Portales opens with sweep of Hobbs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams volleyball team began the 2007 season with a three-game sweep of the Hobbs Lady Eagles at the Portales High School gymnasium Tuesday night. “I think it was a good start; we got all of our nerves out,” senior Bethany Self said. “We were just trying […]

Lady Rams suffer growing pains

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer History was made Saturday afternoon at the brand new Portales soccer complex as for the first time in several years, Portales fielded a girls soccer team. The inaugural game wasn’t exactly what the Lady Rams and first-year head coach Traci Sievers wanted though, as the Hobbs junior varsity scored […]

Area volleyball gears up

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent The last time a group of athletes like this came through, Texico volleyball coach Mike Littlejohn got a cut in the action equal to one state championship. This time, the Lady Wolverines may be primed for more. Texico begins the season as the reigning Class 2A champs. The state title […]

Lady Rams look to upcoming season

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team wasn’t happy with their semifinal exit from the state playoffs last season, and despite some key losses, they seem ready to stake their claim as one of the best in the state once again. The Lady Rams are in the middle of a […]

Lady Bird Johnson leaves behind ladylike legacy

Editorial We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied a strength […]

Gomez wins NMAA coach of the year

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Former Portales Lady Ram basketball coach Brenda Gomez has been elected by the New Mexico Activities Association as New Mexico girls basketball Coach of the Year for 2006-2007. Gomez also earned the election in 2001 and says earning it in her last year as Portales girls basketball coach is […]

PHS softball duo ready for North/South

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer In the past eight years, the Lady Ram softball team has placed only one player on the New Mexico South All-Star team. This weekend in Clovis, two Portales girls will be representing the South. Portales High School graduates Sasha Parker and Amanda Terry were selected following a successful run […]

Lady Rams reach first state title game

By Eric Butler: Freedom correspondent FARMINGTON — One step away from a softball state championship was pretty foreign territory indeed for Portales and Santa Fe Indian School on Friday night. But, after quarterfinal victories earlier in the day at the Class 3A tournament in Farmington, the Rams and Lady Braves were poised to make some […]

Lady Cats early leaders

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls are leading Class 5A after the first day of the state track meet at the University of New Mexico, but coach Darrel Ray is anything but confident. The defending 5A champion Lady Wildcats scored 21 points in five field events on Friday, but left some […]

Portales track and tennis begin state competition

The starters gun on the 3A/5A boys and girls state track meet fires this morning at Albuquerque’s University Stadium and the Rams and Lady Rams are sending a large contingent. The Portales boys have seven athletes participating, including: Junior Tyler Anderson (110 m hurdles), junior Joey Moore (200 m), senior Erett Grubbs (shotput, discus), junior […]

Lady Rams fall in finals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — It was a day of ups and downs for the Portales Lady Rams tennis team Saturday at the Class 1A-3A team tournament at Albuquerque Academy. Following an emotional 5-4 morning semifinal victory over St. Michael’s, the Lady Rams were quickly swept by top-seeded and top-ranked Bosque School […]

Lady ‘Dogs double up Lady Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Artesia scored four unanswered runs and spoiled Portales’ state tournament tune-up Monday evening at Portales 4-2. The Portales girls posted an early 2-0 lead before a collection of Portales errors and Artesia hits swung the balance to the Lady Bulldogs. Portales assistant coach Scott Parker says he likes playing […]

Lady Rams finish undefeated in district

LOVINGTON — Even with the district championship in hand, the Portales Lady Rams refused to give up when they fell behind late in their district finale. After winning the first game of the District 4-3A doubleheader 10-1 behind solid pitching from senior Sasha Parker, Portales rallied from a late 3-0 deficit to beat the Lady […]

Clovis trips up PHS girls

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Billie Merritt knew her Clovis High girls tennis squad didn’t face the full Portales “A” team on Wednesday at CHS, but she said the Lady Wildcats can build off their showing. Clovis finished its 2007 dual schedule with a 7-5 record after defeating the Lady Rams 6-3 in […]

Ram tennis beats Lovington

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams head into Friday’s District 4-3A tournament having both beaten Lovington 8-1 Tuesday at the Portales Junior High School tennis courts. “We’re very happy with this,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “From top to bottom, we showed more mental toughness than we had […]

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 […]

Zia basketball secures Clovis standout

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Tori Northcutt won’t be going far from home to play college basketball, and she’s happy about that. The Clovis High senior guard signed a national letter of intent on Monday to play for coach Linden Weese at Eastern New Mexico University. “When I made my decision, it was such a […]

Nusser no-hits Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Lady Rams faced a total of just 26 batters in seven innings as Portales pounded Ruidoso in District 4-3A doubleheader action Saturday afternoon in the mountains 19-0 and 21-0. Senior pitcher Shareesa Nusser threw a no-hitter in the second game, facing just 10 Lady Warrior hitters— in fact, […]

Portales tennis team dominates Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Lady Rams followed a dominating performance against St. Michael’s earlier this week with a similar crushing of Ruidoso in District 4-3A action Friday, beating the Lady Warriors 8-1. “We played very well,” Lady Rams coach Michelle Wallis said. “It was a very valuable win for us.” Portales’ supremacy showed […]

Lady Rams split with Cats on diamond

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Each team won by a run in the seventh inning, but the reactions were a little different. Portales scored in the top of the seventh to take Thursday’s opener 4-3 at Lady Wildcat Complex, but Clovis rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit and scored the game-winner on Lorena Garza’s RBI single […]