Fiesta of faith continues at St. Helen’s

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Helena Rodriguez The four-day fiesta of faith at St. Helen Catholic Church draws to a close today, but not until after another full day of celebration, which will include the crowing of a queen and princess at noon. Today’s event will also include food and game booths, Christian music and a game of soccer at […]

Clovis moves past Portales in four games

By Kevin Wilson In the matchup between sister cities, big sister won yet again. The visiting Lady Wildcats struggled at times, but had enough in the tank for a 25-11, 28-26, 21-25, 25-17 win over Portales Thursday evening at Portales High School. Clovis earned a season sweep of Portales (3-0) and moved to 10-1 on […]

Elliott does not expect Hounds to cruise

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s football team had an easy time with Northeastern State in 2002, rolling to a 46-14 victory at Blackwater Draw. Coach Bud Elliott doesn’t expect that type of game when the teams collide at 1 p.m. (MDT) Saturday on the Redmen’s home field in Tahlequah, Okla. ENMU owns a […]

Rams to face rebuilding Raton

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Rams are striving for perfection, despite a flurry of injuries. The Raton Tigers are just looking to get better. Portales (2-0) hosts Raton (0-2) at 7 p.m. tonight at Greyhound Stadium, and Rams coach Glen Johnson expects the rebuilding Tigers to challenge his team like they always do. “It’s always […]

Greyhounds get ready for Fassel and Cowboys

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By Dave Wagner John Fassel knew he was stepping into a tough situation this season as New Mexico Highlands head football coach. The Cowboys entered the 2003 campaign with a 12-game losing streak, and didn’t figure to break it in their opener. They didn’t, losing 72-13 on Aug. 30 at Northern Colorado — which is […]

Zia soccer team earns first victory

By Mike Linn They practice on a field about 1/2 the size of their game day turf, working on mental quickness and short passes, turning split-second breakdowns in defense into shot-on-goal opportunities. Meet the Eastern New Mexico University first-year women’s soccer team, a hodgepodge of junior college transfers, local club stars and freshmen recruits from […]

Conquerors cruise to first win

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By Kevin Wilson School was in session for Faith Triumphant on Saturday, as its veteran team taught Six-Man Football 101 to Evangel Christian Academy. The host Conquerors were never challenged against a team playing its first six-man game, as sophomore Luis McCain accounted for 198 yards of offense and five touchdowns in a 62-6 rout […]

Rams lose top receiver for season

PNT Staff Portales improved to 2-0 with a 22-14 win at Tularosa on Friday, but lost its No. 1 receiver for the rest of the season. Senior Manuel Sisneros suffered a torn spleen in the second half of Friday’s game against the Class 2A Wildcats. Portales football coach Glen Johnson said that Sisneros will likely […]

Roswell sneaks past Portales

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By Kevin Wilson In 2002, these were the matches that Roswell would invariably give away. In the late hours of Tuesday night, it became the type of match the Lady Coyotes somehow won, and the Portales Lady Rams somehow lost. Roswell won its season opener with a roller coaster five-set win over Portales. “My kids […]

Lady Rams pick up first win

By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Megan Kabrick and Kelly Parkey keyed a match-ending 5-0 run, and the Portales Lady Rams salvaged a seventh-place finish in the gold bracket at the Lady Wildcat Invitational on Saturday. Portales (1-3) slumped after a strong showing in pool play, but swept Artesia to claim its first win of the […]

Greyhounds will key on defense

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By Dave Wagner If the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are to end a 20-year playoff drought, they will rely heavily on a veteran defense and an offense that has some explosive weapons. The Greyhounds have posted a 28-14 record over the past four seasons under head coach Bud Elliott, including 8-3 last year when […]

Portales drops season opener

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — For a while, it appeared the Portales Lady Rams had Clovis High on the ropes in second game of Tuesday night’s volleyball opener for both teams at Rock Staubus Gym. Portales built a 12-8 lead in the second game and led until late. But the Lady Wildcats survived their struggles […]

PHS coaches pleased with first days of practice

By Kevin Wilson The Portales High School football and volleyball teams ended their previous seasons as a state runnerup, but early indications are that each has a solid shot at improving upon those marks. Monday was the first day for practices to begin in both sports, and each team featured a high turnout according to […]

Greyhounds’ coach anticipates season

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott still looks forward to the start of practice each fall. A broken hip sustained during spring practice when he couldn’t avoid a collision on a play which spilled over the sideline has slowed Elliott a bit, but coaching football helps keep him […]

Local players set for 1A/2A All-Star Game

Freedom Newspapers Three area players will get a chance today to add another win to state-championship high school careers. Dora graduates Matt Carpenter and Chris Rolston, along with Adrian Loera of Texico, are set to represent the South in the 25th annual Class 1A/2A North-South All-Star Game. The game is set for a 6 p.m. […]

Long claims MVP award at North-South game

By Kevin Wilson Les Long spent the 2002 football season proving he was one of the best in Class 3A. Two Saturdays ago, he proved himself to be the most valuable. Long, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound fullback, was one of six Portales representatives in the Class 3A North-South All-Star football game, held July 12 in Las […]

Ram football squad looking to make transition

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By Kevin Wilson On Saturday, Glen Johnson got a chance to show that Portales’ senior class of 2002-03 belongs in the category of Class 3A’s elite. Come August, Johnson hopes his remaining nucleus can prove that it belongs in that class as well. Johnson and six Ram seniors from last year’s Class 3A runner up […]

Roosevelt forces issue

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Roosevelt County took advantage of Zia fielding miscues to take a 7-0 lead in the second inning at Brady Field, and went on to force another game for the Junior League District 3 title at 7 p.m. tonight. Ryan Acosta rode the early run support to a complete-game pitching […]

Roosevelt teams split games in Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Pitching was the only thing that wasn’t a problem early on for the Roosevelt County All-Stars. Once they took care of their hitting and fielding, it got easy after that. Roosevelt broke open a close game with an eight-run fourth inning, en route to a 21-5 pasting of Clovis […]

American holds off Roosevelt in All-Star tourney

By Kevin Wilson It took only three pitches for Stephan Mills to make his mark. It took about 90 more minutes for the pitching to leave a lasting impression. Mills hit a leadoff homer and combined with Seth Baily on a three-hitter to top a similar effort from Joe Sandoval, and the American All-Stars defeated […]