Rams tennis teams fall hard to Clovis

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Portales senior Mackenzie Bucksath returns a shot in her No. 1 doubles match Tuesday at Clovis High School.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Experience won out over relative youth on Tuesday. Clovis High’s senior-laden boys, despite missing No. 1 player Tristan Pautler, cruised to an 8-1 victory over Portales at the CHS courts while the Lady Wildcats notched a 7-2 dual win over PHS. Pautler is out, probably for at […]

Blaeser throws gems vs. Ruidoso

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Portales senior Ashlie Villanueva hits a ground ball for a single RBI in the second inning of the Rams game against Ruidoso.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonlne.com Freshman Sarah Blaeser pitched two solid games and Portales stayed undefeated in District 4-4A with a pair of run-rule, 11-1 victories over Ruidoso on Tuesday night at Wheeler Park. Blaeser knew she was getting both starts and was prepared to make her presence felt in the circle. “I thought […]

Zias’ Velasquez transitions to outfield

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ENMU senior Lizzy Velasquez has made a relatively smooth transition from infield to outfield for the Zias this season, providing leadership for a relatively young team to go with a .294 batting average.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com In her four years playing softball at Eastern New Mexico University, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Velasquez has had to deal with a lot of change. She’s done it all with optimism and a smile. “When I came here, I was an infielder for the first two years,” said Velasquez, a senior […]

ENMU RODEO, TRACK: Zias earn third title in row

Staff report BIG SPRING, Texas — Senior Hayden Segulke-Todd earned all-around cowgirl honors over the weekend in leading the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team to its third consecutive victory in the Howard College rodeo. The Zias finished with 270 points to 165 for Weatherford College and 125 for West Texas A&M. Segulke-Todd was […]

Rams 3rd after first day of Gooch Invitational

Staff report RUIDOSO — Sophomore Mario Cordova shot 39-43 — 82 on Monday, helping Portales High’s boys to third place after the first day of the Leroy Gooch Invitational golf tournament. St. Michael’s leads the event at 323, followed by Socorro at 325. Las Cruces High is fourth in the 11-team field at 349. Other […]

Greyhounds split with Buffs in two

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Within one strike of victory in the opener, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team rallied to salvage the finale of a three-game Lone Star Conference series against rival West Texas A&M on Saturday with a 9-2 victory. The Greyhounds (12-23, 8-15 LSC) blew two leads in the seven-inning first […]

Portales get qualifiers at Jim Love Invitational

Staff report The Portales track and field teams took to Ram field Friday for the Jim Love Invitational and both the boys and girls teams finished in second place. On the boys side the Rams finished behind only Dexter with a score of 106. Lane Nichols and Kobi Schillings both qualified for state for the […]

Rams drop two on the road to Ruidoso

STAFF REPORT RUIDOSO — Portales had a bad ending to its weekend on Saturday as Ruidoso got two solid pitching performances en route to an 11-0, 7-2 District 4-4A sweep of the Rams. In Game 1, Rams pitcher Kersey Burnett was touched up for nine runs (seven earned). The Warriors (10-6, 4-0 district) scored two […]

Zias swept in doubleheader by Buffs

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ENMU junior Charles Sandberg Jr. races into second base to beat the throw to West Texas A&M’s Max Brennan during the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Sandberg was on first when Kennan Dodd blooped a hit to right field, and he had to scramble to beat the throw. The teams split the twin bill, with WT posting a 10-8 win in the opener and the Greyhounds taking the nightcap 9-2.

STAFF REPORT Suffice it to say, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team is glad to see the last of West Texas A&M for the season. The second-ranked Lady Buffs, who hit 13 homers in a pair of wins on Friday, completed a four-game Lone Star Conference sweep on Saturday with eight more long balls in […]

Lady Rams sweep district tilts

Staff report SANDIA PARK — The Portales High softball team brought its bats to East Mountain and displayed them all afternoon in a 22-0, 15-2 sweep of the Timberwolves in the District 4-4A opener for both teams. In the first game, the Lady Rams (8-6) took over right from the start with 14 runs in […]

Buffs slip by ENMU in ninth

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com West Texas A&M turned a two-out walk in the ninth into a run and the Buffaloes edged Eastern New Mexico 2-1 on Friday in the opener of a three-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. ENMU’s Mike Peters pitched in and out of trouble much of the […]

LSC track athletes of the week

Men Track Wala Gime, Angelo State, Sr., Papua, New Guinea — Gime ran the fastest time this season in Division II in the 400 hurdles at ASU’s David Noble Relays over the weekend, a 52.38 locking for first place and improving his D-II provisional qualifying mark. He also ran a provisional qualifying mark of 14.13 […]

Lovington uses five-run sixth to drop Portales

Staff report The Portales baseball team took on their old district rival Lovington and although things got started with two singles in the first inning, the Rams managed only one hit the rest of the game and a five-run inning blew the game open as Portales went down 7-0. The Rams (11-4) were down 2-0 […]

Teenagers flock to Curry County Rodeo

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com This weekend will see more than 200 high school and junior high rodeoers, about a dozen from the local area, continue on the road to the national finals. But the rodeo at the Curry County Events Center is also a calculated risk rodeo organizers think keeps the sport mindful […]

Rams tennis spilts with Artesia

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Portales senior Austin Lucero returns a shot with a backhand hit during his singles match against Artesia at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales tennis teams got tune-ups before a big tournament this weekend by hosting Artesia on Thursday. While the girls team got a 7-2 win, the boys continued their struggles, losing 6-3. The Lady Rams (5-2), playing at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center and dominated as Hannah Evans, McKenzie […]

New zone has challenges

I love watching sports. Kids, preps, college or pros, it doesn’t matter. If it’s on, I’m probably watching. But after 28 years of living in the Eastern time zone, coming to Mountain hasn’t been easy. Many media outlets list sports on Eastern time, and I’ve got to remember to subtract two hours if I want […]

‘Cinco’ Boone named head coach at ASU

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Men’s basketball coach No. 6 in Angelo State University history is actually a Cinco. Roosevelt County native Patrick Boone V, more commonly known as Cinco Boone, was promoted Wednesday to the top spot at the Lone Star Conference school. Boone, 31, is a 2001 graduate of Portales High and […]

Zias swept in two by Lubbock Christian

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Zia shortstop Susannah Chandler dives for a line drive during the Zias second game in a doubleheader against the Lubbock Christian University Chaps at Zia softball field.

STAFF REPORT Designated player Sydney Beuthien homered in each game and drove in seven runs as Lubbock Christian swept a softball doubleheader from Eastern New Mexico University 8-4 and 13-5 on Tuesday. Trailing 2-1, Beuthien highlighted a seven-run sixth LCU with a grand slam. She added a second-inning leadoff homer and a fifth-inning, two-run single […]

Rams tennis gets first win

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Portales sophomore Zachary Laurenz returns a serve during a doubles match with partner Austin Lucero against Goddard at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales tennis teams took on Goddard Tuesday and went home with a spilt as the boys got their first win of the season 5-4 and the girls lost 7-2. The boys team got wins in singles by Austin Lucero, Nathan Van Dam and Ethan Self, who all won […]

Zias’ Saiz second in 1,500

Staff report LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University’s track teams earned seven top-eight finishes on Saturday in the final day of the Texas Tech Open. For the women, junior Amber Saiz took second place in the 1,500 in four minutes, 41.38 seconds and placed 7th in the 800 in 2:27.70. Also for the Zias, senior […]