How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]

My turn: Commentary wouldn’t be too kind

Sports and sporting events have resulted in catchy phrases. You can expect interesting comments from broadcasters, coaches, and even players. The color commentator spends time talking to players and coaches and throws things out to keep us interested. From the golf comment, “The uglier a man’s legs are, the better golfer he is.” To football, […]

Heat-related athlete deaths serious matter

Freedom New Mexico A sure sign of the approach of football season is the sweltering heat we are now experiencing. No matter how mild the weather is in late July, once players put on the pads in August, the temperatures seem to rise. Such weather needs to bring about heightened concerns of players suffering from […]

Zias looking for turnaround

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Like many coaches, Eastern New Mexico University’s Kim Falkenhagen isn’t much for preseason polls. After suffering through a winless Lone Star Conference campaign in 2007, her first year at the school, Falkenhagen said the Zias are ready to turn the page. ENMU was picked next-to-last in the 14-team LSC. […]

Football spoken here

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A four-day Portales Rams football camp wrapped up on Thursday leaving coaches impressed with the progress made by the campers. “They have come a long way,” said Rams football coach Andy Correll. “They were very receptive and worked hard.” There were 44 participants in the camp, which was divided […]

Wanted: Two college soccer coaches

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will have two new soccer coaches for the 2008 season. Women’s coach Travis McCorkle was named Tuesday as the women’s coach at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. ENMU and Angelo State are both members of the

ENMU soccer coaches moving on

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will have two new soccer coaches for the 2008 season. Women’s coach Travis McCorkle was named Tuesday as the women’s coach at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. ENMU and Angelo State are both members of the Lone Star Conference. Men’s coach Carlos Elizondo […]

Hundreds of athletes attend Greyhound Camp

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Hundreds of area high school basketball players and dozens of teams are competing over a two-week period at Greyhound Arena. The annual Greyhound team basketball camp began on Sunday and will conclude today by noon, while the girls begin on Wednesday and leave Saturday. According to some of the […]

Local Briefs, April 16, 2008

Girls softball coaches to meetThere will be a coaches meeting for Portales girls softball leagues at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portales Recreation Center, 18th Street and Avenue I. All previous coaches and those interested in coaching are invited. Girls fastpitch signups and tryouts are Saturday at the Portales Softball Complex with the following schedule:8-under […]

Portales Little League applauds pitch limits

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer New guidelines for little league baseball pitchers is changing the way coaches and players approach the game and according to many — is saving little arms for high school, college and beyond. Roosevelt and Curry County have played the 2007 season under Little League International’s new pitch count program […]

May 20, 1982

• Three Portales Rams baseball players were named to the Coaches AAA State All-Tournament. Chosen were seniors Johnny Poe and Greg Speck and junior pitcher Rod Simon. • Portales High School senior Tim Sweet was recognized for 12 years of perfect attendance during the PHS Academic Assembly. • Vinyl Reed Curtains ranged in price from […]

ENMU’s Elliott inspired many, greatly missed

Freedom Newspapers Our region lost a good man last week. Bud Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died early Tuesday morning. He was 73. Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Campus Union Ballroom on the ENMU campus. Elliott was one of college football’s all-time winningest coaches, compiling […]

Libero usage may vary

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. The libero is […]

The religious game has rules everyone must follow

Freedom Newspapers F ootball coaches are football coaches: We don’t expect them to be political science professors. But we still have to take issue with some of the comments made by Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden at Sunday’s meeting of the Southern Colorado Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bowden, in defending Air Force Academy football […]

Buzard, Klafka named co-coaches for Zias

By Dave Wagner Dan Buzard and Dustin Klafka have been named Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball co-coaches for the 2005-06 school year, ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday. Buzard was a longtime Zias assistant before taking over the program when Wayne Moore retired after the 2001-02 season. He coached the Zias for two […]

Area players chosen for NMHSCA games

PNT Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Four Portales High seniors and one from Dora have been chosen to play for South squads in New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star basketball games this summer. Chris Carter, Bo Gabriel and Chris Kirchner were chosen to represent PHS in the fifth annual Class 3A boys all-star game, scheduled for […]