Portales native to take over at Rio Rancho

PNT Staff According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Portales native Michael Worley has been offered and accepted the position of head football coach at Rio Rancho High School. After leaving Portales, Worley served as defensive coordinator at Artesia for 12 years helping the Bulldogs win nine state championships in that period. Worley reportedly beat […]

Educator retires after more than 4 decades

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Since the beginning of her career with Head Start in 1965, Gloria Ortega, of Portales, has witnessed many changes in the preschool program, most for the better, a few for the worse, says the recently-retired educator. More children are coming from single parent homes, being raised by grandparents or […]

Coaching news tops Portales’ spring sports

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about the year in sports locally. The birth of a new sports year in Roosevelt County began with the death of a local coaching legend, followed by the announcement of a new Zia basketball coach and a tennis state […]

Bulls can’t be cajoled into behaving

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I withdrew my plastic-sleeved arm from the cow and looked back down the alley. It was empty but I could see into the big crowding pen where a large bull stood placidly. My teenage son and my neighbor’s teenage daughter stood behind him trying to push him toward the chute. […]

Elida basketball

The Elida boys and girls basketball teams participated in the Anton Invitational basketball tournament Thursday. The Elida boys (1-1) got their first win of the young season, beating the hosts of the tournament, Anton, Texas 60-52. “We had great hustle, great defense, and an overall good team effort. We got lots of kids into the […]

Struggling Hounds, Javelinas clash

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Richard Cundiff is about to end a 22-year run as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the last seven as the head coach. This season hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped, but he certainly has company in Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo. Kingsville, which won four consecutive Lone Star […]

Legends are born from wild bullock tales

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “I’ve finally caught the wild bullock,” Marian told Dave over the phone. “Bring a big gun!” she said. It was a bright summer morning when Dave pulled into Marian’s stock farm in the northern part of New South Wales bush country. “He’s real nervous,” she explained. “He’s with the bull. […]

Ex-PHS assistant named head coach

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Former Portales High offensive coordinator Andy Correll has been hired to be the Rams’ new head football coach. A native of Knox City, Texas, Correll was chosen from seven candidates interviewed by the school. He was the offensive coordinator at PHS from 1999-2001, under outgoing head coach Glenn Johnson. […]

ENMU to announce women’s coach Monday

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled a press conference Monday at Greyhound Arena to announce its new women’s head basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Friday three candidates were brought in this week for interviews, but he and other school officials declined to release names. The school announced the press conference […]

Woman offers to shave head for Relay For Life

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By William Thompson A Portales woman will shave her head Feb. 24 if she raises $500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Greyhound Arena. Joan Brown, a math instructor at Eastern New Mexico University said she thought the possibility of shaving her head would raise big-time funds for cancer research. Brown has […]

Greyhound hoops squad set to begin

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University basketball teams are scheduled to begin practice at 7 p.m. today, the earliest starting time possible, at Greyhound Arena. Shawn Scanlan begins his sixth season as the men’s head coach while women’s coach Dan Buzard, who sat out last year with a cancerous brain tumor, returns for what will […]

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 […]

Career on the mark for ENMU coach

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In Mark Ribaudo’s office there are several different clues to untold stories — from family newspaper clippings to thank you letters from parents to framed photos of current and former players at Eastern New Mexico University. Another story lies about 15 feet away, in an office that belonged to former […]

Klafka leaving Zias

By Dave Wagner Dustin Klafka, who as acting head coach last season led the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 13-14 record, has accepted an assistant coaching position at a junior college in his hometown of Levelland, Texas. An ENMU graduate, Klafka stepped in last year while head coach Dan Buzard was […]

No sense comments from the Black side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist An Associated Press headline caught my attention: Crime rate falls, but prisons still full. Well, duh … where do you think the criminals are? Here are some more well, duh, comments: • “I train my horses with a 2-by-4, but they won’t let me touch their head.” • “We built […]

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 […]

Coaly represented regrettable challenge

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist I once had a rude experience with a horse named Coaly. He was a plow plug, a big, black Percheron with the combined disposition of a medieval executioner and Jack the Ripper. They don’t make animals like him anymore, and we’re lucky that way. To be more specific, he was […]

College could learn from Head Start

By Helena Rodriguez My 3-year-old niece Marissa wants to bypass Head Start and go straight to graduate school. Unlike her mom, Julie, who marched into the principal’s office in Head Start at age 4 and announced she was quitting school, Marissa simply wants to jump ahead. Marissa is in training right now — potty training […]

Tough to talk about days in Santa Fe

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, the Legislature is firklytootling again up north, which brings to mind a political alert for all citizens of New Mexico: “Stay in the roundhouse, Nellie. The senator can’t corner you there.” I had occasion to spend several character-building years in that round building we call the state […]

Dog days can be harmful to family

By Bob Huber In the years when I was forming, I attracted several pet dogs of dubious persuasion. One of them was so ugly we named him “Gag.” It was actually my father who named the dog while deep in the throes of a terminal malady called Boozus Griefus, or as they say in medical […]