Lady Rams advance to semis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams knew they could beat District 4-3A rival Ruidoso — heck, they’d already done it three times this season by double-figure margins. The fourth one, in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday at The Pit, came a little harder before the defending champions […]

Lady Rams crush Lovington

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer With the District 4-3A No. 1 seed tucked tightly in their pocket, the Portales Lady Rams are cruising through the second half of their district schedule, undefeated in district play with one game left. Three Lady Rams scored in double figures as the Portales girls dominated Lovington Saturday evening […]

Lady Rams edge Roswell

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Portales Lady Rams may have grown up Thursday night. The Portales girls outscored Roswell High 14-2 in the third quarter, overcoming a 12-point half time deficit and the loss of senior Briana Hernandez early in the game, to shock the top-ranked 4A Roswell Lady Coyotes at Portales High School […]

Lady Cats fall to Sandia in tourney semifinals

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — The Clovis girls basketball team was taught a physical lesson on Friday, but it’s one that Lady Wildcats coach Miles Watters hopes will benefit his squad in the future. In the semifinals of the Mel Otero Invitational, Sandia knocked off Clovis 57-45 to move into the championship against Rio […]

Lady Rams set sights on repeating

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Brenda Gomez doesn’t make excuses. She plays the hand she’s dealt, and usually plays it well. After leading the Lady Rams to their sixth state championship last year, the Portales girls basketball coach finds herself with a brand new pair of hole cards, but one she thinks she can […]

Portales seniors want to finish career with title

By Mickey Winfield: CNJ staff writer Two of Portales’ starting seniors didn’t start playing the game of volleyball until their eighth-grade year, and in the next week, they’ll be called upon to help the Lady Rams win their fifth state championship in the last seven years. Lady Ram seniors Ella Erf and Briana Hernandez both […]

Indictment given for vehicular homicide

Freedom Newspapers A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]

Portales sweeps West Las Vegas in pre-district tuneup

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams seem to be peaking at just the right time, as District 4-3A play looms. The Lady Rams swept the West Las Vegas Lady Dons in three games in a rare afternoon match at Portales High School, Thursday; 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Tatum drops Lady Rams to third at Clovis tourney

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Success or disappointment? For the Portales volleyball players, a third-place finish at the 16-team Wildcat Invitational was a little bit of both. While the Rams could look proudly at a 28-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18 victory over Class 5A Los Lunas in the consolation match, they also couldn’t help but wish […]

Chilies a hot item for sale

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Amy Jacoby inhaled the sweet, pungent odor of roasted chilies. As she lifted a hand to her swollen, pregnant belly, a small smile of satisfaction appeared on her face. “I love the smell of green chilies,” she said. The 22-year-old Clovis resident and her mother, Teresa Jacoby, stood patiently in […]