PHS golf teams finish second

By Kevin Wilson It felt like a win for the Portales girls golf team, even though the scoreboard said otherwise. The opposite seemed true for the Clovis girls. Clovis won Monday’s tournament at Portales Country Club, but the host Lady Rams earned a qualifying score toward the Class 1A-3A state tournament. Clovis, which is in […]

Portales girls tennis team takes first in Roswell

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — The Portales girls tennis team lost only five flights in five matches en route to a first-place finish in Roswell Friday and Saturday. The Lady Rams (13-2) competed in a round-robin tournament against Goddard, Roswell, Farmington, New Mexico Military Institute and Robertson. The Portales boys (11-4) competed against the same teams, […]

Swing is king for Lady Ram softball

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By Kevin Wilson Kelly Parkey jokes that she wouldn’t be a great pitcher for the Portales girls softball team, but she’d take the mound in a heartbeat. The 5-foot-6 senior is comfortable playing shortstop for the Lady Rams, and she’s also comfortable with fellow senior Kassadra Richards pitching, but she’d be willing to do just […]

PHS tennis teams split Saturday matches

Freedom Newspapers Both Portales teams split a pair of home matches Saturday, moving them to 3-2 on the season. The Ram boys defeated Amarillo Caprock 7-2 in their opener, but dropped a 9-0 decision in the second match against defending Class 1A-3A champion Las Vegas Robertson. The Portales girls, meanwhile, defeated Robertson 8-1 and lost […]

Portales tennis teams finish third at Goddard

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Both Portales teams responded from a tough opening match, and each finished in third place at the Goddard Invitational tennis tournament, held Friday and Saturday by Goddard and Roswell High School. The tournament puts both Portales teams at 2-1 on the season heading into its home opener. PHS faces Caprock, Texas, […]

PHS cheerleaders fare ‘well’ at nationals

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Tony Parra The Portales Lady Rams cheerleading team’s first trip to the United Cheerleader Association’s national high school competition for the senior girls led to a 25th-place showing out of 63 teams on Feb. 7 – 8 in Orlando, Fla. “We did real well, considering our resources,” James Villanueva, first-year varsity cheerleading coach, said. “Other […]

FTCS News, Jan. 18

Basketball games this week include: Junior high boys and girls will play Thursday at Lubbock All Saints at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (MST); Junior varsity girls will play Victory Christian Carlsbad at 5 p.m. at Conqueror Gym; and varsity boys host Lubbock Home Schoolers at 1 p.m. Remember, no school on Monday in observance […]

Vixens hammer Lady Buffs in EPAC

Dave Wagner By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dave_wagner@link.freedom.com TEXICO — Fort Sumner and Melrose traded the lead for a few minutes at the start before it turned into a game of runs. Fort Sumner’s runs were much longer than Melrose’s, and were more than enough to carry the Vixens into the girls semifinals of […]

EPAC has wide-open feel this time around

By Dave Wagner After a six-year domination by Texico and Elida, the 2004 Eastern Plains Athletic Conference girls tournament has a more wide-open feel to it. While Texico (1998-2001) and Elida (2002-03) have combined for the last six EPAC girls titles, several others could challenge in this year’s 10-school event which begins today at Texico […]

Portales youth prepares for national tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Kalee Haragan is still two years away from following in her sister’s footsteps with Portales High School tennis. For now, she’s making her own path. Haragan, 12, is competing this weekend in the Grand Prix Playoff in New Braunfels, Texas, a national tournament of the United States Professional Tennis Association. The tournament […]

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 […]

Past papers paint Portales picture

Remember Roosevelt County in 1953? Here are some of the top stories from the pages of The Portales Daily News: — The Farm Bureau adopted 12 resolutions during its annual meeting. Among them: “We believe the best way to secure and maintain world peace is by trading with other countries.” And “We urge less government […]

Roybal out as Fort Sumner coach

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]

Maypole a source of pride for PHS seniors

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By Angela Peacock Choosing a partner to waltz in circles while weaving pastel-colored ribbons in the sky has been a tradition at Portales High School for 76 years. Originally a simple winding of one pole, Portales’ Maypole celebration began in 1929 when dancing was prohibited at the school. Now it’s believed to be the longest […]

Portales girls tennis team moves on to state

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams continued their drive towards their second state title in three seasons, and the Rams came four games away from pulling off what would have been the biggest upset in Class 1A-3A tennis. Host New Mexico Military Institute defeated the Rams 4-1 in boys action for the District […]

Sports roundup

By Kevin Wilson Qualifying in track events has proven to be no challenge for Noel Carpenter. What’s difficult for the Floyd sophomore is to remember them all. Carpenter qualified for nine events in this weekend’s state track and field tournament in Albuquerque, though meet rules stipulate that an athlete can only compete in five at […]

PHS to be well-represented in All-Stars

By Kevin Wilson There’s no telling who will come out on top in this summer’s North-South Class 3A All-Star games, or which former rivals will make the best teammates. The only thing that is for sure is that Portales High School will be well-represented. Tori Carter and Jennie Gentry were named to the inaugural 3A […]

Portales overpowers Clovis in tennis

By Kevin Wilson It was the question on everybody’s mind following Thursday night’s tennis matches: Why doesn’t Patricia Gallegos wear a hairtie? “I like to wear my lucky visor,” the Clovis sophomore and No. 1 singles player said of her hair habit and her 3-year-old Adidas visor, “and I dont like to wear a pony […]

Elida blasts Fort Sumner to claim EPAC repeat

Kevin Wilson The Fort Sumner Vixens wrote the opening chapters for an Eastern Plains Athletic Conference upset, as a disciplined game helped them keep pace with defending champion Elida. The second half was a different story, as the Lady Tigers showed Fort Sumner why they’re a heavyweight, both in EPAC and Class 1A. Elida blanked […]