Teen pulls repeat in spelling bee

By David Irvin A little extra effort each day helped Zach Gillooly repeat Saturday as the regional spelling bee. The next stop for the 13-year-old Yucca Junior High student on the spelling bee circuit is Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the national level. “There’s a lot of competition there (in Washington),” he said. […]

Many hope for bond to pass

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The best in the world traveled to South Korea for the International Tae Kwon Do Federation World Championships and competitors from Portales and Clovis battled others, with Audra Brown from Portales, winning a bronze medal. “The competition was very tough and challenging,” Brown said. “I […]

Athletes return from world tae kwon do tournament

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The best in the world traveled to South Korea for the International Tae Kwon Do Federation World Championships and competitors from Portales and Clovis battled others, with Audra Brown from Portales winning a bronze medal. “The competition was very tough and challenging,” Brown said. “I […]

Roosevelt fair queen finishes as runnerup

By Laurie Stone Roosevelt County Fair Queen, Adrienne Coe, represented her County at the New Mexico State Fair last week. The youngest of 14 girls, she was competing for the title of New Mexico State Fair Queen in Albuquerque. In the 2003-04 competition, Silver Paiz was the first queen ever chosen from Roosevelt County to […]

ENMU junior named state fair queen

By Ryan Lengerich Ashlee Stallings spent Sept. 5 in bed in a battle with strep throat. There was no way she could compete for the state fair queen crown, she thought. If that was not bad enough, it was her 20th birthday. The Curry County fair queen representative fought the illness and made it to […]

Tae kwon do students to compete in Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]

Clovis team qualifies for national tourney

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Clovis youth prepares for national spelling bee

By Ryan Lengerich His friends call him Zack, but Tuesday he will be known simply as “Speller No. 141.” That number will be assigned to Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly when he represents eastern New Mexico in a three-day competition this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New […]

PHS players ready to fend for selves

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis team probably won’t spend much of Wednesday and Thursday wondering if the girls team can defend its Class 1A-3A championship. That’s because the tennis program should be busy enough in individual competition. In total, nine players will represent Portales in individual competition. “In 30 years of going, we’ve […]

ENMU track teams finish in last place

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Ricardo Hernandez and Zach Gerleve highlighted Eastern New Mexico University performances over the weekend in the two-day Lone Star Conference track meet. ENMU finished last in both divisions of the six-team meet, scoring 28 points on the men’s side and 11 in women’s competition. Angelo State ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year […]