Greyhounds shut out Angelo State

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — With tough road games looming against Lone Star Conference South Division powers Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Eastern New Mexico University football team figured it needed to regain some momentum. Rebounding from their first loss of the season last week at Abilene Christian, the Greyhounds pounded outmanned Angelo […]

Greyhounds looking to restore confidence

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By Dave Wagner After having a 4-0 start spoiled by Abilene Christian for the fourth time in five years, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott wonders if confidence is a problem for his team. ENMU returns to Blackwater Draw for Saturday’s 2 p.m. Homecoming game against Angelo State still ranked at No. 23 […]

Rams look to keep focus against Eunice

By Kevin Wilson The Rams are playing a Homecoming football game a Eunice team that they have outscored 123-13 over the last three meetings. But if the coaching staff gets what it wants, Portales will treat the visiting Eunice Cardinals like a defending state champion. “At this point of the season, it doesn’t matter who […]

Hounds look to break streak against ACU

By Dave Wagner Gary Gaines has had a tough time against most teams in his three-plus seasons as the Abilene Christian football coach. But even though the Wildcats are 3-0 against ENMU in that time — and have won four in a row in the series overall — Gaines isn’t exactly licking his chops at […]

Hounds look for 4-0 start

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By Dave Wagner This hasn’t been the kind of year Dennis Darnell expected. In the spring, the East Central football coach thought the Ada, Okla.-based Tigers were looking at a decent season. By the start of practice in August, though, he said ECU had lost around 16 players — including 10 potential starters — to […]

One-liners at least get you an extra dessert

Bob Huber It’s a freaky thing, I’ll admit, but I’m absorbed with gags. I pick them up at funerals, on bar stools, in church pews, the Internet, and even in the first class section of airliners, and the truth is I pilfer them with utter disregard for origins. Many of them sprout from scholars like […]

Confusion lingers, as a friend leaves for war

Helena Rodriguez Today our family friend, Tom Venzor, leaves to go help fight the war in Iraq. Today, one day after the second anniversary of that horrific day that continues to haunt us through vivid video footage and images, increased terror alerts and a war that continues on. It’s ironic. We just went to visit […]

Rams ready for Tularosa

By Kevin Wilson Other than a victory, there weren’t a lot of things the Portales Rams would like to replicate from Friday’s opener against West Las Vegas. But if there is one thing the Rams would like to keep the same from Friday’s 19-7 win, it would be the defense. Under a rain that helped […]

Greyhounds will key on defense

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By Dave Wagner If the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are to end a 20-year playoff drought, they will rely heavily on a veteran defense and an offense that has some explosive weapons. The Greyhounds have posted a 28-14 record over the past four seasons under head coach Bud Elliott, including 8-3 last year when […]

Volleyball tournament features many storylines

By Eric Butler The Clovis Lady Wildcats’ bid to win their own tournament for the first time is one of many storylines heading into this weekend’s seventh annual Lady Wildcats Invitational volleyball tournament. The 16-team tournament begins Friday morning with pool play at the high school and Marshall Junior High, with quarterfinals beginning at 2 […]

Rams to test new offense against West Las Vegas

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By Kevin Wilson Though he’s in pretty exclusive company right now, T.C. Nusser doesn’t consider himself a one-of-a-kind player by any means. When the Portales High senior comes into tonight’s 7 p.m. game against West Las Vegas at Greyhound Stadium, he’ll be the only player that has started in each of the last three season […]

Whether you have a holiday or a ‘jale-day,’ make it last

Helena Rodriguez Will your Labor Day be a holiday or a “jale-day?” “Jale” is Spanish slang for the word “work” and is pronounced something like “hah-leh,” so essentially holiday and “jale-day” are pronounced the same but mean two completely different things. “Jale-day” is a clever mix of Spanish and English and a great way for […]

Floyd looks to build new volleyball tradition

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By Kevin Wilson Sean Wootton started a new tradition following Monday’s Floyd volleyball practice, when he announced that players would eat lunch in his classroom every Wednesday. One tradition down, a much bigger one to go. “We’re trying to start a winning tradition,” said Wootton. “I know Floyd had some good teams in the late […]

Lady Rams look to reclaim 3A title

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By Kevin Wilson Including Saturday’s scrimmages, the Portales High volleyball team has four scheduled trips to Roswell this season. But the Lady Rams don’t want anything short of five. Roswell is the site for this year’s state volleyball championship, a familiar setting for PHS volleyball lately. Portales has won two of the last three Class […]

Rams change scrimmage plans

By Kevin Wilson Change is good. At least that’s how Glen Johnson sees it. The Portales Ram football team had an off day on Wednesday, but Johnson was at work to make some changes for this weekend’s scrimmage. Johnson didn’t like the prospect of having his team travel to Hobbs to play its junior varsity […]

Rams aim high with aerial attack

By Kevin Wilson It wasn’t a strong-armed quarterback or the graduation of Less Long that did it. It wasn’t the emergence of a potential all-state receiving corps. It was a film session a few seasons ago that let the Portales High Rams know they needed to throw the ball to get to the next level. […]

Greyhounds’ coach anticipates season

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott still looks forward to the start of practice each fall. A broken hip sustained during spring practice when he couldn’t avoid a collision on a play which spilled over the sideline has slowed Elliott a bit, but coaching football helps keep him […]

New Mexico Christian Academy will close this year for lack of funds

Mike Linn Citing overwhelming financial struggles, officials at the New Mexico Christian Academy on Tuesday decided the K-12 school would not be open this school year. Sherill Wofford, the school’s principal, said the academy may be open in the fall of 2004 if school officials can raise at least $350,000 to build a new school […]

Clovis gets revenge on Portales in title game

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By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ‘Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]

South County News, June 25

By Charlie Carmichael Mother Nature was up to old tricks again last week in South County. Arch, Causey and the Garrison-Richland areas were especially hit hard. Several farmers had sprinklers overturned and some destroyed. These were all on the irrigated fields. The Carmichaels saw a funnel in the air over the field just west of […]