Greyhounds’ coach anticipates season

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott still looks forward to the start of practice each fall. A broken hip sustained during spring practice when he couldn’t avoid a collision on a play which spilled over the sideline has slowed Elliott a bit, but coaching football helps keep him […]

Preparing for practice

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By Kevin Wilson For Eastern New Mexico University fans, the football season lasts from September to November. For the players, it lasts from August to spring football in March — not including summer workout programs. For the coaches, it’s a 12-month process, and it comes full-circle this week when practices begin on Thursday. Not including […]

Best to hang up his hat after 30 years

By Kevin Wilson In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When I decided […]

Bargas nets two aces at Portales Country Club

Jim Bargas netted a hole-in-one twice over the last two weeks at the Portales Country Club. The aces are his fourth and fith, respectively, with each coming off different holes. On July 18th, Bargas shot a hole-in-one on hole No. 5, 143 yards from the pin. Bargas used a 7-iron, with the shot witnessed by […]

Local players set for 1A/2A All-Star Game

Freedom Newspapers Three area players will get a chance today to add another win to state-championship high school careers. Dora graduates Matt Carpenter and Chris Rolston, along with Adrian Loera of Texico, are set to represent the South in the 25th annual Class 1A/2A North-South All-Star Game. The game is set for a 6 p.m. […]

St. Helen’s wins Church League

By Kevin Wilson In what has become a familiar end to the Portales Church League Softball season, St. Helen’s No. 1 came away with an easy win for the title. St. Helen’s No. 1 finished off a 15-0 season with a 25-9 win over the Wanderers (a.k.a. St. Helen’s No. 7), claiming its sixth straight […]

New faces highlight Portales Open

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By Kevin Wilson Tennis, more than any other sport, is one where a small difference in skill makes a huge difference in the final score. So what happened on Saturday when a golfer making her Portales Open debut played players with decades of experience? For Cassidy Merrick, it was a chance to be a comedian. […]

Portales trainer helps Clovis officer in weightlifting

By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he wondered about the possibility of competing as a bodybuilder. It’s something he thought he’d enjoy. Encouraged by friends and aided by Michael Gonzales of Portales, Yoakum recently participated in two bodybuilding events sponsored by […]

Long claims MVP award at North-South game

By Kevin Wilson Les Long spent the 2002 football season proving he was one of the best in Class 3A. Two Saturdays ago, he proved himself to be the most valuable. Long, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound fullback, was one of six Portales representatives in the Class 3A North-South All-Star football game, held July 12 in Las […]

Scanlan looks to build around nucleus

By Dave Wagner Coming off a 20-8 season and a run to the program’s first Lone Star Conference South Division championship, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan and assistant coach Mark Murdock have been busy trying to supplement the Greyhounds’ returning talent. While the Hounds have a solid returning base, signing players […]