Lady Buffs’ bats pound Zias again

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ENMU sophomore Susie Chandler reaches down to touch home plate with one of her three runs scored during the second game of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader at Zia Field. Chandler had a single, double and home run in the contest against the second-ranked Lady Buffs.

Staff report PORTALES — Suffice it to say, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team is glad to see the last of West Texas A&M for the season. The second-ranked Lady Buffs, who hit 13 homers in a pair of wins on Friday, completed a four-game Lone Star Conference sweep on Saturday with eight more long […]

Cats edged in twin bill at Carlsbad

Staff report CARLSBAD — Having beaten Carlsbad earlier in the season in a tournament at Rio Rancho, Clovis High’s baseball team brought high hopes going into Friday’s opening District 4-6A doubleheader against the Cavemen. It didn’t work out, though. The Cavemen rode a shutout performance from sophomore Trevor Rogers to a 3-0 win in the […]

Lady Cats’ Jones wins three events at Moriarty; boys take title

Staff report MORIARTY — Clovis High’s boys captured team honors in Friday’s Moriarty Invitational track meet, while the Lady Wildcats’ Shelby Jones put on a show of her own in the throwing events. Jones posted a triple in shot put, javelin and discus, including breaking her own school record in javelin at 131 feet, 9 […]

AWAY AT COLLEGE: Ex-CHS standout gets invite to WNBA camp

Antiesha Brown is looking to take a big step in her basketball career. The 5-foot-10 Brown, a 2010 Clovis High grad, participated in an invitation-only Women’s National Basketball Association tryout camp last Saturday at Tampa, Florida, in conjunction with the NCAA women’s Final Four. Brown, who recently completed her college eligibility at the University of […]

Cavegirls cruise past Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner
Sports writer
dwagner@cnjonline.com
Carlsbad softball coach Bobby Howard was a bit concerned about his squad on Friday. The Cavegirls had just a 3-1 lead after four innings in the first game of a District 4-6A-opening softball doubleheader against Clovis High at Lady Wildcat Field.
“I thought we were just kind of falling asleep,” Howard said. “I said, ‘You’d better wake up or they’re going to sneak up and beat you.’”
Message received. The Cavegirls erupted for nine runs in the top of the fifth, including a three-run homer by junior Rylan Gonsalez, and finished off a 12-1 victory over the Lady Wildcats.
Carlsbad also won the second game 12-2, both ending in five innings on the 10-run rule.
Sophomore Teddi Garcia earned the win in both games, pitching a two-hitter in the opener and allowing an unearned run in the first inning of the nightcap before leaving after the second. Freshman Mireya Serrano and junior Marce Sapien finished it out for the Cavegirls (12-4, 2-0).
Carlsbad pounded out 26 hits in the two games.
“Our pitching was better than it has been,” Howard said. “The bats stayed hot — we haven’t had many cold days. We’ve done a great job of hitting all year.”
The Lady Cats (6-10, 0-2) managed eight hits in the second contest, but stranded seven runners, including five in scoring position and three at third base.
Meantime, the defense struggled at times.
“We can’t give them extra outs,” Lady Cats coach Freddy Perez said. “They’re always a tough team.”
Down 3-0, the Lady Cats scored an unearned run in the fourth inning of the opener when A.J. Wright reached on an error, took second on an infield out and scored on Savana Nelson’s double.
Garcia allowed no walks with four strikeouts in the game.
Eighth-grader Gabby Aragon went 3-for-3 with a pair of triples for the Cavegirls in the nightcap, while leadoff hitter Shelby Welch also collected three hits. Carlsbad scored four in the first and added four in the fourth.
The big innings were simply too much to overcome.
“It was kind of how it was when we played Aztec (in an earlier tournament at Farmington),” Perez said. “They’re very similar teams.”
Wright and junior Mariah Chavez were both 2-for-3 for Clovis.
The Lady Cats play their next three twin bills on the road, all in district play, beginning on Tuesday at Hobbs.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Carlsbad softball coach Bobby Howard was a bit concerned about his squad on Friday. The Cavegirls had just a 3-1 lead after four innings in the first game of a District 4-6A-opening softball doubleheader against Clovis High at Lady Wildcat Field. “I thought we were just kind of falling […]

New event under way in prep rodeo

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Sophomore Lauren Kelsey makes a run during the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association reined cowhorse competition at the Curry County Events Center Friday.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com New event, same camaraderie. That was the name of the game Friday night as reined showhorse competitors lined up outside the ring at Curry County Events Center for a leisurely-paced event. The event, in its first year on the high school and junior high competition level, requires a rider […]

Buffs slip by ENMU in ninth

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com West Texas A&M turned a two-out walk in the ninth into a run and the Buffaloes edged Eastern New Mexico 2-1 on Friday in the opener of a three-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. ENMU’s Mike Peters pitched in and out of trouble much of the […]

Second-ranked WT overpowers ENMU

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ENMU first baseman Audrey Velasquez stretches for the throw to double off West Texas A&M runner Kaisha Dacosin during the fourth inning in the opener of Friday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader at Zia Field. The second-ranked Lady Buffs hit 13 home runs in the twin bill en route to a 13-2, 23-0 sweep of the Zias.

Staff report PORTALES — West Texas A&M teed off with four home runs in the first game of Friday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico University at Zia Field. As it turned out, the second-ranked Lady Buffs were just warming up. WT pounded out an astounding nine homers in the nightcap and […]

Boone elevated to head coaching position at Angelo State

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Cinco Boone, a 2001 Portales High graduate, was elevated Wednesday to head coach for Angelo State University’s men’s basketball program. Boone had been an assistant at the school for two seasons.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Men’s basketball coach No. 6 in Angelo State University history is actually a Cinco. Roosevelt County native Patrick Boone V, more commonly known as Cinco Boone, was promoted Wednesday to the top spot at the Lone Star Conference school. Boone, 31, is a 2001 graduate of Portales High and […]

Lady Chaps sweep Zias

Staff report PORTALES — Designated player Sydney Beuthien homered in each game and drove in seven runs as Lubbock Christian swept a softball doubleheader from Eastern New Mexico University 8-4 and 13-5 on Tuesday. Trailing 2-1, Beuthien highlighted a seven-run sixth LCU with a grand slam. She added a second-inning leadoff homer and a fifth-inning, […]

Zias’ Saiz second in 1,500

Staff report LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University’s track teams earned seven top-eight finishes on Saturday in the final day of the Texas Tech Open. For the women, junior Amber Saiz took second place in the 1,500 in four minutes, 41.38 seconds and placed 7th in the 800 in 2:27.70. Also for the Zias, senior […]

Cats fall in final game before district play

Staff report WOLFFORTH, Texas — Frenship took advantage of a two-out error to score the go-ahead run in the fifth inning on Saturday and the Tigers held on for a 5-4 baseball victory over Clovis High. It was the final game for the Wildcats (9-5) before they start District 4-6A competition on Friday with a […]

Texico thumps Capitan

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Texico coach Ty Thatcher has a light moment with Tanner Dickerman at third base during the third inning of the Wolverines’ 17-1 victory over Capitan on Saturday at Texico.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com TEXICO — With new players in numerous positions this season, the Texico Wolverines have held their own so far. On Saturday, they faced an even younger team in Capitan. Suffice it to say, it was no contest as the Wolverines rolled to a 17-1 victory, shortened to 4 1/2 […]

AWAY AT COLLEGE: Brown wraps up UNM career

Clovis High 2010 grad Antiesha Brown finished her three-year basketball career at the University of New Mexico on March 23, scoring 15 of her 17 points in the second half of the Lobos’ 63-61 home loss to Oral Roberts in the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. She also had eight rebounds, two steals […]

Hounds earn sweep in extra innings

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team blew a seven-run lead, blew a three-run lead with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth and came back to post a 9-8, 12-inning victory over Tarleton State on Saturday, earning a sweep of the doubleheader and a split of […]

Area prep baseball linescores — April 3

First game Floyd 17, Grady 0 Floyd    363  41 —17    17    1 Grady    000  00 —  0    2    6 Edgardo Chavez and Jose Torres; Jordan Provencio and Dylan Bryant. W — Chavez. L — Provencio. Top hitters — Floyd: Torres 4-4, 4 runs; Wyatt Chandler 3-4, 2B, 4 runs. Grady, Bryant 2-2. Second game Floyd […]

Hounds drop pair of 1-run tilts at Tarleton

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas  — Eastern New Mexico University’s bid to work its way up the line in the Lone Star Conference baseball race took a big hit on Friday. The Greyhounds got good pitching all day and played relatively well on defense, but host Tarleton State edged them out 3-2 and 4-3 in an […]

Rams foil Texico’s late comeback bid

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Texico third baseman Cole Rohrbach reaches tag to tag Portales baserunner Travis Connell during the fifth inning of Thursday’s contest at Portales. The Wolverines erased a 7-1 deficit with a six-run seventh, only to see the Rams score in the bottom half to pull out an 8-7 victory.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntionline.com PORTALES — Darin Bonem’s single scored Grant Wagner with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Portales  survived blowing a six-run lead in the top of the inning to edge Portales 8-7 on Thursday at Ram Field. Joe Ortega and Wagner worked one-out walks for the […]

CHS girls second at Hereford

Staff report HEREFORD — Clovis High’s girls managed only three firsts on Thursday, but the Lady Wildcats had enough scoring up and down the line for a second-place finish in the Hereford Invitational track meet. The Lady Cats finished with 153 team points, four behind Lubbock Cooper. Plainview was third at 146. The CHS boys, […]

Portales overhauls Lady Cats

Staff report PORTALES —Daizia Looney’s RBI single capped a two-run seventh on Thursday as Portales rallied for a 6-5 softball victory over Clovis at Wheeler Park. Down 5-0 after a five-run Clovis second, the Lady Rams chipped away, pulling to 5-4 in the fifth on a two-run homer by Kailee Ramirez and a bases-loaded walk […]