Roping champ Orcutt readies for finals

Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the first in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeo coach Bobby Grimes said one of Lynde Orcutt’s best qualities is her selflessness on the basketball court and in the rodeo circuit. “She doesn’t get mad [...]

PLK takes two of three

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Scoring runs had never been a problem for the Portales Lady Krew softball team. From early indications, defense is not a problem either. The PLK scored more runs than any other team in last year’s USSSA state tournament, but finished fifth. Now, the 14-and-under squad is excelling in both facets [...]

Orlando trip part of busy summer for Carter

By Kevin Wilson When Chris Carter spends his school days at Portales High School, he makes every attempt not to wear his Amateur Athletic Union shirt, which shares the Wildcat name with rivals Clovis and Lovington. “Wildcats, huh?” is the comment the PHS junior-to-be said he hears most often. During the summer, however, he splits [...]

Gallegos, Rams prepare for summer play

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By Kevin Wilson It seems like yesterday, not years ago, that Portales coach Mark Gallegos saw campers like Cory Guy and Chris Carter at the Ram Basketball Fundamentals Camp. Now, Guy has graduated and Carter is one of several former campers who are helping the coaching staff run the twice-a-day camp this week at Portales [...]

Church league loaded

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By Kevin Wilson For almost as long as churches have been a staple of Portales, so too has church softball. The summer league is just as much a part of Portales summers as rodeo and dust storms and it has grown from a 12-team league to a 24-team league in only about five years. “It [...]

Attack defeat Sparks again in AAU title game

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Although the Portales Sparks lost by nearly an identical score in a rematch with the Albuquerque Attack on Sunday, the AAU championship game for 12 & under girls didn’t feel nearly as close as the day before. The Attack and Sparks both earned the right to go to the national [...]

Sparks held off by Attack in semifinal

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Before the state AAU girls basketball championships began in Clovis this weekend, Albuquerque Attack coach Ruben Muniz took his daughter to Portales to visit his alma mater. Muniz earned an master’s in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 1979 and his daughter, Megan, plays on the 12-and-under team [...]

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 [...]

Portales high finishes off successful season

By Kevin Wilson Portales High School concluded another year of athletics, with trophies in some sports and missed expectations in others. The Portales volleyball team started the year with one of the more difficult tasks in the state — defending a state championship despite losing 10 seniors. Behind second-year coach Ruth Chavez, the Lady Rams [...]

Jones racing team has high hopes

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By Eric Butler CLOVIS — His first rule is nothing gets in the way of family, that’s why Memorial Day weekend will be filled with racing for the Clovis-based Curt Jones Racing team at the Texas Nationals for IMCA-modified cars. Jones, driver Roger Dial and crew chief Art Ferro will make their way to the [...]