Libero usage may vary

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. The libero is […]

Area coach wins 2,500

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent CLOVIS — When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like […]

Ram tradition continues with camp

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By Kevin Wilson In March, Mark Gallegos finished his seventh season as the coach of the Portales Rams. This week, he’s working on his seventh Ram Fundamental basketball camp. Though one has trailed the other chronologically for seven years, he sees the camps as something other than a symbolic closing of each season. “This is […]

ENMU represented by dozen athletes in all-star game

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Twelve players who are planning to walk on in football at Eastern New Mexico University are slated to participate in the first West Texas Football Classic, a benefit game set for June 4 at Lowery Field. Playing for the North squad are Tyler Caffey of Plains, Omar Jordan and Randy McBrewer […]

City renews agreement

By Tony Parra City councilors unanimously approved to renew their annual membership with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments so that EPCOG administrators can provide services to bring funding, housing and businesses to Portales. Councilors approved during the city meeting on Tuesday to pay the EPCOG $2,577 as an annual membership for services such as […]

ENMU gets physical — again

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By Kevin Wilson For the second time in as many years, teachers and athletes at Eastern New Mexico University took a day to show local children how important education was — in a physical sense. Greyhound Arena played host Saturday to the university’s second annual physical education day, a part of the national P.E. day […]

Long, Ruiz named six-man All-Americans

By Dave Wagner Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz and Floyd’s Jerrod Long are known as two of the best six-man football players in the state. Now they’ll be known as two of the best six-man players in the country. Six-Man Illustrated, a publication dedicated to six-man football based out of Big Spring (Texas), named Ruiz and Long […]

ENMU’s Howard named All-American

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, becoming the third ENMU player chosen to the elite squad in 11 seasons. Howard led the Greyhounds in tackles in each of the past two years. In the 2004 campaign, he intercepted […]

Lady Rams unable to overcome early deficit

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — Even the midst of a major comeback attempt, the burden of an 0-3 start and frustration over the quality of play boiled over for Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez on Thursday. In a 37-31 loss to Dallas J.F. Kimball in the quartefinals of the Mel Otero Invite, Gomez shouted […]

Dora sweeps openers at House

HOUSE — Junior forward J.R. Gonzales led four Dora players in double figures and the Coyotes opened their season with a 71-50 victory over House on Tuesday night. Tyler Wilhoit added 13 points, Brent Hays 12 and Austin Prewett 11 for the Coyotes. Senior Nathanial Foust scored 32 points for the Cowboys, and Lee Griggs […]

KGB game draws ire of police

By David Irvin The streets, alleys and lawns of Clovis serve as the playing fields. The players are high schoolers, college students and young adults. The point is to go undetected for long periods of time while traveling on foot, at night, across town. Get ready, KGB may be coming to a street near you. […]

Broncos seek quick transition to basketball

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Jeff Gillespie knows his Floyd boys basketball team may need a little time to adjust after most of his players were participating in the state six-man football championship four days ago against Melrose. With only two practices to get ready for Monday’s opener at Tatum, Gillespie warned not to expect […]

Hounds, Zias begin basketball practice today

By Dave Wagner It took Shawn Scanlan two years to bring the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team from a 4-22 record and the basement of the Lone Star Conference South Division to back-to-back championships. Scanlan said the Greyhounds, who begin organized practice this afternoon, have conditioned well in preseason and he thinks it’s […]

ENMU players search for missing woman

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University football team called off Tuesday’s practice and traveled to Alamogordo to help search for a former player’s mother who’s been missing since Friday. ENMU head coach Bud Elliott, his coaching staff and about 50 players participated in the search for Vicky Lynn. She is the mother of […]

Broncos hope to learn on the fly

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Floyd six-man football coach Jeff Gillespie says the Broncos have experience coming back this season — just not “experience experience.” What the team’s third-year coach means is that several players are back who have played varsity football in the past, but not necesarily started. “I’m pleased with what we’ve done […]

ENMU soccer team hires new assistant

By Dave Wagner Travis McCorkle has had a full plate the past couple of weeks. Not only is McCorkle preparing to coach two soccer teams at Eastern New Mexico University this fall, he’s been busy trying to fill his assistant coach’s position over the past couple of weeks after Rich Stoneman, hired in the spring, […]

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 […]

ENMU athletes making the grade(s)

By Dave Wagner Coaches at the college level are faced with a two-fold task — recruit good enough athletes to be competitive on the playing field while also trying to help them achieve academic success as they prepare for the “real” world. Eastern New Mexico University appears to have found a good balance based on […]

PHS players ready to fend for selves

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis team probably won’t spend much of Wednesday and Thursday wondering if the girls team can defend its Class 1A-3A championship. That’s because the tennis program should be busy enough in individual competition. In total, nine players will represent Portales in individual competition. “In 30 years of going, we’ve […]

Shooting for district

Kevin Wilson The Portales High golf teams are at Roswell today, in search of something they don’t need, but want just the same. Roswell, more specifically New Mexico Military Institute, is the site for the District 1A-3A championship. The spoils of victory? An automatic berth to next week’s state tournament in Kirtland. Both Portales teams […]