ENMU piano student set to compete

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By Celena Cordova, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University music performance major and international Chinese student Chenggang Wang loves competition, and his drive for competition helped him win first place in the Young Artist’s Piano Competition for New Mexico at the beginning of this month. According to a press release, Wang is now preparing […]

Former Hound recalls Olympic competition

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By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of stories on Olympians with ties to eastern New Mexico. The 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was just another place to run for Rex Maddaford.“It is an amazing experience and many get taken in by the whole idea of being […]

Brooks wins national music competition

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends side by side with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the piano. “He wanted to learn ‘Home on the Range,’ so I used masking tape on the keys and numbered them on two octaves,” recalled […]

End-of-school scheduling conflicts still plague Portales High School

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter While the goal of many high school students is to graduate and receive that coveted high school diploma. Some Portales seniors will have to make a tough choice about their high school graduation. This year the seniors qualifying for state on the Portales Rams track team will have to […]

PHS choir is runner-up in state competition

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A state-wide choir competition had never been held in New Mexico until this year. Portales High School’s choir took advantage of the chance to compete and came away as the runner-up in Class 3A.

Cheer squad now no cause for concern

By Anita Doberman This past weekend I attended my oldest daughter’s first cheerleading competition. Actually, it was also my first cheerleading competition. I arrived at this event with mixed feelings. Cheerleading has been a big point of contention between my husband and me. Unfortunately, while he agreed to let our daughter be part of a […]

October 19, 1986

• The Portales Junior High School cheerleaders brought home the first place trophy for their performance at the Eastern New Mexico Cheerleading Competition. Team members Brandi Amundson and Donna Rogers were selected as “Shining Stars” during the competition. • A one pound box of Zesta crackers was on sale at Parkway Supermarket for 98 cents […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo begins today

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than 8, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

‘Bombs’ away

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills in two separate competitions Friday morning at Cannon Air Force Base. Eight of the bases represented, including Cannon, fall under the 12th Air Force, which is headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Airmen from Hurlburt Field in Florida also […]

Fists and feet of fury

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Keene Brown is like most 13-year-old boys. He works hard in school, helps his family on the farm and loves annoying his older sister. But there’s something different about this Portales boy — something revealed by that dark length of cloth wrapped around his waist. Keene is a first-degree […]

Hounds falter at Div. II outdoor track meet

Freedom Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Things didn’t go quite as well as had been hoped on Saturday for Eastern New Mexico University’s entrants in NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field competition. Senior Zach Gerleve fouled on each of his first two throws in javelin, then threw 185 feet, 3 inches on his final […]

Clovis Christian’s Bell wins 1A triple jump

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. He barely missed winning in high jump. That performance gave CCS 12 team points after the first […]

ENMU’s Lelei finishes ninth overall

Freedom Newspapers WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Nimrod Lelei just missed qualifying for NCAA Division II national cross country competition on Saturday, placing ninth overall in the South Central Region meet hosted by Central Missouri. ENMU’s men finished 13th out of 17 teams overall, while the women came in 15th out of […]

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. […]

County fair kicks off new home arts competition

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A new competition added to the home arts and crafts portion of the Roosevelt County Fair had contestants preparing their baked goods and homemade delicacies in advance. This was the first year for the overall home arts sweepstakes competition. The winner of the competition is based on a points […]

Dora girl wins New Mexico America Princess crown

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Krystle Siarza: Special to PNT Madison Belcher, 5, of Dora was a stranger to the pageant life until this weekend when she was crowned Miss New Mexico American Coed Princess, Friday in Albuquerque. Kalila Pack, 8, of Clovis finished third in the Sweetheart division. Madison, a student at Elida Elementary, didn’t join the pageant for […]

Clark makes his mark at WJHFR

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer A 14-year-old Dora student recently returned from competing in the 2006 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup last week. Dora resident Jesse Clark competed in the ribbon roping, tie-down roping, goat tying and chute dogging. “I did good in the short round (tie-down roping),” Clark said. “But in the […]

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 band scores superior ratings

By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band received superior ratings in district competition Thursday in Clovis. It was the first time in six years the band received the highest ratings in marching band, concert band and sight reading competition. The band had earlier this year aced the marching band competition. Thursday, the concert […]

Perfection PHS band’s main goal

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By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band has already won a superior rating in marching band competition this year, and now the band hopes to get superior ratings at the concert band and sight reading district competition next week in Clovis. Jeremy Smith, an alto saxophone player in the band, said he is […]