STATE SMALL-SCHOOL TRACK: Lady Tigers, Vixens take titles

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner’s girls just keep racking up state track titles. The Vixens extended their record streak of state titles to 10 under coach Lisa McMath, winning the Class 2A crown on Saturday night with 96 points for 62 for district rival Logan. Fort Sumner won five individual events and three relays […]

Aggies sweep Hounds

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Junior pitcher Chris Miranda-Carr gives the ball to coach David Gomez after being pulled in the first inning of the second game against Cameron. Miranda-Carr faced just five batters, walking three and hitting the other two. ENMU went through three pitchers in the inning as Cameron scored 13 runs off five hits in the top of the first. Cameron won 21-19.

The Eastern New Mexico University baseball season — its worst in the 25 seasons of the current program’s existence — almost got an unexpected bright ending Saturday, with the host Hounds rallying from a 13-0 deficit to claim a 19-15 lead over Cameron. But things went south a final time for the Greyhounds, as the […]

Rams roll in series opener

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Teammates surround Alex Galvan after he hit a solo home run against West Las Vegas Friday afternoon.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Portales senior Grant Wagner wanted his final home game as a pitcher to be a memorable one. And while it wasn’t perfect, it was very close. Wagner pitched a two-hit complete game to give the Rams a 7-0 victory over the West Las Vegas Dons in the first of […]

Tigers notch pair of state track wins

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Lauren Stone and sophomore Lacy Ferguson of Elida posted first-day wins in the Class 1A girls portion of the small-school state track meet on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. Stone took first place in high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches. She actually tied with Springer […]

Portales tops Socorro 16-1 in first round, winning streak at 11

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Portales senior shortstop Kiersten Ramirez winds up for a throw to first for the putout in the third inning.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The 3-0 pitch looked low to Victoria Cordova, and she started her jog to first before a “not so fast, my friend” strike call from home plate. No matter. After a laugh, the Portales senior third baseman looked for another opportunity. She hit the next pitch for an RBI […]

Rams ready for softball title run

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Senior shortstop Kiersten Ramirez runs down sophomore Raquel Moreno during Tuesday’s practice as part of a pick-off drill while starting pitcher Wendy Baeza looks on. The Lady Rams will host Socorro today at 4 p.m. in the first round of the state softball tournament.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales Lady Rams softball team has earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A state tournament thanks to a 21-5 regular-season finish, including a perfect 8-0 District 4-4A record and a 10-game winning streak to finish the regular season. The Lady Rams host No. 15 Socorro in […]

ENMU has four finalists for athletic director position

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The pool of finalist candidates to replace Jeff Geiser as Eastern New Mexico University’s athletic director has been set. Jeff Long, ENMU’s Vice President of Student Affairs, and the head of the athletic director search committee,  said there are four finalists who are expected to make campus visits over […]

ENMU adds Division-I transfer for 2016-17 women’s hoops

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team added a Division-I transfer for its 2016-17 campaign, according to a release from the college. Daeshianna McCants, a 6-foot-1 post who played last season at Texas-El Paso, will be a junior next year for the Greyhounds. McCants is a Las Cruces native who helped Mayfield […]

Two ENMU track athletes named to LSC academic team

Staff report Two members of Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s track team were named to the Lone Star Conference’s all-academic team, according to a release from the school. Amber Saiz and Alexis Aguirre were two of a dozen female athletes honored by the conference, along with 11 male athletes. Student-athletes must carry a grade point […]

State baseball: Rams aim to keep momentum going

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Portales senior Grant Wagner fields a ball during Tuesday’s practice. Wagner will be the starting pitcher for the Rams in the first game of the state playoffs against West Las Vegas this Friday at 5:30 p.m.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales Rams have a 16-game winning streak going into the Class 4A state baseball tournament. They’d like it to be 18 by Saturday. The second-seeded Rams, coming off a perfect run through District 4-4A, host the West Las Vegas Dons in a best-of-three first-round series that begins 5:30 […]

Jones to join ENMU hoops squad

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Shelby Jones, who helped Clovis win the 2013 Class 5A championship as a sophomore, will join ENMU’s women’s basketball team next season.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Current ENMU freshman and Clovis High graduate Shelby Jones will join the Greyhounds women’s basketball team for the 2016-17 season. The 6-foot-1 Jones will probably play either power forward or center for the Hounds. She is also a member of the ENMU track team. As a CHS student, Jones […]

State baseball, softball pairings

BASEBALL Round-of-16 (Seeds in parentheses) Friday, Saturday (best-of-3) One game Friday (times where available) Class 6A (16) Alamogordo at (1) Rio Rancho (9) Las Cruces High at (8) Sandia, 4 p.m. (12) Atrisco Heritage at (5) Rio Rancho Cleveland, 6 p.m. (13) Mayfield at (4) La Cueva, 4 p.m. (14) Deming at (3) Rio Grande, […]

Monday area golf results — May 2

District 4/1-4A meet At New Mexico Military G.C., Roswell BOYS Team standings: 1. New Mexico Military 313; 2. Portales 317; 3. Ruidoso 330; 4. East Mountain 338; 5. Dexter 378; 6. Jal 416. Portales results: Andrew Underbrink 77, Mario Cordova 78, Thomas Tulk 81, Austin Davis 81, Zach Newberry 89. GIRLS Team standings: 1. Ruidoso […]

Lady Coyotes finish first season 2-9

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Dora eighth-grader Kimberlee Rains slides safely into third base during the third inning of the Lady Coyotes’ softball matchup on Monday against Eunice at Dora. Eunice overmatched the first-year Lady Coyotes and posted a 16-0, run-rule victory in three innings.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com DORA —The Eunice Lady Cardinals found the left side of the field to their liking on Monday as 10 of their 16 hits went to that side in a 16-0 victory over Dora in a game that ended after three innings on the 15-run rule. It was just a […]

Portales softball team seeded second in 4A

STAFF REPORT The Portales High softball team has received the second seed in the Class 4A softball tournament, with brackets released Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. Portales (21-5) comes into the tournament on a 10-game winning streak and a perfect run through the three-team District 4-4A, and will host No. 15 Socorro in a […]

Rams receive No. 2 seed in 4A baseball

STAFF REPORT The Portales Rams are peaking at the right time, and the New Mexico Activities Association has taken notice. The Rams, who have won 16 straight games and finished off a perfect run through District 4-4A on Saturday, received the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A baseball tournament. Portales (19-6) will host the […]

Ram streak hits 16

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Portales senior Andrew Garcia safely steals second base in the bottom of the fifth inning against East Mountain on Saturday afternoon. Garcia would score the game-ending run when senior Drew Jackson drove him in on a sacrifice fly RBI to win the first game 10-0 in five innings.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales Rams baseball team concluded its regular season on quite a roll as they swept district foe East Mountain 10-0 and 5-3 on Saturday afternoon to extended their winning streak to 16 games and stay perfect in District 4-4A play. It was senior day for the Rams and […]

WT notches series sweep against ENMU

Staff report CANYON, Texas — The struggling Eastern New Mexico University baseball team held West Texas A&M in relative check on Saturday, but the Greyhounds couldn’t get much going with the bats and dropped 5-3 and 3-0 Lone Star Conference decisions to the Buffaloes as WT completed a three-game sweep. In Friday’s series opener, WT […]

ENMU softball players honored by LSC

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University softball team were named to All-Lone Star Conference squads during a banquet on Thursday prior to the start of the league’s postseason tournament. Junior second baseman Audrey Velasquez and junior shortstop Susannah Chandler were named to the second team, while senior catcher […]

Lady Rams 4th, Rams 5th at Ross Black Relays

Staff report LOVINGTON — Portales’ track teams tuned up for District 4-4A competition next Friday at Ruidoso with the girls placing fourth and the boys fifth in Friday’s Ross Black Relays. The Lady Rams collected 58 team points, while the Rams finished with 51 1/2. Clovis won both divisions of the 10-team get-together. PHS coach […]