New year brings new resolutions — for some

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer New year’s resolutions — some people make them, some don’t. Some embrace them, and some fear them. According to a report published in the Miami Herald, six months after Jan. 1, only 46 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions have fulfilled them. With Portales schools nearing the […]

New Portales girls basketball coach announced

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PNT Staff Report Clay Stout has been hired to replace Brenda Gomez as the Portales girls basketball head coach. Stout has 30 years experience in coaching high school basketball and was the basketball athletic director at Texico last year, as well as an assistant with the Lady Wolverines basketball team.

PHS still searching for boys soccer coach

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With less than a month before the start of school, Portales High School is no closer to finding a coach for the restarting of the Ram soccer team, but Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler promises that the sport will be restarted this fall. “We’re going to have (boys) soccer,” […]

Nusser no-hits Wingate, Lady Rams advance

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent FARMINGTON — Portales may have gone unbeaten in district and, yes, the Rams were the fifth-seeded team playing the 12th seed in the Class 3A softball state tournament. So, all of those things considered, the Rams merely lived up to expectations by clobbering Wingate 15-0 on Thursday. But Portales was […]

Back with a vengeance

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports Writer One year ago, a young and somewhat inexperienced Lady Ram softball team exited the state softball tournament in the opening round. When the Portales girls make their return to state today in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs in Farmington, they’ll be doing so with another year […]

Nusser no-hits Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Lady Rams faced a total of just 26 batters in seven innings as Portales pounded Ruidoso in District 4-3A doubleheader action Saturday afternoon in the mountains 19-0 and 21-0. Senior pitcher Shareesa Nusser threw a no-hitter in the second game, facing just 10 Lady Warrior hitters— in fact, […]

Rams celebrate Cinderella season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Dinner may have been chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, but the main course Monday night at the Portales High School cafeteria was Ram pride. Portales Ram football players, parents and supporters attended the 2006 football awards banquet adding the exclamation point to a Ram season in which first-year […]

Unlucky number 7 for Rams

By Mickey Winfield: CNJ staff writer The Portales Rams make their return to the New Mexico Class 3A state playoffs Friday night, though they’d prefer the New Mexico Activities Association gave them the week off. Despite one of the toughest Class 3A schedules in the state and a District 4-3A championship under their belt, the […]

Stress can be a blessing in disguise

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Too blessed to be stressed. That’s a saying I’ve been seeing a lot lately. But I like it better the other way around: “Blessed to be stressed.” Why? Because as I heard a radio commentator say, we’re blessed to be stressed because that means God has entrusted us with […]

PHS, PJHS ready to begin school year

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Building on last years success and striving for better excellence, not just in academics but in athletics and activities alike is what Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser says he hopes for the 2006-2007 school year. “I think we had a great year last year, we just raised the bar,” […]

School board says OK to online courses

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school board members gave Portales High School principal Melvin Nusser the go-ahead on offering online courses at Portales High School in the fall. School board members spent more than 90 minutes discussing the online courses with Nusser, Mike Rackler, director of technology, and outgoing superintendent James Holloway. Nusser […]

Lovington rallies for split with Lady Rams

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PNT Staff Lovington broke a scoreless tie with a six-run seventh and defeated the Portales High Lady Rams 6-0 on Tuesday at the PHS softball field, earning a split of their District 4-3A doubleheader. The Lady Rams (14-8) won the opener 6-3. With the split, the teams share the district lead with 3-1 records. Sophomore […]

Portales cruises past Ruidoso in District 4-3A doubleheader

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By Dave Wagner Billy Page would probably like to take a mulligan on the first inning of Tuesday’s District 4-3A-opening doubleheader against Portales at the PHS field. Actually, make that the first game. PHS jumped on the Lady Warriors for 10 first-inning runs and belted out 18 hits in rolling to a 21-6 victory, halted […]

PHS to offer online classes in fall

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School is starting online courses in August that will allow students to take core classes such as English, math and history at home. Portales Principal Melvin Nusser said the program provides students the option of a different classroom setting to learn. It will also give home-school students […]

PHS notches sweep over Lady Demons

By Dave Wagner Sophomore pitchers Shareesa Nusser and Sasha Parker combined to strike out 30 Dexter batters and Portales High’s softball team cruised to 14-6 and 16-4 wins over the Lady Demons on Monday at the PHS softball field. Nusser struck out 18 batters in the opener while also contributing three hits and three RBIs […]

Teacher reinstated by Portales High School

By Tony Parra A Portales High School teacher fired on May 6 was reinstated by Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway on Tuesday morning. The decision came 13 days after Kay Jilek presented her case to the school board at a meeting. She told the board she was not given a reason for her termination by […]

Rams finish as runnerups

ALBUQUERQUE — They will go their separate ways soon, but not before one last battle as Portales High teammates that further cements a friendship that dates back to first grade. T.C. Nusser is headed for Texas Tech. Seth Clabaugh to Angelo State, where he will play football. Together they brought the Rams to the brink […]

Ram rotation key to tournament success

By Kevin Wilson Portales senior T.C. Nusser insists that if there’s a must-win game, Seth Clabaugh’s the pitcher the Rams need to use. When he took the mound on Saturday against Cobre, though, he gave the Rams a victory in a must-win game mainly because he wouldn’t let the Rams lose. “It was just a […]

Portales baseball team splits with Lovington

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By Rick White T.C. Nusser took the business approach to pitching. Location. Location. Location. Moving his fastball around the strike zone, Nusser pitched Portales to a 3-2 win over Lovington, helping the Rams salvage the second game of Tuesday’s District 4-3A doubleheader at Ram Field. Lovington won the opener 6-5, rallying for four runs in […]

Rams win baseball opener

By Kevin Wilson It wasn’t a close shave for the Portales Rams, and Tyler Rutherford made sure there wouldn’t be any type of shave for his legs. The junior catcher went 3-for-4, including two home runs in the fourth inning and six RBI, to help the Rams win their season opener, 16-4, over Friona, Texas, […]