Pastors worthy of honor

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Our pastors are vital to our spiritual well being. Pastors are the first ones called in a time of crisis. They sacrifice their time, often at the expense of their family, in order to minister to others. Just the pastor’s presence brings comfort and relief. They are on call 24/7 […]

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 […]

Angelo State sweeps Zias

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer First-year Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Kim Falkenhagen knows her squad is close to being competitive in the Lone Star Conference. But Falkenhagen and her Zias are getting tired of being close. The Zias were swept by LSC South Division foe Angelo State on Saturday at Greyhound Arena […]

NMMI Colt soccer pounds Portales 5-0

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The New Mexico Military Institute Colts jumped out to a fast lead and kept the pressure on, in a 5-0 win against Portales Thursday afternoon at the Portales High School soccer pitch. NMMI’s Doria Griegos single-handedly gave the Colts a fast 2-0 lead in the first half, scoring in […]

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 snap losing skid, beat Highlands 3-2

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico Zias snapped a five-match losing skid and beat New Mexico Highlands Wednesday at Greyhound Arena three games to two. The scores were 30-23, 24-30, 30-20, 28-30, 15-9. With the match tied at two games each, the home team dominated the fifth and tiebreaking game, building […]

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 […]

American routs Roosevelt County

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Clovis American offense woke up in the third inning and started a 17-run tear that lasted into the fifth inning to beat Roosevelt County in the second round of the 13- and 14-year-old juniors tournament 17-7 Saturday night at Ram Field. “We’ve been working on hitting a lot […]

PHS’ Gomez honored during North-South tilts

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — When the Class 3A North-South all-star basketball games took place Friday night, five recent Portales seniors were there to represent the South squad. It seemed only right that Brenda Gomez, who coached them throughout their high school careers, was also honored. Prior to the girls contest, […]

Roosevelt County’s season ends at Zia

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Clovis Zia used an eight-run second inning to grab the lead and hold on for an 11-9 win against the Roosevelt County All-Stars in the 9-10 year old District 3 Little League semifinals Wednesday night at Zia Field. “Our backs were against the wall and we had to come […]

Lady ‘Dogs double up Lady Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Artesia scored four unanswered runs and spoiled Portales’ state tournament tune-up Monday evening at Portales 4-2. The Portales girls posted an early 2-0 lead before a collection of Portales errors and Artesia hits swung the balance to the Lady Bulldogs. Portales assistant coach Scott Parker says he likes playing […]

Greyhounds sweep Texans

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds kept their postseason hopes alive, winning the first two games of a four game weekend series against Tarleton State at Greyhound Field Saturday 16-12 and 8-5. But the Hounds had to come from behind in the second game, spotting the visiting Texans a […]

Greyhounds battle well, but lose to Cowboys

Freedom Newspapers Maybe the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team should have played New Mexico Highlands early in the season. The Greyhounds fared much better against the Cowboys than in their earlier clash, but the result was the same — an 11-7 loss on Tuesday night at Greyhound Field. Two weeks earlier, Highlands (25-13) pounded […]

Elida beats Texico on diamond

Freedom Newspapers DEXTER—A big third inning rallied Elida past Texico and lifted the Tigers to their first win of the young baseball season 8-4 over the Wolverines this morning in the annual Hal Bogle tournament in Dexter. Texico scored two runs in each of the first two innings to lead 4-1 heading into the third […]

Mayfield beats Clovis for title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls knew their work was cut out for them against top-ranked Mayfield in Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game at The Pit. Madison Spence, the state’s top girls basketball player, made their worst nightmares come true. Spence scored 22 of her 31 points in the first […]

Cameron quells Hounds’ late offensive power

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico baseball team dropped below the .500 mark after Cameron beat the Hounds 8-4 and 12-11 in a Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader Friday at McCord Field. Cameron’s Bevon Anderson pitched six scoreless innings in the opener, scattering four hits, four walks and one strikeout. Meanwhile, Eastern’s Seth Clabaugh pitched […]

Dora edges Springer at state

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — After Dora’s thrilling 55-54 victory over Springer in a Class 1A quarterfinal game, Coyote Kyler Smith said he had heard of a famous NBA moment when Dennis Johnson stole a pass and fed Larry Bird for a winning bucket. Maybe Smith was just doing his best D.J. […]

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 […]

Elida marches past Magdalena

Staff and wire reports RIO RANCHO — Lindsey Bob Smith scored 14 points and eighth-grader Reavis Best supplied clutch free-throw shooting Tuesday to lead Elida to a 45-33 victory over Magdalena in the girls Class 1A quarterfinals. “I felt the team had some first-game jitters,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we […]

Elida Tigers roll to state

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Elida boys basketball coach Darrell Chenault says his kids began Saturday’s game nervous. After taking a fast 25-1 lead midway through the first period, the Tigers may be well advised to pack their nerves as they travel to the state tournament quarterfinals for the first time in more than […]