Martinez closing busy career

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Matt Martinez drives baseline against a Hope Christian defender in the Class 4A state semifinal game. Martinez is finishing his senior year as the starting catcher with the Ram baseball team.

Derek Major Staff writer Matt Martinez is in his 12th and final season at Portales High School. The senior, a three-sport athlete since his freshman year, plays every inning of the baseball season knowing his time as a prep athlete is in its sunset. But he expects the memories to last for life. “It’s […]

Wildcats shut out Rams in Tennis

STAFF REPORT Clovis High’s tennis squads had all the better of it on Tuesday against Portales. CHS squads posted 9-0 sweeps over the Rams and Lady Rams, the boys playing at Eastern New Mexico University courts while the girls competed at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center. Clovis did not lose a set all day, although […]

Lone star conference baseball/sotball update

Baseball standings All Times MDTConf.    AllW-L    W-L Texas A&M-Kingsville    12-3    18-9West Texas A&M    10-6    18-10 Angelo State    9-6    19-7 Cameron    6-9    12-14 Tarleton State    3-8    9-12 ENMU    2-10    6-17 Friday’s games Cameron 7, Eastern New Mexico 6; West Texas A&M 6, Tarleton State 1. Saturday’s games Eastern New Mexico 2-0, Cameron 1-8; West Texas A&M […]

Rams sweep Coyotes in two

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Ram senior Ed Banda slides into home and scores a run past the Roswell catcher Tuesday afternoon during the fifth inning of Rams game against the Roswell Coyotes.

By Derek Major Staff Writer Portales got seven runs in two innings and starter Kersey Burnett went five innings as Portales took down Roswell 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Ram Field. The Rams took the nightcap, 5-4, to take a sweep over the Class 5A Coyotes. The Rams have […]

ENMU BASEBALL, SOFTBALL: Zias snap Cameron’s streak

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Aja Secheslingloff bounced back from a rough outing in the opener to throw a complete-game seven-hitter in the second game and Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team defeated Cameron 7-3 on Sunday, gaining a split of their Lone Star Conference doubleheader and handing the Aggies their first […]

Lovington relays track results

Friday Boys Team standings: 1. Hobbs 139 1/2; 2. Clovis 130 1/2; 3. Lovington 86; 4. Carlsbad 49; 5. Portales 39. Portales results Field events High jump: 3. Paul Conrow 5-10. Pole vault: 1. Kobi Schillings 12-0; 6. Lane Nichols 11-0. Shot put: 5. Trenton Small 42-0. Javelin: 6. Conrow 122-3. Track events 110 hurdles: […]

Lady Rams take two Saturday

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Ram senior catcher Kassandra Rodriguez tags out a Loving Falcon runner during the second 

inning of the Rams’ Saturday afternoon game against the Loving Falcons at Ram softball field.

By Derek Major Staff writer The Portales Lady Rams got two run in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a shaky start by Kailee Ramirez and got their the second win of the season, beating Loving 6-4 on Saturday at Wheeler Park. The game was tied at 4 entering the bottom half of […]

Red-hot Cameron sweeps Zias

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ENMU third baseman Jackie Candelaria makes the play on a ground ball during the seventh inning in the opener of the Zias’ Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Cameron on Saturday at Zia Field. The  against the Cameron Aggies at Zia softball field. The league-leading Aggies swept the Zias 4-1 and 18-6.

Staff report Three years ago, Cameron and Eastern New Mexico University met in the final series of the regular season at Zia Field, trying to garner the final berth in the Lone Star Conference softball tournament. ENMU won a Friday doubleheader that weekend to pull even with the Aggies, then lost the series finale. How […]

Aggies get late homer, nip ENMU

Staff report PORTALES — Cameron second baseman Jonathan Reyes broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and the Aggies held on for a 7-6 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday night at Greyhound Field. ENMU (5-15, 1-8 LSC) closed to within a run in the bottom of the […]

Lady Cats move into semifinals

Staff report FARMINGTON — Sophomore Taylor Smith, making her first varsity start, allowed just two hits over five innings on Friday and Clovis High defeated Navajo Prep 5-1 in a quarterfinal game of the eight-team Scorpion Invitational, hosted by Farmington H.S. The teams played what was called a “pool play” contest prior to the start […]

Lady Rams cruise past Lovington

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Portales High senior second baseman Devyn Alvarado fields a ground ball and gets the out at first base during Friday’s game against Lovington in the PHS softball tournament. The Lady Rams defeated Lovington 9-2 in their first game in the four-team round robin.

By Derek Major Staff writer Senior Kailee Ramirez provided pitching and power hitting for Portales, which rolled to a season-opening 9-2 win over Class 5A Lovington in a four-team, round-robin tournament on Friday at Wheeler Park. Ramirez went 3-for-3 with two homers and a double, and struck out nine Lady Wildcats in four innings […]

New Mexico Fishing Report

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: Fishing was slow with just […]

Portales, Floyd win at Eunice

Staff reports The Portales Rams got in the win column Thursday, beating Gateway Christian 12-2 in five innings at the Eunice Tournament Thursday. After losing their first game of the season on Tuesday to Clovis, the Rams (1-1) bounced back. The Rams scored four runs in the first inning and tacked on two runs in […]

Hounds trying to find rhythm

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Eastern New Mexico University catcher Julian Heredia throws to second base during an infield drill at the Greyhounds practice on Thursday afternoon.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER Last season, the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds turned a lot of heads in the Lone StarConference as they finished over .500 for the first time since 2000 at 26-24. This season hasn’t started as smoothly. They’re 5-14 (1-7 LSC) heading into a four-game series this weekend against Cameron at […]

Rams young, but eager

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Portales Ram senior pitcher Kailee Ramirez works on her pitching during the Rams’ Wednesday afternoon practice at the Ram softball field. Last season the Rams went 20-5 and finished 8-0 in 4A District 4. The Rams begin their season Friday as they host their annual Tournament.

Derek Major Staff Writer The Portales Rams have won at least 15 games in each of the last three years. However, this year it may be hard to continue that streak after losing six seniors from last year’s 20-7 team. “We’re a young team this year,”  Portales Rams softball coach Robbie Crowley said at Tuesday’s […]

Fishing report — March 19

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & 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. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: There were a few […]

March madness is here

It’s one of the best times of the year for sports junkies like myself. It’s tournament time, and I buy in bigtime. I fill out so many brackets I forget some. The office bracket, the bracket, the bracket and at least five more on Facebook with friends from jobs and schools past. Here’s […]

Errors doom Rams in loss

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Portales senior Omar Legarda gets back to first base safely on a pickoff attempt during the second inning of Tuesday’s game at Clovis, won by the host Wildcats 17-2.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER CLOVIS — It might not have mattered much in the outcome, but whatever help Clovis High’s baseball team needed on Tuesday, it got in abundance from the Portales Rams. The visiting Rams committed seven errors and threw in six wild pitches, a passed ball and a balk as the […]

Javs finish sweep of Hounds in 11th

Staff report KINGSVILLE, Texas — It was kind of a lost weekend for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Texas A&M-Kingsville second baseman Ryan Fickel hit a two-out RBI single to left-center field in the bottom of the 11th inning on Monday to give the Javelinas a 3-2 win and a four-game sweep of […]

Zias salvage one game at Commerce

Staff report COMMERCE, Texas — Senior catcher Aurelia Sandoval’s two-out, two-run homer in the top of the first got Eastern New Mexico University started on an 8-3 win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Sunday, but it couldn’t prevent the Zias from losing the Lone Star Conference softball series. Freshman Courtney Moore tossed her second shutout of […]