LSC tabs Zias’ Ortiz for preseason honor

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ENMU junior Alyxandra “Xan” Ortiz, shown making a save during a match last season, was chosen the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer preseason goalkeeper of the year in a poll of league coaches and sports information directors, and media members.

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for last place in the six-team Lone Star Conference preseason soccer poll, but Zias junior Alyxandra “Xan” Ortiz has been chosen the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer preseason goalkeeper of the year. Ortiz, from Rio Rancho, started eight games for the Zias in 2013, […]

ENMU hosts youth baseball camp

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Savino Gonzales, 5, of Texico, exchanges a low five with ENMU assistant coach Matthew Sena after making a nice throw.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coaches conducted their third “prospects” camp of the year on Tuesday at Greyhound Field. From Wednesday through Friday, they’re busy looking at a younger group of potential prospects. About 25 players entering kindergarten through eighth grade, mainly from the immediate area, took […]

Zias picked eighth in LSC volleyball poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eight-time defending champion West Texas A&M has been tabbed the favorite again in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll. The Lady Buffs (35-4, 16-0 LSC a year ago) received all but two of 23 first-place votes and finished with 205 points in the poll. Angelo State, which got the other […]

Six ENMU players earn preseason All-American honors

Staff report PORTALES — Six members of the 2014 Eastern New Mexico University football squad have garnered preseason All-America status from USA College Football Division II All-American. Three of the players were first-team selections — running back Jordan Wells of Austin, Texas, and defensive backs Kevin Reaves and Darrelyn McCloud, both from Albuquerque. Wide receiver […]

Area rodeoers fall short in prep nationals

Staff report ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Recent Elida High graduate Hunter Haley made Saturday’s short go in the National High School Rodeo Association finals in goat tying, coming in 18th with a time of 12.97 seconds. Haley, who plans to rodeo in college at Eastern New Mexico University, finished 18th in the average at 30.95 […]

CHS linemen revel in drills at camp

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By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — While the “skill” players are off trying to either score touchdowns or prevent them, linemen in events like Friday’s 7-on-7 competition at Eastern New Mexico University have a different mindset. Taking on 10 drills during the day, none involving a football, the linemen compete for team honors […]

Zia 13-14s fall in 7th

Staff report BAYARD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars erased a three-run deficit late but fell in the bottom of the seventh inning to Silver City 6-5 in a winners bracket game of the state Little League Juniors (ages 13-14) baseball tournament. Trailing 5-2, Zia scored twice in the fifth and then tied it with two […]

CHS freshman golfer wins state driving, overall titles

Staff report ALBURQUERQUE — Clovis High golfer Raquel Anaya captgured first place in driving competition and overall on Wednesday in the 14-15 division of state Drive, Chip and Putt competition at the University of New Mexico’s main golf course. Anaya, who will be a freshman at CHS this fall, won the driving competition with 49 […]

Zia 13-14s capture state tourney opener

Staff report BAYARD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars broke open a tie game with a five-run, sixth-inning rally for a 7-3 win over Santa Rosa on Friday in the first round of the state 13-14 Little League tournament. With the score 2-2, Zia used five hits and a walk to all but put the game […]

ENMU hosts 500 players in 7-on-7

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Clovis senior defensive tackle Garren Bass hits a blocking dummy as he makes his way through the lineman challenge obstacle course relay on Friday at the ENMU practice facility.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University may have had fewer teams than it its previous two 7-on-7 football events, but Greyhounds coach Josh Lynn said more players were involved. A total of 30 teams participated in the 7-on-7, along with a lineman challenge, on Friday at the ENMU practice field. “We […]