June 2 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael South County News The area is really showing signs of drought, so now it faces more danger of fires. Each person needs to be aware that even burning trash in your own barrel or whatever, it can get out of hand with one puff of wind or whirlwind. A pressurized, even empty, [...]

Rams assistant moving up to Class 4A Taos

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Managing Editor Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com Rick Apodaca made sure his step up to a varsity coach was a big one. Apodaca, an assistant coach for the Portales boys basketball team for six seasons, on Thursday accepted the head coaching position at Class 4A Taos High School. “For me to go [...]

Rolan takes time to complete degree

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Lenna Rolan doesn’t think it’s a real good idea for her to pursue a master’s degree. She’s just not sure when she would ever finish it. You have to understand, it took her 26 semesters to get her undergraduate degree. It’s not that Rolan had trouble in class – in [...]

Gomez signs on to play for Garden City next year

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Kevin Wilson Roni Gomez went right from high school basketball to golf, helping her teammates win the Class 3A title on March 12 in Albuquerque and competing in a golf scrimmage three days later in Hobbs. Gomez went right back to basketball Wednesday, as she arrived back from the state golf meet in time to [...]

Merrick, Welch shoot top scores in Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Portales boys golf team is on its way to state. Behind the efforts of Cassidy Merrick, there’s no reason to believe the girls won’t join them. Merrick and Kevin Welch took the top finishes Thursday at Lovington, and both Portales teams got qualifying scores. Behind a 72 from Welch and [...]

Local players making big impact for Greyhound football

Freedom Newspapers Their numbers are relatively small overall, but several area athletes could make noteworthy contributions to Eastern New Mexico University football next fall. First-team All-Lone Star Conference linebacker Jeff Howard of Portales and defensive end Larry Roybal of Fort Sumner, both of whom will be seniors, are already proven commodities. But veteran coach Bud [...]

Local veteran appointed to district task

Kevin Wilson Stephen Kemp never really expected to be appointed as a national aide-de-camp with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The longtime accountant knew the percentages weren’t really in his favor. “I was surprised when I opened the letter,” Kemp said. “I wasn’t expecting it … I wasn’t even trying to work for it. I [...]

Sweet repeat: Lady Rams win second straight state championship

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Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — One by one they were pulled off the court, showered by loud cheers from the hometown faithful and choking back tears by the time they reached the Portales bench. Kassandra Richards the scoring machine, Roni Gomez the playmaker and the versatile Erika Cook. Three seniors who will leave behind a legacy [...]

Hounds ready for challenge

By Dave Wagner It took a couple of days, but Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan thinks the Greyhounds have recovered mentally from their disappointing first-round loss at home to Southwestern Oklahoma in last week’s Lone Star Conference tournament. The Hounds (20-8) hope to turn the unwanted down time into a plus [...]

What’s in a name, besides trouble?

By Helena Rodriguez Have you ever typed your own name into Google just to see what comes up on the Internet? I did this and discovered that not only am I a newspaper columnist, I’m also a medical doctor, a Junior Olympics winner and a rather competitive Decathlon winner who seduces people onto a Web [...]