Lady Rams capture Artesia tourney

PNT Staff ARTESIA — The Portales Lady Rams swept the top three divisions in singles on Friday and the top two in doubles on Saturday to capture the championship in the eight-team Artesia Invitational tennis tournament. Portales finished with 60 team points, with Artesia coming in second and Lovington placing third. In boys competition, New […]

Portales tennis sweeps Ruidoso

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Freedom Newspapers At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls. Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday. “I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis said. […]

Zias swept by Abilene Christian

Freedom Newspapers Abilene Christian lost no more than three games in any set on Wednesday and handed Eastern New Mexico University a 9-0 loss in a season-opening women’s tennis dual at Zia Tennis Complex. The Zias’ closest matches came 6-3, 6-2 losses by Tracy Hughes to Sarah Vucic at No. 4 singles and by Cassidy […]

Tournament set for July 22-24

PNT Staff The Bill Wahlman Classic tennis tournament is set for July 22-24. The tournament will be divided into junior and adult events. Entrants are limited to three events, but juniors who wish to play in adult events can enter up to three events in each division. The tournament entry fees are $10 for each […]

Spilca too much for Lady Rams

PNT Staff In the end, a five-time state singles champion was the difference in making sure Portales didn’t become a three-time team champion over the weekend. Mariana Spilca claimed wins in both the singles and doubles category, giving Sandia Prep a 5-4 win over Portales for the Class 1-3A girls tennis title Saturday in Albuquerque. […]

Tennis teams advance to state

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PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales made a strong showing at the weekend’s District 4/1-3A tournament this weekend at New Mexico Military Institute, as both the boys and girls team made the state tournament along with six individual players. The Lady Rams, who have won the last two state team championships, will go in as the […]

Portales coasts by Roswell

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PNT Staff Tiebreakers didn’t go Portales’ way on Tuesday when the high school girls tennis teams needed them. They broke Portales’ way on Thursday, when the Lady Rams didn’t need them. Morgan Erf played a role in two of four tiebreaker wins for Portales, and only a defaulted match kept the host Lady Rams from […]

PHS tennis teams knock off Clovis

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By Dave Wagner Portales High’s tennis teams have gotten the better of Clovis for quite a few years, and Thursday’s matchup at the PHS tennis courts was no different. The Portales boys posted a 7-2 win over Clovis, while the girls notched an 8-1 victory over the Lady Wildcats. Clovis, though, did take five matches […]

PHS splits tennis duals at NMMI

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales High girls tennis team didn’t lose a set all day and cruised past New Mexico Military 9-0 in a District 4-3A dual on Tuesday. The Lady Rams improved to 11-2 for the season, including 2-1 in district duals. NMMI won the boys matchup 6-3, dropping PHS to 7-6 (1-2). […]

Hounds manage split against WT

PNT Staff CANYON, Texas — Hoping to make hay in the Lone Star Conference South Division against a struggling rival, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team could only manage a four-game series split at West Texas A&M. After winning 7-2 and losing 8-1 in Friday’s twin bill, the Greyhounds erupted for 19 hits in a […]

PHS tennis teams win easily

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High tennis teams got back on track Thursday. Two days after most of the varsity players were left at home for a school violation, the Rams and Lady Rams had their way with District 4-3A rival Lovington in rolling to 9-0 victories. The boys had to go to a 10-point […]

Ruidoso beats PHS in tennis

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — Ruidoso swept District 4-3A tennis duals from Portales on Tuesday, winning the girls matchup 8-1 and the boys dual 7-2. The Lady Rams (9-2 in duals) played shorthanded, with only four girls participating. They defaulted at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and at No. 3 doubles. Portales’ only win came at […]

PHS tennis squads rout Artesia

PNT Staff ARTESIA — Portales High’s tennis teams had no trouble with Artesia on Tuesday, not losing a set all day in rolling to 9-0 victories. The PHS boys lost only five games in singles and seven in doubles in improving their dual record for the year to 6-4. Chris Kirchner, Chance Plummer and Nathan […]

Lady Rams take team title in Roswell meet

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales High’s girls swept all 10 doubles matches and edged Hobbs on a tiebreaker for the team title of a six-team invitational tournament Friday and Saturday, hosted by Roswell High. Portales and Hobbs each finished with 15 wins in 20 matches, but the Lady Rams won the head-to-head competition 3-1 for […]

Portales girls win Coyote Classic

PNT Staff Freshman Whitney Miller went undefeated on the weekend, and the Portales girls tennis team improved their record to 8-1 while winning the Coyote Classic Tennis Tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Roswell. Miller, playing No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles with Kassandra Short, won all three matches in both divisions as Portales […]

ENMU tennis team battling numbers

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PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis coach Christine Blaeser likes to win as much as the next person, but for now she’s trying to get her team through another season. Blaeser, in her 15th year as the ENMU coach, won’t be able to field a full team this weekend when the Zias open […]

PHS tennis teams place third, fourth

PNT Staff ROSWELL — In their first action of the year, the Portales boys and girls tennis teams each ended up in the third-place match on Saturday in the Goddard Invitational. From that point, it was a story of small breaks — the girls got them and finished third, while the boys didn’t and finished […]

PHS teams end regular season on high note

Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis teams finished off their home season with 5-0 wins against Roswell High Thursday afternoon. The wins put the Portales girls at 18-2, the boys at 15-5. The matches were played in district format, with players compete only in singles or only in doubles. Hailey Quick, Rachelle Self and Morgan Erf […]

Girls tennis team perfect in district

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Freedom Newspapers The Portales girls tennis team wrapped up a perfect District 4-3A season, holding off New Mexico Military Institute 4-1 Monday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex Monday . Portales (15-2) won two of three singles flights and both doubles flights. The matches were closer than the final score indicated, as Jessica Bulls and […]

Portales girls tennis team takes first in Roswell

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — The Portales girls tennis team lost only five flights in five matches en route to a first-place finish in Roswell Friday and Saturday. The Lady Rams (13-2) competed in a round-robin tournament against Goddard, Roswell, Farmington, New Mexico Military Institute and Robertson. The Portales boys (11-4) competed against the same teams, […]