Zia soccer team earns first victory

By Mike Linn They practice on a field about 1/2 the size of their game day turf, working on mental quickness and short passes, turning split-second breakdowns in defense into shot-on-goal opportunities. Meet the Eastern New Mexico University first-year women’s soccer team, a hodgepodge of junior college transfers, local club stars and freshmen recruits from […]

Past papers paint Portales picture

Remember Roosevelt County in 1953? Here are some of the top stories from the pages of The Portales Daily News: – The Farm Bureau adopted 12 resolutions during its annual meeting. Among them: “We believe the best way to secure and maintain world peace is by trading with other countries.” And “We urge less government […]

Roybal out as Fort Sumner coach

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]

Maypole a source of pride for PHS seniors

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By Angela Peacock Choosing a partner to waltz in circles while weaving pastel-colored ribbons in the sky has been a tradition at Portales High School for 76 years. Originally a simple winding of one pole, Portales’ Maypole celebration began in 1929 when dancing was prohibited at the school. Now it’s believed to be the longest […]

Portales girls tennis team moves on to state

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams continued their drive towards their second state title in three seasons, and the Rams came four games away from pulling off what would have been the biggest upset in Class 1A-3A tennis. Host New Mexico Military Institute defeated the Rams 4-1 in boys action for the District […]

Sports roundup

By Kevin Wilson Qualifying in track events has proven to be no challenge for Noel Carpenter. What’s difficult for the Floyd sophomore is to remember them all. Carpenter qualified for nine events in this weekend’s state track and field tournament in Albuquerque, though meet rules stipulate that an athlete can only compete in five at […]

PHS to be well-represented in All-Stars

By Kevin Wilson There’s no telling who will come out on top in this summer’s North-South Class 3A All-Star games, or which former rivals will make the best teammates. The only thing that is for sure is that Portales High School will be well-represented. Tori Carter and Jennie Gentry were named to the inaugural 3A […]

Portales overpowers Clovis in tennis

By Kevin Wilson It was the question on everybody’s mind following Thursday night’s tennis matches: Why doesn’t Patricia Gallegos wear a hairtie? “I like to wear my lucky visor,” the Clovis sophomore and No. 1 singles player said of her hair habit and her 3-year-old Adidas visor, “and I dont like to wear a pony […]

Elida blasts Fort Sumner to claim EPAC repeat

Kevin Wilson The Fort Sumner Vixens wrote the opening chapters for an Eastern Plains Athletic Conference upset, as a disciplined game helped them keep pace with defending champion Elida. The second half was a different story, as the Lady Tigers showed Fort Sumner why they’re a heavyweight, both in EPAC and Class 1A. Elida blanked […]