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 [...]