Coaching legend returns to pine

Dave Wagner After three years away from coaching basketball, Jimmy Joe Robinson is ready to give it another shot. The 68-year-old Robinson, who retired from coaching after guiding Melrose to the Class 1A boys state championship in 2001, will be back on the sidelines again next winter — at Clovis Christian School. “They’ve got some […]

Former Hound football coach Goode dies at 74

By Eric Butler Dunny Goode, a former Eastern New Mexico University football coach who was also credited by many with beginning a high school football dynasty in Clovis, died early Tuesday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center. Goode, 74, suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease over the last 2 1/2 years and was admitted […]

ENMU grad reminisces on time in WBL

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — For a small-town girl from Mississippi, Mary Scott was thrilled to get the opportunity to play women’s professional basketball. The Clovis resident just wishes the Women’s Pro Basketball League (WBL) had received the support — financial and otherwise — of its descendent, the eight-year old Women’s National Basketball Association. The […]

Training camps in full force on Tuesday

By Tony Parra Tennis season for Portales High School is over, and now the students are becoming the teachers. Portales tennis coach Bill Wahlman is coordinating the annual city tennis league as one of two sport recreation activities offered through the city. There is also an arts/crafts recreation activity offered by the city, which begins […]

Portales, Clovis boys get to know each other

By Dave Wagner If they don’t already, the Clovis and Portales High boys basketball teams should get to know each other pretty well over the next few weeks. The Wildcats and Rams squared off Tuesday night in the opening game of CHS’ boys summer basketball league, scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights through mid-June at […]

Smith learning the ropes just in time

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By Kevin Wilson When Tabor Smith left Greyhound Arena last Saturday, college diploma in hand, he didn’t need to be told that he still had time to learn something new. He knows that already, and proves it every time he and his horse Jax take on another steer in the confines of a rodeo arena. […]

ENMU athletes making the grade(s)

By Dave Wagner Coaches at the college level are faced with a two-fold task — recruit good enough athletes to be competitive on the playing field while also trying to help them achieve academic success as they prepare for the “real” world. Eastern New Mexico University appears to have found a good balance based on […]

Rams assistant moving up to Class 4A Taos

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Managing Editor Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com Rick Apodaca made sure his step up to a varsity coach was a big one. Apodaca, an assistant coach for the Portales boys basketball team for six seasons, on Thursday accepted the head coaching position at Class 4A Taos High School. “For me to go […]

Cook to stay with home team

Kevin Wilson Time will tell as to whether the middle and ending are similar, but Erika Cook has chosen to start her college years the same way she started her high school years — in Portales, alongside Laci Lee and Ashley Golden. Cook has signed on with Eastern New Mexico University to play basketball, where […]

Maguire balances dual roles

By Abby Dunn: PNT Correspondent He’s been a head coach at the collegiate level for 18 years, but Mike Maguire still can never get enough of the action. “I love what I do,” said Maguire, “I want to be at all the games; I want to make sure that (athletes) are making academic progress, and […]