Portales students celebrate National Anthem Day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A celebration, honoring “The Star-spangled Banner was held Thursday at the Portales Junior High School. At 9 a.m., faculty, staff and community members gathered to hear representatives from the Portales High School Choir sing the National Anthem. “MENC (Music Educators National Committee), a music organization across the United States […]

PHS, PJHS ready to begin school year

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Building on last years success and striving for better excellence, not just in academics but in athletics and activities alike is what Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser says he hopes for the 2006-2007 school year. “I think we had a great year last year, we just raised the bar,” […]

Maypole tradition marks 77th year

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Imagine being able to step into a fairytale and feel like a princess with the beautiful dress, the perfect hair and having all eyes on you. For Portales High School senior, Kacee Lovato, and everyone who participated in Thursday’s Maypole at PHS, that fairy tale seemed to come true. “It’s […]

STATE 1A-3A TENNIS: PHS sends boys, girls doubles to semis

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PHS staff ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self are right where they expected to be after Friday’s play in the Class 1-3A state individual tennis tournament. Matt Tucker and Kyle Adams are right where they hoped to be. Erf and Self, seeded No. 1 in girls doubles, improved to 15-0 for the […]

PHS STATE TRACK: Roehl ready to move up in shot

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Portales High sophomore Jordan Roehl finished sixth in Class 3A state girls shot put as an eighth-grader. She was sixth again last year, even though she threw better. “There was just a lot more competition my ninth-grade year,” she said. On paper, Roehl is one of the Lady Rams’ […]

Ex-PHS assistant named head coach

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Former Portales High offensive coordinator Andy Correll has been hired to be the Rams’ new head football coach. A native of Knox City, Texas, Correll was chosen from seven candidates interviewed by the school. He was the offensive coordinator at PHS from 1999-2001, under outgoing head coach Glenn Johnson. […]

PHS netters preparing for state singles, doubles

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer When Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self take the No. 1 seed into doubles competition in this weekend’s Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque, they’ll be shooting for perfection. Neither has lost a match all season in singles, and they’ve compiled a 14-0 record in doubles […]

Group hoping to kick off soccer in Portales schools

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales Rams Soccer team — that’s what some parents and community members are hoping to get in the school district and today at 5:30 p.m. there will be a meeting, open to the public, to try and get the ball rolling. Traci Sievers, an organizer of the meeting, […]

PHS opens state softball tourney at home

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Sasha Parker has gotten used to pitching doubleheaders, but she’s looking forward to having just one game today. The Portales High junior will face Santa Fe Indian School today in Class 3A state softball tournament’s round of 16 at PHS. Parker has carried the pitching load for the Lady […]

Lovington downs PHS tennis squads

LOVINGTON — Portales High’s tennis teams took it on the chin in District 4-3A duals against Lovington on Tuesday, but the Rams and Lady Rams figure to get quick shots at a return match. Lovington won the boys matchup 6-3 and took a 5-4 victory in the girls dual. Lovington’s boys finished second in the […]

Goddard netters turn back PHS

PNT staff ROSWELL — Portales’ tennis teams were competitive with Roswell Goddard on Tuesday. They just came up a little short. Goddard posted a 6-3 win in the boys dual, while taking the girls matchup 5-4 in a dual that featured four matches decided by third-set “super-tiebreakers.” “Roswell High (which edged the Lady Rams 5-4 […]

Lady Rams turn back Lovington, Ruidoso

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Portales got solid pitching from junior Sasha Parker and just enough offense Saturday to post a pair of wins in the District 3-4A predistrict softball tournament, beating host Lovington 5-0 and topping Ruidoso 3-1. Parker pitched three-hitters in both games, and nearly had two shutouts — she had Ruidoso blanked until […]

PHS netters roll past Artesia

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Neither boys coach Wade Fraze nor girls coach Michelle Wallis was totally happy with the performances of their teams. The results were satisfying, though. Portales’ boys handed Artesia a 9-0 loss in matches played at Zia Tennis Complex while the girls, playing mainly at the PHS courts, cruised to […]

Dickens comes to PHS

By William P. Thompson A slice of Victorian London comes to Portales this week when students from Portales schools take to the stage in a production of the musical “Oliver!” based on the Charles Dickens classic “Oliver Twist.” It’s a Portales High School performing arts department production, but the department’s director, Bob Strong, said he […]

PHS exchange students setting sights down under

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By Helena Rodriguez Two Portales High School students want to go to the Land Down Under this summer as part of a People to People Student Ambassador Program exchange and they have four months to raise more than $10,000. Cory Baca and Alycia Leal are among 36 area students who have been gathering at regional […]

PHS logging on to new way of learning

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a month in Cyberspace, students are giving online classes an A-plus at Portales High School. The program, which is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year, is getting rave reviews from both students and teachers. “It’s better […]

PHS band completes camp, performs show

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School band members capped off a two-week band camp with a performance Friday evening for parents and Portales residents a few days before classes begin. Approximately 65 PHS band members showed off their performing and marching skills during a 30-minute exhibition at the PHS gym parking lot. […]

Maypole to unwind at high school

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tana Prewitt has been planning the perfect waltz for four years. It was in eighth grade that Prewitt and Bradley West, her friend since kindergarten, agreed to wind Maypole together during their senior year at Portales High School. Prewitt and West, along with 27 other couples, will do just that […]

Rams win district golf title

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales’ consistency paid off in a District 4/1-3A golf championship on Tuesday at Lovington Country Club. With all five players shooting under 80, the Rams captured the boys team championship by one stroke over rival and host Lovington, finishing at 302 to 303 for the Wildcats. Seniors Dale Welch and Trevor […]

PHS splits tennis duals at NMMI

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales High girls tennis team didn’t lose a set all day and cruised past New Mexico Military 9-0 in a District 4-3A dual on Tuesday. The Lady Rams improved to 11-2 for the season, including 2-1 in district duals. NMMI won the boys matchup 6-3, dropping PHS to 7-6 (1-2). […]