ENMU players picked up for NBC tourney

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Playing for the Amarillo-based West Texas Outlaws in the wood-bat Red River League, Eastern New Mexico University baseball players Seth Clabaugh and Clayton Young will have their summer seasons extended. Both were picked up by the Oklahoma A’s, another league member featuring mostly players from fellow Lone Star Conference schools […]

Roosevelt Zaps Zia 15-0

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County 10-11 year old All-Stars are headed to the New Mexico state championship tournament in Taos later this month after beating the Clovis Zia All-Stars 15-0 in four innings in the District 3 championship game Tuesday night at Portales’ Rotary Park. “Today we hit the ball well,” […]

Elida fights hard, but loses in state semi’s

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. In a Class 1A state semifinal, Thursday morning in Los Lunas, Ward inserted reliever Caleb Widner in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team […]

Lady Rams reach first state title game

By Eric Butler: Freedom correspondent FARMINGTON — One step away from a softball state championship was pretty foreign territory indeed for Portales and Santa Fe Indian School on Friday night. But, after quarterfinal victories earlier in the day at the Class 3A tournament in Farmington, the Rams and Lady Braves were poised to make some […]

Seven Zias tapped by LSC

Freedom Newspapwers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico freshman outfielder Alex Mayo Otis has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division softball team, released on Tuesday by the conference office. Mayo Otis, from Phoenix, was one of seven Zias recognized by the conference. She finished fourth in the LSC in hitting at .436, […]

Rams sweep district doubleheader

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mickey_winfield@link.freedom.com With four games left in their district regular season, the Portales Rams put themselves in position to battle for the district championship with a sweep of the New Mexico Military Institute Colts Saturday at Portales High School 4-0 and 6-3. “(These wins) put us in a good situation for the rest of the way,” […]

Zias sweep ACU, improve playoff chances

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were smoking on Sunday, helping the Zias greatly improved their position in the battle for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. ENMU used consecutive big innings to outlast Abilene Christian 13-9 in the opener, then rode a five-hit pitching performance from freshman Kristen Cruickshank to […]

Texico beats Elida in second game at new field

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — A brisk south breeze blowing toward left field made a difference in the first inning, and the Elida Tigers could not recover. Casey Crist and Jesse Walthers hit towering two-run homers in the opening frame while freshman Seth Bailey went 4-for-4 at the plate and pitched six solid […]

Greyhounds battle well, but lose to Cowboys

Freedom Newspapers Maybe the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team should have played New Mexico Highlands early in the season. The Greyhounds fared much better against the Cowboys than in their earlier clash, but the result was the same — an 11-7 loss on Tuesday night at Greyhound Field. Two weeks earlier, Highlands (25-13) pounded […]

Goddard Rockets blast Ram baseball

PNT Staff Report Junior pitcher Justin Cooper held the Portales Rams hitless through three innings, striking out six as the Goddard Rockets posted seven runs in the first inning, and went on to beat Portales 13-3 Thursday at Roswell’s Joe Bauman Coke Field. “We came out really flat,” Portales head coach Arturo Ontiveros said. “Every […]

April 15, 1970

Several million gallons of water were lost after a telephone crew hit a water main that was located between South Avenue J and K on West Fir. Valley TV was selling Avocado colored nylon high-low textured carpet for $3.49 per square yard. Miss Juanita Hancock was elected to serve a second term as president of […]

911 tornado call transcripts

The following conversations are samples of calls being taken simultaneously by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: If […]

Zias get pounded at New Mexico

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University’s foray into Division I Tuesday night didn’t go too well. The Zias scored first, but by the second inning they were out of contention and were handed a 19-2 pasting by the University of New Mexico. ENMU (20-18), which had won seven of its previous eight games, […]

Highlands Cowboys crush Greyhounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M — New Mexico Highlands had a run on the board before getting a hit on Tuesday against Eastern New Mexico University. That was certainly bad news for the Greyhounds. Once they started raking, the Cowboys pounded out 26 hits and rolled to a 24-5 rout in a non-conference clash. All […]

Tornado slams Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers The worst tornado in Clovis’ history struck the city’s southeast side Friday night, leaving more than a dozen injured and possibly hundreds of homes damaged. No deaths were reported, but officials said at least three patients at Plains Regional Medical Center were listed in critical condition. Rescue workers were still searching storm-ravaged homes […]

Zias lose four straight

Freedom Newspapers PHOENIX — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team has dropped four consecutive games in the Schutt Sports Division II Leadoff Classic, losing a doubleheader to Hawaii-Hilo on Wednesday by scores of 7-3 and 8-1, and falling Thursday to Central Washington 4-3 and to Cameron 10-5. The Zias (8-8) are slated to meet […]

Hounds sweep twin-bill

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team is off to another flying start. After opening with 16 wins in their first 20 games a year ago, the Greyhounds improved to 7-0 so far this spring on Saturday with a 9-2, 5-4 doubleheader sweep of Colorado School of Mines at Greyhound Field. The teams will […]

Zias beat WTAMU in softball tourney

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Freshman second baseman Rebecca Quinones delivered a one-out, two-run single to right in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Eastern New Mexico University softball team a seesaw 6-5 win Sunday over West Texas A&M in the Angelo State Classic. The Zias came back to pound UT-Permian Basin 7-1 […]

Zias beat Highlands Cowgirls for fifth win in six games

Freedom Newspapers Senior guard Heather Brown hit five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points Monday to lead the Eastern New Mexico University Zias a 75-56 win over New Mexico Highlands. It was Zias fifth win in six games. The Zias (7-2) pulled away early in the second-half as Brown hit her fourth 3-pointer of the […]

Rams rebound, beat Aztec Tigers

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos hoped his team would give a better effort Saturday against Aztec than they did Friday night against Carlsbad, and they did. The Rams hit 10 of 16 free throws in the fourth period, and beat the visiting Aztec Tigers 40-35 Saturday afternoon at […]