Firefighter: Child responsible for fire

PNT staff report A fire caused by a child playing with matches burned a shed to the ground Monday, said Portales firefighter Steven Cain. The shed in the 1500 block of South Roosevelt Road 7 and its contents were a total loss, but there were no injuries or other damage. Cain said the shed was […]

Meetings watch: Commission matches grant money for growth planner

Freedom New Mexico At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Approved matching money of $1,300 for an Office of Economic Adjustment grant to pay for a regional growth planner, an administrative assistant and expenses to carry out recommendations from the Regional Growth Management Plan. The City of Portales […]

Zias drop final two matches at Omaha

Freedom New Mexico OMAHA, Neb. — Facing top 10 competition in both matches, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team managed to win one game Saturday in wrapping up play in a two-day event hosted by Nebraska-Omaha. The Zias (0-4), who dropped a pair of matches on Friday, lost to third-ranked Emporia State 25-11, 25-14, […]

Hound soccer slips to ninth in regional rankings

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s men stayed in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region soccer rankings after splitting a pair of Southwest Soccer Conference matches over the weekend. ENMU (3-2, 1-1 SSC) dropped one spot from eighth to ninth in the poll after blanking Missouri Southern 2-0 on Friday and losing to Northeastern State […]

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 […]

Portales tennis and baseball fare well

ROSWELL— Portales split a District 4-3A doubleheader at New Mexico Military Institute Tuesday evening losing the first game 6-5, but doubling up the Colts in the night-cap 10-5. The Rams (6-5, 2-2) continue their district schedule Saturday in Dexter. PORTALES— Despite extremely heavy winds, the Portales Lady Rams defeated Goddard Tuesday at the Portales tennis […]

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 […]

Lady Rams take second at Roswell Tourney

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer ROSWELL— The Portales Ram rackets came alive in the Roswell High tennis tournament Friday and Saturday as the Portales boys came in third, while the girls took second place behind Farmington. “I have to give credit to Farmington,” Portales girls tennis coach Michelle Wallis said. “Farmington has a great […]

Lady Ram rackets dominate NMMI

PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram tennis team got back on track Saturday afternoon winning all matches in a 9-0 complete team victory over NMMI, while the boys fell 2-7 at the Portales tennis courts. The Lady Rams dominated so thoroughly, the NMMI Lady Colts managed just eight game wins in the six-match singles […]

Elida splits in pool play at state

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Elida Lady Tigers dropped a couple of games in Class 1A state volleyball pool play on Wednesday at Del Norte H.S., but still earned the top seed from Pool B heading into today’s quarterfinal round. Elida, which brings a 20-0 record into bracket play, went 4-2 in games to tie […]

PHS wins in tuneups

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PNT staff CLOVIS — It’ll be a quick turnaround today for Portales High’s tennis teams, but at least they weren’t severely tested on Thursday. The Rams and Lady Rams completed dual matches against Clovis suspended by rain and lightning last week, with the Rams winning 7-2 and the Lady Rams posting a 9-0 shutout. Portales […]

PHS netters roll past Artesia

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Neither boys coach Wade Fraze nor girls coach Michelle Wallis was totally happy with the performances of their teams. The results were satisfying, though. Portales’ boys handed Artesia a 9-0 loss in matches played at Zia Tennis Complex while the girls, playing mainly at the PHS courts, cruised to […]

LSC/SSC Volleyball/Soccer Update

Volleyball standings LONE STAR CONFERENCE All Times MST South Division Div. All W-L W-L Abilene Christian 8-0 25-3 West Texas A&M 7-1 25-7 Texas A&M-Kingsville 5-4 10-18 Eastern New Mexico 2-67-18 Tarleton State 2-7 16-16 Angelo State 1-7 9-21 North Division Div. All W-L W-L Central Oklahoma 10-0 24-6 Texas Woman’s 7-4 15-17 Southeastern Oklahoma […]

Rams take third in volleyball tournament

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor If the New Mexico Activities Association were to pull a surprise and announce that state volleyball match will be a best-of-nine format, consider Portales well prepared. Long matches created just that circumstance, as Portales had to play a pair of matches with a 15-minute break in the second day of […]

PHS tennis teams win easily

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High tennis teams got back on track Thursday. Two days after most of the varsity players were left at home for a school violation, the Rams and Lady Rams had their way with District 4-3A rival Lovington in rolling to 9-0 victories. The boys had to go to a 10-point […]

ENMU gets regional volleyball berth

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University has garnered its first regional volleyball berth since joining the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II in 1984 as the Zias were selected on Sunday for the eight-team Southwest Regional at Kearney, Neb. ENMU (24-8) earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament, and meets Mesa State (Colo.) […]

Lady Tigers top Floyd in district play

PNT Staff ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers improved to 10-3 overall (2-0 District 3-1A) with a 25-21, 25-14, 10-25, 25-16 victory over Floyd on Thursday night. Elida coach Darrell Chenault said he thought both his team and the Lady Broncos (5-10, 1-5) seemed sluggish. “I thought both teams looked flat,” he said. “I didn’t […]

Lady Tigers split weekend matches

PNT Staff GRADY — The Grady Lady Bronchos rallied from two games down to edge Elida 18-25, 20-25, 25-11, 27-25, 17-15 Saturday afternoon. It was the third match in three days for the Lady Tigers (2-1), who beat San Jon in four games on the road on Thursday and then knocked off House 25-19, 25-16, […]

Rams sweep Clovis in tennis

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales tennis teams each took care of business Tuesday against Clovis, upping their season records to 8-2 for each side. The Portales boys won by a 7-2 count, while the girls took a 6-3 win in Tuesday’s match. Portales returns to play this weekend in Roswell, then takes two weeks […]