Portales splits in first day of state softball

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO – The Portales Lady Rams’ winning streak came to an end at 12 games Wednesday afternoon, when they lost their second game of the day to Silver 9-4 in the Class 4A softball tournament. Portales (23-6), which defeated St. Michael’s 5-4 in their Wednesday opener, can still win a state championship. […]

Floyd tops Steers; Dora eliminated by Melrose

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — The Floyd Broncos continue to roll through their competition as they defeated Magdalena 8-2 in the Class 1-2A state baseball quarterfinals on Wednesday morning to extend their winning streak to 15-straight games. Third-seeded Floyd (19-3) jumped on top of Magdalena from the start and never looked back. Starting pitcher and […]

ENMU trio named all-conference for track and field

Staff report Three Eastern New Mexico University track and field members were named to the Lone Star Conference team, according to a Wednesday release from the LSC. Senior Klaudia Szych and juniors Lacy Harris and Ally Salata were among 27 female athletes selected to the all-conference team. No ENMU athletes were among the 24 all-conference […]

Rams eye Bloomfield

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Portales senior Draven Saiz squares up for the bunt during the Ram baseball practice Tuesday afternoon. The Rams take on seventh-seeded Bloomfield in a 10 a.m. Thursday contest.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Last season the Portales High baseball season ended in the quarterfinals against the Bloomfield Bobcats in an 11-1 run-rule loss. Now the Rams have a chance to get a modicum of revenge as they will once again face Bloomfield in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at 10 a.m. […]

Tulk tops 1-4A golf field; Rowley and Ram girls finish third

Thomas Tulk

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ROSWELL — It was a good day overall for Rams golf, but it was a great day for seniors Thomas Tulk and Bailey Rowley on an individual level as Tulk won the Class 1-4A state title and Rowley finished in third place at the Spring River Golf Course. Tulk […]

Results of state golf tournaments — May 9-10

Class 6A At The Canyon Club, Albuquerque Par 72 BOYS Team standings: 1. La Cueva 299-306 — 605; 2. Rio Rancho Cleveland 307-308 — 615; 3. Hobbs 313-316 — 629; 4. Carlsbad 340-315 — 655; 5. Clovis 345-345 — 690. Top 5 individuals: 1. Kevin Kim, La Cueva 72-72 — 144; 2. Tyler Cox, Hobbs […]

Rams softball ready for Lady Horsemen

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Eighth grade pitcher Wendy Baeza warms up during Monday’s practice. Baeza has been the primary pitcher for the Lady Rams this season, going 17-4 in 23 appearances with a 1.67 ERA.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With their 16-1 victory over Socorro Friday night, the Portales Lady Rams now prepare for the final stretch of the season as they ready for their noon game on Wednesday at the Rio Rancho Softball Complex to take on the St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen. Currently holders of an 11-game […]

Portales track great showing at district championship meet

STAFF REPORT RUIDOSO — Both Portales track teams scored in 18 of 19 events in Friday’s four-team District 4-4A meet, with the Rams cruising to the boys team championship while the Lady Rams finished second to Ruidoso. PHS compiled 133 points on the boys side, with East Mountain a distant second at 78. The Lady […]

Rams, Lady Rams currently third and fourth in state golf tournament

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ROSWELL — The Portales Rams golf teams are off to good starts after Day 1 of the Class 1-4A state tournament at Spring River Golf Course. The Portales boys shot 319 as a team. They are currently third, 18 shots behind first-place Socorro and four in back of New […]

ENMU women claim three wins in LSC outdoor meet

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s track teams finished sixth in the LSC outdoor championships, hosted by Tarleton State from Thursday through Saturday. Texas A&M-Kingsville took team honors in the six-team men’s field with 180 points to 173 1/2 for Angelo State, with the Greyhounds tallying 29 points — all on the […]

State small-school track results — May 6-7

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 3A Team standings: 1. Pecos 64; 2. Estancia 47; 3. Dexter 39; 4. Capitan 37; 5. (tie) Native American Community Academy 30; 7. Academy Tech 28; 8. Tucumcari 27; 9. (tie) Eunice and Santa Fe Prep 24; 11. Texico 23 1/2; 12. Loving 16 1/2; 13. Desert Academy […]

Rams win 4-3 to pull sweep

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Senior Jacob Salgado avoids a tag in the bottom of the first inning against West Las Vegas, scoring the first run of the day for the Rams. Portales won 4-3, advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs where they will face Bloomington on Thursday morning.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Baseball is less about how many hits or baserunners you have in total than what you do with them in the three-out increments you get. The West Las Vegas Dons found out the hard way Saturday, ending their season with “what if” situations in the sixth and seventh innings […]

STATE SMALL-SCHOOL TRACK: Lady Tigers, Vixens take titles

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner’s girls just keep racking up state track titles. The Vixens extended their record streak of state titles to 10 under coach Lisa McMath, winning the Class 2A crown on Saturday night with 96 points for 62 for district rival Logan. Fort Sumner won five individual events and three relays […]

Aggies sweep Hounds

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Junior pitcher Chris Miranda-Carr gives the ball to coach David Gomez after being pulled in the first inning of the second game against Cameron. Miranda-Carr faced just five batters, walking three and hitting the other two. ENMU went through three pitchers in the inning as Cameron scored 13 runs off five hits in the top of the first. Cameron won 21-19.

The Eastern New Mexico University baseball season — its worst in the 25 seasons of the current program’s existence — almost got an unexpected bright ending Saturday, with the host Hounds rallying from a 13-0 deficit to claim a 19-15 lead over Cameron. But things went south a final time for the Greyhounds, as the […]

Rams roll in series opener

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Teammates surround Alex Galvan after he hit a solo home run against West Las Vegas Friday afternoon.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Portales senior Grant Wagner wanted his final home game as a pitcher to be a memorable one. And while it wasn’t perfect, it was very close. Wagner pitched a two-hit complete game to give the Rams a 7-0 victory over the West Las Vegas Dons in the first of […]

Tigers notch pair of state track wins

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Lauren Stone and sophomore Lacy Ferguson of Elida posted first-day wins in the Class 1A girls portion of the small-school state track meet on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. Stone took first place in high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches. She actually tied with Springer […]

Portales tops Socorro 16-1 in first round, winning streak at 11

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Portales senior shortstop Kiersten Ramirez winds up for a throw to first for the putout in the third inning.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The 3-0 pitch looked low to Victoria Cordova, and she started her jog to first before a “not so fast, my friend” strike call from home plate. No matter. After a laugh, the Portales senior third baseman looked for another opportunity. She hit the next pitch for an RBI […]

Rams ready for softball title run

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Senior shortstop Kiersten Ramirez runs down sophomore Raquel Moreno during Tuesday’s practice as part of a pick-off drill while starting pitcher Wendy Baeza looks on. The Lady Rams will host Socorro today at 4 p.m. in the first round of the state softball tournament.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales Lady Rams softball team has earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A state tournament thanks to a 21-5 regular-season finish, including a perfect 8-0 District 4-4A record and a 10-game winning streak to finish the regular season. The Lady Rams host No. 15 Socorro in […]

ENMU has four finalists for athletic director position

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The pool of finalist candidates to replace Jeff Geiser as Eastern New Mexico University’s athletic director has been set. Jeff Long, ENMU’s Vice President of Student Affairs, and the head of the athletic director search committee,  said there are four finalists who are expected to make campus visits over […]

ENMU adds Division-I transfer for 2016-17 women’s hoops

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team added a Division-I transfer for its 2016-17 campaign, according to a release from the college. Daeshianna McCants, a 6-foot-1 post who played last season at Texas-El Paso, will be a junior next year for the Greyhounds. McCants is a Las Cruces native who helped Mayfield […]