My turn: Choose campsite wisely

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Camping can be fun. Just research where you sleep before it rains. This advice comes from a tall slender woman we will call Teresa and her friend Joan from Tennessee. Teresa and Joan were both experienced campers. Their parents taught them the ins and outs of camping when they […]

Local Briefs Aug. 13, 2008

Singles adult fellowship lunch set The adult singles of the First United Methodist Church are planning a Dutch treat lunch at noon Sunday at Pizza Hut in Portales, according to a news release. All singles of the area are invited to attend. Child care will not be available. Organizers hope to establish a singles ministry […]

Aggies nip Hounds in opener

Freedom New Mexico LAWTON, Okla. — Pinch-hitter Josh Mathieson led off the bottom of the 10th with his first home run of the season, giving the Cameron Aggies a 4-3 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the opener of a four-game series. Mathieson’s blast made a winner of […]

Ella Erf takes third in state singles tennis

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PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Ella Erf wanted to finish her tennis career at Portales with a singles state championship. She didn’t find a title, but as she exits stage left, she does so with a third place trophy. Erf lost in the 3A semifinals in straight sets Saturday to Bosque freshman Dara McDevitt […]

PHS tennis squads advance to state semis

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales’ squads swept into the semifinals of the state Class 1A-3A team tennis competition with victories on Friday at Academy High School. The Portales boys, seeded fifth, upended Sandia Prep 6-3 while the second-seeded Lady Rams advanced with an 8-1 trouncing of Cobre. Brothers Walker and Colton Partin won in straight […]

Clovis trips up PHS girls

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Billie Merritt knew her Clovis High girls tennis squad didn’t face the full Portales “A” team on Wednesday at CHS, but she said the Lady Wildcats can build off their showing. Clovis finished its 2007 dual schedule with a 7-5 record after defeating the Lady Rams 6-3 in […]

Portales tennis and baseball fare well

ROSWELL— Portales split a District 4-3A doubleheader at New Mexico Military Institute Tuesday evening losing the first game 6-5, but doubling up the Colts in the night-cap 10-5. The Rams (6-5, 2-2) continue their district schedule Saturday in Dexter. PORTALES— Despite extremely heavy winds, the Portales Lady Rams defeated Goddard Tuesday at the Portales tennis […]

Tennis rackets fare well in Amarillo

PNT Staff Report Portales senior Ella Erf and the Partin brothers came away with first place finishes at an Amarillo tennis tournament Thursday and Friday. “We played well,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “I was especially encouraged by our doubles teams.” Erf led the Lady Ram charge, winning all of her singles matches, before beating […]

Portales trio tests waters

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not a big field at the oldest New Mexico tennis tournament this weekend for the women’s open singles competition. Even so, the top of the draw is extremely good and it didn’t take long for three Portales entrants to find out. Thanks to the entry of Ella […]

St. Michael’s downs PHS in semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams will have to wait another year for a shot at a Class 3A state tennis championship. Portales played competitively for the most part, but couldn’t match Santa Fe St. Michael’s depth on Saturday in dropping a 6-3 semifinal decision to the Lady Horsemen at Sierra Vista Tennis […]

Lady Rams seeded No. 1 in 3A state team tennis

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Portales High girls tennis coach Michelle Wallis went to a seeding meeting in Albuquerque on Sunday determined to get the Lady Rams the No. 1 slot for the Class 3A state team tennis tournament. Mission accomplished. Now the next step is to go out and prove the seed is […]

Lady Rams take district team crown

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Michelle Wallis had been waiting four days for a rematch after her Portales High girls tennis team lost at Lovington 5-4. The Lady Rams got their revenge on Saturday, beating the Lady Wildcats 6-3 in the finals of the District 4-3A tennis team championship. Both squads qualified for next week’s Class […]

Portales netters qualify four individual entries for state

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales High qualified one singles and one doubles for the boys and both doubles teams for the girls on Friday in Class 1-3A District 4 individual tennis competition with top-three finishes. The Rams and Lady Rams return to Lovington today for team competition. Class 1-3A state tennis team competition is scheduled […]

PHS wins in tuneups

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PNT staff CLOVIS — It’ll be a quick turnaround today for Portales High’s tennis teams, but at least they weren’t severely tested on Thursday. The Rams and Lady Rams completed dual matches against Clovis suspended by rain and lightning last week, with the Rams winning 7-2 and the Lady Rams posting a 9-0 shutout. Portales […]

Lovington downs PHS tennis squads

LOVINGTON — Portales High’s tennis teams took it on the chin in District 4-3A duals against Lovington on Tuesday, but the Rams and Lady Rams figure to get quick shots at a return match. Lovington won the boys matchup 6-3 and took a 5-4 victory in the girls dual. Lovington’s boys finished second in the […]

Hounds split with No. 7 Abilene Christian

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PNT staff Derrick Kennedy delivered a two-out, two-run double and Justin Gee followed with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team past Abilene Christian 4-0 on Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader at Greyhound Field. The Wildcats, ranked […]

PHS tennis squads cruise past Valley Christian

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PNT staff Portales’ tennis teams were virtually assured of dual wins Tuesday when they took on the first-year Roswell Valley Christian program at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts. Valley Chritian brought just four girls and three boys to the contests. Although some of the matches were fairly competitive, the Rams and Lady Rams […]

Goddard netters turn back PHS

PNT staff ROSWELL — Portales’ tennis teams were competitive with Roswell Goddard on Tuesday. They just came up a little short. Goddard posted a 6-3 win in the boys dual, while taking the girls matchup 5-4 in a dual that featured four matches decided by third-set “super-tiebreakers.” “Roswell High (which edged the Lady Rams 5-4 […]

PHS girls win dual on final match

PNT staff ROSWELL — Sophomores Kassandra Short and Tessa Bryant provided the deciding win for the Portales High girls tennis team on Tuesday night. Short and Bryant teamed up to beat Roswell High’s Marisol Campos and JoVanna Hernandez 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles in the final match of the dual, giving the Lady Rams […]

PHS netters roll past Artesia

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Neither boys coach Wade Fraze nor girls coach Michelle Wallis was totally happy with the performances of their teams. The results were satisfying, though. Portales’ boys handed Artesia a 9-0 loss in matches played at Zia Tennis Complex while the girls, playing mainly at the PHS courts, cruised to […]