Welcome to the battlefield

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By Kevin Wilson Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission is to […]

Custom Classic tournament to be biggest ever

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]

Gomez pleased with summer progress

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By Kevin Wilson Heading into the final phase of the summer basketball season, Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez is satisfied with the results. “It’s all been positive,” Gomez said in between Thursday night games at the Eastern New Mexico University team camp. “The turnout, the participation, the attitude — everything’s been positive.” Portales dropped a […]

Clovis gets revenge on Portales in title game

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By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ‘Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]

Portales athletes do double duty

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By Kevin Wilson Saturday afternoon saw Austin Pullen and Tyler Johnson on the football field, battling Clovis and Bovina, Texas, in 7-on-7 action. Sunday evening saw the pair on the basketball court, battling teams from across New Mexico and Texas in 5-on-5 action. A few months from now, they’ll be doing the same thing, except […]

Portales girls to face Clovis for league title

By Eric Butler FARWELL — With a full complement of players — primarily its varsity squad for next year — Portales took advantage of a depleted Muleshoe team to move into the finals of the West Texas/New Mexico Phenoms Summer League. The Rams won 52-42 in the second of two semifinal games at Farwell High […]

Summer league helps Rams work on skills

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning, Mendoza and six high schools have formed […]

American Yankees upset Roosevelt Diamondbacks in last at-bat

By Eric Butler With more changes of direction than a game of Twister, the American Yankees of Clovis finally won the Tri-County Tournament championship game with a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks. Trailing 14-12, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night, the Yankees made the most of their last […]

ENMU fourth in preseason football poll

Freedom Newspapers Traditional football power Texas A&M-Kingsville is expected to continue its dominance of the Lone Star Conference this fall as the Javelinas have been picked to win the league’s South Division, according to the annual preseason poll that was announced Friday morning by conference officials. TAMUK, which has shared the past two South Division […]

Armitage trying to go out with style

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeoers previously featured were Lynde Orcutt (Tuesday), Brittany Bennett (Wednesday) and Jaci Sant (Thursday). Kenna Armitage already has her immediate rodeo future sewn up. By the […]

Zas fourth in LSC South volleyball poll

PNT Staff West Texas A&M received 15 of a possible 18 first-place votes in the Lone Star Conference’s South Division preseason volleyball poll. The Lady Buffs, who have made 14 NCAA postseason appearances in the last 15 seasons, tallied 103 total points in the poll to easily top Abilene Christian. The Wildcats collected 65 points […]

Diamondbacks stay alive in Tri-County

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Brandon Adkins’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run fifth-inning as the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks stayed alive in the Tri-County Major league tournament Thursday with a 12-7 win over the American Yankees. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park in Portales in the championship game of the double-elimination tournament. Lucas […]

Sant prepares for third time at nationals

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Tuesday’s story featured Lynde Orcutt, while Wednesday featured Brittany Bennett. Responsibility’s nothing new to Jaci Sant, and neither is the National High School Finals Rodeo. Sant, a […]

Bennett can focus solely on cutting this year

By Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the second in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. The first story featured Lynde Orcutt. Brittany Bennett spent most of her time at last year’s National High School Finals Rodeo as a queen candidate. This […]

Roping champ Orcutt readies for finals

Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the first in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeo coach Bobby Grimes said one of Lynde Orcutt’s best qualities is her selflessness on the basketball court and in the rodeo circuit. “She doesn’t get mad […]

PLK takes two of three

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Scoring runs had never been a problem for the Portales Lady Krew softball team. From early indications, defense is not a problem either. The PLK scored more runs than any other team in last year’s USSSA state tournament, but finished fifth. Now, the 14-and-under squad is excelling in both facets […]

Safety the key issue of Little League forfeit

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]

Scanlan and staff prepare for annual camps

By Kevin Wilson Sometimes less is more, but not so at the Eastern New Mexico University team camps. Shawn Scanlan, the men’s basketball coach at ENMU, is expecting a small, but understandable decline in teams at this year’s camps, which run June 15-28. The camp has grown from 35 teams since Scanlan first ran it […]

Acosta aiding Ram summer baseball program

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By Kevin Wilson With the possible exception of the weather, every element is seeming to fall into place for Portales High’s summer baseball program. The Ram baseball program has returned after a two-year absence, thanks in most part to a former Ram and a former major league coach. Dusty Nusser, a 2001 graduate of PHS, […]

Orlando trip part of busy summer for Carter

By Kevin Wilson When Chris Carter spends his school days at Portales High School, he makes every attempt not to wear his Amateur Athletic Union shirt, which shares the Wildcat name with rivals Clovis and Lovington. “Wildcats, huh?” is the comment the PHS junior-to-be said he hears most often. During the summer, however, he splits […]