Tarleton State doubles up Hounds

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Sophomore quarterback Scott Grantham threw for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday and 17th-ranked Tarleton State posted a 42-21 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Eastern New Mexico University. The Texans (7-1, 2-1 South) opened a 21-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half and […]

Ella Erf takes third in state singles tennis

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PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Ella Erf wanted to finish her tennis career at Portales with a singles state championship. She didn’t find a title, but as she exits stage left, she does so with a third place trophy. Erf lost in the 3A semifinals in straight sets Saturday to Bosque freshman Dara McDevitt […]

Portales’ Erf, Partin brothers reach semis

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales senior Ella Erf and the Ram doubles tandem of Walker and Skyler Partin advanced to the state tennis semifinals after big wins Friday afternoon in Albuquerque. Tournament second-seeded Erf advanced with a a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lovington’s seventh-seeded Lauryn Hess in the girls singles 1A-3A quarterfinals. “Ella did […]

Portales tennis heads to state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams both battled to team district championships this spring. This weekend, they hope to bring home a blue trophy for a state championship. The Lady Rams enter the tournament seeded number two, behind Bosque School. The Portales girls face seventh-seeded Cobre in the […]

Clovis trips up PHS girls

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Billie Merritt knew her Clovis High girls tennis squad didn’t face the full Portales “A” team on Wednesday at CHS, but she said the Lady Wildcats can build off their showing. Clovis finished its 2007 dual schedule with a 7-5 record after defeating the Lady Rams 6-3 in […]

Tennis rackets fare well in Amarillo

PNT Staff Report Portales senior Ella Erf and the Partin brothers came away with first place finishes at an Amarillo tennis tournament Thursday and Friday. “We played well,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “I was especially encouraged by our doubles teams.” Erf led the Lady Ram charge, winning all of her singles matches, before beating […]

Ram tennis trounces Roswell

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Ram and Lady Ram tennis teams continued preparation for a big weekend tournament by routing Roswell High Tuesday afternoon in Portales. The Portales boys won all six singles matches and took two of three doubles competitions while the girls won five of six singles matches and two […]

Lady Wildcats double up Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Clovis Wildcat girls tennis team used a dominating doubles performance to charge a 6-3 team victory over the Portales girls Tuesday afternoon at the Portales and Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts. The Portales boys, however, defeated Clovis 7-2. Clovis girls head coach Billie Merritt was happy with […]

Rams ready to serve more power

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales tennis team brought home plenty of hardware from last year’s state tennis tournament, and they hope to have a repeat performance this spring. Senior Ella Erf and junior Bethany Self compose the meat of the Portales girls lineup. Erf and Self combined to go undefeated and win […]

Pennell reaches semi-finals at LSC tournament

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Amy Pennell reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles before bowing out in the Lone Star Conference Individual Championships tennis tournament over the weekend, hosted by Midwestern State. Pennell beat Midwestern’s Berkley Peeples 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 5 singles quarterfinals on Friday, but lost to Gabriela del […]

PHS netters preparing for state singles, doubles

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer When Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self take the No. 1 seed into doubles competition in this weekend’s Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque, they’ll be shooting for perfection. Neither has lost a match all season in singles, and they’ve compiled a 14-0 record in doubles […]

St. Michael’s downs PHS in semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams will have to wait another year for a shot at a Class 3A state tennis championship. Portales played competitively for the most part, but couldn’t match Santa Fe St. Michael’s depth on Saturday in dropping a 6-3 semifinal decision to the Lady Horsemen at Sierra Vista Tennis […]

Lady Rams seeded No. 1 in 3A state team tennis

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Portales High girls tennis coach Michelle Wallis went to a seeding meeting in Albuquerque on Sunday determined to get the Lady Rams the No. 1 slot for the Class 3A state team tennis tournament. Mission accomplished. Now the next step is to go out and prove the seed is […]

Lady Rams take district team crown

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Michelle Wallis had been waiting four days for a rematch after her Portales High girls tennis team lost at Lovington 5-4. The Lady Rams got their revenge on Saturday, beating the Lady Wildcats 6-3 in the finals of the District 4-3A tennis team championship. Both squads qualified for next week’s Class […]

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 wins in tuneups

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PNT staff CLOVIS — It’ll be a quick turnaround today for Portales High’s tennis teams, but at least they weren’t severely tested on Thursday. The Rams and Lady Rams completed dual matches against Clovis suspended by rain and lightning last week, with the Rams winning 7-2 and the Lady Rams posting a 9-0 shutout. Portales […]

Lovington downs PHS tennis squads

LOVINGTON — Portales High’s tennis teams took it on the chin in District 4-3A duals against Lovington on Tuesday, but the Rams and Lady Rams figure to get quick shots at a return match. Lovington won the boys matchup 6-3 and took a 5-4 victory in the girls dual. Lovington’s boys finished second in the […]

PHS tennis squads cruise past Valley Christian

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PNT staff Portales’ tennis teams were virtually assured of dual wins Tuesday when they took on the first-year Roswell Valley Christian program at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts. Valley Chritian brought just four girls and three boys to the contests. Although some of the matches were fairly competitive, the Rams and Lady Rams […]

PHS netters roll past Artesia

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Neither boys coach Wade Fraze nor girls coach Michelle Wallis was totally happy with the performances of their teams. The results were satisfying, though. Portales’ boys handed Artesia a 9-0 loss in matches played at Zia Tennis Complex while the girls, playing mainly at the PHS courts, cruised to […]

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 […]