Nine Cats earn District 4-6A honors

Staff report Nine members of the Clovis High baseball team were honored in all-District 4-6A selections for the recently completed season, including six on the first team. Named to the first team were first baseman Antonio Hicks, second baseball Keaton Greenwalt, utilityman Brody Edwards, pitchers Landon Williams and Matt Lanier and outfielder Joseph Ramos. All […]

ENMU women’s hoops adds point guard Hotchkins

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University landed a Division-I transfer Thursday, with point guard Jasmine Hotchkins joining the Greyhounds. The 5-foot-3 Phoenix native will have three years of eligibility left, following a freshman year at East Tennessee State. While at ETSU, she averaged 13.4 minutes per game with 2.9 points per game for the Lady […]

Dillard signs with ENMU

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Dora’s Taylor Dillard signed to play college basketball with Eastern New Mexico University for next season. The 5-foot-10 Dillard averaged 17.9 points and 12.9 rebounds in her final season.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Taylor Dillard knew she was going to college after she graduated from Dora, and looked into veterinary science programs at Oklahoma Panhandle State and West Texas A&M. But if she planned to play basketball, Dillard’s only choice was to stay close to home at Eastern New Mexico University. She […]

Custom Classic enters 32nd year

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The Custom Classic is entering its 32nd year. It begins Friday evening at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Matthew Asher Correspondent It’s the final weekend in June and, in Clovis, that can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 32nd annual Plateau Custom Classic Softball Tournament. This year’s event features 110 teams that come from all over New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. For those who have never experienced the tournament, beginning […]

ENMU women finish third in CNFR; Dora’s Walker third in tie-down

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR There was a palpable feeling of what could have been with a few more ropes catching and a few less barrels falling. But, a few days after the Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished third in the College National Finals Rodeo, the feeling of what did happen […]

ENMU women finish third at college finals

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Kortney Cleveland finished sixth in the nation in barrel racing Saturday, and Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished in third place at the College National Finals Rodeo. Hayden Todd did not compete in Saturday’s short go at the Casper Events Center, but still finished with 265 points in […]

Rams rally to win ENMU camp title

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Portales senior Kambrey Blakey applies defensive pressure to Hobbs' Amaya Lewis in the first half of Saturday's game.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR After a surprising run to the Eastern New Mexico University team camp title, Kambrey Blakey and a smattering of teammates got set for a photo with the first-place plaque. Only problem? The plaque was nowhere to be found. The photo shoot was held off for a few minutes, until […]

PHS names girls soccer co-coaches

Portales High School has doubled up to fill its only head coaching vacancy over the summer. The girls soccer team will have co-coaches for the 2015 season. Portales High Athletic Director Mark Gallegos said Laurel Kerg, an assistant on last year’s Ram squad, will be joined by Eanna O’Gorman. O’Gorman played two seasons for the […]

ENMU’s Todd leads field

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Hayden Todd is so far having a great third round at the College National Finals Rodeo. With a dozen riders still to compete, according to results posted at the CNFR website, Todd was first in the short go on barrel racing at a time of 13.74 seconds. […]

Junior high rodeoers heading to nationals

Staff report A half-dozen junior high athletes from Curry and Roosevelt counties are one week away from competing for top middle school honors at the Junior High National Finals Rodeo, scheduled June 21-27 in Des Moines, Iowa. Shad Mayfield, a two-time national champion and the 2013 all-around boys winner, will go for his third time […]

Greyhounds Pope, Kendrick drafted

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Clyde Kendrick was drafted in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Less than six weeks ago, Cody Pope and Clyde Kendrick were teammates. On Wednesday, they became division rivals. Both Greyhound pitchers were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Kendrick was selected in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers (798th overall), and […]

Bailey, Blind selected LSC scholar athletes

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s Seth Bailey and Beth Blind were the school’s selections for the Lone Star Conferences annual Scholar Athlete awards, released Tuesday by the conference. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must have at least two years participation in their sport and be a member of this season’s graduating class. All […]

Rams getting in summer reps

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Portales Ram junior Jeremie Karngbaye gets around Goddard defenders for a shot during the second half of the Rams’ Saturday morning game against the Goddard Rockets.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER The 2015-16 basketball season is a long ways off, but area high school squads are already starting to work in that direction. More than 30 teams are participating in a three-day summer team camp which ends today at Eastern New Mexico University. Teams are guaranteed around seven games — […]

Football honor society selects ENMU’s Bailey

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University senior Seth Bailey was announced as a selection for the National Football Foundation Honor Society, which recognizes college football players in all divisions for excellence both on the field and in the classroom. Bailey, who was also selected as a Division-II All-American, was one of 825 players from 280 […]

Jaguars’ Hood to host camp July 1

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle and Amarillo native Evander “Ziggy” Hood will host his fourth annual football camp 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (CST) July 1 at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo. Hood, the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been with the Jaguars for a season after signing as a […]

Local teams claim flag football titles

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR A pair of teams with area athletes claimed top honors in this weekend’s Hike It and Spike It 4-on-4 Flag Football Tournament, held at the Cielo Grande Recreation Complex in Roswell. The C Cats won the 17-18 men’s division and the Felons the 19-24 men’s division in the tournament, […]

Q & A: Fort Sumner’s McMath continues to rack up state titles

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Fort Sumner girls track coach Lisa McMath watch action at the Fox-Vixen Relays in April with junior Paris Allred. McMath coached the Vixens to the Class 2A state title earlier this month, setting a record with a ninth state championship in a row.

With Lisa McMath at the helm, the Fort Sumner Vixens have won a state-record nine state track titles in a row. Not bad for somebody who never imagined herself coaching. McMath, a former athlete under Rafael Roybal, ran the 800, mile and some relays for the Vixens, admitting, “There weren’t a lot of people, so […]

ENMU women hopeful to make run at team title


By Dave Wagner Sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s women claimed the Southwest Regional rodeo championship earlier this month for the second year in a row. Now the Greyhounds are looking for a bigger prize. They’ll send a four-woman team to Casper, Wyoming, for the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June 14-20. ENMU […]

Former Ram, Hound coach Gibson dies at 84

Sterling Gibson

Staff report Sterling Gibson, a former basketball coach for both Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University, died last week in Amarillo at the age of 84. Gibson coached at the high school and college level from 1958 to 1991. He also played college basketball at Western Kentucky and Texas Tech, with a stint […]

ENMU’s Szych finishes 13th

Staff report ALLENDALE, Mich. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Division II women’s 800 final on Friday, finishing 13th in a field of 21 runners with a time of 2 minutes, 10.98 seconds. Freshman Carsyn Koch of Cedarville was the winner in a time of 2:06.85. […]