Portales resident nails “moneyball” putt

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Damon Baca of Portales stands from the flag where he sunk a 50-foot putt for $5,000 at the Greg Skarda Memorial Golf Tournament.

When Damon Baca hit the best golf shot of his life, his first thought was, “Oh (shoot), it’s short.” But it wasn’t. Baca, a Colorado native and recently retired master sergeant from Cannon Air Force Base, picked up $5,000 for dropping the 50-footer. A Portales resident playing in the Greg Skarda Memorial Tournament in April, […]

ENMU announces academic reps

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University has named eight athletes as team representatives of its 2013-14 academic athletes of the year list. “One of the strengths of NCAA Division II is the emphasis on academics,” ENMU Athletic Director Jeff Geiser said in a university release. “We truly put the “student” in student-athlete. We here at […]

State baseball, softball pairings

Baseball State tournaments (Seeds in parentheses) Round-of-16 Best-of-three series Friday, Saturday Note: In most cases, 1 game Friday, 2 if necessary Saturday in Classes 3A-5A; game times are for Friday. Class 5A (16) Cibola at (1) La Cueva, 4 p.m. (9) Valley at (8) Hobbs. 5 p.m. (12) Onate at (5) Volcano Vista, 4 p.m. […]

Portales girls claim tennis openers

Staff report Though one win came a little easier than expected, it was a fairly good day for the Portales girls tennis squad Wednesday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex. In the first round of singles and doubles brackets, all three Portales girls entries came away with wins. Belle Youngerwolf and Samantha Lopez took a […]

Questa ousts Broncos

Staff report QUESTA — Questa’s Marcus Chavez pitched a complete-game four-hitter and the third-seeded Eagles shut out No. 6 Floyd 8-0 on Wednesday in a Class 1A state baseball quarterfinal. Zach Gallegos went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for Questa (15-5), which faces No. 2 Magdalena (14-8) in a 4 p.m. semifinal […]

New Mexico fishing report — May 8

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: We had no reports […]

Rams eye title runs

Staff report Portales High’s tennis teams will be in Albuquerque until at least Friday. They’re hopeful they can stay there a little longer, and pick up some hardware before then. Both the boys and girls teams will face Hope Christian on Friday in the first round of the Class A-3A tennis state team championships in […]

ENMU track teams finish seventh, eighth

Staff report KINGSVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s track teams finished seventh in women’s competition and eighth on the men’s side over the weekend in the Lone Star Conference track meet. Texas A&M-Kingsville took the men’s team title with 175 points to 153 for Angelo State. ENMU rounded out the eight-team field with 39 […]

PHS golf squads finish third in district

Staff report ROSWELL — Portales High’s golf squads finished third in District 3-1A/3A competition on Monday. Sophomore Bailey Rowley will be the only PHS player advancing to state competition next Monday and Tuesday  at the New Mexico State University course in Las Cruces. Rowley led the Lady Rams on Monday, shooting a score of 90. […]

Rams, Lady Rams to host round-of-16 games

Staff report Portales High will host Class 3A state round-of-16 baseball and softball games this weekend. The PHS baseball squad (14-12) earned the No. 8 seed and will take on ninth-seeded Shiprock (20-4) in a best-of-3 series beginning with a 4 p.m. single game on Friday. Two games, if necessary, are on tap for Saturday, […]

Hounds eliminated after split with Angelo

Staff report Although in a sense it may have had a bit of a hollow ring, Dylan Nault was a hero for the second day in a row on Saturday. Nault delivered a one-out, pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting Eastern New Mexico University past Angelo State 7-6 for a […]

PHS to send several entries to state tennis

Staff report LOVINGTON — Portales High’s tennis teams qualified two singles entries and two doubles teams on Friday for Class 1A-3A state individual competition next week in Albuquerque, while the Lady Rams earned a team berth on Saturday after reaching the finals of the District 3 tournament. Junior Austin Lucero will represent the PHS boys […]

Lady Rams pound seven homers in sweep

Staff report RUIDOSO — Tuning up for postseason play, the Portales Lady Rams brought out the big whuppin’ sticks on Saturday. PHS clobbered seven home runs — including five in the opener — and rolled to a 13-1, 21-3 District 4-3A rout of Ruidoso in the regular-season finale for both teams. The first game was […]

District 3-1A track results — May 2

At Logan Boys Team standings: 1. Fort Sumner 152; 2. Melrose 109; 3. Dora 56 4. Floyd 11; 5. Elida 0. Field events Javelin: 1. Andres Saliz, Fort Sumner 118-0; 2. Hunter Sparks 112-7; 3. Jesse Marshall, Fort Sumner 94-4; 4. Branden Duke, Fort Sumner 91-10. Triple jump: 1. Cade Barnard, Melrose 34-8; 2. Dylan […]

PHS girls set one record, qualify two for state

Staff report LOVINGTON — Portales High’s girls set one school record and added two Class 3A state qualifiers in Friday’s Ross Black Relays track meet. The Lady Rams finished seventh in the eight-school field with 35 points. Clovis ran away with team honors, scoring 144 points to 62 for runnerup Roswell High and 61 for […]

For Clovis, it’s split and wait

Staff report CLOVIS — If nothing else, Clovis High’s baseball team has made life a bit miserable for its District 4-5A rivals this spring. Probably needing a sweep of Friday’s doubleheader with Hobbs at Bell Park to get into the postseason, though, the Wildcats came up a bit short. CHS got a combined four-hit shutout […]

Cats make most of last chance

Staff report ROSWELL — It took longer than they’d hoped, but Clovis High’s boys finally qualified for Class 5A state competition on Friday. Just as nice, the Wildcats won a tightly-contested battle in the Last Chance Open at the New Mexico Military Golf Course, finishing at 303 to edge Lovington by one shot, Carlsbad by […]

Hounds win despite depleted roster

Staff report Needing to at least win their weekend Lone Star Conference series with Angelo State, and perhaps sweep it, to qualify for the LSC’s postseason tournament, EasternNew Mexico University’s chances seemed slim at best when the Greyhounds learned that 17 members of the squad had been arrested on Friday and were not in uniform […]

CHS qualifies three doubles teams for state

Staff report HOBBS — Clovis High qualified three doubles teams for next week’s Class 5A state individual tennis competition in Friday’s District 4-5A meet. The Lady Wildcats have two tandems going — senior Meera Shah and junior Rylie Lee took first place, while juniors Breanna Smith and Shaylee Warner finished third. The boys are sending […]

Area prep baseball linescores — May 2

District 3-2A Texico 13, Santa Rosa 2 Santa Rosa    000  11 —  2    2    5 Texico    022  9x —13    8    4 Isaac Velasquez, Austin Higgins (4), Stephan Vega (4) and Ryan Lopez; Jarron Hill (5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 W, 7 SO) and Jonah Walls. W — Hill. L — Velasquez. […]