Rams take 10th at state track

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Tyler Anderson has quietly provided a significant boost for the Portales boys track team this season. The junior, who transferred from Elida in the fall after finishing second in last year’s Class 1A state 100, scored 10 points in three events on Saturday to help the Rams to […]

Portales track ready for state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Following Saturday night’s District 4-3A track meet in Ruidoso, Ram coach Glenn Johnson and Lady Ram coach Ruth Chavez were both pleased by the growth of their teams this season, and as the state meet looms, several Portales athletes aren’t done yet. The Rams, with 80 points, placed third […]

Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin […]

52-year-old lines up against Greyhound football

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer At 52, Portales resident Jimmy Stratton thought he’d never have the opportunity to play football again. When he heard about the first annual Eastern New Mexico University alumni football game he wanted to play — but there was a slight misunderstanding. “I thought it was going to be alumni […]

Former coach spurred alumni

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A familiar face returned to the Greyhound Stadium sidelines Saturday for the first time in more than a year as coach of the Eastern New Mexico University football alumni team. After the game, a 28-20 loss for the alumni, former ENMU defensive coordinator and former Portales High School head […]

Greyhound gridders begin spring practice

Freedom Newspapers There aren’t quite as many players as usual in Eastern New Mexico University’s spring football practices, but coach Mark Ribaudo said he’s happy with the way things are going. The Greyhounds, with 74 players on hand, are in the third of four weeks of spring drills. Rather than end the workouts with the […]

Lady Rams beat St. Mike’s in semifinals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The butterflies in Tara Johnson’s stomach belied her confident approach. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year as the Rams beat St. Michael’s 32-31 in the semifinals Thursday. “I was so nervous. […]

Police release new information about kidnapping

Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI released […]

Feds seek local witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The trail of a man accused of abducting a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl recovered Friday in Clovis has gone cold, according to an agent with the FBI in Oklahoma. “We have no idea who this is — we are hoping the public will step forward and (help us find him) — […]

Portales clubs Cavegirls

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Vicki Huber and Sabrina Villanueva led the Lady Rams with 11 points each, as Portales dominated the Carlsbad Cavegirls from start to finish Tuesday night at Portales High School and came away with a 62-39 victory. “I think everybody that was in there took care of business,” Portales head coach […]

Lady Rams capture spring basketball title

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at the important local sports stories in 2006. As winter sports began to wind down in early 2006, the Portales Lady Ram basketball team found themselves in a familiar position while the Ram football team found themselves without […]

PHS starts tourney play

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez isn’t happy to be 3-5, but the Lady Rams have had some extenuating circumstances. First, they graduated several key players from last year’s Class 3A state championship team, including Morgan Hill and Megan Kabrick, both of whom are now playing in […]

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 […]

Citizens post ethanol opposition

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom.Newspapers Players in the proposed Clovis ethanol deal assembled Friday to discuss issues related to the plant during a Curry County Commission meeting. Representatives from the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. and Clovis Ethanol LLC spoke in support of the plant. Several private citizens and Curry County Commissioner Ed […]

Freedom employee killed in car crash

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Co-workers rarely recalled seeing Steve Aguilar around the Clovis News Journal office without an ear-to-ear grin or baseball cap atop his clean-cut brown hair. They also recalled his passion for sports. “I’m a (Chicago) Cubs’ fan,” CNJ Circulation Sales Manager Shaun Lynch said, “and he (Aguilar) was an L.A. Dodgers’ […]

Linebackers back and better

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jeremy Mullins and Tony Johnson were part of an Eastern New Mexico University defense which struggled mightily at times last season, giving up 30 points and just over 380 yards a game. As two of nine regulars returning on that side of the ball, though, the Greyhounds’ inside linebackers are […]

June 6, 2006 Obituaries

Vera Johnson Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, Portales. Vera Alice Johnson, 85, of Clovis died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Born Oct. 25, 1920, in Bokchito, Okla., to Zephery and Samuel North, she grew up in Ogden, Okla. She was active in the school choir that performed at […]

Class of 2006 graduates at Floyd

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer An emotionally charged commencement ceremony filled with moments of saddness and moments of joy took place Saturday at Floyd High School. The group of students came together one last time as the senior class of FHS to receive their diplomas and the right to be called a high school graduate. […]

Ex-PHS assistant named head coach

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Former Portales High offensive coordinator Andy Correll has been hired to be the Rams’ new head football coach. A native of Knox City, Texas, Correll was chosen from seven candidates interviewed by the school. He was the offensive coordinator at PHS from 1999-2001, under outgoing head coach Glenn Johnson. […]

CLASS 1A STATE TRACK: Floyd girls have solid opening date

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Kelli Johnson and junior Jordon Paul turned in second-place finishes Friday, helping Floyd’s girls score 15 points on the first day of the Class 1A state track meet at the University of New Mexico track facility. Johnson ran a time of 12 minutes, 44.79 seconds in the 3,200 while Paul […]