Dora, Elida end Eunice tournament on winning notes

By Matthew Asher Staff writer Both the Elida Lady Tigers and Dora Lady Coyotes played in the Eunice Tournament this weekend and both finished on a high note, winning their final games in the tournament after losing their early Saturday moring  matches. The two teams actually faced each other Friday night, with Elida coming […]

Portales squads have rough day

By Matthew Asher Staff writer Both the Portales boys and girls soccer teams had a rough Saturday against Hobbs and Roswell, respectively, as their opponents scored 15 total goals while denying Portales any scoring of their own. The Rams (0-2) boys kept the game close in the first half, trailing 2-0. When the second […]

Friday area prep football roundup — Aug. 28

Texico 28, Santa Rosa 6 Records: Texico 1-0, Santa Rosa 0-1 Difference: Junior RB Mason Golden scored a pair of touchdowns in a two-minute span of the first quarter to give the Wolverines control against a team which has been their nemesis in recent years. Difference-makers: Golden added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 37-yard run […]

Wildcats ground Rockets

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor CLOVIS — Goddard coach Mike Whelan said coming into the season that anybody who didn’t pick the Clovis Wildcats in or on the cusp of Class 6A’s top five simply didn’t know football. And then, on a breezy August night, the Wildcats proved they did know football. The end […]

Rams claim opener 26-13

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Portales senior Bronte Staugaard scores a touchdown for the Rams in the second quartter of Friday's game against Robertson at Greyhound Stadium.

By Matthew Asher Staff reporter email: masher@pntonline BLACKWATER DRAW — A beauty of sports exists that even after a crucial mistake, a good player can still make it a pivotal play. Enter Portales senior Bronte Staugaard, who overcame a pair of lost fumbles to lead Portales to a 26-13 victory over Las Vegas Robertson in […]

Lady Cats notch title in opener

By Dave Wagner Sports writer The top two runners for Clovis High’s girls were struggling a bit in Friday’s season-opening Clovis Invitational cross country meet at Ned Houk Park. In the end, it only made their jobs a little tougher. Sophomore Kelsey McNaughton battled cramps during the race to successfully defend her meet title […]

CHS soccer teams split matches in tourneys

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Clovis High’s boys suffered a tough loss to host Los Alamos in the quarterfinals of the Hilltopppers’ eight-team tournament on Friday, but bounced back to beat Piedra Vista 7-0 in the consolation semifinals. Coach Greg Trujillo said that because the New Mexico Activities Association has taken out overtime this season, […]

Rams host Robertson in season debut

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER After the weeks of two-a-days, the scrimmages and the battle for quarterback, the Portales Rams are finally ready for the season opening game against the Robertson Cardinals. Last season the Cardinals defeated the Rams 33-20 in Las Vegas. Here are four things to watch out for in the season […]

Volleyball roundup: Roswell sweeps Portales

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER The first match of a season is often a tough gauge because no other reference point exists. Even though the Portales Lady Rams were swept by the Roswell Lady Coyotes 25-22, 25-14 and 25-18, coach Ruth Chavez wasn’t upset with the results and praised her opposition. “(Roswell) ran a […]

Rams drop opener to Clovis

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Clovis’ MCarl Michael and Portales’ Jesus Castillo go for the ball in the middle of the first half of Tuesday’s boys soccer match at PHS. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 and spoiled the Rams’ season opener with a 5-0 victory.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer The Clovis Wildcats continued their fast start to the 2015 boys soccer season on Tuesday by beating Portales 5-0 in the Rams’ season opener at PHS. Both teams started a little sluggish, but Clovis (3-0) took control midway through the first half when Michael Bodine scored the first of […]

ENMU women’s basketball schedule released

Staff report A 30-game women’s basketball schedule for Eastern New Mexico University will include games in five states with 16 Lone Star Conference games, nine home games, four games (three exhibitions) against Division I opponents and a neutral-site game at Clovis High School. The Greyhounds open the season on Nov. 7 with an exhibition at […]

Rams hope younger players will step up

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The Portales High Boys soccer team warms up before taking team on Monday at PHS. The Rams host Clovis at 5 p.m. today in their season opener.

By Matthew Asher Staff reporter With just a handful of returning players who started last season, the Portales High boys soccer team has its work cut out. The good news for coach Nathan Dodge is that the underclassmen from last season do have playing experience, just not starting experience. The Rams open the season […]

Hounds work on basics at scrimmage

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Quarterback Jeremy Buurma pitches the ball to a running back during ENMU’s intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning at Blackwater Draw. The Greyhounds open their 2015 schedule at home on Sept. 3 against New Mexico Highlands.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER BLACKWATER DRAW — For the second consecutive Saturday, the Eastern New Mexico University football team played a full-speed scrimmage as they tune up for their Sept. 3 season opener at home against New Mexico Highlands. Coach Josh Lynn said this scrimmage served two major purposes — evaluating how the […]

Portales pulls split at Goddard tourney

The Portales Lady Rams salvaged their second day in the Goddard Tournament by beating Lovington 4-1 following a 6-1 loss against Artesia. Elisa Cardenas scored a pair of goals for Artesia in the first half which gave the Lady Bulldogs a 4-0 lead at halftime. McKayla Garza scored the first goal of the season for […]

Foster records first hole-in-one

Mark Foster of Portales made his first hole-in-one Friday at the Portales Country Club. Foster hit his ace from the PCC’s No. 5 hole, 183-yards from the pin, using a 7-iron. The No. 5 hole is a par 3. Witnesses were Sid Felan, Rustin Rowley, Rick White and Gary Renner.

Rams settle on QB

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Portales running back Jonathan Lechuga finds a lane through the Eunice defense during Friday’s scrimmage at Portales High School. The Rams open against Robertson next Friday at Blackwater Draw.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer In less then one week, the Portales Rams have their first official football game of the season against the Robertson Cardinals. On Friday afternoon, they faced a different Cardinals team, Eunice, in a scrimmage as a final tune-up. In addition to playing against someone other than the scout team, […]

Lady Rams blanked in opener

Staff report ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams soccer team got off to a bad start oon Friday in a tournament at Roswell Goddard, losing 5-0 to the Lady Coyotes. Caitlyn Schmidt scored a pair of goals for Goddard, which took a 2-0 lead 100 seconds into the match on goals by Bethany Alvarez and […]

Cats post slight advantage in scrimmage

Staff report RUIDOSO — Clovis came out slightly on top in its scrimmage with Las Cruces on Friday, scoring nine times to seven for the Bulldawgs. But the real focus, Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said, was if the Wildcats improved in the neutral-site battle in Ruidoso. “The main thing you want in a scrimmage is […]

Tigers seeking sixth straight crown

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer Anyone who has followed the Elida Lady Tigers in the last decade knows what a great team coach Darrell Chenault has put together. Last season they went a perfect 26-0 and captured their fifth-straight small-school title — the first four in the phased-out Class B and the most recent […]

Ram plan: Just work harder

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Goalkeeper Sophia Ward works on an angle drill as Co-Head Coach Ruben Tellez gives instructions.

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer Every new season presents new challenges to be overcome and for the Lady Rams soccer team, this is no exception. The big question for the girl’s soccer team is how to stay competitive while fielding a team that doesn’t have a lot of experience on the varsity pitch. Co-Head […]