Floyd bringing 14 to state track meet

PNT Staff Floyd’s girls got closer to a Class 1A state championship than even they expected last year, losing by just three points to Fort Sumner. The Lady Broncos know winning a state title will be even tougher this year, so coach Sean Wootton wants his squad to just worry about itself. Cimarron, which dropped […]

Portales gets ready for district tourney

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By Kevin Wilson Portales senior Chris Kirchner doesn’t know how he injured his shoulder, only that he wasn’t able to play for a few weeks. He doesn’t know how long his shoulder will hurt, only that it doesn’t hurt enough to keep him out of his final district tournament. “It still hurts, but I have […]

Rams win district golf title

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales’ consistency paid off in a District 4/1-3A golf championship on Tuesday at Lovington Country Club. With all five players shooting under 80, the Rams captured the boys team championship by one stroke over rival and host Lovington, finishing at 302 to 303 for the Wildcats. Seniors Dale Welch and Trevor […]

Portales softball team wins district title

By Kevin Wilson For the Portales girls softball team, it was a Saturday like no other. It was like most April days in Portales, with a slight wind and the sun beating down, but today was different — for when the Lady Rams arrived back in Portales that afternoon, they did it as District 4-3A […]

Rams swept, but still earn state berth

By Kevin Wilson Portales needed a sweep to win district or a split to earn a playoff berth. The Rams got neither, but backed into the Class 3A state tournament after New Mexico Military Institute dropped its nightcap against Ruidoso, 3-1. Portales coach Arturo Ontiveros wasn’t happy about his team’s games at Lovington, and admitted […]

Track teams finish fourth

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Both Portales High track teams finished fourth behind host Lovington, Artesia and Roswell High in Friday’s seven-school Ross Black Relays. For the boys, the best finishes were seconds by Tyler Johnson in discus (125-8 3/4) and the 1,600 relay team of Steven Heckert, Amador Lujan, Joey Moore and Jason Needham (3:45.10). […]

ENMU gets physical — again

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By Kevin Wilson For the second time in as many years, teachers and athletes at Eastern New Mexico University took a day to show local children how important education was — in a physical sense. Greyhound Arena played host Saturday to the university’s second annual physical education day, a part of the national P.E. day […]

Hounds fall short of winning season

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for its first winning season since 2000 came up just short. After earning a Lone Star Conference South Division split with NCAA Division II fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on Friday with a 5-0, three-hit shutout from junior left-hander David Swinconos, the Greyhounds went down twice on […]

Fort Sumner cruises in 3-1A

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Floyd’s girls nearly slipped up and stole a Class 1A state track championship a year ago, falling three points short of heavily-favored Fort Sumner. The Lady Broncos’ job will be much harder this year, but they have hopes of doing well in next weekend’s Class 1A state meet in Albuquerque. […]

Ropers descend on Clovis

Shorty Sanders of Capitan said it’s more American than baseball. Organizer Scot Stinnett said it’s more difficult that golf. Wendy Lacina, who came from Amarillo with her two young sons to support her husband, described it as great family fun. All were in Clovis on Saturday for the second day of the Joe’s Boot Shop […]

Portales coasts by Roswell

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PNT Staff Tiebreakers didn’t go Portales’ way on Tuesday when the high school girls tennis teams needed them. They broke Portales’ way on Thursday, when the Lady Rams didn’t need them. Morgan Erf played a role in two of four tiebreaker wins for Portales, and only a defaulted match kept the host Lady Rams from […]

Rams finish second at Clovis

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Even though the Portales High boys golf team again came up short against Clovis in Thursday’s Clovis Invitational, Rams coach Patrick Crowley likes the way his team is playing. Portales shot a four-man score of 307 to finish three shots behind the host Wildcats, who rallied down the stretch to […]

Carthel returns to college coaching

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Don Carthel has returned to the Lone Star Conference. Carthel was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach at West Texas A&M University to succeed Ronnie Jones, who resigned the position last week after a university investigation concluded that he used state and […]

Picazo chosen as top newcomer

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Tori Picazo has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division first team in softball as a designated player in selections announced this week by the conference. Picazo was also chosen the division’s newcomer of the year. Picazo, a transfer from West Texas College […]

Rams sweep NMMI

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By Kevin Wilson Sophomore Mario Salazar spent seven innings controlling the hitters of New Mexico Military Institute. Because of it, he and the Portales Rams will spend this weekend controlling their District 4-3A destinies at Lovington. Salazar struck out five Colt batters in a 4-0 shutout in the nightcap, giving the Rams a sweep of […]

Goddard sweeps Portales tennis squads

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Injuries and tiebreakers proved harmful to the Portales tennis teams, who dropped a pair of home duals against Roswell Goddard. The girls lost a 6-3 decision, while the boys fell 7-2 to the Rockets. The Portales girls drop to 12-3 on the season, while the boys are now 8-7. Portales coach […]

Highlands rolls over Hounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Center fielder Rich Janeway went 5-for-5 and drove in four runs, backing the seven-hit pitching of left-hander Lucas Spagnuolo as New Mexico Highlands rolled over Eastern New Mexico University 10-1 in non-league baseball on Tuesday. Janeway hit three singles, a double and a solo homer in raising his batting […]

Stacked Silver team streaks past Green

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — If it seemed the Silver team had things its way in Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Silver & Green spring football game, it struck ENMU defensive tackle Reggie Ellis that way too. With probable starting quarterback Michael Benton and first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division wide receiver Derrick Hunter […]

Grady grad takes job at West Texas A&M

By Dave Wagner At 26, Clovis native and 1997 Grady High graduate Justin Ashley has already worked under some successful college basketball coaches. He hopes to continue his progression at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Ashley has been hired to replace Russell Vanlandingham as an assistant to Buffaloes head coach Rick Cooper. Vanlandingham left […]

Rams split with Ruidoso

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By Kevin Wilson Portales senior Jacob Lopez said after Saturday’s doubleheader against Ruidoso that you have to put the ball in play to have any chance of success in high school baseball. A series split against the visiting Warriors only bolstered his case. The Rams put very little into play against Ruidoso and pitcher Justin […]