Baseball squad tabbed for fifth

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Equipment theft leaves Zias shorthanded

Freedom Newspapers Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the season. Then when […]

Area coach wins 2,500

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent CLOVIS — When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like […]

Group trying to make pitch for fast-pitch

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

City renews agreement

By Tony Parra City councilors unanimously approved to renew their annual membership with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments so that EPCOG administrators can provide services to bring funding, housing and businesses to Portales. Councilors approved during the city meeting on Tuesday to pay the EPCOG $2,577 as an annual membership for services such as […]

Portales softball team wins district title

By Kevin Wilson For the Portales girls softball team, it was a Saturday like no other. It was like most April days in Portales, with a slight wind and the sun beating down, but today was different — for when the Lady Rams arrived back in Portales that afternoon, they did it as District 4-3A […]

Hounds, Zias set to play at home

by Dave Wagner So far, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball season has been pretty much a win-one, lose-one proposition. The Greyhounds (6-6) have neither won nor lost more than two in a row as they prepare for a four-game Lone Star Conference crossover series against Northeastern State (7-8) this weekend at Greyhound Field. The teams […]

New ENMU coach anxious to get to work

By Dave Wagner Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in just over two years. […]

Groups combine to teach fastpitch

By Kevin Wilson It’s hard enough making the transition into high school athletics. A few groups are trying to make sure local softball players don’t have to adjust to a whole new sports on top of that. The city softball park played host this week to a fastpitch softball clinic, a joint effort through the […]

Custom Classic set for weekend

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent After sweeping through the recreation division undefeated in last year’s Custom Classic, members of the Clovis X-Treme women’s softball team thought maybe a step up in class would be appropriate. So far, things have gone fairly well as X-Treme won one championship and finished second in the top division of […]

Training camps in full force on Tuesday

By Tony Parra Tennis season for Portales High School is over, and now the students are becoming the teachers. Portales tennis coach Bill Wahlman is coordinating the annual city tennis league as one of two sport recreation activities offered through the city. There is also an arts/crafts recreation activity offered by the city, which begins […]

Portales girls split softball games with Lovington

PNT Staff The Portales High softball team reduced its magic number to one for clinching a Class 3A playoff spot Tuesday, earning a split over District 4-3A leader Lovington at City Softball Park. Portales beat Lovington 4-2 in the opener but dropped the nightcap 4-1. Portales (10-11, 6-4 district) had never beaten Lovington in softball […]

Gerleve wins javelin event at Angelo Relays

Freedom Newspapers For the second consecutive meet, freshman Zach Gerleve posted the only win for Eastern New Mexico University as he took men’s javelin competition on Saturday in the David Noble Relays in San Angelo, Texas, hosted by Angelo State. Gerleve threw 177 feet, 4 inches to win the event by 2 1/2 feet over […]

Goddard beats Portales softball team

By Kevin Wilson Marissa Franco pitched a one-hitter, helping visiting Goddard claim a 1-0 win over Portales Thursday at City Softball Park. Franco outdueled Portales senior Kassandra Richards in what was orginally the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was postponed due to rain. Richards allowed three hits and struck out two batters, […]

Lady Ram softball sweeps Eunice

Freedom Newspapers EUNICE — The Portales Lady Rams softball team picked up their first two wins of the season in convincing fashion, outlasting Eunice 17-7 in nine innings in the opener and 15-1 in the nightcap. “Their pitcher ran out of steam,” Portales coach Robbie Crowley said. “They did pretty well until that.” Every player […]

Ceremony to honor Bombers

Kevin Wilson The Booth-Powell Bombers love softball, and they love Portales. Saturday gives them an opportunity to give their thanks to both. The 1966 Booth-Powell Bombers, a Portales fastpitch softball team that won the Cactus Region Tournament and advanced to the National Softball Tournament in Indianapolis, will be honored during an 11:30 a.m. pre-game ceremony […]

Swing is king for Lady Ram softball

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By Kevin Wilson Kelly Parkey jokes that she wouldn’t be a great pitcher for the Portales girls softball team, but she’d take the mound in a heartbeat. The 5-foot-6 senior is comfortable playing shortstop for the Lady Rams, and she’s also comfortable with fellow senior Kassadra Richards pitching, but she’d be willing to do just […]

Zia softball on a roll

Freedom Newspapers TUCSON, Ariz. — First-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski is hoping the Zias can carry the momentum of a 3-0 weekend in the Tucson Invitational into the start of Lone Star Conference South Division play this weekend. The Zias (9-15) were rained out of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader against Clarion (Pa.), […]

A family affair for Richards, Richards

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By Kevin Wilson A family reunion is never far away for Kassandra and Ashleah Richards. It happens with every game and every practice for the Portales girls basketball team. The sisters are hoping to have a few more family reunions, with state championships in basketball and softball as a backdrop. “Our state championship just brought […]

Welcome to the battlefield

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By Kevin Wilson Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission is to […]