County spellers face off

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Several Roosevelt County youngsters were filled with angst as they competed against each other in the first Roosevelt County youth spelling bee in several years Saturday morning at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium. There is some irony in that the two winning words are contained in the [...]

Sending love along

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By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Third-graders at Mesa Elementary School had their hands full of scissors, glue, pens and colored construction paper and their hearts full of caring Friday afternoon as they worked with Cannon Air Force Base airmen to create “Valentines for Vets.” The handmade Valentine cards will go to military members deployed [...]

It’s their job: Steven Cain

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Name: Steven Cain Job: Firefighter and paramedic at Portales Fire Department Time on the job: Eight years Background: Cain grew up around Portales and graduated from Dora High School. By the time he graduated, he already had his Emergency Medical Services certification and went to work at PFD at age 19. Job description: Firefighting, ambulance [...]

Elida sweeps Melrose, clinches state berth

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ELIDA — The Elida volleyball team was dormant for nearly two weeks before hosting Melrose Thursday night in the District 3-1A semifinals, but the Lady Tigers showed no signs of rust in sweeping the Lady Buffs 25-14, 27-25, 25-22 to clinch a spot in the 1A state tournament. “We [...]

Lady Rams bully Lady Bulldogs

PNT Staff Report ARTESIA — The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team concluded its non-district schedule Thursday night in Artesia, dominating the Lady Bulldogs 25-12, 25-15, 25-18. “They played great,” Lady Ram head coach Ruth Chavez said. “We had a heck of a game. They played really well.” “I could tell we’ve improved a lot (since [...]

Cats scratch Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Ram and Lady Ram soccer squads both played the Clovis junior varsity Tuesday afternoon and managed just two goals between them. The Portales boys led their Clovis counterparts 2-1 at the half, but the Wildcats outscored the Rams 2-0 in the second half to take a 3-2 win. [...]

Rockets sure to test Rams tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A sleeping giant. That’s how Portales Ram head football coach Andy Correll and defensive coordinator Mark McAfee both described their Ram football team this season. Both coaches hope their slumbering behemoth (0-4) wakes up tonight at Roswell’s Wool Bowl against the Class 4A Goddard Rockets (3-1). “The biggest thing [...]

Rams want to ‘break through’ tonight

PNT Staff Report For the second straight year, the Raton Tigers (1-1) have the opportunity to be the Portales Rams (0-3) first football victim of the season — but this time, the game is at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) and it’s homecoming. In their meeting last year, the Ram’s dominated for the first win of [...]

Bull riders seek shot at finals

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in [...]

Gateway routs Floyd 62-0

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — The Gateway Christian Warriors lit up the scoreboard and the stat sheet Saturday afternoon in Floyd, battering the Broncos 62-0. The Warriors posted 38 in the first quarter and never looked back. Junior Joshua Hunter led the Warriors with three touchdowns, including an 81-yard run, a 60-yard [...]