Zias lose to UTPB, slide extends to fifth straight

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The University of Texas-Permian Basin Lady Falcons (3-7) defeated the Eastern New Mexico Zias (3-7) in five games Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. The two meet again today. The Lady Falcons took a quick lead in the first game, before the Zias reeled off four consecutive points, and took […]

Zia soccer falls to Midwestern State

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State’s Ashley Hornisher scored off a penalty kick early in the second overtime Thursday to lift the Mustangs to a 2-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match. Hornisher took a pass inside the penalty box from teammate Kari Bristow and […]

Greyhounds routed in conference opener

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Sun Potter’s hat trick and stingy defense helped Midwestern State roll past Eastern New Mexico University 6-0 on Sunday in a Southwest Soccer Conference men’s soccer match. Potter put the Indians (3-1, 2-0 SSC) ahead with his first goal less than three minutes into the match. His scored his […]

MSU-Billings hands Zias first loss

Freedom Newspapers The Montana State-Billings women’s soccer team had already earned two wins on a season-opening three-match road trip, although neither was a cakewalk. After consecutive 1-0 victories at Colorado School of Mines on Thursday and over Fort Lewis in overtime on Saturday in a match played at Eastern New Mexico University, the Lady Yellowjackets […]

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 […]

Zias easily handle Embry-Riddle, cruise through home match

PNT Staff Report The Eastern New Mexico womens soccer team won their second game in a row, to start the 2006 season by beating Embry-Riddle 2-0, Saturday morning at the ENMU soccer field. Zia head coach Travis McCorkle used the game to get some younger players game experience. “Today we tried to rest some of […]

Zias handed sobering road loss

Freedom Newspapers LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team fell to 1-2 in a season-opening tournament at Colorado Christian on Saturday, losing to Western State (Colo.) 30-22, 30-19, 26-30, 26-30, 17-15. The Zias, who defeated Chadron State in four games and lost to Upper Iowa in five on Friday, were slated to […]

Portales sweeps Hobbs to open season

PNT Staff The Portales volleyball team began their pursuit of a fifth state championship in seven years on the road Tuesday night by sweeping Hobbs 25-21, 25-11, 25-15. Portales coach Ruth Chavez liked her team’s effort against the Class 5A team. “Game One was a little shaky. The girls made some errors, and those led […]

STATE 1A-3A TENNIS: PHS sends boys, girls doubles to semis

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PHS staff ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self are right where they expected to be after Friday’s play in the Class 1-3A state individual tennis tournament. Matt Tucker and Kyle Adams are right where they hoped to be. Erf and Self, seeded No. 1 in girls doubles, improved to 15-0 for the […]

PHS netters preparing for state singles, doubles

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer When Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self take the No. 1 seed into doubles competition in this weekend’s Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque, they’ll be shooting for perfection. Neither has lost a match all season in singles, and they’ve compiled a 14-0 record in doubles […]

Lady Rams earn No. 1 seed at state

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams have earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A girls state tennis tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Sierra Vista Tennis Complex. Portales takes on eighth-seeded Ruidoso in a quarterfinal match at 9 a.m. Saturday. If the Lady Rams win, they advance to a semifinal […]

Roping becomes annual event

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers In few sports can an average Joe — or Joanne — step on the same playing field with the best in the game. Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping will be one of those exceptions. “It’s kind of like the NFL Pro Bowl,” Wayne Needham, the event’s producer said. “Except everyone […]

Portales tennis sweeps Ruidoso

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Freedom Newspapers At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls. Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday. “I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis said. […]

Lady Rams capture sixth state title

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By Kevin Wilson ALBUQUERQUE — Tested, but never bested. That’s how the Portales Lady Rams ended the Class 3A tournament this year, holding on Saturday for a 14-25, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 victory over third-seeded Pojoaque for the school’s sixth Class 3A volleyball title and fourth in six seasons. Megan Kabrick had a team-high 18 […]

Texico advances to 2A volleyball finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE —Texico coach Mike Littlejohn belives energy always prevails over emotion. Littlejohn’s energetic Texico squad defeated Tularosa 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19 in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday at Eldorado High School. “You can play on emotion for a while, but emotion runs out and energy lasts,” Littlejohn said. “It […]

Lady Rams outlast St. Michael’s, advance to 3A volleyball finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It was a match so good that both teams cried. Portales won the first two games, nearly collapsed, then rallied in the fifth to defeat St. Michael’s 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 11-25, 16-14 on Friday at University of New Mexico’s Johnson Gym and advance to the finals of the […]

Portales sweeps into semifinals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Knowing Socorro was going to take away the middle, Portales used the outside to move on to the next round. Four Lady Rams had nine or more kills as Portales swept Socorro 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Thursday at La […]

Portales cruises past Wingate and into Albuquerque

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Visiting Wingate wouldn’t go down without a fight. Host Portales wouldn’t go down, period. Top-ranked Portales advanced to the second round of the state volleyball tournament Saturday afternoon with a somewhat difficult 25-16, 25-19, 25-8 sweep of 16th-seeded Wingate at Portales High School. With its 10th-straight win, Portales (19-3) […]

Lady Rams trying to stay focused

By Kevin Wilson: PNT sports writer One’s a junior, the other a freshman. One’s a defender, the other a setter. Sisters Montana and Dallas Russell do have one thing in common — they’re both soft-spoken. “We have fun together and we play hard,” said Montana Russell, who spoke lightly before looking at her sister and […]

Portales sweeps Lovington

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With nothing to actually play for, Portales’ volleyball team chose Thursday night to make a statement. With the top spot in the District 4-3A tournament already in hand, Portales cruised to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 sweep against Lovington in its final regular season district match. Portales (16-3) needed just […]