Vail makes return to Portales

By Kevin Wilson Basketball took Matt Vail from Grants to Portales to Las Vegas, N.M., to Montana and back to Grants. For one night, it brought him back to Portales as well. Vail, a former standout for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, was on the bench as an assistant coach for the […]

Murray coaches, collect memories

By Kevin Wilson John Murray collects all kinds of things, from a record collection that exceeds 7,000 vinyl discs to a grouping of toys that would make his office a good subject for a VH1 “I Love the 80s” special. His most valuable collection, though, grows in a file folder. It is a collection of […]

ACL spells danger for local athletes

Kevin Wilson It was a play like any other for Megan Kabrick. The Portales High School sophomore was trying to prevent teammate Roni Gomez from getting screened in a December game against Santa Fe. The 5-foot-10 post jumped in the way, hyperextending her left knee in an ensuing collision. But this play wasn’t like any […]

A family affair for Richards, Richards

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By Kevin Wilson A family reunion is never far away for Kassandra and Ashleah Richards. It happens with every game and every practice for the Portales girls basketball team. The sisters are hoping to have a few more family reunions, with state championships in basketball and softball as a backdrop. “Our state championship just brought […]

Portales boys look to bounce back

Kevin Wilson It’s not the question of the century for the Ram basketball team. Rather, it’s the question of the half-century mark. Since winning its first two games, Portales has suffered a four-game losing streak. Every team that has beaten the Rams this season has scored at least 50, including Robertson in a 50-49 overtime […]

Lady Rams looking to repeat

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By Kevin Wilson For that small period of time where basketball practices overlapped the end of volleyball season, it felt like there were two coaches named Gomez at each Lady Ram basketball practice. While Brenda Gomez got ready for her 17th season as Portales coach, senior point guard Roni was doing on-the-court training with her […]

Rams’ fans can reminisce with Zias’ game

Kevin Wilson The Portales girls basketball team opens its season on Dec. 2, but those looking to reminisce might want to wait for a Dec. 16 game at Greyhound Arena. The Eastern New Mexico University women’s team is hosting West Texas A&M that night in its home debut. This year’s Zia roster reunites junior guards […]

Carpenter adjusting to college basketball

By Kevin Wilson Matt Carpenter used to step on the Greyhound Arena floor as part of an annual tradition called the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Now he steps on the court as part of a daily routine called practice. It’s one of many transitions the Dora native and Eastern New Mexico University freshman […]

ENMU guard described as smart, tough

Rick White Making adjustments is part of life and basketball. On the court, former Clovis High standout Irshaun Pinckney went from overpowering opponents in the paint to outsmarting them on the perimeter. Off the court, he’s changed his major but still values an education. Too small to play post at the college level and lacking […]

Shallenberger honored by ENMU

By Dave Wagner Two Clovis prep coaches expressed surprise and gratitude for their induction with nine others on Saturday into Eastern New Mexico University’s Athletics Hall of Honors. Shallenberger, a Portales High graduate, played just one season at Eastern, but it was a memorable one. After two years at Cochise College (Ariz.) and one year […]

Moore among 11 inductees

Freedom Newspapers Longtime women’s basketball coach Wayne Moore and two Clovis prep coaches are among 11 people scheduled to be inducted into the Eastern New Mexico University Athletics Hall of Honors during halftime of Saturday’s 2 p.m. football game against Angelo State at Blackwater Draw. Also being honored is Major Ron D. Milam, a guard […]

Johnson takes up football to keep on playing

By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Randy Johnson used up his college eligibility in basketball last spring at Eastern New Mexico University, but he wasn’t ready to give up sports. So he approached ENMU’s football coaches about the possibility of playing this fall. Given the chance during spring practice, the coaches liked what they saw […]

Buzard’s team sweeps five games down under

By Dave Wagner A group of Division II South Central Region women’s basketball players coached by Eastern New Mexico University’s Dan Buzard swept five games on a trip to Barbados late last month, although the competition wasn’t what the team had hoped to see. With the tiny West Indies island involved in a national tournament, […]

Portales athletes do double duty

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By Kevin Wilson Saturday afternoon saw Austin Pullen and Tyler Johnson on the football field, battling Clovis and Bovina, Texas, in 7-on-7 action. Sunday evening saw the pair on the basketball court, battling teams from across New Mexico and Texas in 5-on-5 action. A few months from now, they’ll be doing the same thing, except […]

Roybal out as Fort Sumner coach

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]