Kuchta, ENMU looking for strong start in South

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh is happy to have senior shortstop Josh Kuchta on the team. In fact, he says he’d take a whole team like him. “Josh Kuchta is good people,” Clabaugh said Thursday as the Greyhounds (13-16) prepared for a four-game Lone Star Conference South Division-opening series […]

Clabaugh gets 400th win as Hounds split with Bulldogs

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By Dave Wagner A second-game loss put only a slight tinge on Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh’s accomplishment. The Greyhounds gave Clabaugh his 400th win in 18 seasons as a college coach on Sunday with a 7-3 win over Southwestern Oklahoma at Greyhound Field. Then the Bulldogs avoided a four-game series sweep […]

Hounds, Zias set to play at home

by Dave Wagner So far, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball season has been pretty much a win-one, lose-one proposition. The Greyhounds (6-6) have neither won nor lost more than two in a row as they prepare for a four-game Lone Star Conference crossover series against Northeastern State (7-8) this weekend at Greyhound Field. The teams […]

Hounds, Zias get set for busy weekend at home

By Dave Wagner Graduate assistant Amber Daniell, thrown into the fire in a hurry with the Eastern New Mexico University softball team, will get a real coaching baptism over the next few weeks. Daniel, a recent Baylor University graduate who played her last two years in college for the Lady Bears, will handle the coaching […]

ENMU baseball team set to take on Colorado Mines

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh has already accomplished something he hadn’t in his previous 13 seasons at the helm — start the season with two victories. Now the Greyhounds, who won the first two in their season-opening three-game series at Sul Ross State last weekend before the finale was […]

ENMU baseball team optimistic

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Wallace is glad to finally have a set position. An infielder most of his high school career at Alamogordo, Wallace has moved from left field as a freshman to center field as a sophomore to first base last year. This season, he’s ticketed to return to first […]

PHS baseball team converts second chance into title run

By Dave Wagner Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of five stories highlighting the top Portales-area sports stories of the year. Coming into the 2004 season, the Portales High baseball program had never won a Class 3A state championship. With the schedule winding down, that didn’t appear likely to change. The Rams […]

Six PHS gridders to play in all-star game

By Dave Wagner LAS VEGAS, N.M. — For Seth Clabaugh and Cole Parrish, Saturday’s fourth annual Class 3A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star football game will lead them into the start of two-a-days in college next month. For Matt Lujan and Brian Berry, it’s a chance to put a cap on their football […]

Thurman-Kelly drafted by Mets

By Dave Wagner In three seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, Ian Thurman-Kelly had modest numbers — a 7-14 record with a 6.33 earned run average. Still, the New York Mets saw enough in the senior left-hander from Thornton, Colo., to select him in the 43rd round of this week’s first-year player draft. Injuries plagued […]

Clabaugh, Richards win top awards

By Kevin Wilson Between them, Seth Clabaugh and Kassandra Richards helped account for seven different team trophies. Monday night, they accounted for two more individually. Clabaugh and Richards were awarded the greatest Ram awards at the conclusion of Monday’s annual Portales High School athletics banquet. The two-hour event was basically a wrap-up for the entire […]

Rams finish as runnerups

ALBUQUERQUE — They will go their separate ways soon, but not before one last battle as Portales High teammates that further cements a friendship that dates back to first grade. T.C. Nusser is headed for Texas Tech. Seth Clabaugh to Angelo State, where he will play football. Together they brought the Rams to the brink […]

Rams move on to title game

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — One week after thinking they might have blown a shot at making the playoffs, the Portales Rams are within a game of winning the school’s first state baseball title. Senior left-hander Seth Clabaugh worked through early control problems and pitched a six-hitter, and Portales took advantage of some shoddy Raton […]

Ram rotation key to tournament success

By Kevin Wilson Portales senior T.C. Nusser insists that if there’s a must-win game, Seth Clabaugh’s the pitcher the Rams need to use. When he took the mound on Saturday against Cobre, though, he gave the Rams a victory in a must-win game mainly because he wouldn’t let the Rams lose. “It was just a […]

Portales baseball team splits with Lovington

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By Rick White T.C. Nusser took the business approach to pitching. Location. Location. Location. Moving his fastball around the strike zone, Nusser pitched Portales to a 3-2 win over Lovington, helping the Rams salvage the second game of Tuesday’s District 4-3A doubleheader at Ram Field. Lovington won the opener 6-5, rallying for four runs in […]

Rams fail to close out Colts

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By Kevin Wilson The Portales Rams are having trouble finishing what they started. The Rams routed New Mexico Military Institute 13-3 to start a District 4-3A doubleheader behind a solid performance from senior pitcher Seth Clabaugh. Clabaugh’s seventh victory of the season, and a 12-4 Portales lead early in the nightcap, were two reasons to […]

Greyhound baseball team peaking late in season

By Kevin Wilson After a 1-6 start, including a 25-18 loss to division rival West Texas A&M, it seemed unlikely that a playoff run would be happening for the Greyhound baseball team. Now, after a three-game sweep over those same Buffaloes last weekend, the Greyhounds have given themselves a chance to capitalize on a regular […]

Lady Ram softball routs Ruidoso

Freedom Newspapers DEXTER — The Portales High softball team got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 15-2 rout of Ruidoso to start play in the Dexter Tournament. Portales (3-2) led 6-0 after two innings against the District 4-3A rival Lady Warriors, and ended the game after six innings via the […]

Rams improve to 6-1

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By Kevin Wilson Behind Seth Clabaugh, the Rams are going forward with what already looks to be a huge turnaround. What they don’t want to do is look back. Clabaugh improved to 4-0 on the season and pitched his second shutout of the season, 10-0 over Depew, Okla., Saturday at Ram Field. The Rams (6-1) […]

Rams outlast Littlefield

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By Kevin Wilson The Portales Rams proved they could outhit an opponent when they needed to, as well as blow them out. Senior Seth Clabaugh was the top pitcher in what was certainly not a pitcher’s duel, and the host Rams outlasted Littlefield, Texas, 10-8 Thursday night at Ram Field. Clabaugh (3-0) picked up the […]

Greyhounds drop home game to Lubbock Christian

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By Kevin Wilson Lubbock Christian’s win could have been easily chalked up to a career day for Zach Barnard. Eastern New Mexico coach Phil Clabaugh chooses inexperience instead. Barnard, a sophomore designated hitter, went 3-for-4 with three homers and eight RBIs, leading a Chaparral team that capitalized on ENMU mistakes Tuesday and left Greyhound Field […]