PLK takes two of three

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Scoring runs had never been a problem for the Portales Lady Krew softball team. From early indications, defense is not a problem either. The PLK scored more runs than any other team in last year’s USSSA state tournament, but finished fifth. Now, the 14-and-under squad is excelling in both facets [...]

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 [...]

Portales high finishes off successful season

By Kevin Wilson Portales High School concluded another year of athletics, with trophies in some sports and missed expectations in others. The Portales volleyball team started the year with one of the more difficult tasks in the state — defending a state championship despite losing 10 seniors. Behind second-year coach Ruth Chavez, the Lady Rams [...]

ENMU pares down candidate list

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a softball coach to three candidates, including Ron Landschoot, who filled in on an interim basis this spring. The other finalists are Kevin Blaskowski, the head coach at Division II Southern Arkansas, and Travis Scott, head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State, school officials [...]

Portales ends season in cellar

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University interim softball coach Ron Landschoot searched for words to put Saturday’s season-ending Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader against Texas A&M-Kingsville into perspective. “The ‘what-ifs’ weren’t in our favor today,” he said after the Zias suffered 8-7 and 3-2 setbacks to TAMK, giving the Javelinas (32-19, [...]

Portales hopes for playoffs

By Kevin Wilson Robbie Crowley takes pride in having a hard-work softball program that never went through a learning period. The team prides itself on being been in the thick of things during the playoffs in each of its first two seasons, with a third-straight playoff berth almost guaranteed. So they’re not going to let [...]