Zia assistant moving on

By Dave Wagner After 15 years as an Eastern New Mexico University volleyball assistant, Sia Poyer has decided it’s time to move on. The 37-year-old native of American Samoa has accepted the head coaching position at Division II Valdosta (Ga.) State in the Gulf South Conference, where he will try to turn around a struggling […]

Elida opens baseball season by beating Grady 9-5

ELIDA — Dylan Radcliff went 3-for-4 and eighth grader Cade Cathey homered Mondy to help Elida beat Grady 9-5 in the Tigers’ baseball opener. Freshman Wesley Gilmore pitched four innings to pick up the win. A junior varsity game was called because of darkness after three innings with the Bronchos leading 5-1. Elida returns to […]

Road proves difficult for ENMU teams

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball and softball teams endured four-game sweeps on the road over the weekend, but not for lack of effort. Facing one of the Lone Star Conference North Division’s top baseball programs in Southeastern Oklahoma, the Greyhounds (8-12) dropped a pair of one-run decisions and were kept in check […]

Rams can’t finish rally against Bernalillo

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — After losing twice to Portales by double-figure margins in late December and early January, the Bernalillo Spartans hardly looked like they were in position to defend their Class 3A title. Saturday, though, they returned the favor against the Rams and earned back-to-back titles for the first time in school history […]

SFIS shocks Portales in title game

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Backed by a crowd of more than 14,000, Santa Fe Indian School completed an improbable run to the Class 3A state by beating Portales 42-37 Friday at The Pit. The eighth-seeded Braves, with no seniors and only four juniors on the roster, were buoyed by boisterous support from a large […]

Rams out to 6-0 start

By Kevin Wilson Not many people — including the Portales Rams themselves — figured they’d jump out to a 6-0 start. Then again, some Rams were betting they wouldn’t be trailing Darren Stroik on the team’s home run list either. Both of those became true Friday night with a 10-4, 13-2 doubleheader sweep over Eunice […]

Portales girls win Coyote Classic

PNT Staff Freshman Whitney Miller went undefeated on the weekend, and the Portales girls tennis team improved their record to 8-1 while winning the Coyote Classic Tennis Tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Roswell. Miller, playing No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles with Kassandra Short, won all three matches in both divisions as Portales […]

ENMU baseball, softball teams swept

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers DURANT, Okla. — Southwestern Oklahoma State continued its solid pitching Saturday, allowing three runs and 12 hits while sweeping Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday in a Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader. Adam Bennett combined with Shawn Dorries for a four-hitter as Southeastern Oklahoma won the opener 2-1. Southeastern Oklahoma scored […]

Rams reach title game

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Daniel Aranda has been battling the flu, but you would never know it by his performance on the basketball court Friday. Aranda scored 12 points, including 10 in the final quarter, to lead Portales to a 47-36 win over Pojoaque in the state tournament. Portales advances to meet the winner […]

Santa Fe Indian stuns two-time champs

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Backed by a record crowd, Santa Fe Indian School completed an improbable run to the Class 3A state by beating Portales 42-37 Friday at The Pit. The eighth-seeded Braves, with no seniors and only four juniors on the roster, played like seasoned veterans in ending Portales’ bid […]