Rams help South prevail

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LAS VEGAS, N.M. — It was an offensive standstill or a defensive slugfest, depending on the point of view, but for the South, the result was just fine. The South earned a 7-6 victory in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 3A all-star game, claiming its fifth triumph […]

Portales’ Erf, Partin brothers reach semis

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales senior Ella Erf and the Ram doubles tandem of Walker and Skyler Partin advanced to the state tennis semifinals after big wins Friday afternoon in Albuquerque. Tournament second-seeded Erf advanced with a a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lovington’s seventh-seeded Lauryn Hess in the girls singles 1A-3A quarterfinals. “Ella did […]

Perfection: Rams rout Tohatchi

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers The Portales pitchers were perfect Friday afternoon — and the Ram hitters weren’t far behind. Portales’ offense erupted for 22 runs in the first two innings of play and senior pitchers Mario Salazar and Phillip Danbom combined for a five-inning perfect game as the fifth-seeded Rams toppled 12th-seeded Tohatchi 26-0 […]

Back with a vengeance

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports Writer One year ago, a young and somewhat inexperienced Lady Ram softball team exited the state softball tournament in the opening round. When the Portales girls make their return to state today in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs in Farmington, they’ll be doing so with another year […]

Portales tennis heads to state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams both battled to team district championships this spring. This weekend, they hope to bring home a blue trophy for a state championship. The Lady Rams enter the tournament seeded number two, behind Bosque School. The Portales girls face seventh-seeded Cobre in the […]

ENMU wraps up spring art series

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Spring is in the air and for Eastern New Mexico University, that means a variety of events will be taking place as the Spring 2007 Fine Arts Series winds down. The ENMU Department of Theater and Dance will present the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” which will begin […]

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 […]

Lady Rams split Saturday games

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams concluded their preparation for District 4-3A play at the 2007 Artesia Lady Dog Invitational Saturday, losing 10-0 against Aztec and beating Lovington 4-3. “The competition here is definitely good,” Portales coach Robbie Crowley said. “We haven’t played anybody badly, even Aztec, we shouldn’t have lost by as much […]

52-year-old lines up against Greyhound football

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer At 52, Portales resident Jimmy Stratton thought he’d never have the opportunity to play football again. When he heard about the first annual Eastern New Mexico University alumni football game he wanted to play — but there was a slight misunderstanding. “I thought it was going to be alumni […]

ENMU football wraps spring practice

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With most of the evaluating process behind them, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo is hoping the Greyhounds can cap their spring workouts in style with Saturday’s 3 p.m. scrimmage against an alumni squad at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo said he’s hoping about 45 players are able to play […]

Sounds of music

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A long-standing tradition in the area, the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree has given many young people their musical start. Many have come back for years. Life-long Roosevelt County resident Gary Modrell, first performed at the jamboree during the 1970’s. After a long hiatus, he returned to perform during […]

Lady Rams finals bound

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With four of the last six state titles, the Portales Lady Rams have cast a large shadow over New Mexico girls Class 3A basketball over the last decade. The Portales girls have a chance to continue their domination at 8 p.m. today when the top-seeded Lady Rams play second-seeded […]

Elida marches past Magdalena

Staff and wire reports RIO RANCHO — Lindsey Bob Smith scored 14 points and eighth-grader Reavis Best supplied clutch free-throw shooting Tuesday to lead Elida to a 45-33 victory over Magdalena in the girls Class 1A quarterfinals. “I felt the team had some first-game jitters,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we […]

Portales relying on depth

By Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Unlike previous seasons, Portales heads into the state tournament without proven stars. What the Lady Rams do have is a deep, role-oriented team that is the favorite to win their fifth Class 3A title in seven years when the state tournament opens today in Albuquerque. “I can play 10 people […]

Girls take the court in state first-round

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s ladies night in the New Mexico state basketball tournament with the Portales and Elida girls both hitting the court this evening in first-round play. As the top seed in the Class 3A brackets, the Lady Rams (15-9) host the 16th-seeded Cobre Lady Indians (12-13) at the Portales High […]

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 […]

Theater department prepares for ‘Nightingale’

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Scattered throughout the Eastern New Mexico University costume shop is a dedicated group of students and their director working feverishly to put the remaining touches on costumes for the upcoming production of “Eccentricities of a Nightingale.” Written by Tennessee Williams, the play takes place in 1910 and is set […]

Hounds and Zias balancing on bubble

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams don’t have much margin for error. The Greyhounds and Zias each have three of their final four Lone Star Conference South Division games at home, beginning with tonight’s twin bill against Abilene Christian. The ENMU women (12-10, 3-7 South) are trying to come all […]

Zia tennis full of fresh faces

Freedom Newspapers There will be a lot of new faces around veteran Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis coach Christine Blaeser this spring. Only sophomore Tracy Hughes saw regular action last season for the Zias. The seven-player roster also includes senior Tracy Williams, who missed most of the 2006 campaign with a back injury, and […]