Cats take twin bill from Tigers

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Things are suddenly looking a little better for the Clovis High baseball team. Off to a slow start in District 4-6A play, the Wildcats got back on the winning track Friday with an 8-4, 10-4 sweep of Alamogordo at Bell Park. The Cats (12-8, 3-3 district) erased a 3-1 […]

Hounds’ bats erupt in rout of Kingsville

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s bats erupted on Friday night, notably Daniel Ward. The sophomore third baseman drove in seven runs with a triple and a pair of homers and the Greyhounds thumped Lone Star Conference-leading Texas A&M-Kingsville 19-9 in the opener of a three-game series at Greyhound Field. The […]

Lady Cats earn district split at Alamo

Staff report ALAMOGORDO — A.J. Wright pretty much took matters into her own hands in Friday’s District 4-6A softball opener against Alamogordo. Wright put Clovis High ahead with a second-inning grand slam and pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the Lady Wildcats beat Alamo 5-1, ending a seven-game losing streak and giving them their first district […]

Lady Rams post pair of wins

Staff report ROSWELL — As far as Friday went, Portales High’s girls are off to a good start in District 4-4A seeding. The Lady Rams, playing without Hannah Evans, edged out New Mexico Military Institute 5-4 and routed Silver 8-1 in the second match. “I feel really good (about our Friday matches),” Portales coach Ann-Marie […]

Rowley shoots 89, qualifies for state

Staff Report Bailey Rowley qualified for state and the Rams girls golf team took another step in their bid to qualify for state as a team as their top players shot a combined 405 Wednesday at the Eddy County Invitational in Carlsbad. Rowley shot an 89, beating the state qualifying score of 94 for the […]

Hernandez verdict affects others

It took seven long days for the verdict to happen, but the family of Odin Lloyd finally has their justice. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of the murder of Lloyd and a host of other charges in connection. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility […]

Eastern, Portales notch wins

STAFF REPORTS Senior first baseman Blake Cooper went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs and Eastern New Mexico University turned a game-ending double play to squelch a ninth-inning rally for a 9-7 win over University of the Southwest on Tuesday at Greyhound Field. Freshman Elijah Capello earned a three-inning save, but it wasn’t without […]

Rams tennis teams fall hard to Clovis

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Portales senior Mackenzie Bucksath returns a shot in her No. 1 doubles match Tuesday at Clovis High School.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Experience won out over relative youth on Tuesday. Clovis High’s senior-laden boys, despite missing No. 1 player Tristan Pautler, cruised to an 8-1 victory over Portales at the CHS courts while the Lady Wildcats notched a 7-2 dual win over PHS. Pautler is out, probably for at […]

Blaeser throws gems vs. Ruidoso

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Portales senior Ashlie Villanueva hits a ground ball for a single RBI in the second inning of the Rams game against Ruidoso.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonlne.com Freshman Sarah Blaeser pitched two solid games and Portales stayed undefeated in District 4-4A with a pair of run-rule, 11-1 victories over Ruidoso on Tuesday night at Wheeler Park. Blaeser knew she was getting both starts and was prepared to make her presence felt in the circle. “I thought […]

Zias’ Velasquez transitions to outfield

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ENMU senior Lizzy Velasquez has made a relatively smooth transition from infield to outfield for the Zias this season, providing leadership for a relatively young team to go with a .294 batting average.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com In her four years playing softball at Eastern New Mexico University, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Velasquez has had to deal with a lot of change. She’s done it all with optimism and a smile. “When I came here, I was an infielder for the first two years,” said Velasquez, a senior […]

ENMU RODEO, TRACK: Zias earn third title in row

Staff report BIG SPRING, Texas — Senior Hayden Segulke-Todd earned all-around cowgirl honors over the weekend in leading the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team to its third consecutive victory in the Howard College rodeo. The Zias finished with 270 points to 165 for Weatherford College and 125 for West Texas A&M. Segulke-Todd was […]

Rams 3rd after first day of Gooch Invitational

Staff report RUIDOSO — Sophomore Mario Cordova shot 39-43 — 82 on Monday, helping Portales High’s boys to third place after the first day of the Leroy Gooch Invitational golf tournament. St. Michael’s leads the event at 323, followed by Socorro at 325. Las Cruces High is fourth in the 11-team field at 349. Other […]

Greyhounds split with Buffs in two

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Within one strike of victory in the opener, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team rallied to salvage the finale of a three-game Lone Star Conference series against rival West Texas A&M on Saturday with a 9-2 victory. The Greyhounds (12-23, 8-15 LSC) blew two leads in the seven-inning first […]

Portales get qualifiers at Jim Love Invitational

Staff report The Portales track and field teams took to Ram field Friday for the Jim Love Invitational and both the boys and girls teams finished in second place. On the boys side the Rams finished behind only Dexter with a score of 106. Lane Nichols and Kobi Schillings both qualified for state for the […]

Rams drop two on the road to Ruidoso

STAFF REPORT RUIDOSO — Portales had a bad ending to its weekend on Saturday as Ruidoso got two solid pitching performances en route to an 11-0, 7-2 District 4-4A sweep of the Rams. In Game 1, Rams pitcher Kersey Burnett was touched up for nine runs (seven earned). The Warriors (10-6, 4-0 district) scored two […]

Zias swept in doubleheader by Buffs

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ENMU junior Charles Sandberg Jr. races into second base to beat the throw to West Texas A&M’s Max Brennan during the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Sandberg was on first when Kennan Dodd blooped a hit to right field, and he had to scramble to beat the throw. The teams split the twin bill, with WT posting a 10-8 win in the opener and the Greyhounds taking the nightcap 9-2.

STAFF REPORT Suffice it to say, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team is glad to see the last of West Texas A&M for the season. The second-ranked Lady Buffs, who hit 13 homers in a pair of wins on Friday, completed a four-game Lone Star Conference sweep on Saturday with eight more long balls in […]

Lady Rams sweep district tilts

Staff report SANDIA PARK — The Portales High softball team brought its bats to East Mountain and displayed them all afternoon in a 22-0, 15-2 sweep of the Timberwolves in the District 4-4A opener for both teams. In the first game, the Lady Rams (8-6) took over right from the start with 14 runs in […]

Buffs slip by ENMU in ninth

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com West Texas A&M turned a two-out walk in the ninth into a run and the Buffaloes edged Eastern New Mexico 2-1 on Friday in the opener of a three-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. ENMU’s Mike Peters pitched in and out of trouble much of the […]

LSC track athletes of the week

Men Track Wala Gime, Angelo State, Sr., Papua, New Guinea — Gime ran the fastest time this season in Division II in the 400 hurdles at ASU’s David Noble Relays over the weekend, a 52.38 locking for first place and improving his D-II provisional qualifying mark. He also ran a provisional qualifying mark of 14.13 […]

Lovington uses five-run sixth to drop Portales

Staff report The Portales baseball team took on their old district rival Lovington and although things got started with two singles in the first inning, the Rams managed only one hit the rest of the game and a five-run inning blew the game open as Portales went down 7-0. The Rams (11-4) were down 2-0 […]