Rosin up your bow

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Lance Dial’s music career began at age 14 when he picked up a fiddle. Twenty-four years later he still saws on the fiddle and has even written a few songs along the way. Dial returns to the area Wednesday to play at Kelley’s Bar and Grill after spending the […]

Rams can’t finish rally against Bernalillo

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — After losing twice to Portales by double-figure margins in late December and early January, the Bernalillo Spartans hardly looked like they were in position to defend their Class 3A title. Saturday, though, they returned the favor against the Rams and earned back-to-back titles for the first time in school history […]

PHS nips Lovington to nab title

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams found a way Saturday night. With their shots not dropping from the start, the Rams played well enough defensively and eventually got Lovington’s big men in foul trouble, rallying for a 49-48 win over the Wildcats in the finals of the District 4-3A boys basketball tournament at the PHS […]

Rams struggle to beat NMMI, then get help for district title

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By Dave Wagner It wasn’t a very satisfying win, but it more than got the job done. Struggling for the second time this season against New Mexico Military, the Portales High boys led wire-to-wire but didn’t nail down the game until the closing moments in beating the undermanned Colts 46-37 on Friday at the PHS […]

Rams fall into early hole they can’t escape

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — The Portales High boys’ celebration was quickly put on hold by the Lovington Wildcats on Friday night. Lovington opened a 17-0 lead late in the first quarter and held the Rams at bay the rest of the way en route to a 61-47 victory that left the teams tied for the […]

Rams survive late scare, get past Colts

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales High boys basketball team maintained its lead in the District 4-3A race Friday night — barely — and the Rams couldn’t be happier about it. After leading the entire game, PHS sent New Mexico Military junior Zachary Nishino to the free throw line for a 1-and-1 opportunity with 0.7 […]

Jewelry store set for golden anniversary

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. The owners of Woody’s Jewelry, Danny and Chris Woodward, will be celebrating their business’s 50th anniversary in March. The Woodwards have brought eloquence to […]

Technicals help lift Rams past Wildcats

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team got off to the kind of start it needed in its District 4-3A schedule, winning twice at home. Now, after downing rival Lovington 62-50 on Friday night at the PHS gym, the Rams will try to carry it over to the road, where they play three […]

Rams win district opener

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By Dave Wagner Mark Gallegos was glad to get the first one out of the way. Senior guard Chris Carter scored 15 points and Portales High led all the way except for a brief tie late in the half in dispatching Ruidoso 51-41 Tuesday night in the District 4-3A opener for both teams at the […]

Rams down Tucumcari in final non-district tilt

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By Dave Wagner If the Portales Rams were sluggish Tuesday night, it hardly showed to Tucumcari boys coach John Span. Portales jumped on the Rattlers for the game’s first nine points and never relinquished the lead in posting a 61-41 victory at the PHS gym. Senior Chris Kirchner posted a double-double with 12 points and […]