ENMU’s Szych set for D-II nationals

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has her work cut out in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field meet this weekend in Allendale, Michigan, but she’s ready to take her best shot. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, by way of New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, […]

ENMU to break ground on stadium

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new on-campus multipurpose stadium at 5:30 p.m. on June 6. The facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2016 and be ready for the football season that fall, ENMU president Steven Gamble said. It will replace the venerable Greyhound Stadium, […]

Saturday’s state large-school track results

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 6A Team standings: 1. Volcano Vista 80; 2. Rio Rancho 53; 3. Manzano 34; 4. Clovis 31; 5. Sandia 27; 6. Alamogordo 24 1/2; 7. Atrisco Heritage 23; 8. La Cueva 22; 9. (three-way tie) Eldorado, Hobbs and Rio Rancho Cleveland 20; 12. Onate 19 1/2; 13. Carlsbad […]

Cabledue repeats, 13 score at state for Portales

Staff photo: 
Joshua Lucero
Ram junior Hannah Cabledue clears 9-6 during the Class 4A pole vault finals at the University of New Mexico track 
complex. Cabledue fell short in her attempt to set a new state record, but won the event with a vault 
of 10-0.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Portales finished with one state champion — make that a a two-time state champion in Hannah Cabledue — on a relatively calm Saturday at the Class 4A state track championship. There were only a pair of weather delays Saturday at the University of New Mexico, compared to four on Friday, before […]

Buffs wallop McCurdy to claim 1-2A state title

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Isn’t it supposed to be harder than this? The second-seeded Melrose Buffaloes sure made it look easy, capturing their first state baseball championship on Friday with a 12-0 rout of McCurdy for the Class 1-2A title at UNM Field. shortened to six innings by the 10-run rule. Junior Wyatt Williams, who […]

Cobre eliminates Portales in long-delayed contest

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — The Portales High softball team knew it would be in for a long day in the Class 4A losers bracket if it intended to reach Saturday’s championship game. Portales certainly got the long day, as rain and lightning delays dominated Friday’s state softball, baseball and track championship events. But the […]

Rams work through lengthy first day at state

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Portales freshman catcher Shelbi Walker gets the ball too late to tag out a Cobre runner at home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Rams’ Class 4A tournament game. The Indians knocked Portales out of the double-elimination bracket with a 3-0 win.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Even factoring in three weather delays, and an eventual weather stoppage, Friday was a pretty good day on balance for the Portales High track teams. “Through all the adversity, our kids handled it well,” Portales coach Glenn Johnson said. “They competed well. We PR’d (hit personal records) in times, and we’re […]

Clovis’ Bender wins pole vault at state

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Talk about saving your best for last. Clovis High senior Kaine Bender has been all but inactive since tearing an ACL during the Wildcats’ football season. He essentially sat out through basketball, and competed in three meets this spring, managing to get himself qualified for state in pole vault during a […]

Melrose cruises to state baseball crown

Staff report The Melrose Buffaloes had a season so dominant, it’s a shocker that Friday was the first time the school played for a baseball championsihp. The Buffs are 1-0 on the big stage now, as they capped a 14-1 season with a 12-0 win over fourth-seeded McCurdy in Friday’s Class 1-2A championship at the […]

Rams set for state track

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Portales track coach Glenn Johnson talks about positioning in the exchange zone on a relay with Taryn Kizer, center, and Abree Aldaz.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The Portales High track teams used quality and quantity last weekend, as more than five dozen athletes helped Portales roll to its first district track title at least two decades. But going into the University of New Mexico today, Portales is going to have to hope its quality holds […]

PHS splits in first day at state

Staff report The bad news for Portales? The Rams open Friday play at the state softball tournament in the loser’s bracket they hoped to avoid. The good news? Without a stellar Thursday from junior Kiersten Ramirez, third-seeded Portales might not be worrying about Friday’s games all. Following a 4-3, eight-inning loss to Hope Christian Thursday […]

Bloomfield ousts Portales

Staff report Dating back to Portales coach Dusty Nusser’s time as an assistant, the Portales Rams had great luck at La Cueva High School, the site of their Class 4A state quarterfinal Thursday. Their opponent, the Bloomfield Bobcats, had the recent history of playoff success, dating back to their 2013 first-round win over the Rams. […]

ENMU’s Szych earns national berth

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has been chosen for a spot in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, scheduled for May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, will compete in the women’s 800. She had earned a provisional bid, but qualified officially on Wednesday with the No. […]

Rams Rio Rancho bound

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Portales senior third baseman Victoria Cordova practices batting Wednesday afternoon at the Portales High School indoor practice facility. Portales plays Hope Christian at 9 a.m. at Sue V. Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com As long as the Portales Rams bring their bats to the Class 4A state softball tournament, senior shortstop Kailee Ramirez said, they should be all right. “Our defense is tough all the time,” Ramirez said, “but we have to bring our sticks.” Ramirez’ bat was already waiting for her […]

Portales to test Bobcats

Staff report A big challenge for the Portales Rams heading to Albuquerque is convincing the kids that no matter the stakes, Thursday’s quarterfinal against Bloomfield is just another game. If a postseason text message was any indication, coach Dusty Nusser said, the fourth-seeded Rams should be about where they need to be for the noon […]

Slow start dooms Broncos in 1-2A

Staff report RIO RANCHO — The sixth seed wasn’t a detriment to the Logan Longhorns Wednesday, at least not with Wyatt Strand on the mound. The Longhorn ace, who will play football for Eastern New Mexico University next season, was solid in Logan’s 8-6 Class 1-2A quarterfinal win over third-seeded Floyd at Sue V. Cleveland […]

Rowley finishes in tie for sixth

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams couldn’t overhaul Silver to escape the cellar on Tuesday in the Class 1-4A state golf tournament at the Canyon Club, but they did come home with a medal to show for their efforts. Junior Bailey Rowley followed up Monday’s 96 with a round of 97 on Tuesday, […]

Broncos to face Logan to open baseball tournament

Staff report RIO RANCHO — The Floyd Broncos will take the No. 3 seed into today’s quarterfinals in the Class 1-2A state baseball tournament. Floyd (15-6) meets sixth-seeded Logan (10-9) in the first of four games today, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Cleveland High School. The Broncos won three games against the Longhorns in late […]

Szych sets school, league marks in LSC track

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior  Klaudia Szych earned one of two wins for Eastern New Mexico University’s women over the weekend in Lone Star Conference track meet, also breaking a school and LSC record in the process. Szych, a junior from Szczecin, Poland, ran a time of 2 minutes, 11.53 seconds in the […]

Lady Rams’ Rowley bids for state medal

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Junior Bailey Rowley is in the hunt for a medal in the Class 1-4A girls state golf tournament at The Canyon Club. As for the rest of the Portales Lady Rams, it was a day of struggle. Rowley shot a 96 in Monday’s first round of the 36-hole event, placing her […]