Portales girls to face Clovis for league title

By Eric Butler FARWELL — With a full complement of players — primarily its varsity squad for next year — Portales took advantage of a depleted Muleshoe team to move into the finals of the West Texas/New Mexico Phenoms Summer League. The Rams won 52-42 in the second of two semifinal games at Farwell High […]

Summer league helps Rams work on skills

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning, Mendoza and six high schools have formed […]

American Yankees upset Roosevelt Diamondbacks in last at-bat

By Eric Butler With more changes of direction than a game of Twister, the American Yankees of Clovis finally won the Tri-County Tournament championship game with a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks. Trailing 14-12, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night, the Yankees made the most of their last […]

ENMU fourth in preseason football poll

Freedom Newspapers Traditional football power Texas A&M-Kingsville is expected to continue its dominance of the Lone Star Conference this fall as the Javelinas have been picked to win the league’s South Division, according to the annual preseason poll that was announced Friday morning by conference officials. TAMUK, which has shared the past two South Division […]

Armitage trying to go out with style

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeoers previously featured were Lynde Orcutt (Tuesday), Brittany Bennett (Wednesday) and Jaci Sant (Thursday). Kenna Armitage already has her immediate rodeo future sewn up. By the […]

Zas fourth in LSC South volleyball poll

PNT Staff West Texas A&M received 15 of a possible 18 first-place votes in the Lone Star Conference’s South Division preseason volleyball poll. The Lady Buffs, who have made 14 NCAA postseason appearances in the last 15 seasons, tallied 103 total points in the poll to easily top Abilene Christian. The Wildcats collected 65 points […]

Diamondbacks stay alive in Tri-County

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Brandon Adkins’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run fifth-inning as the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks stayed alive in the Tri-County Major league tournament Thursday with a 12-7 win over the American Yankees. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park in Portales in the championship game of the double-elimination tournament. Lucas […]

Sant prepares for third time at nationals

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Tuesday’s story featured Lynde Orcutt, while Wednesday featured Brittany Bennett. Responsibility’s nothing new to Jaci Sant, and neither is the National High School Finals Rodeo. Sant, a […]

Bennett can focus solely on cutting this year

By Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the second in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. The first story featured Lynde Orcutt. Brittany Bennett spent most of her time at last year’s National High School Finals Rodeo as a queen candidate. This […]

Roping champ Orcutt readies for finals

Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the first in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeo coach Bobby Grimes said one of Lynde Orcutt’s best qualities is her selflessness on the basketball court and in the rodeo circuit. “She doesn’t get mad […]