Vail makes return to Portales

By Kevin Wilson Basketball took Matt Vail from Grants to Portales to Las Vegas, N.M., to Montana and back to Grants. For one night, it brought him back to Portales as well. Vail, a former standout for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, was on the bench as an assistant coach for the […]

Greyhounds to find out fate tonight

By Dave Wagner After having to sit and wait for several days, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team will find out its fate in the NCAA Division II tournament tonight. Selections for the eight-team South Central Region tournament will be announced at 8:30 p.m. (MST) today. The Greyhound, ranked fifth in the region […]

Melrose upsets Floyd in Region B

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The last time Casey Pack won two games in a row at Floyd, it gave his team a regional championship. History repeated itself over the weekend, but this time Pack was coaching the Melrose Buffaloes, who beat his former Floyd Broncos 65-51 Saturday for the Class 1A Region B championship. […]

Rams hit way to 3-0 mark

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Ram baseball team started hitting, and only the 10-run rule stopped them. The Rams improved to 3-0 on the season, behind a 12-0, 19-4 doubleheader win against Las Vegas Robertson Saturday at Ram Field. Six players hit homers for Portales Saturday, and the Rams have scored 47 runs in their […]

PHS tennis teams split Saturday matches

Freedom Newspapers Both Portales teams split a pair of home matches Saturday, moving them to 3-2 on the season. The Ram boys defeated Amarillo Caprock 7-2 in their opener, but dropped a 9-0 decision in the second match against defending Class 1A-3A champion Las Vegas Robertson. The Portales girls, meanwhile, defeated Robertson 8-1 and lost […]

Zias struggle in pool play

Freedom Newspapers IRVING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University struggled in pool play on Friday and Saturday in the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association’s Division II Leadoff Classic, losing three close games. The Zias (6-13) were scheduled to take part in consolation bracket play later Saturday and on Sunday. ENMU lost to Cameron 5-4 and to […]

Fort Sumner holds off Elida

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Fort Sunner beat Elida 47-24 in the Class 1A Region B title game Saturday, one night after both teams had easy victories to earn state tournament berths. Sandy Fortner had 13 to lead Fort Sumner (24-4) to Saturday’s victory, while Tobea Patterson added 10. Nobody reached double figures for Elida […]

Lady Rams win regional title

By Kevin Wilson There was never much of a celebration for Grants to delay. Sophomore post Morgan Hill had 25 points to lead all scorers in Portales’ 61-42 win over Grants, giving the host Lady Rams the Class 3A Region B title and a trip to this week’s state tournament. After the presentation of the […]

Floyd banks on home-court edge

By Kevin Wilson It’s not too hard to understand why homecourt advantage is important for regional basketball tournaments. “Homecourt advantage is huge,” Floyd boys coach Jeff Gillespie said. “Would you rather play in a gym you’ve been to three time a year, or a gym you practice in?” The Broncos get the latter of the […]

Seniors make final push for state title

By Kevin Wilson Erika Cook spent a good deal of her formative years in the Portales High School gymnasium. “I remember me and Roni (Gomez) coming when we were starting in sixth grade,” the Lady Ram senior said, “and we’d come to my sister’s practices.” For the past four years, she’s been the one practicing […]