Local softball team wins at nationals

By Dave Wagner It’s not the Clovis-Portales Speed’s fault there were only three teams in the 12-and-under division of the USSSA youth slow-pitch recreational national tournament last weekend in Moore, Okla. The Speed took care of its business, sweeping four games in double-round-robin play and then routing the Moore-based Angels 18-7 in the finals. Speed […]

Sleep depravation helps spawn local junior rodeo association

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By Rick White CLOVIS — Keith Moore liked the idea of his son and daughter taking part in junior rodeos because it kept them out of trouble, he said. It was getting home at 3 or 4 in the morning from a junior rodeo and having to get up for work the next day that […]

Buzard beginning recuperation in Albuquerque

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard was released from an Albuquerque hospital Saturday but still faces treatment for a cancerous brain tumor. Buzard, 36, had part of the eight centimeter tumor surgically removed July 25 at Albuquerque’s Presbyterian Hospital. He said Monday that the surgery got about 70 percent […]

Howard looking to football future

By Dave Wagner After a standout football career at Portales High, Jeff Howard found himself struggling to decide where he wanted to play in college. His father, Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, wasn’t much help. After all, he and the rest of coach Bud Elliott’s staff at ENMU figured Jeff would end […]

Groups combine to teach fastpitch

By Kevin Wilson It’s hard enough making the transition into high school athletics. A few groups are trying to make sure local softball players don’t have to adjust to a whole new sports on top of that. The city softball park played host this week to a fastpitch softball clinic, a joint effort through the […]

Buzard undergoes succesful surgery to remove tumor

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard had a brain tumor surgically removed Monday in Albuquerque, where he remains hospitalized. Buzard, 36, was taken ill over the weekend while in Albuquerque. “Sunday he just got really sick at my parents’ house,” said Buzard’s wife Jennifer. “He looked really pale and […]

Tae kwon do students to compete in Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]

Clovis squad knocked out of nationals

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats were eliminated from national AAU 15-and-under girls basketball competition Tuesday, falling to the Concord Blazers 78-67 in the second round of bracket play. The Lady Wildcats, who had a first-round bye in bracket play, finished 4-2 for the tournament after winning four of their five games in pool […]

Roosevelt team declared winners

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Roosevelt County, victims of a technicality on Monday, have been declared winners of the District 3 Little League 9-10-year-old baseball tournament. Roosevelt County beat the Clovis American All-Stars, 11-1, in Monday’s finals, but had to forfeit after the Clovis team protested. On Tuesday, American League president Sherry Best said she talked […]

Roosevelt forfeits to Clovis

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — After thoroughly dominating the game, the Roosevelt County 9-10-year-old All-Stars were foiled by Little League rules Monday night. Roosevelt County beat Clovis American 11-1 in the championship game of the double-elimination District 3 tournament at Beachum Field in a game called after 3 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule. But American […]