Elida seniors celebrate graduation

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Seven Elida teenagers have closed the book on one chapter of their lives and are about to set sail on another. Ron Haley, Brandy Hudson, Tanner Kube, Daniel Lee, Alicia Cross Smith, Lindsey Ward and Caleb Widener comprise Elida’s seven member class of ‘07 and Saturday was their night. [...]

Elida fights hard, but loses in state semi’s

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. In a Class 1A state semifinal, Thursday morning in Los Lunas, Ward inserted reliever Caleb Widner in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team [...]

Elida Tigers are determined to advance in state playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Elida head baseball coach Jimmy Ward says he’s not repeating the mistake he made last May that brought the Tigers an early exit from the Class 1A state playoffs — this time, he’s not looking ahead and he’s starting hard throwing junior Wesley Gilmore in Elida’s state quarterfinal game [...]

Tigers unload on Broncos

PNT Staff Report Active Elida bats complemented a live Elida arm as the Tigers used two five-run innings to beat Floyd 12-1 in five innings Monday night. Junior pitcher Wesley Gilmore confounded the Broncos, allowing one run on three hits. Gilmore struck out 10. “He threw very well,” Elida coach Jimmy Ward said. “We’re about [...]

Elida edges Portales JV

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PNT Staff Report The Elida Tigers played extra baseball against the Portales JV Monday night at Portales and won in eight innings 10-9. The Tigers (3-2) are still tinkering with their pitching staff as Ben Massey started the game and pitched two innings. Caleb Widener pitched two innings as well. Junior Wesley Gilmore threw for [...]

Elida beats Texico on diamond

Freedom Newspapers DEXTER—A big third inning rallied Elida past Texico and lifted the Tigers to their first win of the young baseball season 8-4 over the Wolverines this morning in the annual Hal Bogle tournament in Dexter. Texico scored two runs in each of the first two innings to lead 4-1 heading into the third [...]

Elida, Dora defeated in diamond debut

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Elida Tiger and Dora Coyote baseball teams began their seasons at different tournaments around southeastern New Mexico but came home with the same result Thursday night. Elida lost in the first round of the Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter to the host Demons 13-3 in five innings, while [...]

Police release new information about kidnapping

Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI released [...]

New Orleans’ Mayor Nagin little too edgy

By Freedom Newspapers Ray Nagin must find it hard to walk with a foot perpetually lodged in his mouth. The New Orleans mayor was at it again last week, trashing New York’s Ground Zero rebuilding efforts in a pathetic attempt to deflect criticism over the slow progress in cleaning up his city’s Ninth Ward. Nagin [...]

Tigers notch 1A tourney’s second seed

PNT staff After a 30-year absence from state baseball competition, the Elida Tigers could get used to this. Elida ended its long dry spell last season, reaching the Class 1A semifinals before losing to eventual runnerup Roswell Gateway Christian. Second-year coach Jimmy Dale Ward has led the Tigers (9-4) back to this year’s event, and [...]