Players turn to umpiring

Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said normal […]

PHS teams end regular season on high note

Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis teams finished off their home season with 5-0 wins against Roswell High Thursday afternoon. The wins put the Portales girls at 18-2, the boys at 15-5. The matches were played in district format, with players compete only in singles or only in doubles. Hailey Quick, Rachelle Self and Morgan Erf […]

Welch sets personal highs

Rick White Guillermo Chavez’ timing couldn’t be better. With the district and state tournaments coming up in the next two weeks, the long-hitting Clovis junior is playing his best golf of the season. Chavez fired his third-straight, sub-par round Thursday, a 1-under-par 70 to win the Clovis Triangular golf tournament. His short birdie putt on […]

Closing in on state

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By Kevin Wilson For the Portales High track teams, it’s a matter of athletes being an inch away from Albuquerque, a second removed from the state track meet in May. The teams are preparing for Friday’s meet in Lovington, the final meet before the District 4-3A championship (also in Lovington, May 7). Portales track members […]

Rams split with NMMI on the road

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Ivan Morales scored on a Reid Marley squeeze bunt with one out in the eighth inning, giving the New Mexico Military Institute Colts a 14-13 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s District 4-3A baseball doubleheader. Portales (15-7, 7-3) won the first game 5-3, and is still in position to win the […]

Rams stay in second place in district

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — With a little more than week to go in the district baseball season, just two games separate the top three teams in District 4-3A. Portales (14-6, 6-2 district) stayed alive in its quest for a playoff spot with a 10-3, 18-11 sweep Saturday at Ruidoso. The Rams stayed in second place, […]

Dora blows out Broncos

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — It felt like nothing for Dora freshman Casey O’Connor when he hit the first home run of his life. Likewise, it felt like nothing when he and his Coyote teammates jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Floyd. In the end, Dora needed all seven innings to beat the host […]

Welch signs with West Texas A&M

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By Kevin Wilson Kevin Welch will bring his high school golf career to an end next month by heading west to Kirtland for the state tournament. Next year, he’ll transition to a college golf career east of Portales at West Texas A&M. Welch, a senior for the Portales High golf team, signed a national letter-of-intent […]

Sanders hoping to catch on with NFL team

By Rick White NFL scouts starting calling about Cale Sanders after a junior season at Eastern New Mexico University in which he blossomed into one of the top wide receivers and punt returners in the Lone Star Conference. That was two years and two major surgeries ago. Undaunted by his run of tough luck and […]

Hounds take two of three from Kingsville

By Dave Wagner Sophomore Josh Kuchta hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the sixth inning Saturday and Eastern New Mexico University wrapped up its baseball season with a 5-3 win over Lone Star Conference South Division co-champion Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Field. The Greyhounds (19-27-1, 8-13-1 South) took two of three in the series from […]