Ceremony to honor Bombers

Kevin Wilson The Booth-Powell Bombers love softball, and they love Portales. Saturday gives them an opportunity to give their thanks to both. The 1966 Booth-Powell Bombers, a Portales fastpitch softball team that won the Cactus Region Tournament and advanced to the National Softball Tournament in Indianapolis, will be honored during an 11:30 a.m. pre-game ceremony […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Hereford

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales High boys and girls tennis teams pushed their records to 7-2 overall Monday, taking a pair of 9-0 wins against Hereford. The matches were part of a three-team set previously scheduled for Feb. 13-14, but were delayed due to inclement weather. Portales will finish the series at 3 p.m. […]

PHS tennis teams split Saturday matches

Freedom Newspapers Both Portales teams split a pair of home matches Saturday, moving them to 3-2 on the season. The Ram boys defeated Amarillo Caprock 7-2 in their opener, but dropped a 9-0 decision in the second match against defending Class 1A-3A champion Las Vegas Robertson. The Portales girls, meanwhile, defeated Robertson 8-1 and lost […]

Portales tennis teams finish third at Goddard

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Both Portales teams responded from a tough opening match, and each finished in third place at the Goddard Invitational tennis tournament, held Friday and Saturday by Goddard and Roswell High School. The tournament puts both Portales teams at 2-1 on the season heading into its home opener. PHS faces Caprock, Texas, […]

Greyhounds embark on pivotal road games in LSC south

Dave Wagner Sam Walker isn’t sure how you’d handicap the Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball race. You can understand why the fourth-year Texas A&M-Commerce coach would feel that way. Four of the division’s seven teams finished pre-South play with records of 10-5, while the other three were 9-6. While it’s dangerous to put […]

Portales Junior High News

Thank You Parents During parent/teacher conferences 324 people signed in representing 85 percent of our students. Principal Steve Harris expressed his appreciation for all who came to visit about their children’s grades. He states that by parents and teachers working with students as a team effort, students receive the most from their education experience at PJHS. […]

ENMU faces 3rd-ranked Tarleton St.

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Dave Wagner Technically, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has one Lone Star Conference crossover game remaining before beginning its South Division schedule next week. But as far as coach Shawn Scanlan is concerned, the Greyhounds essentially start defense of their division crown tonight when they entertain defending North co-champion Tarleton State in […]

Dora teams swept by Logan

Freedom Newspapers DORA — It was a story of free throws for both Dora basketball teams on Saturday night. Both Coyote teams were outshot from the charity stripe, and both Coyote teams lost close games. Saturday at Guy Luscombe Gymnasium. Kirk Burns had 27 to lead three Longhorns in double figures, and Logan outscored Dora […]

Lady Rams beaten in Mel Otero title game

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — Chances over the past few years are that if the Portales and Rio Rancho girls basketball teams end up in the same tournament and they meet at all, it’ll be in a championship game. The two teams, both nicknamed Rams, have met twice for titles in the St. Michael’s […]

Greyhound mascot needs a replacement

Bob Huber It’s Christmas time again, and I’ve found a unique gift for my favorite college student. I’m providing her with a new mascot for her university. I’ll bet your favorite students are tired of jokes about their mascot too. You see, my student’s athletic teams are the “Greyhounds,” a bony, bald canine suitable only […]

Dora boys’ home streak extended to 23

Kevin Wilson The Dora boys basketball team has done a lot of things over the last few seasons: won a Class 1A championship, ended a 30-year EPAC title drought and they have a former player (Matt Carpenter) playing for the Eastern New Mexico men’s team. There is something the Coyotes haven’t done lately, though — […]

ENMU coach concerned in crossover matchups

By Dave Wagner Record-wise, Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State men’s basketball teams aren’t the imposing foes they were last season. Still, Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan is more concerned about getting the Greyhounds’ ship on course when they travel to Oklahoma for Lone Star Conference crossover matchups against the Bronchos and defending […]

ENMU runners have work cut out for them

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Greg LaSage knows his Greyhounds and Zias have their work cut out in Saturday’s South Central Region meet at Commerce, Texas. “The teams that beat us in the (Lone Star) Conference meet are all ranked in the top 10 in the region,” said LaSage, whose squads […]

Rams, Wildcats fight for playoff lives

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By Kevin Wilson Even with the district rivalry, it’s safe to say the Portales Rams and Lovington Wildcats share some common bonds. The approaches are the same, as Portales coach Glen Johnson could tell you. “The only similarities,” Johnson said, “(are) we spread the field, throw the football, (we’re) not afraid to run the football […]

Couples compete at PCC tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Being a couple at the Portales Country Club this weekend is unlike being a couple anywhere else. Under most circumstances, a couple is considered to be a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend. At this weekend’s Portales Country Club Couples Tournament, the only requirement is that one member of the team be […]

Custom Classic tournament to be biggest ever

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]

Summer league helps Rams work on skills

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning, Mendoza and six high schools have formed […]

Scanlan and staff prepare for annual camps

By Kevin Wilson Sometimes less is more, but not so at the Eastern New Mexico University team camps. Shawn Scanlan, the men’s basketball coach at ENMU, is expecting a small, but understandable decline in teams at this year’s camps, which run June 15-28. The camp has grown from 35 teams since Scanlan first ran it […]

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 […]

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 […]