Early rally not enough for Hounds

STAFF REPORT Catcher John Baiada hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third inning and finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on Friday night as 20th-ranked West Texas A&M posted a 16-5 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. Baiada’s second home run of the season put the Buffaloes (21-7, […]

ENMU suffers softball sweep

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ENMU pitcher James Thomas congratulates sophomore Mike McNicholl after his a two-run homer in the second inning tied Friday’s Lone Start Conference baseball game against West Texas A&M at 2-2. The Buffaloes, though, went on to a 16-5 win over ENMU at Greyhound Field.

STAFF REPORT In the midst of a Lone Star Conference season where runs haven’t come easily, Texas A&M-Kingsville found just enough to survive on Friday at Greyhound Softball Field. The Javelinas rallied back from a 3-0 first-inning deficit, outscoring Eastern New Mexico University 12-4 the rest of the afternoon to double their LSC win total […]

Wildcats reach title game

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — Senior right-hander Austin Adams contributed an RBI double to a three-run first and made the runs stand up with a complete-game two-hitter on Friday night as Clovis High edged Artesia 3-2 in the championship semifinals of the Sal Puentes Invitational baseball tournament. The Wildcats (7-3) meet La Cueva an 11-2 […]

Three Rams named All-State

STAFF REPORT The awards keep piling in for the Rams and Lady Rams basketball teams as three Portales players were named to their respective Class 4A all-state teams. For the Lady Rams, seniors Kambrey Blakey and Sheraya Cox were given first-team honor, while junior Jeremie Karngbaye was named to the boys second team. This is […]

Two Ram golfers notch qualifying legs

STAFF REPORT ROSWELL — Thomas Tulk for the boys and Bailey Rowley for the girls earned legs toward state competition in Thursday’s Alien 8 golf tournament, hosted by New Mexico Military. The boys also earned a team leg in their season opener with a score of 334. Tulk led the Rams, shooting a 76, while […]

No. 20 WT tops Hounds

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ENMU shortstop Paul Tapia is tagged out during a double play by West Texas A&M first baseman Christian Loya in the second inning of Thursday’s game against West Texas A&M.

Staff report PORTALES — Matt Cole hit a go-ahead three-run triple in the fourth and first baseman Christian Loya homered as No. 20 West Texas A&M turned back Eastern New Mexico 10-7 on Thursday night at Greyhound Field in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. WT (20-7, 9-4 LSC), which entered […]

Portales’ Rowley earns qualifying leg

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Portales senior Kambrey Blakey tees off Tuesday afternoon at Farwell Country Club.

STAFF REPORT FARWELL — Portales High senior Bailey Rowley earned a leg towards Class 1-4A state golf competition, shooting 85 in the season-opening Texico Invite girls golf tournament at Farwell Country Club. The Lady Rams finished last in a three-team competition, shooting a four-person score of 435. Clovis won the event at 368, with the […]

Floyd baseball squad has high hopes

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Floyd junior pitcher Bryan Navarro warms up during Tuesday’s practice. Navarro came in for two innings of relief during Floyd’s 12-0 loss against Denver City on Saturday.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com FLOYD — The Floyd Broncos baseball team may have won last year’s Class 6-2A district championship but they aren’t resting on their laurels. Coach Darwin Chenault is channeling his inner Muhammad Ali who once said “What keeps me going is goals.” Five games into the 2016 season, the Broncos […]

All-district includes 14 Portales players

STAFF REPORT It was a good year for both Portales Rams basketball programs as they both went undefeated in district play before making a playoff run. Now that the season is over, both the results of the All-District 4-4A and the North/South All-Star teams are out and the Rams have plenty of representatives in both. […]

Lubbock Christian sweeps ENMU softball

STAFF REPORT LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team hadn’t solved Lubbock Christian before Tuesday, and nothing changed on Tuesday. The Lady Chaps extended their winning streak to 14 games and improved to 18-0 all-time against ENMU, outslugging the Greyhounds 18-13 in the opener and posting a run-rule-shortened 10-0 win in the nightcap. Senior […]

Dora clips Grady

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Dora’s Aaron Jasso gets the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth inning against Grady on Monday. Jasso pitched six innings for the Coyotes and struck out 14 batters as Dora won 6-5.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com DORA — Dora coach Mason McBee put his trust in sophomore Aaron Jasso, and was rewarded on Monday. Jasso not only limited Grady as a relief pitcher, but he recorded the game-winning hit to complete a 6-5 comeback win for the Coyotes in eight innings. Jasso, who outdueled Grady’s […]

ENMU captures finale with late rally

Staff report After getting battered around for three games, and looking like it was about to happen again, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team struck late to pull out a 12-11, 10-inning Lone Star Conference victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the series finale on Sunday at Greyhound Field. ENMU (9-17, 2-10 LSC), winning for just […]

Aggies hold off Hounds, post sweep

Staff report LAWTON, Okla. — Alyssa Osterdock worked five innings of relief, retiring 10 in a row at one point before pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, as Cameron posted an 11-8 win over Eastern New Mexico University to complete a sweep of Sunday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader and the four-game […]

Portales track teams finish sixth in Lovington

Staff report The Portales High School track teams, competing mostly against 5A and 6A teams, left the Wildcat Relays Friday night with a pair of sixth-place finishes in Lovington. The Rams scored 22.5 points in the eight-team boys meet, and notched 25 points in the nine-team girls meet. High finishers for Portales’ boys included Jordan […]

Two provisionally qualify for ENMU

Staff report KINGSVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University got a pair of provisional qualifications for the Division II championship meet Saturday as the track and field teams competed in the Texas A&M-Kingsville Cactus Cup, held Saturday at the college. Victor Cruz posted a season-best 10.56 in the 100-meter, just behind meet-record Javier Lopez of Kingsville […]

Hounds continue to struggle

Staff report The hard times are ongoing for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Texas A&M-Kingsville hasn’t done anything to ease the agony. The Javelinas have taken the first three games of the weekend Lone Star Conference series, thumping ENMU 19-3 and 6-0 on Saturday at Greyhound Field. The teams wrap up the four-game […]

Hounds’ rally comes up short in Game 2 loss

Staff report LAWTON, Okla. — Struggling much of day, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team erupted with some long-ball power late against Cameron on Saturday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Aggies scored in the bottom of the seventh to complete a 10-0, 7-6 Lone Star Conference sweep of the Greyhounds. The teams, who had […]

Kingsville pounds out 19-9 win over Hounds

Staff report Texas A&M-Kingsville had six players with multiple hits and six with multiple RBIs on Friday night and the Javelinas rode two big innings to a 19-9 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. Shorstop Zach Smith led a 16-hit Javelinas attack against five ENMU hurlers, going 4-for-6 […]

Coyotes expect bumpy start for softball program

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com DORA — For the first time in at least three decades Dora will field a softball team. Without any recent history of a softball team, coach Paul Luscombe and his team know this season will definitely be a tough one regarding wins and losses. The good news is that […]

Dora eyes state tournament

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Dora sophomore Hayden Skinner fields a ball during Wednesday’s practice. The Coyotes start their season off today in Logan as part of a round-robin tournament.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com DORA — Coming into his fifth season as head coach for the Dora baseball team, Mason McBee believes his 2016 squad has a legitimate chance at making the state playoffs for the first time since he took over the program. Last year’s squad finished 7-9 overall and 2-4 in […]