Complaining not worthwhile use of time

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I read an interesting story about some monkeys in India. They made their home in the jungle surrounded by a beautiful golf course. These monkeys had a fascination with golf balls. Every time a golfer hit a ball, the monkeys jumped from the trees and grabbed the ball. In pursuit […]

Zia soccer drops from postseason

Freedom New Mexico DENTON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team saw its bid for a second consecutive berth in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament come to an end with its second shutout loss of the weekend on Sunday, a 1-0 setback to Texas Woman’s. The Zias (9-8, 3-6 LSC) fell […]

Goddard dispatches Lady Rams

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams visit to Roswell Tuesday night lasted about an hour, as the Goddard Lady Rockets quickly dispatched the Portales girls in three games, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9. “We just didn’t serve, receive or pass the ball,” Chavez said. “I think (Goddard) is better than us right now, but I don’t […]

American routs Roosevelt County

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Clovis American offense woke up in the third inning and started a 17-run tear that lasted into the fifth inning to beat Roosevelt County in the second round of the 13- and 14-year-old juniors tournament 17-7 Saturday night at Ram Field. “We’ve been working on hitting a lot […]

Roosevelt Zaps Zia 15-0

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County 10-11 year old All-Stars are headed to the New Mexico state championship tournament in Taos later this month after beating the Clovis Zia All-Stars 15-0 in four innings in the District 3 championship game Tuesday night at Portales’ Rotary Park. “Today we hit the ball well,” […]

Lady Rams clinch district title with windy wins Tuesday

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Lady Ram coach Robbie Crowley said her team didn’t swing the bat as well as they could have in Tuesday’s windy district doubleheader against Dexter. Still, the Lady Rams emerged with a pair of 11-1 wins at home and their second District 4-3A title in three years. “I don’t […]

Elida, Dora defeated in diamond debut

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Elida Tiger and Dora Coyote baseball teams began their seasons at different tournaments around southeastern New Mexico but came home with the same result Thursday night. Elida lost in the first round of the Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter to the host Demons 13-3 in five innings, while […]

Barber bows out of business

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer An era came to an end as local longtime barber Wendell Kelly, of Sands Barber Shop, retired after 50 years of cutting hair. For 30 years, he and his wife lived and worked in California, before moving back to Portales. For awhile in California, he owned a 10-chair shop. […]

Milk Lover’s Ball resounding success

By Michelle Heavyside: Guest Columnist The second annual Milk Lover’s Ball hosted by the United Dairy Women (UDW) on Feb. 17 was a huge success! More than 400 people attended and raised more than $10,000 to help assure the residents of three area children’s homes receive the recommended three servings of dairy products a day […]

Elida mashes Melrose

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — It’s not hard to compare the current Melrose Buffaloes to the Elida boys team of a couple of years ago. Extraordinarily young, the Tigers took a few lumps along the way. Now, though, it was Elida dealing out the punishment in a 60-24 rout of Melrose on Wednesday […]

Portales wins battle of defending champs

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Portales coach Brenda Gomez said in five of the Lady Rams’ six losses this season, they let a lead slip away. Portales refused to let it happen again Friday, surviving sloppy ballhandling and poor shooting to edge Gallup 31-29 in a consolation semifinal game in the Plateau Holiday Classic at […]

Undefeated Wildcats host Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With several key players back from injury, Portales basketball coach Mark Gallegos wants to see if his Rams can deliver against a quality program. He’ll find out tonight as the Rams face the undefeated Clovis Wildcats at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Clovis (6-0) features a three-guard lineup of […]

Clovis blows past Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Clovis junior Ebony Bunton scored 22 points in keeping the Clovis girls undefeated, leading the Wildcats to a 51-34 domination of the Portales Lady Rams Friday night at Portales. “I felt like we defended very well tonight, and played physical, got after it,” Clovis coach Miles Watters said. “I […]

Rams hope to ‘run’ to a championship

By Mickey Winfield They ran their way to the District 4-3A championship and right on through the Class 3A playoffs. Now the Portales Rams will take a run at the state championship on Saturday afternoon against Las Vegas Robertson. “I think right now, we have a lot of confidence that we can run it at […]

Rested Rams play Coyotes

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Rams have had two weeks of preparation, leading up to tonight’s pre-district finale against the Roswell High Coyotes at Roswell’s Wool Bowl. With the district schedule just a week away, both teams have objectives they’d like to check off their list. First-year Rams head coach Andy Correll […]

Elida still perfect, edges out Melrose

Freedom Newspapers The Elida Lady Tigers continued their perfect season Tuesday night, but they were tested on the road by district rival Melrose. Elida was taken to five games, but the Lady Tigers were triumphant on the road, 27-29, 25-11, 25-19, 21-25, 15-13. With the win, the Elida girls are 17-0 on the season. Elida […]

Rams recover in bye

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Rams (2-3) are more than halfway through their 2006 football schedule, and are coming off a bye week that coaches say, came at a very beneficial time. The Rams used their bye week to prepare for the second half of the season, including a road game against […]

ENMU soccer teams fall short

Freedom Newspapers PUEBLO, Colo — Yusuke Ota’s second goal of the game with about 13 minutes left lifted Colorado State-Pueblo to a 3-2 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Sunday in men’s soccer. Ota converted an ENMU turnover in its defensive zone and took it in solo on goalkeeper Leif Craddock, breaking a 2-2 […]

Lady Rams take fifth at Roswell

Freedom Newspapers The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team placed fifth in the annual Zia Invitational volleyball tournament in Roswell over the weekend. The Lady Rams (7-3) were dropped into the consolation bracket immediately after losing to Los Alamos in the first round in five games; 21-25, 25-22, 12-25, 25-23, and 15-13. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Rams look to loosen up against Mules

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Junior Chris Mosier is just hours from his debut as starting quarterback for the Portales Rams, but judging by his poise and confidence, you wouldn’t know it. “I’m not that nervous,” Mosier said, “I feel comfortable in myself and the defense to give us good field position and so […]