A changing of the guard for Portales

By Kevin Wilson A few coaches in Class 3A might take a trip down to Portales in May — you know, just to make sure Kassandra Richards, Roni Gomez and Erika Cook do indeed graduate from Portales High School. Portales’ four seniors, including Amy Archibeque, leave behind a run of back-to-back state titles, the second […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Hereford

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales High boys and girls tennis teams pushed their records to 7-2 overall Monday, taking a pair of 9-0 wins against Hereford. The matches were part of a three-team set previously scheduled for Feb. 13-14, but were delayed due to inclement weather. Portales will finish the series at 3 p.m. […]

Zia softball on a roll

Freedom Newspapers TUCSON, Ariz. — First-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski is hoping the Zias can carry the momentum of a 3-0 weekend in the Tucson Invitational into the start of Lone Star Conference South Division play this weekend. The Zias (9-15) were rained out of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader against Clarion (Pa.), […]

Greyhounds bow out in first round of regional

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Northwest Missouri State outscored Eastern New Mexico University 28-8 over the final 9 1/2 minutes of the first half and the Bearcats went on to a 77-57 victory over the Greyhounds Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II South Central Region basketball tournament. The third-seeded Bearcats (27-4) advanced […]

Portales tennis sweeps in Roswell

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Rain was about the only thing that could stop the Portales High Tennis teams in Roswell. The boys lost only four flights in three matches over a weekend round-robin tournament, while the girls lost just three flights and had one wiped out due to rain. Both Portales teams claimed first place […]

Hounds split games with Tarleton

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — What started out as potentially a big weekend for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team fizzled out in one nightmarish inning. The Greyhounds were seeking a Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader sweep of Tarleton State on Friday, but that was washed away by the Texans’ 13-run sixth in […]

Lady Rams win state 3rd time in four years

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third in four years. Kassandra Richards finished with her second double-double of the tournament with 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Lady Rams pulled away […]

Having fun on and off the court

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Ashleah Richards goes as hard to the buffet line as she does to the boards. Classmate Joni Brakebill is no slouch either when it comes to piling food on a plate. “It’s free food,” said Brakebill, whose pre-practice morning fare Thursday included scrambled eggs with Tabasco sauce and biscuits and […]

Portales State Tournament Notes

By Rick White On the sidelines Sophomore Megan Kabrick has become a student of the game since her season-ending knee injury in late December. Assistant coach Greg Poynor said Kabrick has handled the setback well. “She comes to every practice and never misses a game,” Poynor said. “She’s been real supportive and cheers for her […]

Hounds ready for challenge

By Dave Wagner It took a couple of days, but Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan thinks the Greyhounds have recovered mentally from their disappointing first-round loss at home to Southwestern Oklahoma in last week’s Lone Star Conference tournament. The Hounds (20-8) hope to turn the unwanted down time into a plus […]