Former prep stars control Zia fortunes

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By Kevin Wilson They were separated by one year, one classification and 28 miles. Now, they’re together with a determination to revive Zia basketball. Eastern New Mexico University junior guard Laci Lee and sophomore forward Elizabeth Richards represent some of the best talent from the last few seasons of New Mexico high school basketball, but […]

Zias look to prove polls wrong

By Dave Wagner Based on the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, expectations are low for the first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program. ENMU coach Travis McCorkle and his players are determined to disprove that notion. The Zias, who went 1-2 in preseason exhibition matches, open their inaugural season this weekend when they take […]

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 […]

PHS coaches pleased with opening week

By Kevin Wilson Going into the end of the week, both Portales High athletic teams are running smoothly, efficiently and (insert knocking sound here) injury-free. Practices started Monday for the PHS football and volleyball teams. Leading up to today’s practices, each coach is happy with the way the team is performing leading up to next […]

Zia soccer team prepares for inaugural season

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By Kevin Wilson The Zia soccer team is looking to earn respect in the Lone Star Conference this year, one practice and one song at a time. Members of the inaugural Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team are preparing for a 15-game regular season, starting Aug. 30 against College of the Southwest at Alamosa, […]

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, […]

Forfeit doesn’t stop Wildcats from season finale

By Kevin Wilson Prior to Thursday’s final City League softball game, the Wildcats pulled a steal of a trade. The new players? Ashley Flores, Hailey Quick and Caron Johnson — all from the Pros. The price? Nothing. The reason? There was a game to play, and the Wildcats didn’t want to end their season by […]

Softball league a family affair

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By Kevin Wilson Some people get a summer job. The Quick family has landed a family business. Between Lee Quick, his wife Dedra and his two daughters, the Portales Girls Softball League has become what Lee calls a “family operation.” And the league is keeping the Quicks’ hands full. The league, which Lee is directiing […]

Hill content with being a Wildcat … for now

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Staff Writer Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com CLOVIS — Under other circumstances, the sight of Morgan Hill in a Clovis jersey would be enough to scare her coaches at Portales High. This summer, she has their blessing. Hill, a 6-foot, 145-pound post, is playing with the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats team at this […]

ENMU on course with soccer program

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice on Aug. […]