Portales high finishes off successful season

By Kevin Wilson Portales High School concluded another year of athletics, with trophies in some sports and missed expectations in others. The Portales volleyball team started the year with one of the more difficult tasks in the state — defending a state championship despite losing 10 seniors. Behind second-year coach Ruth Chavez, the Lady Rams […]

Meaning of Memorial Day lost on many

Rick White Somewhere between the time Jim Cowman was growing up in rural Michigan and his return from a tour of duty in Vietnam, the meaning of Memorial Day changed. Cowman, 65, cites a decline in patriotism and a more complex world as reasons why he thinks the national holiday honoring those who died while […]

Jones racing team has high hopes

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By Eric Butler CLOVIS — His first rule is nothing gets in the way of family, that’s why Memorial Day weekend will be filled with racing for the Clovis-based Curt Jones Racing team at the Texas Nationals for IMCA-modified cars. Jones, driver Roger Dial and crew chief Art Ferro will make their way to the […]

New girls summer league to debut tonight

By Kevin Wilson Weeknights just got a little more interesting for girls basketball in the area. Clovis and Portales area teams are part of a new summer league, which opens at 6 p.m. (MDT) today with games at Farwell and Texico high schools. West Texas-New Mexico Phenoms Summer League organizer Sammy Herrera said he wanted […]

ENMU on course with soccer program

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice on Aug. […]

ENMU signs forward Green

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan has announced the signing of Kennis Green, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing from Blinn (Texas) College, to a national letter of intent. Green is the Greyhounds’ first signee for 2003-04. He averaged 17.6 points and four rebounds a game last season for Blinn, and […]

Gentry, Jones claim top honors at PHS banquet

By Kevin Wilson It was a lot shorter, but just as sweet for Jeremy Jones and Jennie Gentry. Jones and Gentry were named the greatest athletes for the 2002-03 year at Portales High’s annual athletic awards banquet, held Monday night at the Memorial Building. The event was trimmed down from years’ past, amid feelings that […]

Portales girls win state tennis championship

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales girls tennis team swept Ruidoso 5-0 on Saturday at the University of New Mexico on Saturday, capping its run through Class 1A-3A with the state title. The title is the third in school history and the second in the last three seasons for the Lady Rams, which […]

Van Wettering, Bulls claim doubles title in all-Portales final

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Having previous experience in state championship doubles matches, neither Sara Bulls or Kristen Van Wettering of Portales found winning the doubles title quite the fulfullment most say it is. The reason was simple: the championship came at the expense of teammates Hailey Quick and Rachelle Self. Bulls and Van Wettering […]

Portales teams vie for state doubles title

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — It’ll be all in the family when two Portales teams square off for the Class 1A-3A state doubles title on Thursday in Albuquerque. But, well, you know how family relations can sometimes be. The Rams’ duo of Sara Bulls and Kristen Van Wettering will play teammates of Hailey Quick and […]