2-26-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Garrick Matthews Job: Online English teacher Portales High School. Time on job: Six years. Background: Matthews has a Bachelors Degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Masters in Education Administration from New Mexico Highlands. He also coaches JV volleyball and JV softball at PHS. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. It begins […]

Clovis edges Pampa for boys tourney title

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Clovis Wildcats would like to make a late submission for game of the year. Behind Bryce Hill’s heroics and a career night from junior Rishard Matthews, the Wildcats won its third-straight Milk Cow Classic on Friday with a 89-88 overtime victory over Pampa, Texas. Down two points […]

Clovis prepares for football state finals

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — It took the Clovis High defense a while to figure out Onate’s powerful option attack in Saturday’s Class 5A state semifinal playoff game at Field of Dreams. Once they got into halftime with a tie, though, the Wildcats never looked back. Juniors Brian Mead and Rishard Matthews each […]

Clovis romps into Class 5A semifinals

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Big plays kill. Clovis scored on four plays of 33 yards or longer and beat Manzano 49-14 in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. “We were hitting ‘em well, we were moving the ball, we were stopping them on ‘D,’ but […]

How Sweet it is

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Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Sweet to Matthews is becoming music to Clovis’ ears. Wildcats senior quarterback Devin Sweet and junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews hooked up six times for 168 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats trounced Goddard 41-6 Friday night at Leon Williams Stadium. “Throwing to Rishard makes all the difference,” Sweet said. […]

Hunter leads Cats to victory

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Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Sporting a 100-watt, gap-toothed smile, Diondre Hunter sounded like an awestruck sophomore in the locker room after the game, addressing his senior teammates as mister. However, he didn’t play like one on the field. Making his first varsity start due to an injury, Hunter intercepted the first pass thrown in his […]

Newcomers help football squads

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Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Avid football fans are quick to notice when an unfamiliar name pops up on the roster of their favorite team. If it turns out that the newcomer has any ability, so much the better. Clovis and Portales prep followers may just be in luck this year as several players capable of […]

Residents cite need for speed control

By Tony Parra Portales residents presented concerns during Tuesday’s city meeting over road conditions, speeding and public safety. Rick Matthews said he has seen tractor trailers traveling at a high rate of speed in residential areas. “These trucks are using residential areas as shortcuts,” Matthews said. “God-forbid if a kid is bouncing a ball on […]

Rams’ game changed to earlier time

Kevin Wilson Whether The Portales volleyball team makes the state tournament or gets eliminated on Saturday is still up in the air. But everybody will know three hours earlier now. The New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of state high school athletics, wanted Portales’ regional championship match against Grants to start at 4 p.m. […]