PHS assistant Parker ready to call it a career

Portales High assistant softball coach Scott Parker high-fives senior Francis Armijo after a single during a game this spring at Wheeler Park. Parker is retiring after spending 34 years as a coach and instructo at Texico High, Eastern New Mexico University an PHS.

By Kevin Wilson Staff Writer kwilson@cnjonline.com “Who’s up?” Scott Parker would ask to start every inning for Portales. Lady Rams softball players would respond with that inning’s leadoff hitter. “Then who?” The players would respond with the second hitter. The process would repeat for the third hitter of the inning. “Sounds like a winner,” Parker […]

LSC co-title in football highlights ENMU’s year

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ENMU’s Kevin Reaves dodges a tackle from Midwestern State’s Greg Saladino on a fourth-quarter punt return during the Greyhounds’ 40-21 win over the Mustangs on Nov. 9 at Greyhound Stadium.

Highlighted by a co-championship in Lone Star Conference football, Eastern New Mexico University’s men’s teams posted winning records in four sports during the 2013-14 school year. In addition to football, the Greyhounds also posted winning records in soccer, basketball and baseball. The Zias, meantime, weren’t as fortunate. ENMU women’s teams had sub.-500 marks in basketball, […]

Clovis set to make coaching changes

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Clovis High will have new head coaches in baseball and softball next spring. Athletic director Dale Fullerton said Friday that baseball coach Shane Leatherwood will not be retained for a third season, while adding that softball coach Brandi Thomas has resigned after 10 seasons at the helm and 15 […]

Zias add pair of posts

Staff report Eastern New Mexico has signed a pair of junior college transfer posts for the upcoming Zia basketball season. Both Brittany Gutierrez of Otero Junior College and Teylor McMiller of San Joaquin Delta Junior College will be juniors for the Zias in the upcoming season. The 6-foot-2 Gutierrez, a 2012 graduate of Gallup High […]

New Mexico fishing report — May 29

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast   Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was […]

Portales basketball title marks busy, successful year of sports

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The Portales girls basketball team upset top-seeded Shiprock for its seventh title in school history.

It was a championship season for one Portales squad, a winning season for six others, and a busy playoff schedule for most of the Ram squads. The girls basketball squad claimed its seventh title in school history with an upset of top-ranked Shiprock. It was one of 11 teams to qualify for its respective state […]

Samoei claims 13th in 5,000

Staff report ALLENDALE, Mich. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Isaiah Samoei finished his college career Saturday with a 13th-place finish in the men’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division II Championships. On Thursday, Samoei finished eighth in the 10,000 meters. Samoei, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, finished with a time of 14 minutes and 12.24 […]

Samoei finishes eighth in Division II 10,000-meter

Staff report For the second time in three seasons, Eastern New Mexico University senior Isaiah Semoei finished eighth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division II outdoor track championship. Samoei will run again Saturday night at the national outdoor meet in Allendale, Michigan, as he will compete in the 5,000-meter run. Samoei, a native […]

Police blotter — May 23

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:15 a.m.: Criminal damage, 200 block of South Knoxville Street. • 1:31 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 600 block of Wylie Cox Circle. • 7:17 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block of Wylie Cox Circle. • 8:56 a.m.: Standby all other, 1700 block of North Boston Street. […]

ENMU senior seeks medals in two events

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ENMU’s Isaiah Samoei, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, has been awarded Division II All-American honors twice in track.

Staff report Senior Isaiah Samoei is scheduled to represent Eastern New Mexico University in the 10,000 and 5,000-meter runs at the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, beginning today in Allendale, Mich. Samoei, from Eldoret, Kenya, is the ENMU record-holder in both events, having run a time of 29 minutes, 18.38 seconds in the […]

Rams basketball camp set for next week

Staff report Portales High boys basketball is sponsoring the Ram Fundamental Basketball camp from Tuesday through Thursday of next week at the Ram Athletic Center. Boys entering grades 3-6 are scheduled from 9-11:30 a.m. each day, while boys entering grades 7-9 will go from 1-4 p.m. The cost of the camp is $45 and includes […]

McMurry inducts former Ram

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Paul Rankin, right, is presented with a plaque by Phil Brewer of Roswell during the induction ceremonies for the McMurry University Athletics Hall of Honor. Both are McMurry alumni. Rankin is a 1957 graduate of Portales High School and a 1962 graduate of McMurry.

Staff report A former Portales High athlete was inducted last week into the McMurry University Athletics Hall of Honor, according to a release from the college. Paul Rankin, a 1957 graduate of Portales High School and member of the McMurry track team from 1958 to 1961, was one of six individuals who made up the […]

Cabledue claims win for PHS girls

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Portales’ Hannah Cabledue takes first place in the 3A girls pole vault competition Saturday morning during the 2014 NMAA state championship at the University of New Mexico track and field complex.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Hannah Cabledue came through big-time for the Portales Lady Rams. Seeded No. 1 going in, Cabledue broke her own school record and nearly set a Class 3A girls mark on Saturday in winning pole vault competition at 10 feet even. With the win already salted away, Cabledue had the bar set […]

Portales looks for solid Saturday at state track

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Portales freshman Taryn Kizer receives the handoff from junior Brenda Calderon to begin the third leg of the girls 400 relay prelimianry on Friday morning in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico track facility in Albuquerque. The Lady Rams qualified fifth for today’s finals with a time of 51.24 seconds.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams didn’t score a lot of points on Friday in the Class 3A state track meet at the University of New Mexico’s track facility, but with a combined 14 events lined up for today they have hopes of doing some damage. The PHS girls finished the day with […]

Clovis track teams eyeing trophies

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Lady Wildcats senior Sasha Smith-Pollard runs the second leg of the Class 5A girls 400 relay preliminary on  Friday morning at the University of New Mexico track and field complex in Albuquerque. Pollard, who qualified for today’s finals in the 100, 200 and 400, helped the Lady Cats post the second-best time in the 400 relay on Friday at 48.71, trailing only Rio Rancho Cleveland (48.32).

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — So far, Clovis High’s boys have only three points on the board in the Class 5A state track meet at the University of New Mexico track facility, but coach Darren Kelley remains optimistic they can get a team trophy. The Wildcats scored when junior Kaine Bender finished fourth in pole vault […]

Walkoff homer ends Portales’ title bid

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Ram junior Ashlie Villanueva hugs teammates Devyn Alvarado and Francis Armijo after Portales took the lead on a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning of the Rams' Friday afternoon playoff game against the Robertson Cardinals at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Robertson managed just four hits off of Portales pitching in its loser-out Class 3A state tournament game on Friday morning at Cleveland HIgh School. Portales needed the Cardinals to get three. Freshman Samantha Montano delivered the final blow, a two-out, two-run walkoff homer off sophomore Kiersten Ramirez as the Lady […]

Portales gets split in first day of softball bracket

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 Ram short stop Valerie Villanueva dives in an attempt to catch a line drive in the top of the sixth inning of the Rams' playoff game against the Bloomfield Bobcats Thursday afternoon at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

Staff report RIO RANCHO — At least Portales is in familiar territory. If the Rams (21-9) are to reach the Class 3A softball title game Saturday to make it three times in four seasons, they’ll have to do so with a big Friday due to a split in the double elimination tournament. “We have three tomorrow,” […]

Rams knocked out in baseball quarterfinals

Staff report The state baseball tournament usually has two types of teams — those that make mistakes, and those that take advantage. The Portales Rams, unfortunately, were the former, as a seven-error day turned a close game into a 15-5 blowout by top-seeded Silver in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A tournament at Eldorado High […]

Ram track squads have high hopes

Staff report The last time the Portales boys track team had this many athletes heading to Albuquerque in May, it came home with a team trophy. That’s kind of the thought process this time around, too. Portales’ boys bring 14 into the Class 3A track meet, which starts this morning at the University of New […]

ENMU selects top academic athletes

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University has selected Kyle Lantz of the men’s basketball team and Taylor Smith of the women’s rodeo team as its academic athletes of the year. At the end of each season, an academic athlete of the year is nominated from each sports team. They were voted on by ENMU coaches […]