Four score for Portales

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams were relegated to four scoring finishes over the weekend in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico. PHS posted three sixths for three points in boys competition while the girls came up with a fifth-place finish, good for two points, when eighth-grader Kelsi […]

Pettigrew rodeos with help of bloodlines

John Eisel Eastern New Mexico University senior Chance Pettigrew took to steer wrestling naturally, which is not surprising considering his lineage. His great uncle, Homer Pettigrew, was a six-time world champion steer wrestler in the 1940s. The Grady native is also one of the original inductees of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. His grandfather […]

Cole’s persistence pays off

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By Mike Linn CLOVIS — The first time Kourtnie Cole got on a horse — at the ripe old age of 3 — she got bucked off. She didn’t want to get back on, but after some coaching from her grandfather she decided to give it a shot. The 16-year-old has been in love with […]

Rodeo a family affair for Sant siblings

By Kevin Wilson Rodeo has always been a family event for the Sant family. This week, they’ll have a chance to create the same atmosphere for the National High School Finals Rodeo. Dustan and Jaci Sant are two of the three members competing this week in Gillette, Wyo., site of the annual NHSFR. Dustan and […]

Three ENMU rodeoers going to national finals

By Kevin Wilson Even with two-third of his qualifiers going to the College National Finals Rodeo for the first time, Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach David Browder doesn’t think his team will be intimidated. “These guys have been to big rodeos,” Browder said. “It’s not going to blow these guys out of the water.” […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo set for this week

By Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association […]

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 […]

ENMU trio prepares for national rodeo

By Kevin Wilson David Browder has been at the College National Finals Rodeo enough times to know a quality competitor when he sees one. By his standards, the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach sees three of them representing his team at this year’s CNFR. ENMU’s Chance Parsons, Kendra Jones and Dale Vickrey will be […]