Clovis hosting state girls AAU tournament

Freedom Newspapers Thirty teams from across the state, including two from the Denver area, are scheduled to participate in the New Mexico AAU girls basketball state tournament today through Sunday at several sites in Clovis. Brackets include 10-and-under through 16-and-under, except for the 14U division. Tournament director Jane Minor said a team from Albuquerque backed […]

Yankee coach and Elida baseball great Acosta killed

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Dan Howard of Elida lost a lifelong friend when Elida High School graduate and New York Yankees minor league manager Oscar Acosta, 49, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Howard and Acosta played baseball together at Elida High. Acosta was a star pitcher in […]

Spring fancy turns to baseball

By Karl Terry My earliest memories of playing baseball have to do with my cousins and my brother and I playing ball on Sunday afternoon in my grandparents’ front yard. We used a huge wooden bat and a great big mushy oversized softball, which could be bare-handed without doing too much damage to your fingers. […]

Hounds begin division play against Angelo

By Dave Wagner: PNT Sports Writer Phil Clabaugh has never seen anything like it. Clabaugh’s Eastern New Mexico University baseball team started the season on fire. After winning three of four from Southeastern Oklahoma in early March, the Greyhounds were sitting at 16-4. That was followed by a 10-game losing streak, including four-game sweeps by […]

Baseball squad tabbed for fifth

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Rickey’s ‘tenure’ enough for Hall of Fame

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer One of the most entertaining careers in the history of sports is about to come to an end, and I couldn’t be happier. I was watching Sportscenter late Monday night to find the anchors discussing Rickey Henderson’s impending retirement from baseball. While I’m sad to see Henderson go, I’m getting […]

Ward working hard toward career and family

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “It’s quiet and slow paced. Very dry and flat. Different from Oregon.” Q. Tell us about your parents: A. Father is deceased and Mother lives in Oregon Q. How have your children influenced your life? A. “They make me want to […]

Storytelling goes across entire spectrum

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor I like Dylan as much as Tom T. Hall. I like rain and snow and people with passion. I don’t like mornings much. My all-time favorite movie is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” but “Hud” is a close second and “Toy Story” is a close third. I love a […]

Former ENMU player takes reins as baseball coach

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present his […]

War puts catcher on farming path

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Len Santi had a chance to be a professional baseball player, but the military draft intervened. Nearly 60 years after the Japanese officially surrendered to bring an end to World War II, Santi says the intervention steered him to a life he never imagined for himself but enjoyed all the […]

Portales youth to play in national tournament

By Marc Schoder Portales native Iszac Valdez has been living and breathing baseball since the age of 2 years old. This lifestyle continues this weekend for Valdez, now 12. He will be playing with the Amarillo Diamondbacks when they go to New York this weekend for the Cooperstown Tournament. “The tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity […]

Little League baseball: It’s all in the genes

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Now comes Little League Baseball with its millions of fans who are so dedicated that each May they face east and, on cue from Williamsport, Pa., yell at the top of their lungs. The theory is that their howling creates gigantic gales which in turn slows the Earth’s rotation and […]

April 24 Dora School News

It’s hard to believe there are only about three weeks left to do tests and unwind before graduation. The first graduates will be the kindergarten students into first grade. They will be followed by the high school seniors. The final day of school is May 18. This week’s schedule Monday: Baseball team hosts Valley Christian […]

April 20 Obituaries

Rodney Wayne Burns Sr. Services: 1 p.m. Thursday at Kingswood United Methodist Church in Clovis. Rodney Wayne Burns Sr., 69, of Clovis, died Monday, April 18, 2005, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born Feb. 9, 1936, in Clovis, to Matt and Elva Burns. He married Diane Curry Hays in 1983. He graduated […]

4/3 Dora School News

Future Farmers of America Our FFA teams left Dora at 9 a.m. on Tuesday for the State Judging in Las Cruces. They returned Saturday about 6 p.m. We are anxious to hear their results. They have been doing really well so far. I will give a report on each team next week. Remember School will […]

Elida opens baseball season by beating Grady 9-5

ELIDA — Dylan Radcliff went 3-for-4 and eighth grader Cade Cathey homered Mondy to help Elida beat Grady 9-5 in the Tigers’ baseball opener. Freshman Wesley Gilmore pitched four innings to pick up the win. A junior varsity game was called because of darkness after three innings with the Bronchos leading 5-1. Elida returns to […]

March 13 Dora School News

It’s springtime at school also so the kids are all full of tricks, games and laughter. The younger ones rush, rush to be the first in the lunch lines, then rush through their meal so they can rush outside to the playground for some excitement before they have to rush back in for more studies. […]

March 6 Floyd School News

Upcoming events • New Mexico Standards Assessments Tests are Tuesday and Wednesday. • Booster Club will meet Monday at 6 p.m. • School board will meet March 14 at 7 p.m. • Report cards will be mailed March 16. • Spring Break is March 21-25. Athletics Baseball: Our first baseball game is March 17 at […]

ENMU-Mines baseball twin bill rained out

PNT Staff Saturday’s scheduled home opener for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team against Colorado School of Mines at Greyhound Field was postponed due to rain. ENMU coach Phil Clabaugh said everything was in shape to play until a brief rainshower hit around 10 a.m. on Saturday. Another shower followed that, leaving water standing […]

White wants to give back to community

By Bob Fabian Logan White was raised learning to love the game of baseball, but he’s had to make many changes in his path to the major leagues. He wants to make another change — one to give Portales youth a better chance to duplicate his success. “I want kids to think, ‘This guy used […]