Lady Tigers edge Vixens in five games

PNT Staff Report ELIDA — The District 3-1A volleyball season is at the midway point, and if Thursday night’s Elida-Fort Sumner match is any indication, it may be a wild finish. The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early two-game lead, but the Vixens rallied to force a fifth game before Elida won 25-21, 25-15, […]

Lady Rams pushed to five games in win at Roswell

PNT Staff Report For their second consecutive match, the Lady Rams won another nail-biting five-game contest — this one was at Roswell High Tuesday night. The Portales girls won the decisive Game 5, 15-8. “I thought in Game 5, we just completely took control of the game,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez said. The scores were […]

Zias win school-record sixth straight

Freedom New Mexico PLAINVIEW, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team scored twice in the first seven minutes on Friday and the Zias made those goals stand up, edging Wayland Baptist 2-1 to set a school record with their sixth consecutive victory. The previous record was a five-match winning streak during the […]

Ruidoso tops Portales for third place in Roswell tourney

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent ROSWELL — If it’s true that the third-place match at the Zia Classic volleyball tournament might be a preview of things to come, it could be one wacky battle between Portales and Ruidoso for the District 4-3A crown this season. The district rivals, each playing their second contest of the […]

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 […]

South volleyball spikes North

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Two words can accurately describe the South’s performance in the Class 1A-2A All-Star Series — utter domination. Although the South only breezed through one game, it won for the 21st time in the 24 years of the series on Tuesday as Tularosa’s Sabrina Herrera put away 16 kills […]

Portales’ Erf, Partin brothers reach semis

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales senior Ella Erf and the Ram doubles tandem of Walker and Skyler Partin advanced to the state tennis semifinals after big wins Friday afternoon in Albuquerque. Tournament second-seeded Erf advanced with a a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lovington’s seventh-seeded Lauryn Hess in the girls singles 1A-3A quarterfinals. “Ella did […]

Ram tennis beats Lovington

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams head into Friday’s District 4-3A tournament having both beaten Lovington 8-1 Tuesday at the Portales Junior High School tennis courts. “We’re very happy with this,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “From top to bottom, we showed more mental toughness than we had […]

Tennis rackets fare well in Amarillo

PNT Staff Report Portales senior Ella Erf and the Partin brothers came away with first place finishes at an Amarillo tennis tournament Thursday and Friday. “We played well,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “I was especially encouraged by our doubles teams.” Erf led the Lady Ram charge, winning all of her singles matches, before beating […]

St. Mike’s tennis forfeits to Portales

PNT Staff Report After defeating St. Mike’s 5-4 in the morning, the Portales Lady Rams were handed their own tournament championship late Saturday night after the Lady Horsemen played all day for the rematch before forfeiting the title game. According to Portales coach Michelle Wallis the St. Mike’s girls were upset about having to play […]