevin Wilson Quran Wiggins pitched a complete game three-hitter, and Clovis Zia took advantage of Roosevelt County errors for a surprisingly easy 7-2 victory in a losers’ bracket game of the 9-10-year-old Tri-County Minor League All-star tournament at Rotary Park. Zia will play tonight against Quay County in a 7 p.m. game at Beachum […]

Diddle to take on new challenge

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After 30 years of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle has decided it’s time for a change. The former Eastern New Mexico University coach has accepted the women’s head coaching position at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Diddle, who coached a national team in the United Arab Emirates […]

Rodeoing runs in Cooper’s family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the […]

Sickness hurts Roosevelt All-Star team

By Kevin Wilson With a 2 for 4 night, three RBIs and the go-ahead single, Iszac Valdez showed that the American All-Star pitchers weren’t causing him any trouble. Later on, strep throat was trouble for the Roosevelt catcher, and the ruling that ensued helped pave the way for an unusual 17-15 win for visiting American […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo set for this week

By Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association […]

Forfeit doesn’t stop Wildcats from season finale

By Kevin Wilson Prior to Thursday’s final City League softball game, the Wildcats pulled a steal of a trade. The new players? Ashley Flores, Hailey Quick and Caron Johnson — all from the Pros. The price? Nothing. The reason? There was a game to play, and the Wildcats didn’t want to end their season by […]