Sant prepares for third time at nationals

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Tuesday’s story featured Lynde Orcutt, while Wednesday featured Brittany Bennett. Responsibility’s nothing new to Jaci Sant, and neither is the National High School Finals Rodeo. Sant, a […]

Bennett can focus solely on cutting this year

By Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the second in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. The first story featured Lynde Orcutt. Brittany Bennett spent most of her time at last year’s National High School Finals Rodeo as a queen candidate. This […]

Roping champ Orcutt readies for finals

Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the first in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeo coach Bobby Grimes said one of Lynde Orcutt’s best qualities is her selflessness on the basketball court and in the rodeo circuit. “She doesn’t get mad […]

PLK takes two of three

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Scoring runs had never been a problem for the Portales Lady Krew softball team. From early indications, defense is not a problem either. The PLK scored more runs than any other team in last year’s USSSA state tournament, but finished fifth. Now, the 14-and-under squad is excelling in both facets […]

Safety the key issue of Little League forfeit

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]

Scanlan and staff prepare for annual camps

By Kevin Wilson Sometimes less is more, but not so at the Eastern New Mexico University team camps. Shawn Scanlan, the men’s basketball coach at ENMU, is expecting a small, but understandable decline in teams at this year’s camps, which run June 15-28. The camp has grown from 35 teams since Scanlan first ran it […]

Acosta aiding Ram summer baseball program

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By Kevin Wilson With the possible exception of the weather, every element is seeming to fall into place for Portales High’s summer baseball program. The Ram baseball program has returned after a two-year absence, thanks in most part to a former Ram and a former major league coach. Dusty Nusser, a 2001 graduate of PHS, […]

Orlando trip part of busy summer for Carter

By Kevin Wilson When Chris Carter spends his school days at Portales High School, he makes every attempt not to wear his Amateur Athletic Union shirt, which shares the Wildcat name with rivals Clovis and Lovington. “Wildcats, huh?” is the comment the PHS junior-to-be said he hears most often. During the summer, however, he splits […]

Softball league a family affair

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By Kevin Wilson Some people get a summer job. The Quick family has landed a family business. Between Lee Quick, his wife Dedra and his two daughters, the Portales Girls Softball League has become what Lee calls a “family operation.” And the league is keeping the Quicks’ hands full. The league, which Lee is directiing […]

Clovis rodeo goes on despite rain

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. […]