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 By Eric Murray    Sports    July 15, 2018

Urquizo is 'somebody' fighting for title

CLOVIS — Told by some he’d be a nobody in life, Clovis boxer Rico Urquizo has certainly become a somebody. Urquizo, 36, owns his own business — Show Tyme Flooring and Roofing in Clovis — and has been a professional boxer since 2012. Now, the...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    July 13, 2018

Rams getting ready

PORTALES — Before a football team can celebrate state championships and all the glory that comes with them, it must first think about getting better everyday. July and August may be the dog days of...

 By Eric Murray    News    July 12, 2018

Survey: Prairie chicken population up

The lesser prairie chicken population in eastern New Mexico and surrounding regions continues to increase, a recent survey shows. An aerial survey done by the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan... Full story

 By Eric Murray    Sports    July 6, 2018

Junior 'Cats looking to survive Little League fray.

CLOVIS - The 2018 New Mexico Junior Softball state championship will go through Clovis - in more ways than one. The Wildcats 13-14 junior league team is the defending state champion, and will have an...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    July 1, 2018

Mush-needed cause

PORTALES — For three years running, Portales has hosted a charity event at its Portales Softball Complex, in conjunction with the Relay for Life, to raise additional proceeds toward cancer...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    June 21, 2018

Greyhounds: Ayton as good as advertised

PORTALES — Standing at an imposing 7-foot-1 and 250 pounds, then-University of Arizona freshman center DeAndre Ayton sure looked the part of star to Eastern New Mexico men’s basketball onlookers, who had to face the highly-touted McDonald’s...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    June 17, 2018

Not their first rodeo

Three local up-and-coming rodeo stars of tomorrow will compete at this year’s National Junior High Finals Rodeo, representing Team New Mexico. The 14th annual event, which will be held June 24-30 in Huron, South Dakota, features roughly 1,000...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    June 9, 2018

Clovis' Fontanilla signs with Southwest golf

CLOVIS — Calm and under control, former Clovis standout Christian Fontanilla doesn’t let any miscues get him down on the golf course. The 2018 Wildcat graduate on Friday signed his National...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    June 6, 2018

ENMU trio aims to collect College National Finals Rodeo wins

PORTALES — Some say that seven is the luckiest number, but for Eastern New Mexico rodeo, that number is actually three. The Greyhounds will send three rodeo team members to the College National...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 31, 2018

Camping time for hoops teams

PORTALES — The kids are out of school and the weather is sweltering hot, which means camp season is in full swing. Portales girls varsity basketball coach Wade Fraze, along with boys coach Rickie...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 23, 2018

Health on relay team's side as nationals await

Editor's note: This is the last in a series of stories on Eastern New Mexico University track and field athletes heading to the Division II national championships this week. PORTALES — The Eastern...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 22, 2018

Lloyd hopes to raise bar at NCAAs

PORTALES — Kenneth Lloyd is hoping to raise the bar — literally and figuratively — when he competes this week in Charlotte. For the Eastern New Mexico senior, the NCAA Division II outdoor track...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 20, 2018

Parker's speed to be tested at NCAA national meet

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories on Eastern New Mexico University athletes heading to the Division II national track and field championships. Tuesday's story will feature...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 19, 2018

Bustos seeks another top-12 finish at nationals

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories on Eastern New Mexico University athletes heading to the Division II national track and field championships. Sunday's story will feature...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 18, 2018

Nationals new height for ENMU's Miles

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on Eastern New Mexico University athletes heading to the Division II national track and field championships. Saturday’s story will feature junior sprinter Danee Bustos. PORTALES — She... Full story

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 16, 2018

Greyhounds getting set for nationals

PORTALES — Just like riding a bike, competing at a national track championship gets a bit easier with experience. Eastern New Mexico’s Marcus Parker, Kenneth Lloyd and Danee Bustos have been there before, but sophomore Kandace Miles, on the...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 13, 2018

Portales boys capture fourth in 4A track

ALBUQUERQUE — Bittersweet might be the word — and the feeling, to describe the weekend's Class 4A state meet for the Portales Ram track team. Hopes of a boys title quickly faded on the second day...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 10, 2018

Hounds hope to roll out three wins

PORTALES — The 2018 season has seen its fair share of ups and downs for Eastern New Mexico baseball, but they recently remedied that by making school history, as the Greyhounds qualified for the...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 10, 2018

Ram track team optimistic

PORTALES — One last hand-off. One last jump. One last throw. One last sprint to the finish. Twenty-three Portales track and field athletes — 13 boys and 10 girls — will compete at Friday and...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 9, 2018

Ram baseball, softball teams eye blue trophies

PORTALES — After sweeping No. 8 West Las Vegas in the Class 4A baseball tournament first round last weekend, Portales finds itself one step closer to a 4A title repeat. For Coach Dusty Nusser and co...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 6, 2018

Portales staves off West Las Vegas to punch quarterfinals ticket

PORTALES — It's not easy going up against a hard-throwing, left-handed pitcher, but the Rams found a way, like they seemingly always do. Portales' baseball team had a four-run third inning to take...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 4, 2018

Small-school track meet begins today

ALBUQUERQUE — For several area athletes, this weekend is an opportunity for dreams to come true, after all the hard work they’ve put in over the past year, and then some. Schools like Dora, Elida, Floyd, Melrose and Texico will all be competing...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 4, 2018

Rams seek fourth-straight district track title

PORTALES — "Not one, not two, not three." Those were famous words by then-Heat signee LeBron James for titles he hoped to win in Miami. The Portales boys track team is hoping to be that successful...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 3, 2018

Hounds hope to do damage at LSC championships

PORTALES — For some, this weekend's Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships are an opportunity to produce their strongest performance of the year, while others are trying to...

 By Eric Murray    Sports    May 3, 2018

Texico cruises in first-round matchup

TEXICO — The Texico High machine keeps rolling along. The No. 1 Wolverines clobbered No. 16 Zuni in Wednesday's Class 3A baseball state tournament first-round matchup 21-0. The defending 3A champs... Full story


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