Portales track teams finish sixth in Lovington

Staff report The Portales High School track teams, competing mostly against 5A and 6A teams, left the Wildcat Relays Friday night with a pair of sixth-place finishes in Lovington. The Rams scored 22.5 points in the eight-team boys meet, and notched 25 points in the nine-team girls meet. High finishers for Portales’ boys included Jordan […]

Two provisionally qualify for ENMU

Staff report KINGSVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University got a pair of provisional qualifications for the Division II championship meet Saturday as the track and field teams competed in the Texas A&M-Kingsville Cactus Cup, held Saturday at the college. Victor Cruz posted a season-best 10.56 in the 100-meter, just behind meet-record Javier Lopez of Kingsville […]

Hounds continue to struggle

Staff report The hard times are ongoing for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Texas A&M-Kingsville hasn’t done anything to ease the agony. The Javelinas have taken the first three games of the weekend Lone Star Conference series, thumping ENMU 19-3 and 6-0 on Saturday at Greyhound Field. The teams wrap up the four-game […]

Hounds’ rally comes up short in Game 2 loss

Staff report LAWTON, Okla. — Struggling much of day, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team erupted with some long-ball power late against Cameron on Saturday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Aggies scored in the bottom of the seventh to complete a 10-0, 7-6 Lone Star Conference sweep of the Greyhounds. The teams, who had […]

Kingsville pounds out 19-9 win over Hounds

Staff report Texas A&M-Kingsville had six players with multiple hits and six with multiple RBIs on Friday night and the Javelinas rode two big innings to a 19-9 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. Shorstop Zach Smith led a 16-hit Javelinas attack against five ENMU hurlers, going 4-for-6 […]

Coyotes expect bumpy start for softball program

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com DORA — For the first time in at least three decades Dora will field a softball team. Without any recent history of a softball team, coach Paul Luscombe and his team know this season will definitely be a tough one regarding wins and losses. The good news is that […]

Dora eyes state tournament

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Dora sophomore Hayden Skinner fields a ball during Wednesday’s practice. The Coyotes start their season off today in Logan as part of a round-robin tournament.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com DORA — Coming into his fifth season as head coach for the Dora baseball team, Mason McBee believes his 2016 squad has a legitimate chance at making the state playoffs for the first time since he took over the program. Last year’s squad finished 7-9 overall and 2-4 in […]

Clovis beats Rams, Lady Rams in tennis


By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — One side has almost everyone back from last season, the other is looking for some replacements. Based on that, the results were probably predictable on Thursday as Clovis High’s boys and girls posted identical 7-2 dual victories over Portales at the CHS courts. Both wins for the […]

Ram tennis preps for busy week

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Portales junior Zachary Laurenz returns a serve during Tuesday’s practice. Rams boys tennis coach Logan Brown has currently named Laurenz as his top singles player as well as being on the number one doubles team.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With one series of matches already completed in late February, the Portales Rams and Lady Rams tennis teams are getting ready for today’s road series against Clovis, the first of three straight days of tennis that includes travel to Moriarty and a home series against Raton by the end […]

Asher: State hoops party might have too many guests

Youth sports are great because of all the life lessons they teach including teamwork, personal sacrifice for a greater goal and following the rules. However, there’s one more key lesson that sports are supposed to teach, but as of late it’s getting harder to teach the most important lesson: Not everybody wins all the time. […]

Six Rams named to girls District 4-4A team

Staff report The results of the All-District 4-4A girls basketball team has been released. According to Portales coach Wade Fraze, the 12 members of the All-District team are voted on by all coaches in their respective districts. Going a perfect 6-0 in district play, the Lady Rams had six players voted to the team. Portales […]

Clovis rallies to top Rams

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Portales senior right fielder Draven Saiz dives for a ball in the top of the first inning against Clovis in Tuesday’s game at Ram Field. Saiz made the catch and finished the game 1-2 with an RBI, but Clovis won 9-8.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The game of baseball is about minimizing your mistakes, while making your opponent’s faux pas count. The Clovis Wildcats were able to capitalize on several Portales fielding errors late to swipe a 9-8 win on Tuesday in the season opener for PHS at Ram Field. The game seesawed through […]

ENMU runners compete at D-II nationals

Staff report PITTSBURG, Kan. — Eastern New Mexico University seniors Klaudia Szych and Sabrina Huelga were unable to reach the finals in Friday’s preliminaries of the NCAA Division II national indoor track championships, hosted by Pittsburg State. Syzch, from Szczerin, Poland, finished 15th in the women’s 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 15.64 seconds. […]

Hounds rally, win finale from TSU

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team has been looking for someone to step up and pitch deep into a game. They found someone on Monday — although it’s unlikely they expected it to be James Thomas. The sophomore right-hander from Fallbrook, Calif., made his first start and just his […]

State tournament update — March 12

(Seeds in parentheses) Championship games At The Pit, Albuquerque BOYS Saturday Class 6A (11) Rio Rancho 56, (4) Carlsbad 54 Class 5A (5) Espanola Valley 36, (3) Capital 34 Class 4A (1) Hope Christian 67, (3) West Las Vegas 42 Class 3A (2) Texico 77, (4) Tucumcari 52 Class 2A (1) Melrose 63, (2) Mora […]

Lady Rams ready for softball season

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Junior PHS pitcher Daizia Looney warms up during last week’s practice. Looney pitched in five games last season and went 1-0, helping the Lady Rams finishing 19-10.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales High softball team had a good 2015 season, going 19-10 and a perfect 8-0 in District 4-4A to earn a No. 3 seed in the Class 4A state tournament. Cobre knocked the Lady Rams out of the tournament with a 3-0 shutout, but veteran PHS coach Robbie […]

Hounds salvage split with Commerce

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ENMU second baseman Audrey Velasquez throws the ball to first base to complete a double play in the second inning of the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Texas A&M-Commerce at Greyhound Softball Field. ENMU lost the first game 14-6 but won the nightcap 8-7 to snap a four-game losing streak.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team, outscored 24-1 in getting blown out twice by Lone Star Conference foe Texas A&M-Commerce on Friday, sure looked like it was headed for another double loss on Saturday at Greyhound Field after blowing two sizable leads. The Lions erased the last of an […]

State basketball tournament update — March 11

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys CLASS 6A Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (4) Carlsbad 27, Onate 25, OT (11) Rio Rancho 49, (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland 42 Saturday’s championship At The Pit, Albuquerque Carlsbad vs. Rio Rancho, 8 p.m. CLASS 5A Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (5) Espanola Valley 44, (8) Centennial 39 (3) […]

Texico storms back for Class 3A girls crown

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Texico guard Brianna Reyna gets tangled with Tularosa's Avianna Garcia in the second half of Friday's Class 3A girls state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Reyna scored 13 points, all in the second half, in Texico’s come-from-behind 43-37 win over Tularosa.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — The Texico Lady Wolverines had a second quarter — well, really an entire first half — to forget in what looked like the closing chapter on a perfect Tularosa season. Then junior Jasmine Gannon had a rewrite, and Texico’s 10th state title was one to remember. The […]

Lady Buffs hold off Logan, defend 2A title

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Melrose senior Taylor Bostwick drives the lane in the fourth quarter of Friday's Class 2A championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Bostwick scored 22 points in Melrose's 48-47 victory.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Taylor Bostwick wasn’t going to be bothered by the fans, the noise or the atmosphere of The Pit. Her teammates weren’t going to be bothered by a No. 7 seed. Not when they had a championship to defend. The Melrose senior fought off foul trouble to score […]