Portales softball team wins district title

By Kevin Wilson For the Portales girls softball team, it was a Saturday like no other. It was like most April days in Portales, with a slight wind and the sun beating down, but today was different — for when the Lady Rams arrived back in Portales that afternoon, they did it as District 4-3A […]

Rams swept, but still earn state berth

By Kevin Wilson Portales needed a sweep to win district or a split to earn a playoff berth. The Rams got neither, but backed into the Class 3A state tournament after New Mexico Military Institute dropped its nightcap against Ruidoso, 3-1. Portales coach Arturo Ontiveros wasn’t happy about his team’s games at Lovington, and admitted […]

Track teams finish fourth

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Both Portales High track teams finished fourth behind host Lovington, Artesia and Roswell High in Friday’s seven-school Ross Black Relays. For the boys, the best finishes were seconds by Tyler Johnson in discus (125-8 3/4) and the 1,600 relay team of Steven Heckert, Amador Lujan, Joey Moore and Jason Needham (3:45.10). […]

ENMU gets physical — again

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By Kevin Wilson For the second time in as many years, teachers and athletes at Eastern New Mexico University took a day to show local children how important education was — in a physical sense. Greyhound Arena played host Saturday to the university’s second annual physical education day, a part of the national P.E. day […]

Hounds fall short of winning season

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for its first winning season since 2000 came up just short. After earning a Lone Star Conference South Division split with NCAA Division II fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on Friday with a 5-0, three-hit shutout from junior left-hander David Swinconos, the Greyhounds went down twice on […]

Fort Sumner cruises in 3-1A

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Floyd’s girls nearly slipped up and stole a Class 1A state track championship a year ago, falling three points short of heavily-favored Fort Sumner. The Lady Broncos’ job will be much harder this year, but they have hopes of doing well in next weekend’s Class 1A state meet in Albuquerque. […]

Ropers descend on Clovis

Shorty Sanders of Capitan said it’s more American than baseball. Organizer Scot Stinnett said it’s more difficult that golf. Wendy Lacina, who came from Amarillo with her two young sons to support her husband, described it as great family fun. All were in Clovis on Saturday for the second day of the Joe’s Boot Shop […]

5/1 School News

Portales Junior High School Track results The Portales girls’ team members earned the following awards at the Hagerman track meet: 110 meter hurdles, Dallas Russell, second and Ashlee Banister, fourth; 100 meter dash, Tara Johnson, first; mile run, LeAnne Blaeser, sixth; 800 meter relay, eighth grade, fifth place; 400 meter dash, Lindsay Keller, third and […]

Car accident kills teen, injures another

Freedom Newspapers A one-vehicle crash north of Clovis early Saturday morning left one Clovis teen dead and another in critical condition. Adam Romero, 15, the passenger, died at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Wesley Waller of the New Mexico State Police. The driver, Charles Valero, 16, of Clovis, was in critical condition […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]