The winners are…

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Oscar night always promises at least one awkward speech, one winner you expected, and many you didn’t. The days before promise piles of Oscar picks columns from people who spend careers watching movies. Kevin Wilson and Greg Price spend their paychecks on movies. Price watched all five Rocky movies in one sitting before going to […]

Rams seek third consecutive title in District 4-3A

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos doesn’t believe his team has put together four complete quarters in any game this season. He believes if they do that tonight, they’ll win their third consecutive District 4-3A championship. Portales and the New Mexico Military Institute Colts split a pair of games […]

Vixens work OT to get past Elida in district finals

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer ELIDA — The Fort Sumner Vixens led nearly the entire game Friday night, but needed clutch free-throw shooting to beat Elida 60-58 in overtime in the District 3-1A tournament championship. “Any time you play Elida and a Dan Howard team, and you come out of an Elida gym (with […]

Portales snares 4-3A title

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the District 4-3A championship Friday at Ram gym. The win assures the defending state champion Lady Rams (16-9) of hosting a home game next week in the first round of […]

Call center ups capacity

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By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Housed inside the 45,000-square-foot SEI call center is a replica of the computer system in a McDonald’s restaurant. It is capable of simulating an entire day’s operation for one of the fast-food restaurants. Although there is no food or cooking equipment, there is a fully functional cash register. The system […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Lady Rams ‘ready’ for Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Only a handful of games separate the Portales Lady Rams from their goal of repeating as New Mexico Class 3A girls basketball champions. Having already clinched a berth in the state tournament, the Lady Rams host the Ruidoso Lady Warriors tonight with a District 4-3A championship on the line. […]

Elida Tigers hang on to beat Fort Sumner

PNT Staff Writer The Elida Tigers were tested on their home court Thursday night, but they did enough to clinch a spot in the 1A state basketball tournament. Elida senior Caleb Widener led the Tigers to a 49-47 District 3-1A semifinal victory over Fort Sumner. Widener finished the game with 13 points as the Elida […]

Elida, Fort Sumner part III

PNT Staff Writer The District 3-1A top-seeded Elida Lady Tigers have been dormant for more than a week but they’ve got to be on their game tonight as they host Fort Sumner in the girls district championship. The Elida girls (21-3, 7-1) last played on Feb. 15, their regular season district finale, beating Melrose on […]

Hounds lose key home game

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers If Eastern New Mexico University’s men are going to make the Lone Star Conference tournament for the fifth time in the last six years, the Greyhounds will need some help — from last-place Abilene Christian. Eric Dawson, a 6-foot-9 senior center who is three inches taller than anyone on ENMU’s […]