Zias finish winless home campaign

By Dave Wagner Perhaps, first-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski mused, the Zias should just play in tournaments. They’ve certainly had little success at home or anywhere else besides a neutral field. Saturday, Tarleton State completed a four-game Lone Star Conference South Division sweep with 5-2 and 5-1 wins at Zia Softball […]

Merrick, Welch shoot top scores in Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Portales boys golf team is on its way to state. Behind the efforts of Cassidy Merrick, there’s no reason to believe the girls won’t join them. Merrick and Kevin Welch took the top finishes Thursday at Lovington, and both Portales teams got qualifying scores. Behind a 72 from Welch and […]

Portales tennis teams win at Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Portales girls and boys teannis teams moved into a first-place tie in the district standings on the strength of easy wins at Lovington Thursday afternoon. The girls (14-2) and boys (12-4) both moved to 3-0 in district play, putting each into a tie with New Mexico Military Institute for first […]

Local players making big impact for Greyhound football

Freedom Newspapers Their numbers are relatively small overall, but several area athletes could make noteworthy contributions to Eastern New Mexico University football next fall. First-team All-Lone Star Conference linebacker Jeff Howard of Portales and defensive end Larry Roybal of Fort Sumner, both of whom will be seniors, are already proven commodities. But veteran coach Bud […]

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 […]

Rams fail to close out Colts

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By Kevin Wilson The Portales Rams are having trouble finishing what they started. The Rams routed New Mexico Military Institute 13-3 to start a District 4-3A doubleheader behind a solid performance from senior pitcher Seth Clabaugh. Clabaugh’s seventh victory of the season, and a 12-4 Portales lead early in the nightcap, were two reasons to […]

Prep News and Notes, April 15

By Kevin Wilson The Ram baseball team couldn’t get a doubleheader sweep against New Mexico Military Institute Tuesday night, but they managed to pick up a new fan: NMMI coach Charlie Ward. The doubleheader was enough to convince Ward that the Rams are for real — he sent in his ballot Wednesday for the Albuquerque […]

Big Fish adjusts to small field

By Ferran Lucero: PNT Correspondent Dustin Fish has become a crowd favorite with the Wichita, Kan., Stealth of Arena2 Football. After a quarterback sack, the former Eastern New Mexico University standout flexes, places his hands on his hips and entertains the fans with his own rendition of the Riverdance. AF2 is a different game than […]

Hounds topped by Highlands

Freedom Newspapers Second baseman Zach Dominguez doubled home two runs to cap a four-run fourth inning, lifting New Mexico Highlands to an 8-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday in non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field. The outburst gave the Cowboys (24-18) a 6-2 lead and they stayed in control from there as six […]

Texico trouble for Tigers

By Rick White CLOVIS — Elida baseball coach Jimmy Dale Ward knows some days he’ll just have to settle for small victories. Days like Tuesday when Texico routed the Tigers 18-3 in a District 7-1A/2A game at Brady Field. Overpowered by Texico starter Justin Loven for four innings, the Tigers (1-4, 0-2 district) rallied for […]

PHS golf teams finish second

By Kevin Wilson It felt like a win for the Portales girls golf team, even though the scoreboard said otherwise. The opposite seemed true for the Clovis girls. Clovis won Monday’s tournament at Portales Country Club, but the host Lady Rams earned a qualifying score toward the Class 1A-3A state tournament. Clovis, which is in […]

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 […]

Lady Rams sweep Ruidoso

By Dave Wagner Once the Portales softball team pulled out Saturday’s District 4-3A opener in extra innings, the rest was a piece of cake. After first baseman Ashleah Richards’ two-run single capped a three-run eighth in Portales’ 11-10 win, the Lady Rams punished Ruidoso starter Appolonia Page for nine first-inning runs in the nightcap en […]

Hounds lose ground in LSC

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds lost ground in the Lone Star Conference South baseball standings on and off the field. On Friday, Tarleton State came away with an 11-8 win in the opener before the second game was suspended by rain after five innings with the score tied 7-7. The teams intended to […]

Portales players prep for showcase games

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By Kevin Wilson For one, it’s a chance to revisit the past. For another, it’s a chance to determine a future. Two Portales High School seniors are preparing their first of two postseason basketball all-star games, starting this weekend at Canyon, Texas, and Albuquerque and ending in Las Vegas, N.M. this summer. Roni Gomez is […]

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, […]

Hammertime for Nuckols

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By Kevin Wilson Hammer throw is either … A) a carpenter’s act of frustration, B) what people do with a bad rap CD, or C) a little-known track and field event for a still-young Eastern New Mexico University track squad. For Warren Nuckols, the answer is C. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound sophomore is one of a […]

Hamilton chooses family over football

By Ferran LuceroPNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is a periodical series about former area athletes and what they are doing now. Injuries and a desire to be closer with family led former Eastern New Mexico University standout Conrad Hamilton to retire from the NFL two years ago. A two-time NCAA Division II All-American defensive back […]

Four quarterbacks see time at scrimmage

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s quarterback job is Steven Hinson’s to lose next fall, but the diminutive signal-caller welcomes the competition. Hinson’s Green squad lost a 19-14 decision in Tuesday’s annual Green & Silver Game at Greyhound Stadium, but ENMU coaches got a good look at all four of their […]

PHS Tennis teams beat Artesia

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday gave the opportunity for rain and a small opportunity for a Portales tennis letdown. The team was able to avoid both. Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, the Portales High tennis boys and girls teams took care of visiting Artesia by identical 9-0 counts. Portales coach Bill Wahlman […]