NBA playoffs lack drama

PNT staff writer

Every night after work, the first thing I find channel surfing is whatever game is still on. I’ve had my choice between the NBA and NHL playoffs, and I keep choosing the NHL. I’ve been a hockey fan since I was a kid, and even played roller hockey often as a teenager in New York […]

Lady Rams qualify for state

Staff report The Lady Rams qualified for state as a team and the boys finished in eighth as both teams wrapped up play at the Spring Classic Tuesday in Roswell. The Lady Rams picked up their third of three qualifying legs for the state meet Monday and Tuesday Alexis Montoya came one stroke away from […]

Wagner goes five strong in win

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Ram junior Draven Saiz sprints to first after getting a single in the Rams Tuesday afternoon game against the Ruidoso Warriors at Ram baseball field.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales baseball team felt the comforts of home in the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday as the l pounded District 4-4A rival Ruidoso 11-1 in five innings. The Rams ended the game on the 10-run mercy rule n the fifth inning as they scored four runs on […]

Zias share third place at Ranger rodeo

Staff report RANGER, Texas — A second-place performance by senior Hayden Segelke-Todd in barrel racing allowed Eastern New Mexico University’s women to split third, fourth and fifth place in team standings over the weekend of the Ranger College Invitational. Tarleton State won the team title with 330 points, followed by Texas Tech at 225 and […]

Pioneers complete series sweep of Zias

Staff report DENTON, Texas — It was another long, frustrating weekend in Lone Star Conference play for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team. The Zias finished a four-game series against Texas Woman’s scoring just one run after losing a pair of 8-0, run-rule decisions on Sunday. Both games ended in the fifth inning because […]

Lady Rams earn third leg, qualify for state tourney

Staff report ROSWELL — Junior Bailey Rowley shot an 81 on Monday as Portales High’s girls earned a share of eighth place with Clovis after the first day of the Spring Classic golf tournament, hosted by New Mexico Military Institute. PHS posted a team score of 390 on the Spring River Golf Course and earned […]

PHS track summaries

Wildcat Relays Friday at Clovis Boys Team standings: 1. Volcano Vista 82 1/2; 2. Alamogordo 56 5/6; 3. Rio Rancho Cleveland 55; 4. Rio Rancho 46; 5. Clovis 42; 6. Lovington 37; 7. La Cueva 36 1/3; 8. Hope Christian 31 1/3; 9. Hobbs 22; 10. Carlsbad 13; 11. Idalou 10; 12. Portales 9; 13. […]

Greyhounds swept by Javelinas

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ENMU second baseman Dylan Nault takes the throw from catcher Chad Highberger in time to get Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Wesley Aguilar on a steal attempt of second base during the seventh inning of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball opener at Greyhound Field.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s slim hopes to make it to the Lone Star Conference postseason baseball tournament took a hard hit on Saturday as Texas A&M-Kingsville swept the Greyhounds 5-4 in eight innings and 22-5 at Greyhound Field. ENMU (14-25, 9-17 LSC), which won Friday’s series opener 19-9, gave […]

TWU takes two from Zias

Staff report DENTON, Texas — Sophomore right-hander Tori Bice came into Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico University with a good record but a high whip (walks plus hits per innings pitched), indicating she often pitches into and out of trouble. She improved greatly in both categories against the Zias, allowing […]

Clovis girls finish third, boys fifth at home Relays

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Portales’ Olivia Austin competes in girls long jump during Friday’s Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium in Clovis. Austin was credited with a jump of 11 feet, 8 inches.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — As Tucker Dobbs flew down the straightaway with a huge lead, he was all alone. Well, not quite. With numerous Wildcats teammates running on the sides and cheering Dobbs on, the Clovis junior finished off the 4-by-400 relay with a time of 3:27.61, nearly three seconds better […]

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 […]