Rams, Lady Rams sweep East Mountain at home

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Portales senior Junior Salomon, right, is congratulated by teammate Micah Viera in the second half after Salomon scored his third goal of Tuesday’s game against East Mountain. Salomon finished with four goals and the Rams won 9-1.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales boys’ first match of the season couldn’t have gone much better on Tuesday. The Rams used a six-goal second half to beat East Mountain 9-1 at PHS, with five different players tallying goals. Seniors Pedro Perea and Junior Salomon combined for six goals, including four by Perea. […]

Portales names starting backs for ’16 season

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With two days before their first game of the season, the Portales Rams have finally named their starting quarterback and running backs. Rams coach Jaime Ramirez named Junior Ramirez (no relation), who quarterbacked last year’s team to a school-best 11-1 record last season, the starter for Friday’s game against […]

Greyhound volleyball works out kinks in scrimmage vs. USW

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Junior libero Andrea Aguilar dives to prevent a spike during Saturday’s scrimmage against the University of the Southwest at Greyhound Arena.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com There are still about two weeks before Eastern New Mexico University plays its first regular-season volleyball match of the season in West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. To help get his Greyhounds prepared for four matches in two days at WT, coach Sia Poyer set up a scrimmage against […]

ENMU men’s soccer ready for season, conference start

By David Norton SPORTS EDITOR dnorton@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is ready for its upcoming season, using their new place in the Heartland Conference and a revamped roster under second-year coach Paul Tate as a recipe for winning. Finishing their 2015 season with a 6-8-2 record, the Greyhounds could have perhaps […]

Lady Rams fall in season opener

Staff report ROSWELL — The 2016 campaign for the Lady Rams soccer team got off to a rough start on Friday as Artesia handed Portales a 5-1 loss in the first round of the Goddard tournament. Portales managed to hold Artesia at bay in the first half, but with about 11 minutes left Artesia scored […]

Hounds No. 1 in LSC women’s cross country poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women edged out Tarleton State and Midwestern State for the top spot in the Lone Star Conference preseason cross country poll, announced this week. The Greyhounds earned seven of 24 first-place votes and finished with 184 points to 181 for Tarleton State and 180 for Midwestern […]

Quarterback position still open for Rams


By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With less than two weeks before the season begins, the Portales Rams finally got a chance to quit hitting each other in practice as they hosted Roswell Goddard, Eunice and the Clovis junior varsity team on Tuesday at Portales High. Two weeks ago, seniors Junior Ramirez and Jeremie Karngbaye […]

Lady Rams look to reload, not rebuild this season

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Portales junior Lindsay Blakey works on her bumping and setting during Friday’s practice at the Portales Athletic Center. Blakey is one of the returning varisty starters under new head coach Charity Gomez.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com For the first time in 15 years, the Portales Lady Rams volleyball team will not have Ruth Chavez as the head coach. Instead, that responsibility now goes to Charity Gomez, who spent the last two seasons as the junior varsity coach. Fortunately for Gomez, her team is already comfortable […]

New Mexico fishing report — Aug. 9

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake — Fishing was slow […]

Rams look to reload and repeat last season’s success

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Portales’ Logan McDaniel, left, tries to get around scout team member Isaiah Conrow during the varsity defensive section of Friday’s morning practice at PHS.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After last year’s near-perfect season ended with a heartbreaking 26-14 loss in the Class 4A semifinals to Robertson, the Portales Rams have a lot of work do to if they want to repeat as District 4-4A champions, as well as another chance at the state title. Now that the […]

Elida’s Chenault named Volleyball Coach of the Year

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ELIDA — It’s been a long time coming, but Elida volleyball coach Darrell Chenault has been named the 2015-16 New Mexico High School Coaches Association Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Tigers to their sixth-straight small school volleyball state title. Last season the Lady Tigers went […]

Lovato looks to impress in California

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Emilio Lovato throws a pitch during the third inning against NMMI on April 5 in Portales. Lovato pitched a complete game, striking out 11 batters and gave up just two hits in the Rams 10-0 win. He is currently in California as a member of the Elite team in the Under Armor Southwest Championships and is the lone representative from the state of New Mexico.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com It’s been an exciting several months for Portales senior-to-be baseball player Emilio Lovato. After being an integral part of a Rams team that made it to the Class 4A state championship game, he’s now in California as the sole New Mexico representative for Under Armor as part of an […]

Farwell boy set to compete in national motocross event

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Eight-yer old Allen Florez of Farwell is preparing to compete in a field of 43 this week in the age 7-9 Rocky Mountain AMA National MotocrossChampionship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Staff report CLOVIS — On Monday, one young boy will compete against a field of 42 others at the Rocky Mountain AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Allen Florez, 8, of Farwell, is in the 50cc Limited class at the championships.  At an area qualifier, he had to […]

LSC FOOTBALL: Hounds tabbed for fifth in poll

Staff report ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University has been picked for fifth place in the now-10-team Lone Star Conference preseason football poll, released on Thursday. As far as fifth-year coach Josh Lynn is concerned, that’s all right. “Preseason polls don’t mean much,” said Lynn, who has gone 20-20 at ENMU. “The thing is, […]

NMHSCA all-star games played in Albuquerque

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Three members of the 2015 Clovis High football team participated for the South squad in Wednesday’s Class 5-6A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star game. The North All-Stars got out to a quick lead and rolled to a 38-13 victory. For the Wildcats, Dalton Hatley was one of three quarterbacks […]

RC Intermediate All-Stars fall in regional semifinals

Staff report FORT JUNCTION, Colo. — The season for the Roosevelt County All-Stars Intermediate Little League team has come to a bittersweet end after sweeping its first two contests in pool play in the Southwest Intermediate (ages 12-13) Regional tournament before ultimately losing in the semifinals. Winning matchups against Louisiana and Colorado 11-10 and 18-3, […]

LITTLE LEAGUE: Roosevelt County 12-13s head to Colorado

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Assistant coach Draven Saiz gets the celebratory ice bath following RC’s State Championship win last Monday in Albuquerque.  RC beat the Ruidoso All-Stars 18-3 in five innings to advance to the Southwest Regionals.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com With three-straight wins, the Roosevelt County Intermediate All-Stars punched their ticket to the Southwest Regional Little League Tournament with a spot in the Little League World Series going to the winner. Regionals will be held in Grand Junction, Colorado, starting on June 22 with a guaranteed two games.  In […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Roosevelt All-Stars eliminated

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE —The Roosevelt County 9-11 All-Stars went 1-2 for the weekend in the double-elimination state Little League competition, played at Zia Little League. The Portales-based squad dropped an 11-9 decision to South Valley of Albuquerque on Friday, then beat Espanola Valley 11-6 on Saturday before getting eliminated in an 11-7 loss to La […]

ENMU runners honored

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s cross country team had the top team grade point average among its Lone Star Conference competitors, according to a Wednesday release from the LSC. The team had an average GPA of 3.533. The conference also honored West Texas A&M’s men and Texas Woman’s for claiming the best collective […]

Softball fanatics have a ball at 33rd Custom Classic tournament

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Lubbock Ladies Second II None’s Brianna Mares hits a double in the top of the first inning during a game on Saturday in the 33rd Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex. She later scored in the inning.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com CLOVIS — The 33rd Annual Custom Classic softball tournament is under way this weekend, but there are still plenty of softball games left at the Guy Leeder Complex which started at 7 p.m. on Friday and will finish today. Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma are participating in […]