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 […]

Unique gifts

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Sharna Johnson, Kevin Wilson, and Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapsers Editor’s note: Reporters from the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun went shopping this week. Their mission: Find the weirdest Christmas gifts possible. Here’s what they came up with: What it is: Spanish sword Price: $48 Where: NoWhereElse, Portales. What it does: The […]

Group trying to make pitch for fast-pitch

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

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 […]

Former Tech standout trying to sharpen game with new Lubbock team

By Dave Wagner FARWELL, Texas — Former Texas Tech standout Sheryl Swoopes is one of the WNBA’s few remaining original players. Still, as she approaches her 34th birthday next week, she’s challenging herself to maintain a high level of play. Swoopes signed a contract last month to play with the expansion Lubbock Hawks of the […]

Not all heroes enter Hall of Fame

By Kevin Wilson Sunday started out to be a pretty good day, by most standards. Errands were getting done left and right, and the NBA All-Star game was hours away. That’s when I decided to check the sports news, and everything changed. You might have missed the news because it was sandwiched in between stories […]

DeHoyos latches on with new minor league squad

By Dave Wagner Gabe DeHoyos was a mainstay in the starting rotation during his days at Eastern New Mexico University. In his third season of professional baseball, the 6-foot, 220-pound right-hander has made a successful transition to closer. The Kansas City Royals signed the Artesia native to a contract on July 16 and sent him […]

Baseball class will be offered at Eastern

By Rick White Kay Reed loved playing baseball growing up on the West Coast. She remembers sitting on the bench and packing her cheeks full of Big League bubble gum. Her uncle, a former minor league player and coach, would give Reed and his sister tips. She also enjoys watching baseball, especially in person. She’s […]

Training camps in full force on Tuesday

By Tony Parra Tennis season for Portales High School is over, and now the students are becoming the teachers. Portales tennis coach Bill Wahlman is coordinating the annual city tennis league as one of two sport recreation activities offered through the city. There is also an arts/crafts recreation activity offered by the city, which begins […]

Portales, Clovis boys get to know each other

By Dave Wagner If they don’t already, the Clovis and Portales High boys basketball teams should get to know each other pretty well over the next few weeks. The Wildcats and Rams squared off Tuesday night in the opening game of CHS’ boys summer basketball league, scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights through mid-June at […]