Broncos hitting the road — literally

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — No matter how good the Floyd Broncos are this year, the road to the six-man football state crown will not run through Floyd. Actually, no game will go through Floyd this year, as poor field conditions at the northern Roosevelt County school will force the Broncos to play their entire […]

Rams to test new offense against West Las Vegas

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By Kevin Wilson Though he’s in pretty exclusive company right now, T.C. Nusser doesn’t consider himself a one-of-a-kind player by any means. When the Portales High senior comes into tonight’s 7 p.m. game against West Las Vegas at Greyhound Stadium, he’ll be the only player that has started in each of the last three season […]

Elida plans to build around its offense

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Kevin Wilson ELIDA — One would need only a few seconds inside the Elida High School gymnasium to tell that its gym is going through some changes. As for the volleyball team that will play in it, it doesn’t plan to do rebuilding any time soon. “We have a good team,” said senior setter Halee […]

Portales drops season opener

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — For a while, it appeared the Portales Lady Rams had Clovis High on the ropes in second game of Tuesday night’s volleyball opener for both teams at Rock Staubus Gym. Portales built a 12-8 lead in the second game and led until late. But the Lady Wildcats survived their struggles […]

Zias look to prove polls wrong

By Dave Wagner Based on the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, expectations are low for the first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program. ENMU coach Travis McCorkle and his players are determined to disprove that notion. The Zias, who went 1-2 in preseason exhibition matches, open their inaugural season this weekend when they take […]

Dora to depend on its defense

By Kevin Wilson There are a lot of positives for the Dora High volleyball team — a decent returning nucleus, a solid foundation for next year, defense and team chemistry. The biggest knock on the Lady Coyotes is something they can’t be faulted for. Dora’s district opponents have height, and Dora does not. As the […]

Floyd looks to build new volleyball tradition

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By Kevin Wilson Sean Wootton started a new tradition following Monday’s Floyd volleyball practice, when he announced that players would eat lunch in his classroom every Wednesday. One tradition down, a much bigger one to go. “We’re trying to start a winning tradition,” said Wootton. “I know Floyd had some good teams in the late […]

Lady Rams look to reclaim 3A title

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By Kevin Wilson Including Saturday’s scrimmages, the Portales High volleyball team has four scheduled trips to Roswell this season. But the Lady Rams don’t want anything short of five. Roswell is the site for this year’s state volleyball championship, a familiar setting for PHS volleyball lately. Portales has won two of the last three Class […]

Rams finding roles, and the end zone

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By Kevin Wilson Before the Portales High football team can set its sights on a state championship, its players will need to learn their roles. Based on Friday’s scrimmage against Dexter, the Rams are well on their way. Despite a revamped offense, changes on defense and only two days to prepare against the Class 2A […]

Zia soccer wins exhibition

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Freedom Newspapers Freshman midfielder Anna Funck scored a hat trick Saturday as the first-year Eastern New Mexico University soccer program completed its preseason scrimmage schedule with a 3-0 victory over the Lubbock Ice club team at the ENMU soccer field. The Zias, who finished the preseason with a 1-2 record, open the regular season against […]

Johnson takes up football to keep on playing

By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Randy Johnson used up his college eligibility in basketball last spring at Eastern New Mexico University, but he wasn’t ready to give up sports. So he approached ENMU’s football coaches about the possibility of playing this fall. Given the chance during spring practice, the coaches liked what they saw […]

Rams change scrimmage plans

By Kevin Wilson Change is good. At least that’s how Glen Johnson sees it. The Portales Ram football team had an off day on Wednesday, but Johnson was at work to make some changes for this weekend’s scrimmage. Johnson didn’t like the prospect of having his team travel to Hobbs to play its junior varsity […]

Zias lose exhibition to Cochise

Freedom Newspapers Cochise (Ariz.) Community College got two goals from Brandy Alexander and defeated Eastern New Mexico University 4-0 on Monday in an exhibition scrimmage played at the ENMU soccer field. It was the second of three preseason contests for ENMU, which hosts the Lubbock Ice Under-19 club team at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The […]

Floyd hosting Elida during gym renovations

By Kevin Wilson Eight days from now, they’ll be district foes, with each hoping to gain any advantage possible over the other. Today, they’re gym-mates. Due to renovations, the Elida Lady Tigers are making the trip to Floyd High School every day for practice. “I knew them,” Chenault said, “and I called Mr. (Floyd Superintendent […]

Rams aim high with aerial attack

By Kevin Wilson It wasn’t a strong-armed quarterback or the graduation of Less Long that did it. It wasn’t the emergence of a potential all-state receiving corps. It was a film session a few seasons ago that let the Portales High Rams know they needed to throw the ball to get to the next level. […]

Hounds loaded at safety

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By Dave Wagner Ty Touchstone and Jonathon Solis were interested bystanders in Eastern New Mexico University’s football scrimmage on Saturday morning, but they won’t be on the sidelines for long. Solis started at free safety two years ago as a junior but suffered a broken leg during a preseason scrimmage in 2002 and was replaced […]

Zias lose soccer scrimmage 1-0

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Freedom Newspapers The first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team played competitively in a 1-0 loss to the Midland (Texas) Alliance Under-19 club team Saturday in the Zias’ initial scrimmage. ENMU, which opens the regular season on Aug. 29 against College of the Southwest in a four-team get-together at Adams State College in Anamosa, […]

PHS coaches pleased with opening week

By Kevin Wilson Going into the end of the week, both Portales High athletic teams are running smoothly, efficiently and (insert knocking sound here) injury-free. Practices started Monday for the PHS football and volleyball teams. Leading up to today’s practices, each coach is happy with the way the team is performing leading up to next […]

Zia soccer team prepares for inaugural season

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By Kevin Wilson The Zia soccer team is looking to earn respect in the Lone Star Conference this year, one practice and one song at a time. Members of the inaugural Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team are preparing for a 15-game regular season, starting Aug. 30 against College of the Southwest at Alamosa, […]

PHS coaches pleased with first days of practice

By Kevin Wilson The Portales High School football and volleyball teams ended their previous seasons as a state runnerup, but early indications are that each has a solid shot at improving upon those marks. Monday was the first day for practices to begin in both sports, and each team featured a high turnout according to […]