Webcasts connecting sports fans from afar

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers The Internet is making it easier for sports fans to keep in touch with their favorite high schools and college teams. Take, for example, the case of former Clovis resident Mike Craven. Today, he lives in Lakewood, Colo., 450 miles away from his beloved Wildcats and the radio stations that broadcast [...]

Four N.M. newspapers win ‘best of show’

The Associated Press The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Tribune, Hobbs News-Sun, The Durango Herald and Clovis News Journal won top honors Saturday in the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest. Awards for excellence in news coverage for 2004 were given in three circulation divisions for newspapers in New Mexico, as well [...]

There’s not always a “bad guy” and “good guy”

By Jim Lee The recent outbreak of violence at sporting events nudged me into some reflection. Something really big usually has to happen to jumpstart my thought processes, so those nasty little episodes with the athletes and spectators must be something more than hype to get us to gawk at CNN. Getting my mind in [...]

Zias’ matches to be on radio, internet

PNT Staff Matches involving Eastern New Mexico University in this weekend’s NCAA Division II Southwest Regional volleyball tournament at Kearney, Neb., will be broadcast on KSEL-AM 1450 and on the internet through TRL/Teamline, according to a release from ENMU sports information director Robert McKinney. The Zias (24-8) face Mesa State (22-9) in a 4 p.m. [...]

Catholics embrace athletic competitions

By Helena Rodriguez Sports is so powerful in our collective psyche that everybody wants to win, says Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. And for this, Hitt said that Pope John Paul’s designation of a new sports department at the Vatican on Tuesday to help the Catholic church evangelize is [...]

Former Greyhound transforms into successful sports management CEO

By Dave Wagner Former Eastern New Mexico University football player and golfer Steve Loy has carved out a successful career for himself in the sports world since his playing days. The 52-year-old Albuquerque native spent several years as a successful college coach and administrator, and now serves as managing partner/president and CEO of Gaylord Sports [...]

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 [...]

Wilson named managing editor in Portales

Freedom Newspapers Kevin Wilson has been named managing editor for the Portales News-Tribune. The managing editor oversees day-to-day operations of the newsroom. Wilson succeeds Mike Linn, who has accepted a position with the Clovis News Journal. The Clovis and Portales papers are owned by Freedom Newspapers, Inc. Wilson is a 2000 graduate of Eastern New [...]

Sports buff appreciates teachers

PNT Staff Name: Charles L. Abbott (goes to Chuck) Occupation: Owner of Big League Sports in Portales. Age (birth date): 47 (April 22, 1956). Hometown: Albuquerque Family: Married August 2, 1987 to Jeannie Yvette Dodson (goes by Yvette); one daughter, Brittany Noel, Born Dec. 17, 1987 (16), a sophomore at Portales High School. Do you [...]

Injury-prone rodeos don’t report many deaths

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week [...]