Roosevelt teams split games in Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Pitching was the only thing that wasn’t a problem early on for the Roosevelt County All-Stars. Once they took care of their hitting and fielding, it got easy after that. Roosevelt broke open a close game with an eight-run fourth inning, en route to a 21-5 pasting of Clovis […]

Trudo terrorizes on the track

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By Kevin Wilson Like methanol flowing through the engine of his go-cart, racing flows in the blood of Troy Trudo. What began as a hobby years ago is now a character trait for the 11-year-old, who has chosen one-eighth of a mile of dirt over a 94-foot basketball court or a 200-foot baseball field. “This […]

American holds off Roosevelt in All-Star tourney

By Kevin Wilson It took only three pitches for Stephan Mills to make his mark. It took about 90 more minutes for the pitching to leave a lasting impression. Mills hit a leadoff homer and combined with Seth Baily on a three-hitter to top a similar effort from Joe Sandoval, and the American All-Stars defeated […]

Buzard’s team sweeps five games down under

By Dave Wagner A group of Division II South Central Region women’s basketball players coached by Eastern New Mexico University’s Dan Buzard swept five games on a trip to Barbados late last month, although the competition wasn’t what the team had hoped to see. With the tiny West Indies island involved in a national tournament, […]

Volunteers help rodeo go smoothly

By Jack King CLOVIS — One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena wll past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel […]

High Plains Rodeo sees first double mugging

By Eric Butler The double mugging event is new to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals and it’s proving to be a popular competition. The term has nothing to do with smiling for the camera or accosting someone for monetary gain, but instead means helping a roper tie down a calf. The event — […]

A day at the ‘playground’

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — The announcer at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals bellowed to the crowd that they were at the “world’s most dangerous playground” to start Wednesday night’s festivities. While that may or may not be true, there’s a reason Carmen Roberts showed up at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena […]

Roosevelt knocked out of Tri-County tournament

By Kevin Wilson Quran Wiggins pitched a complete game three-hitter, and Clovis Zia took advantage of Roosevelt County errors for a surprisingly easy 7-2 victory in a losers’ bracket game of the 9-10-year-old Tri-County Minor League All-star tournament at Rotary Park. Zia will play tonight against Quay County in a 7 p.m. game at Beachum […]

Diddle to take on new challenge

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After 30 years of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle has decided it’s time for a change. The former Eastern New Mexico University coach has accepted the women’s head coaching position at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Diddle, who coached a national team in the United Arab Emirates […]

Rodeoing runs in Cooper’s family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the […]

Sickness hurts Roosevelt All-Star team

By Kevin Wilson With a 2 for 4 night, three RBIs and the go-ahead single, Iszac Valdez showed that the American All-Star pitchers weren’t causing him any trouble. Later on, strep throat was trouble for the Roosevelt catcher, and the ruling that ensued helped pave the way for an unusual 17-15 win for visiting American […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo set for this week

By Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association […]

Forfeit doesn’t stop Wildcats from season finale

By Kevin Wilson Prior to Thursday’s final City League softball game, the Wildcats pulled a steal of a trade. The new players? Ashley Flores, Hailey Quick and Caron Johnson — all from the Pros. The price? Nothing. The reason? There was a game to play, and the Wildcats didn’t want to end their season by […]

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 […]

Custom Classic tournament to be biggest ever

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]

Gomez pleased with summer progress

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By Kevin Wilson Heading into the final phase of the summer basketball season, Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez is satisfied with the results. “It’s all been positive,” Gomez said in between Thursday night games at the Eastern New Mexico University team camp. “The turnout, the participation, the attitude — everything’s been positive.” Portales dropped a […]

Clovis gets revenge on Portales in title game

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By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ‘Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]

Portales athletes do double duty

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By Kevin Wilson Saturday afternoon saw Austin Pullen and Tyler Johnson on the football field, battling Clovis and Bovina, Texas, in 7-on-7 action. Sunday evening saw the pair on the basketball court, battling teams from across New Mexico and Texas in 5-on-5 action. A few months from now, they’ll be doing the same thing, except […]

Portales girls to face Clovis for league title

By Eric Butler FARWELL — With a full complement of players — primarily its varsity squad for next year — Portales took advantage of a depleted Muleshoe team to move into the finals of the West Texas/New Mexico Phenoms Summer League. The Rams won 52-42 in the second of two semifinal games at Farwell High […]

Summer league helps Rams work on skills

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning, Mendoza and six high schools have formed […]