Ruidoso-Portales battle enters fifth round

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams went into the girls Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but the two-time defending champions are now the team to beat. While Portales dispatched seventh-seeded Wingate 57-46 on Tuesday, top seed Grants (24-2) was falling to Santa Fe Indian School 56-52. Portales has […]

KGB game draws ire of police

By David Irvin The streets, alleys and lawns of Clovis serve as the playing fields. The players are high schoolers, college students and young adults. The point is to go undetected for long periods of time while traveling on foot, at night, across town. Get ready, KGB may be coming to a street near you. […]

Oct. 3 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Daylight time ends soon October has arrived so we have this next four weeks until the time change happens on Oct. 31. Anyway it will be time to take care of that on the night of Oct. 30. Baseball season Today will be Dora’s first baseball game. No time has been given […]

Big changes in store for Rams’ offensive line

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams have only one starter returning this season in the offensive line — and he’s playing a different position. Still, veteran Rams line coach Patrick Crowley is more concerned that the psyche of his linemen becomes more aggressive. “We’re going to run more of an attack scheme this year,” Crowley […]

Lady Rams well-represented on all-star team

By Dave Wagner LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The South squad will have a distinct Portales and District 4-3A flavor in Friday’s Class 3A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star basketball game at New Mexico Highlands University. Eight of the 12 players are from the district, including four from Portales, along with coaches Greg Marez […]

Archibeque wins at Sun Country

By Rick White Not much bigger than the average Callaway driver, pint-sized Portales golfer Will Archibeque is adjusting to playing with the big boys. Riding back-to-back birdies on the back nine, Archibeque fired a 4-over-par 75 en route to his first Sun Country Junior PGA 18-hole tournament title Wednesday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. In […]

South team has local presence

By Dave Wagner Charlene Reyes has regularly fielded quality teams in nine years as Alamogordo’s softball coach, including two state champions. Still, she feels almost an embarrassment of riches in coaching the South squad in this year’s North-South all-star series at Lady Wildcat Field. The teams meet in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader today. The teams […]

Cook to stay with home team

Kevin Wilson Time will tell as to whether the middle and ending are similar, but Erika Cook has chosen to start her college years the same way she started her high school years — in Portales, alongside Laci Lee and Ashley Golden. Cook has signed on with Eastern New Mexico University to play basketball, where […]

Taking a run at rugby

By Dave Wagner Dan Dannar didn’t grow up playing rugby, but the sport has grown on him. Now he’s hoping the often rough-and-tumble game of European origin will become a popular pastime at Cannon Air Force Base. After three years of combining forces with players from Eastern New Mexico University, Cannon formed its own team […]

Talent, tunes at jamboree

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Michelle Seeber FLOYD — More than 500 people — a full house of young and old — heard some 40 soloists sing songs, play guitars and show off their talent Saturday night at the Floyd Lions Club 54th Annual Country Jamboree. Gathered at Floyd High School’s old gymnasium, the audience heard songs written by Johnny […]

Cheatham plays quiet role in Ram offense

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By Kevin Wilson For a guy who’s 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, Portales senior Kevin Cheatham has been pretty easy to lose sight of, even as the cleanup hitter for a Rams that has scored 86 runs in seven games leading up to the Fighting Colt Invitational this weekend in Silver. The right fielder has no problem […]

Portales State Tournament Notes

By Rick White On the sidelines Sophomore Megan Kabrick has become a student of the game since her season-ending knee injury in late December. Assistant coach Greg Poynor said Kabrick has handled the setback well. “She comes to every practice and never misses a game,” Poynor said. “She’s been real supportive and cheers for her […]

New Year’s question: to stay or go

By Tony Parra Portales residents of all ages will have an opportunity to celebrate the new year with others from around the area, the only question being how far are they willing to travel to celebrate. For those wanting to stay in Portales for the festivities, the Victory Life Christian Church will have two different […]

ENMU teams regroup after long road stretches

By Dave Wagner Considering they’ve been on the road for the most part, Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams can’t be too displeased with the way things went during the first semester. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. The defending Lone Star Conference South Division champion ENMU men take a 6-3 record and […]

Not showing at a theater near you

Mike Linn The holiday season usually brings with it a barrage of new movies, from suspense thrillers to dramas. Here are a few movies I’d like to see come to the area: Title: Good ’Till The Last Drop Plot: Set in the year 2035 with a population dwindled to only a handful of residents, a […]

Untested Rams open with Tulia

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Tony Parra The Portales Rams boys basketball team will know where it stands after playing in the Shallowater Shootout Tournament this weekend. The Rams tip-off their season in the Texas tournament with an 11:30 a.m. game today against the Class 2A Tulia Hornets. “They (Tulia) are young, very athletic and they get up and down […]

Carpenter adjusting to college basketball

By Kevin Wilson Matt Carpenter used to step on the Greyhound Arena floor as part of an annual tradition called the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Now he steps on the court as part of a daily routine called practice. It’s one of many transitions the Dora native and Eastern New Mexico University freshman […]

Hounds look to break streak against ACU

By Dave Wagner Gary Gaines has had a tough time against most teams in his three-plus seasons as the Abilene Christian football coach. But even though the Wildcats are 3-0 against ENMU in that time — and have won four in a row in the series overall — Gaines isn’t exactly licking his chops at […]

Johnson takes up football to keep on playing

By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Randy Johnson used up his college eligibility in basketball last spring at Eastern New Mexico University, but he wasn’t ready to give up sports. So he approached ENMU’s football coaches about the possibility of playing this fall. Given the chance during spring practice, the coaches liked what they saw […]

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Hubert Morgan, a real estate agent and avid golfer, had this to say about one of his favorite hobbies: •“I love golf because I get to be outdoors.” •“You’re always trying to play your best game; it’s a competition with yourself.” •“I like playing with friends.” •“I love my 5 wood. I’ve hit some spectacular […]