ENMU football workouts boast numbers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University football team should have plenty of time to get ready for its first game. Around 140 players reported Wednesday for the start of preseason workouts, which begin today. School doesn’t start until Aug. 28, with the Greyhounds scheduled for a Thursday night season opener (Sept. […]

Vandals go off-road on ENMU soccer field

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer One vehicle’s off-roading venture at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday has cost an Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer field considerable damage, as well as serious safety concerns for the players. Deep tire tracks were found meandering throughout the grass by the team’s head coach Travis McCorkle. “It’s the second time […]

Roosevelt Little Leaguers ready for playoffs

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Little League all-star baseball teams have been drafted and players and coaches are currently preparing for the upcoming district playoffs in July. Cynthia Martinez, secretary of the Little League Board, said the all-star teams will be facing teams from the American and Zia Leagues of Clovis as […]

Custom Classic has unwritten rules

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ask before taking the last slice. Don’t date your friend’s sister unless you plan to marry her. If somebody offers to pay for dinner, offer to pay for the tip. These are a few of the rues people live by, but put in no rulebooks or codes. These are the […]

Portales to focus on speed

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High Lady Rams basketball team finished up their summer tournament Saturday and head coach Brenda Gomez said she is looking forward to next year. The Lady Rams went 6-3 in the tournament against teams from Hobbs, Roswell, Texico, Capitan, Goddard and Lovington. The tournament was held Friday […]

Ram basketball mentors players of the future

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams basketball staff conducted a four-day camp with help from players from the high school varsity team. “The kids are out here to learn the basics, the building blocks of what it takes to be a good basketball player,” said Portales head coach Mark Gallegos. The camp focused […]

Zia coach happy with spring recruiting

Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good spring,” said […]

ENMU football players lend hand

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It has been head coach Mark Ribaudo’s mission to strengthen ties between Eastern New Mexico University football players and the community. During the spring semester, ENMU players totaled more than 5,000 hours of community service in the Portales/Clovis area. Community projects included helping kindergartners at Brown Elementary in Portales […]

Softballers rev up to defend title

Janet Taylor-Birkey Janet Taylor-Birkey The Defending United States Softball Association Military World Champion, Cannon mens’ varsity softball team, opened their 2006 softball season with an impressive first place finish in the Clovis Umpires Tune Up and a second place finish in the Knights Challenge, May 6 and 7. The team is currently in first place […]

Las Vegas game comes to The Landing

Yolanda Romero Tonight players will have the opportunity to take their chances at a $300 prize in a Texas Hold’em Tournament at The Landing. Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. and the tournament starts at 7 p.m. A disc jockey will perform at 9 p.m. in the Pit. The basics of the game are […]

Billy the Kid stood too close to Garrett

By Don McAlavy Who was this impersonator? He looked so much like Billy the Kid, there were jokes about digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy Pat Garrett shot was still there. He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a member of the Gaslite […]

Softball tryouts kick off season

Airman Thomas Trower Women’s varsity softball is back in full swing. The team has been resting up from last year’s Fall Ball season and reorganized with tryouts over the past two weeks. The Cannon team was seen as a powerhouse during the 1996-1999 seasons, but there was no team for the 2000-2002 seasons. The team […]

And then there was one

Airman Thomas Trower Two Cannon basketball giants took to the court Tuesday to fight for an unblemished record. With 7-0 records, EMS and MDG competed to see which would be the only team in the base intramural league left with an undefeated record. EMS arrived in their new personalized uniforms ready to play and win, […]

Tennis teams get set for Saturday

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A lot of things have changed for the Portales tennis teams, but several things have not as the Lady Rams hope to take the next step. Last year’s state runnerup boasts the state’s No. 2 singles player, but will still adjust to a new roster and a completely different […]

Ram baseball to rely on pitching

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With a solid rotation coming back and a larger playoff field, the Portales Rams have little doubt that they’ll make the Class 3A baseball playoffs in May. Their biggest doubt is if they’ll score enough runs when they get there. “I think we’ve got a pretty good chance,” said […]

In defense of Joe Montana

By Kevin Wilson It was a long time ago at my home; about 17 years ago to be exact. The family was gathered around the television, and the final outcome of the country’s premiere sporting event hung in the balance. Jim Breech had just hit his third field goal of the game, a 40-yarder with […]

Pioneers pull away from Zias in second half

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Texas Woman’s Margaret Wimbish had a quiet first half — only one shot. The 6-foot-1 junior post made plenty of noise after that, though, scoring 15 of her 17 points over the final 14 minutes to lift the Pioneers past sluggish Eastern New Mexico University 65-51 in a Lone Star […]

Recruiting moves away from schools and to summer leagues

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When Portales senior Morgan Hill received a letter from Navy in August, she didn’t think much of it. “You get a zillion letters (from colleges),” she said. Later on, a phone call let her know that it wasn’t just any letter. “After we talked a couple of times,” Hill said, […]

Zias need solid play from pair of friends

By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer Whether it’s on the basketball court or in a conversation, Tiana Bryant knows exactly where Heather Brown is, and vice versa. With three players — Rochelle Vance, Elizabeth Richards and Riikka Lehtonen — suffering season-ending ACL injuries within a week of each other — the Brown/Bryant familiarity is something […]

All-district teams named

Freedom Newspapers Volleyball team honored by district Five Portales players earned first-team honors for the All-District 4-3A volleyball team. Megan Kabrick, Morgan Hill, Ella Erf, Ashleah Richards and Bethany Self all earned first-team honor for Portales, which went 5-0 against District 4-3A opponents and 13-0 against Class 3A teams during its 22-3 state championship season. […]