Lady Rams win five-game thriller

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams scored eight of the last nine points to win a decisive fifth game 15-11 to beat Artesia three games to two, in a back-and-forth match Thursday night in Portales. The scores were 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11. “We were too up-and-down,” Portales head coach Ruth […]

Zia volleyball loses at Tarleton State

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Missy Castro had 12 kills and Emily Richardson added 11 as Tarleton State opened Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball play Thursday night with a 30-21, 30-25, 30-21 win over Eastern New Mexico University. The TexAnns (6-7, 1-0 South) pulled away late in the second game while dominating the Zias […]

Zias snap losing skid, beat Highlands 3-2

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico Zias snapped a five-match losing skid and beat New Mexico Highlands Wednesday at Greyhound Arena three games to two. The scores were 30-23, 24-30, 30-20, 28-30, 15-9. With the match tied at two games each, the home team dominated the fifth and tiebreaking game, building […]

Lady Rams edge Roswell High in five-game match

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams went the distance Tuesday night against the Roswell Lady Coyotes and came out on top in five games at the Portales gymnasium: 25-16, 13-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8. After the visitors opened the tiebreaker with two straight points, the Lady Rams scored eight consecutive points to […]

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 […]

Greyhounds picked to finish dead last in LSC

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Suffice it to say there’s a big split between the top four and the bottom three in the Lone Star Conference South Division. Eastern New Mexico University is at the bottom of the bottom. The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the seven-team division in results of voting by league coaches, […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo closes

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent CLOVIS — Figuring out the overall champ for the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association season can be quite a chore — even after all the competition is over. That was especially true for the boys in Saturday’s short-go of the 13-15 calf roping at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. The […]

Several girls compete with the boys at HPJR

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Sugar and spice and everything nice, as the saying goes, are what little girls are made of. But you can’t blame some of the young cowgirls at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals for having a little bit of ingested dirt as part of their composition. That’s especially true […]

PHS’ Gomez honored during North-South tilts

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — When the Class 3A North-South all-star basketball games took place Friday night, five recent Portales seniors were there to represent the South squad. It seemed only right that Brenda Gomez, who coached them throughout their high school careers, was also honored. Prior to the girls contest, […]

Rams take 10th at state track

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Tyler Anderson has quietly provided a significant boost for the Portales boys track team this season. The junior, who transferred from Elida in the fall after finishing second in last year’s Class 1A state 100, scored 10 points in three events on Saturday to help the Rams to […]

Portales pair picks up state titles

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Jordan Roehl didn’t give herself much in the way of style points in Friday’s Class 3A state girls shot put competition, but she was OK with the results. The junior turned the tables on Cuba’s Victoria Dominguez in the event, winning with a throw of 35 […]

Portales track ready for state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Following Saturday night’s District 4-3A track meet in Ruidoso, Ram coach Glenn Johnson and Lady Ram coach Ruth Chavez were both pleased by the growth of their teams this season, and as the state meet looms, several Portales athletes aren’t done yet. The Rams, with 80 points, placed third […]

Floyd girls fifth at state

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Kelsi Gray placed in two individual events and the Floyd girls scored in three relays on Saturday as the Lady Broncos scored 26 points and tied Cliff for fifth place in the Class 1A state track meet at the University of New Mexico. Gray was third in long jump (15-9 […]

Portales wins rare home meet

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Rams and Lady Rams qualified for five more events in the state tournament Tuesday as they strutted their stuff in Portales’ first track meet at home in 10 years beating Lovington and Dexter Tuesday afternoon. “We had a great night,” Lady Ram head track coach Ruth Chavez […]

Mayfield beats Clovis for title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls knew their work was cut out for them against top-ranked Mayfield in Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game at The Pit. Madison Spence, the state’s top girls basketball player, made their worst nightmares come true. Spence scored 22 of her 31 points in the first […]

Gateway hunts down Dora for title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Dora knew it would have to contain Gateway Christian brothers Jevvon and Joshua Hunter in Saturday’s Class 1A boys state championship game at The Pit, and the Coyotes did that. What they weren’t counting on was a dominating performance by burly 6-foot-3 senior Antonio Oaxaca. Oaxaca (pronounced wau-HOCK-uh) […]

Title repeat denied

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday night in the Class 3A girls state championship game at The Pit. The second-seeded Huskies (27-4), who moved up to 3A this season after losing […]

Cliff Cowgirls rope Elida Lady Tigers

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Coyotes beat Elida in state semis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — The Dora Coyotes will go for their second Class 1A boys state championship in five years on Saturday. Reserves Wesley Skelley (15) and Kyler Smith (14) combined for more than half the Coyotes’ points in a 54-47 semifinal victory over District 3-1A rival Elida on Thursday night […]

Lady Rams beat St. Mike’s in semifinals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The butterflies in Tara Johnson’s stomach belied her confident approach. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year as the Rams beat St. Michael’s 32-31 in the semifinals Thursday. “I was so nervous. […]