Elida sweeps Melrose, clinches state berth

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ELIDA — The Elida volleyball team was dormant for nearly two weeks before hosting Melrose Thursday night in the District 3-1A semifinals, but the Lady Tigers showed no signs of rust in sweeping the Lady Buffs 25-14, 27-25, 25-22 to clinch a spot in the 1A state tournament. “We […]

Lady Coyotes beat Floyd at Dora

PNT Staff Report DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes won the final two games against Floyd Thursday night, beating the Lady Broncos 3-2, and earning a district tournament first-round home game next week. Floyd took two of the first three games, but the Dora girls fought back, winning the match 19-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 15-9. […]

Lady Rams deck Dexter

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez says her girls haven’t peaked yet, and at the midway point of the Lady Rams’ district schedule, she hopes they begin to play at their highest level as the state tournament approaches. The Lady Rams stayed undefeated in District 4-3A Thursday night at the […]

Lady Rams 2-0 in district, beat Lovington

PNT Staff Report Some good teams win despite sloppy play, while others win big district games on the road in a tough atmosphere. The Portales Lady Rams (14-8, 2-0) did both Tuesday night, beating the Lady Wildcats (6-11, 1-2) in three games at Lovington; 25-20, 25-18, 25-18. The Portales girls were coming off wins at […]

Lady Rams bully Lady Bulldogs

PNT Staff Report ARTESIA — The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team concluded its non-district schedule Thursday night in Artesia, dominating the Lady Bulldogs 25-12, 25-15, 25-18. “They played great,” Lady Ram head coach Ruth Chavez said. “We had a heck of a game. They played really well.” “I could tell we’ve improved a lot (since […]

Cats scratch Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Ram and Lady Ram soccer squads both played the Clovis junior varsity Tuesday afternoon and managed just two goals between them. The Portales boys led their Clovis counterparts 2-1 at the half, but the Wildcats outscored the Rams 2-0 in the second half to take a 3-2 win. […]

Lady Rams sweep Demons

PNT Staff Report Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez looks at the Lady Ram’s district schedule as a new season, and Tuesday night, the Portales girls started the second season with a strong win sweeping Dexter 25-12, 25-15, 25-16. “We look at the district season as kind of a second season,” Chavez said. “We kind of […]

Lady Tigers defeat Zia soccer squad

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — East Central’s Danielle Clark scored on a header off a corner kick early in the second half on Sunday, giving the Lady Tigers a 2-1 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match. The loss was the third in four outings for ENMU […]

Goddard girls sweep Lady Rams

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Lady Ram volleyball team gave Goddard two close games, but the Lady Rockets took both and dominated in the third game for a road sweep Tuesday night at Portales High. Scores were 28-26, 27-25, 25-12 in favor of Goddard. “(The problem) was the serve-receive,” said Portales coach Ruth […]

Lady Buffs continue streak, beat Zias

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent The West Texas A&M volleyball team came in with a seven-match winning streak while ENMU was on an eight-match skid. Recent form held true Tuesday night in Greyhound Arena, as the Lady Buffs took a 30-20, 30-21, 27-30, 30-14 victory over the Zias in a Lone Star Conference-South Division match. […]

Portales soccer swept at Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls soccer teams traveled into the mountains Tuesday afternoon to play the Ruidoso varsity, and both the Rams and Lady Rams exited with a 10-0 loss. Both games were cut short, and Ruidoso led both games 8-0 at the half. “We played pretty well,” Ram […]

Rams and Lady Rams swept by Hatch Bears

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a month of playing junior varsity teams from around the state, the Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams had their first taste of New Mexico Class 3A varsity soccer Saturday afternoon at Hatch, and although they lost, they discovered that they can compete. The girls lost 1-0 and […]

Lady Rams win five-game thriller

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams scored eight of the last nine points to win a decisive fifth game 15-11 to beat Artesia three games to two, in a back-and-forth match Thursday night in Portales. The scores were 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11. “We were too up-and-down,” Portales head coach Ruth […]

Zias lose in three at West Texas

Freedom Newspapers First-year Zia volleyball head coach Kim Falkenhagen probably could have imagined a better homecoming to her former stomping grounds in Canyon than she got Wednesday night. As it turned out, her Zias (3-14, 0-3 LSC) were swept by the 19th ranked West Texas Lady Buffs (13-5, 3-0 LSC), 30-19, 30-28, 30-22. The bright […]

Goddard dispatches Lady Rams

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams visit to Roswell Tuesday night lasted about an hour, as the Goddard Lady Rockets quickly dispatched the Portales girls in three games, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9. “We just didn’t serve, receive or pass the ball,” Chavez said. “I think (Goddard) is better than us right now, but I don’t […]

Portales falls to Lady Coyotes

PNT Staff Report ROSWELL — Freshman Jaime Bargas and sophomore Marissa Best each scored twice in a losing effort as host Roswell defeated Portales 5-4 Tuesday. “They played really well overall,” Portales soccer coach Traci Sievers said. “We had some lapses on defense in the first half where we got crossed over on the back […]

Portales soccer sweeps Roswell High junior varsity

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams swept the Roswell High junior varsity Saturday afternoon at the Portales soccer complex. The Lady Rams beat Roswell High 3-2, while the Rams defeated the Coyotes 2-1. Head coach Traci Sievers says both squads are coming along in their first year […]

Elida beats Tucumcari

PNT Staff Report The Elida Lady Tigers swept Tucumcari in three games at home Thursday to remain perfect in early-season play at 5-0. Elida made quick work of the visiting Lady Rattlers with scores of 25-6, 25-6 and 25-15. Elida coach Darrell Chenault said the young Lady Tigers, with just one senior in their ranks, […]

Lady Ram soccer whips Goddard J.V.

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram soccer team thought they had the Goddard junior varsity figured out last weekend in a 5-1 loss in Roswell Tuesday afternoon at the Portales soccer complex they proved it with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Rockets for their first win of the season. “We […]

Lady Rams edge Roswell High in five-game match

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams went the distance Tuesday night against the Roswell Lady Coyotes and came out on top in five games at the Portales gymnasium: 25-16, 13-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8. After the visitors opened the tiebreaker with two straight points, the Lady Rams scored eight consecutive points to […]