Custom Classic remains popular

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Lubbock Ladies Second II None’s Brianna Mares hits a double in the top of the first inning during a game on Saturday in the 33rd Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. She later scored in the inning.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The 33rd Annual Custom Classic softball tournament is under way this weekend, but there are still plenty of softball games left at the Guy Leeder Complex which started at 7 p.m. on Friday and will finish today. Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma are participating in the event, […]

Custom Classic set next weekend

Staff report The 33rd annual Plateau Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament is slated for next weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with just over 100 teams participating in five divisions. Tournament director Roger Jackson said on Friday that a few slots remained available for the event. He said around 104 teams were already entered, and the […]

Women’s basketball team adds forward

STAFF REPORT Jorie Mayfield, a 5-foot-11 forward from Tempe, Arizona, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team next season. Mayfield, a transfer from Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College, helped the Artichokes post back-to-back playoff appearances in her two years at the school She averaged 9.7 […]

Crockett named to first team in Swiss pro league

STAFF REPORT Clovis High grad Jaye Crockett was named this week to the first team for the All-Swiss LNA, with awards announced Tuesday night. According to a post from eurobasket.com, Crockett was the forward of the year while playing for Massagno. He finished second in the league in scoring at 21 points per game and […]

ENMU: July finish possible for stadium

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A view of the northern end zone of the new Greyhound Stadium. Community members who had donated to the construction fund were given a sneak peak of the stadium Saturday afternoon and were free to inspect the field as well as the buildings that have been erected in the last year.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com There are now 98 days until the new Greyhound Stadium opens, with the Greyhounds hosting Western New Mexico. While the stadium is still being built, donors of the new stadium were given a sneak peak on Saturday as to what the stadium will hold. The basic structure of the […]

Waggoner introduced at ENMU

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Newly appointment ENMU Athletic Director Greg Waggoner talks during his press conference Friday morning inside Greyhound Arena.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — Greg Waggoner envisions a year of assessment as the new athleic director at Eastern New Mexico University. That year officially began Friday morning, as he was introduced during a morning ceremony. Waggoner, hired last week by the college, comes from a 20-year term as athletic director at […]

ENMU readies for sports camp season

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — With the school year complete, it’s time for sports camps throughout the summer months. Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a plethora of camps in the months of June and July ranging from fall football to winter basketball and even spring baseball. Starting with the camps that begin earliest, here’s […]

Clovis assistant heading to Lovington

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Casey Pack, who has been coaching in the eastern New Mexico area since 1994, is going to Lovington to take over the girl’s program. Pack is a 1985 Lovington graduate.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Casey Pack is going home. But it feels like he’s leaving home, too. Pack, who has roamed Roosevelt and Curry County basketball sidelines for 22 years, is leaving to take over the girls program at Lovington. The hire, made last week, was first reported by the Hobbs News-Sun. Pack […]

ENMU hires Waggoner as new athletic director

Greg Waggoner

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The search for ENMU’s new athletic director has come to a close. On Wednesday, the university announced that Western State Colorado University Athletic Director Greg Waggoner will fulfill the same role for Greyhound athletics on June 1. Waggoner has served as the athletic director at Western State for 20 […]

Cats’ Gallegos to play baseball at Southwest

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Clovis High senior Daniel Gallegos signed a letter-of-intent on Tuesday to play baseball next season for University of the Southwest in Hobbs. Gallegos posted a 4-6 record and a 2.41 earned run average for the Wildcats this season.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Daniel Gallegos stepped up in his role last season for the Clovis High baseball team. He now hopes to step up again as he moves on to the collegiate level. Gallegos on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play next season at University of the Southwest in Hobbs, […]

ENMU roundup: ENMU qualifies 6 to D-II nationals

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will send six athletes in four events to the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships May 26-28 in Bradenton, Florida. Senior Klaudia Szych of Szczecin, Poland, will return for the second year in a row in the women’s 800 after finishing 13th in last […]

State baseball, softball results — May 11-14

(Seeds in parentheses) BASEBALL Class 6A Thursday’s quarterfinals At Santa Ana Star Field, Albuquerque (2) Carlsbad 5, (7) Eldorado 3 (1) Rio Rancho 5, (9) Las Cruces High 1 (5) Rio Rancho Cleveland 7, (4) La Cueva 1 (6) Volcano Vista 3, (3) Rio Grande 1 At Isotopes Park, Albuquerque Friday’s semifinals Carlsbad 7, Volcano […]

State large-school track results — May 13-14

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 6A Team standings: 1. Rio Rancho Cleveland 67; 2. Volcano Vista 61; 3. Eldorado 47 1/2; 4. Alamogordo 46; 5.Rio Rancho 33; 6. (tie) Clovis and Manzano 26; 8. Onate 25; 9. (tie) Albuquerque High and Hobbs 24; 11. (tie) Atrisco Heritage and Mayfield 18; 13. Sandia 10 […]

STATE TRACK: Cats tie for sixth in 6A

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s bid for a state trophy (top-three finish) in Class 6A state track will have to wait another year. The Wildcats competed reasonably well on Saturday at the University of New Mexico track facility, but it wasn’t enough to get them where they wanted. CHS finished in a tie for […]

Rams thumped in 4A finals

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Senior shortstop Grant Wagner can’t corral a throw from second base, allowing a Sandia Prep runner to slide safely into first base during Saturday’s Class 4A state baseball championship game at the University of New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque. The Rams struggled with seven errors in the game and lost to the Sundevils 13-0.

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — It was a tale of two defenses in the Class 4A state baseball title game Saturday morning at Santa Ana Star Field, with the Portales Rams making seven errors in the field en route to a 13-0 thumping at the hands of top-seeded and defending champion Sandia Prep. […]

CHS athletes notch two wins at state

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Burgin Foster and junior Monay Phillips captured individual field event wins in on Friday’s opening day of Class 6A state track competition at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. Foster went an even 14 feet to capture boys pole vault competition, outlasting District 4-6A rival Colton Dean of Alamogordo, […]

PHS athletes compete well in 4A track

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — With the first day of the Class 4A state track meet completed, Portales athletes had a great showing in the preliminaries as they advanced in 10 races that will conclude today. In addition to the races, five Rams placed in the top-six in their field events. After […]

Wolverines beat Pecos for 3A title

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The Texico Wolverines celebrate their 6-2 win over the Pecos Panthers in Friday’s Class 3A state baseball championship game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. The championship was the first in baseball for the school since the 2005 season.

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Texico baseball coach Ty Thatcher saw how his team jumped on a struggling pitcher early in the game, and decided he wouldn’t let his starter’s potential troubles snowball into a rally for the opposition. It paid off, as Texico beat Pecos 6-2 on Friday afternoon at Isotopes Park […]

Wolverines cruise into 3A state baseball finals

Staff report RIO RANCHO — The top-seeded Texico Wolverines scored in all but one inning Thursday night to beat Estancia 9-1 in the Class 3A state baseball semifinals at Cleveland H.S., advancing to today’s noon champonship game against Pecos at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. Freshman Dalton Thatcher pitched a four-hitter for the Wolverines (24-4), losing […]

STATE 6A TRACK: Cats eyeing trophy

Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com It’s been a long time since Clovis High’s boys have earned a team trophy in state track competition. Could the Wildcats end that drought with a top-three finish in this weekend’s Class 6A meet at the University of New Mexico. Coach Darren Kelley is hopeful. “We could be anyplace from […]