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 […]

Custom Classic set next weekend

Staff report CLOVIS — The 33rd annual Plateau Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament is slated for next weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with just over 100 teams participating in five divisions. Tournament director Roger Jackson said on Friday that a few slots remained available for the event. He said around 104 teams were already entered, […]

ENMU women’s basketball team adds forward

STAFF REPORT Jorie Mayfield, a 5-foot-11 forward from Tempe, Arizona, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team next season. Mayfield, a transfer from Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College, helped the Artichokes post back-to-back playoff appearances in her two years at the school She averaged 9.7 […]

Waggoner introduced at ENMU

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Newly appointment ENMU Athletic Director Greg Waggoner talks during his press conference Friday morning inside Greyhound Arena.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Greg Waggoner envisions a year of assessment as the new athleic director at Eastern New Mexico University. That year officially began Friday morning, as he was introduced during a morning ceremony. Waggoner, hired last week by the college, comes from a 20-year term as athletic director at Western State […]

ENMU preps for sports camp season

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — With the school year complete, it’s time for sports camps throughout the summer months. Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a plethora of camps in the months of June and July ranging from fall football to winter basketball and even spring baseball. Starting with the camps that begin earliest, here’s […]

Clovis assistant heading to Lovington

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Casey Pack is going home. But it feels like he’s leaving home, too. Pack, who has roamed Roosevelt and Curry County basketball sidelines for 22 years, is leaving to take over the girls program at Lovington. The hire, made last week, was first reported by the Hobbs News-Sun. Pack […]

ENMU hires Waggoner as new athletic director

Greg Waggoner

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The search for ENMU’s new athletic director has come to a close. On Wednesday, the university announced that Western State Colorado University Athletic Director Greg Waggoner will fulfill the same role for Greyhound athletics on June 1. Waggoner has served as the athletic director at Western State for 20 […]

ENMU ROUNDUP: ENMU qualifies six to D-II nationals

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University will send six athletes in four events to the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships May 26-28 in Bradenton, Florida. Senior Klaudia Szych of Szczecin, Poland, will return for the second year in a row in the women’s 800 after finishing 13th in last season’s nationals. […]

Errors cost Rams championship

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Senior Grant Wagner strikes his bat in frustration on the ground after being stuck out by a Sandia Preparatory Saturday at Santa Ana Star Field in the Class 4A title game. Portales lost to Sandia Preparatory 13-0.

By David Lynch CMI CORRESPONDENT ALBUQUERQUE — It was a tale of two defenses in the Class 4A state baseball title game Saturday morning at Santa Ana Star Field, with the Portales Rams making seven errors in the field en route to a 13-0 thumping at the hands of top-seeded and defending champion Sandia Prep. […]