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 […]

Camp start of road to Ram basketball

By Kevin Wilson Long before Jack Hale played post for the Portales High basketball team, he was a grade-schooler just learning the ropes at the Ram Fundamentals Camp. Now, he looks at this year’s campers and hopes they take a similar path. “It’s weird looking at the little kids in the morning session, remembering we […]

Three ENMU rodeoers going to national finals

By Kevin Wilson Even with two-third of his qualifiers going to the College National Finals Rodeo for the first time, Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach David Browder doesn’t think his team will be intimidated. “These guys have been to big rodeos,” Browder said. “It’s not going to blow these guys out of the water.” […]

South wins easily in North-South 1A/2A baseball game

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Maybe it was because their teams either didn’t make the postseason or didn’t fare too well once getting there, but four small school baseballers from the east side of the state got off to a bit of a slow start compared to their all-star counterparts in the New […]

Rodeo riders prepare for Pioneer Days

Eric Butler If there isn’t someone who once won a world championship, or at least challenged for one, coming out of the chute during the 34th annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo over the next three nights, just look over to the cowboys lining the fence waiting their turn. Because there’s bound to be someone nearby […]

Coaching legend returns to pine

Dave Wagner After three years away from coaching basketball, Jimmy Joe Robinson is ready to give it another shot. The 68-year-old Robinson, who retired from coaching after guiding Melrose to the Class 1A boys state championship in 2001, will be back on the sidelines again next winter — at Clovis Christian School. “They’ve got some […]

Former Hound football coach Goode dies at 74

By Eric Butler Dunny Goode, a former Eastern New Mexico University football coach who was also credited by many with beginning a high school football dynasty in Clovis, died early Tuesday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center. Goode, 74, suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease over the last 2 1/2 years and was admitted […]