Clovis American pounds Roosevelt County

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Clovis American took advantage of 13 walks, a hit batsman and four errors to pound Roosevelt County 20-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the District 3 11-year-old Little League all-star tournament at Beachum Field. Justin Graham drove in four runs with a bases-loaded triple in the first and […]

Lady Rams well-represented on all-star team

By Dave Wagner LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The South squad will have a distinct Portales and District 4-3A flavor in Friday’s Class 3A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star basketball game at New Mexico Highlands University. Eight of the 12 players are from the district, including four from Portales, along with coaches Greg Marez […]

Roosevelt County rout halted by weather

By Dave Wagner Nothing could stop Roosevelt County Tuesday night, except the weather. The Portales-based squad pounded out five extra-base hits in a six-run first and built a 10-0 lead over Clovis Zia in a District 3 major division tournament first-round game at Rotary Park. The contest was halted in the top of the third […]

Zias picked third in volleyball poll

RICHARDSON, Texas — West Texas A&M may have captured all seven Lone Star Conference South titles since the league went to divisional play in 1997, but the Lady Buffs are expected to have their work cut out trying to extend that streak this fall. WT earned just eight of 17 first-place votes in a poll […]

Howl wins PCC championship

By Kevin Wilson Jason Howl was a man of few words on Monday. He was also a man of few strokes over the weekend, and the result was a seven-stroke victory in the Portales County Club Championship. “It felt good,” Howl said. “It was a good feeling.” Howl, who spent most of his childhood in […]

Roosevelt Co. teams hope for homefield advantage

By Kevin Wilson Heading into this week’s Little League All-Star tournaments, a pair of Roosevelt County teams are hoping there is no place like home. Three different tournaments, sorted by age, will feature teams battling for supremacy in a double-elimination format. Roosevelt and Clovis have representation in each tournament — with Clovis having American and […]

Baseball class will be offered at Eastern

By Rick White Kay Reed loved playing baseball growing up on the West Coast. She remembers sitting on the bench and packing her cheeks full of Big League bubble gum. Her uncle, a former minor league player and coach, would give Reed and his sister tips. She also enjoys watching baseball, especially in person. She’s […]

Hounds fourth in LSC South football poll

By Dave Wagner Jeff Howard admitted he was disappointed but not surprised when Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fourth place in the seven-team Lone Star Conference South Division preseason poll, released this week by the conference office. “It’s always the same every year,” said Howard, a Portales High grad and third-year starting linebacker […]

Rams improve after games against Clovis

By Rick White The Portales Rams have faced Clovis on numerous occasions this season. And the Rams are better for it. “We get a little tired of playing each other,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “But it’s good for us playing Clovis because they make us better.” The Rams and Wildcats will meet twice more […]

Richards leaves Zia squad

By Rick White Elizabeth Richards, who led Texico to three straight state titles and was a driving force in Eastern New Mexico University’s dramatic turnaround last season, has decided not to play basketball this upcoming season. The Zias’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer told ENMU coach Dan Buzard Wednesday that she plans to sit out […]

Custom Classic set for weekend

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent After sweeping through the recreation division undefeated in last year’s Custom Classic, members of the Clovis X-Treme women’s softball team thought maybe a step up in class would be appropriate. So far, things have gone fairly well as X-Treme won one championship and finished second in the top division of […]

Archibeque wins at Sun Country

By Rick White Not much bigger than the average Callaway driver, pint-sized Portales golfer Will Archibeque is adjusting to playing with the big boys. Riding back-to-back birdies on the back nine, Archibeque fired a 4-over-par 75 en route to his first Sun Country Junior PGA 18-hole tournament title Wednesday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. In […]

Taekwon-Do athletes go international

By Kevin Wilson Some have been involved for decades, some more than half their lives. Some are eligible for the first time, some eligible for their last. All are black belts, and all hope for a chance at world domination, starting this weekend in New Haven, Conn. Five members of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do are […]

Portales byciclists ride to Muleshoe

By David Arkin For Robert Lepard, it all started with bad knees. The Muleshoe dentist of 19 years, who will take part in Saturday’s Tour of Muleshoe, simply couldn’t take the pain the constant pounding on the pavement was causing his knees. He had been running for years and lettered in track at Texas Tech […]

Rams regroup to defeat Taos

Kevin Wilson With more than a dozen games to play in a three-day period, there wouldn’t seem to be a lot of time for the Portales Rams to have a practice. However, that’s just what they did, and in the process they turned a small losing streak into a big winning streak. After starting 0-2 […]

Race fund-raiser honors former Portales resident

By Ryan Lengerich In 1996, Jim Davis died of lung cancer only a year after seeing the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex construction completed — a project in which he had a major stake. To honor Davis, NHMSC board members are holding the Jim Davis Memorial Race at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night to benefit […]

South claims softball series from North

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Clovis may be on the east side of the state, but New Mexico’s South softball all-stars were feeling right at home once again over the weekend. For the second straight year since the three-game series moved to Clovis, the South swept the North squad. The South swept a Friday night […]

Thurman-Kelly drafted by Mets

By Dave Wagner In three seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, Ian Thurman-Kelly had modest numbers — a 7-14 record with a 6.33 earned run average. Still, the New York Mets saw enough in the senior left-hander from Thornton, Colo., to select him in the 43rd round of this week’s first-year player draft. Injuries plagued […]

Clovis team qualifies for national tourney

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Longtime coaches host camp

Kevin Wilson Within the four walls of the old Portales Junior High gym, and within four walls of the new PJHS gym, longtime girls coaches are trying to make sure their students don’t hit a wall when it comes to basketball. About 45 girls are taking part in this week’s girls fundamentals camp, taught by […]