Happiness requires more than positive thinking

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

Portales boys dominate Clovis links

PNT Staff Report A trio of Portales Ram sophomores made a big statement in the Rams first golf tournament of the season at Clovis’ Chaparral Country Club Monday afternoon. Portales sophomore Donavin Sanchez managed to overcome a rough start to run away with the best overall score and lead the Portales boys to a dominating […]

Legislature had some problems, many gestures

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sixty days is a long time to let a governmental body off its leash. Thank goodness the state Legislature has come to a close. On Saturday, as the session drew to a close, the headlines proclaimed that New Mexico lawmakers had restored Pluto to planet status, whenever it passes […]

Quiroz quits Zias mid-season

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Less than an hour after the Zias softball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Zia Softball Field, second-year coach Armando Quiroz announced that he’s coached his last game at Eastern New Mexico University. Quiroz said he has been hired as the head softball coach for Pima (Ariz.) Community College, […]

Portales pours out for premiere

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hollywood came to Portales for a night. Excitement reigned in the city as a crowd gathered to await the sold-out premiere of the locally filmed movie “Believe in Me” on Thursday night. Babe Morgan arrived at the reception in style. Amid cheers and whistles, Morgan emerged from a limousine, […]

Lady Tigers advance

PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — The toughest part of the Elida Lady Tigers (22-4) first-round match in the 1A state basketball tournament was apparently the bus ride back without a heater. The District 2 champion Tohajilee Lady Warriors (16-4) found themselves outmatched by District 4 runnerup Elida Friday in Albuquerque. Elida rode a 25-5 scoring […]

Lady Rams step to the plate

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley and her girls are determined to get past the Class 3A state tournament first-round game, their stumbling block last year against Santa Fe Indian School. “We were leading that game and we ended up losing in the last two innings,” Crowley said. “We had […]

Lady Rams ‘ready’ for Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Only a handful of games separate the Portales Lady Rams from their goal of repeating as New Mexico Class 3A girls basketball champions. Having already clinched a berth in the state tournament, the Lady Rams host the Ruidoso Lady Warriors tonight with a District 4-3A championship on the line. […]

Ram baseball re-builds

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the Portales Ram baseball team hopes to match or exceed their success from a year ago, they’ll be doing it with a younger, less experienced team. The Rams concluded their 2006 season with a 7-6 loss to the eventual state champion and district foe Lovington Wildcats in the […]

Portales clubs Cavegirls

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Vicki Huber and Sabrina Villanueva led the Lady Rams with 11 points each, as Portales dominated the Carlsbad Cavegirls from start to finish Tuesday night at Portales High School and came away with a 62-39 victory. “I think everybody that was in there took care of business,” Portales head coach […]

Undefeated Wildcats host Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With several key players back from injury, Portales basketball coach Mark Gallegos wants to see if his Rams can deliver against a quality program. He’ll find out tonight as the Rams face the undefeated Clovis Wildcats at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Clovis (6-0) features a three-guard lineup of […]

Rams celebrate Cinderella season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Dinner may have been chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, but the main course Monday night at the Portales High School cafeteria was Ram pride. Portales Ram football players, parents and supporters attended the 2006 football awards banquet adding the exclamation point to a Ram season in which first-year […]

Portales shows pep

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Hundreds of Ram fans huddled together outside of the Roosevelt County Courthouse on a frigid Thursday night, bundled in their warmest red clothes while cheering on their hometown Rams at a community pep rally. Lance Hill, a lieutenant with the Portales Fire Department, was among the Rams’ supporters. “I’m […]

Portales two wins away from another state title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Apparently, Bethany Self makes an appreciable difference in the Portales Lady Rams’ lineup. Held out of Wednesday’s pool play after sustaining a strained right MCL in last week’s District 4-3A tournament championship loss to Ruidoso, the 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter returned with a vengeance on Thursday. After helping […]

Rams rout NMMI

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams did what they had to do to keep their Distridct 4-3A title hopes alive by beating winless NMMI 42-0 on Friday at Greyhound Stadium. The Ruidoso Warriors did what the Rams needed to as well, winning 17-0 over Lovington and giving Portales its first […]

Elida girls movin’ on up

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers are still living the dream after beating the Fort Sumner Vixens in four games in the District 3-1A tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, Elida (21-0) won the final three games to take the crown, and although they are […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from the beginning. […]

Portales punishes Lovington

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Lady Rams took another step toward defending their class AAA state championship Tuesday night in a three game victory over Lovington at home, 25-11, 25-11, 25-16. Portales head coach Ruth Chavez said it was a total performance by the Lady Rams. “I thought they played well, because […]

Goddard rides big first half to beat Portales

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Mickey Winfield, Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Goddard Rockets jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead behind a strong running game, and held off a late Portales rally en route to a 21-13 win Friday at Greyhound Stadium. Despite the loss, Portales head coach Andy Correll said the Rams (1-3) played well, especially against […]

Zias win home opener

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico Zia volleyball team (3-2) won their home opener Tuesday night in three straight games over Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-3), 30-19, 30-19 and 30-22. Zia head coach Mike Maguire thinks his girls have a statement to make. “I think (our girls) really wanted to show the […]