Hounds feast on Javelinas in big win

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — If Michael Benton was feeling any effects from a mild concussion which knocked him out of the previous game, the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback did a pretty good job of hiding it. Benton caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Logan Capps on ENMU’s opening […]

Rams recover in bye

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Rams (2-3) are more than halfway through their 2006 football schedule, and are coming off a bye week that coaches say, came at a very beneficial time. The Rams used their bye week to prepare for the second half of the season, including a road game against […]

UCO nips Greyhounds

ENMU vs Central Oklahoma

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — So close, but yet so far. Central Oklahoma quarterback Ryan O’Hara led a 12-play, 89-yard drive in the final three minutes, throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marcellus Parker with 26 seconds left to boost the Bronchos to a 19-16 win over Eastern New Mexico University on […]

Mules lead Rams when game called

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Mother Nature did what the Portales defense couldn’t do Friday night: Stop the Muleshoe aerial attack. With just under two minutes remaining in the first half, and with the Mules leading Portales 20-0, the Rams home opener was called off due to lightning in the area. […]

Lee, Rush pace North in six-man win

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — Floyd’s Brad Lee returned a pass interception 20 yards for a touchdown Friday night to help the North All-Stars beat the South 67-36 in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association six-man all-star football game, played at Ruidoso High School. The North jumped out to a 43-20 halftime lead and coasted […]

Online free speech should be protected by our government

Freedom Newspapers Poocharific Have you heard about the “Superpooch” who lives in the fertile mind of a local fifth-grader? Read the editor’s Web log at: http://www.cnjonline.com/blog/stevens/ Internet free speech isn’t under attack just in the People’s Republic of China, where “at least 23 journalists and about 50 cyberdissidents are in jail,” according to a 2004 […]

Rams lose district opener, running back

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — By looking at their pre-district schedules and records, one could reason that Portales and Lovington’s football teams started their district seasons on even ground. After Friday’s 48-16 Lovington win, it seems the two have started on opposite paths in the Class 3A playoff race, and the […]

Coyotes dominate late to hand Rams 48-27 loss

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The first few minutes saw nothing go right for the Roswell Coyotes, but the breaks eventually evened out. The Coyotes rolled to 443 yards of offense, had a pair of defensive touchdowns and a safety on an interception miscue by Portales to cruise to a 48-27 […]

Business favor truck by-pass

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Residents and business owners in Portales wouldn’t mind seeing a truck by-pass in Portales to help alleviate the amount of traffic going into the downtown area and reduce the wear and tear on First and Second streets. Buzz Goodson, co-owner of Bar-G Western Wear, said he would like to see […]

Wildcats win another late

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — Clovis rolled the dice twice in the final minutes and came out winners of its fourth straight game. In what turned out to the winning drive, senior quarterback Devin Sweet kept the drive on a short fourth-down run and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews […]

Portales focuses on street repairs

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city officials will at least explore solutions to combat the wear and tear on First and Second streets in Portales. The decision was made during the city council meeting on Monday evening. They will do it with $250,000 received through 2005 capital outlay funds from Gov. Bill Richardson and […]

Rams crushed by Mustangs

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Both coaches predicted Friday’s Denver City-Portales game would be a game determined by field position. The first quarter, and the game, were decidedly won by the visiting Mustangs. Denver City stayed undefeated by taking advantage of good field position early and holding off Portales the rest […]

Friona linemen old off Farwell for win

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — Size does matter — especially on the front lines of a high school football game. Friona’s jumbo linemen proved the point on Friday night in a 27-12 win over Farwell. Farwell coach Jacob Thompson said the line mismatch was made worse by injuries. “We had a couple linemen get dinged […]

Keep our military in mind

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every generation has heard about the “good old days,” but I remember a time when our lives were governed by The Ten Commandments, good judgment and common sense. We were taught the difference between right and wrong and to take responsibilities for our actions. Until we come to grips […]

Broncos host Melrose in six-man finals

PNT Staff The District 3 finale turned out to be a preview of the six-man state championship game. Floyd and Melrose collide for the second time in four weeks at noon on Saturday in Floyd, with homefield advantage determined on Sunday in a coin flip between Broncos coach Jeff Gillespie and Melrose coach Dickie Roybal. […]

Lady Tigers ousted in semifinals

PNT Staff FORT SUMNER — The Elida Lady Tigers’ bid for a state volleyball berth came up just short Friday night against Des Moines. Elida dropped a 25-16, 25-27, 27-29, 25-19, 15-9 decision to the Lady Demons in the semifinals of Class 1A Region A competition. Semifinal winners in the regional round advance to state […]

Banged-up Rams go down to sixth consecutive loss

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Ruidoso coach Ridge Bowden had the Warriors coming out throwing on their first series Friday night, figuring they needed work in that area. After a three-and-out, Bowden put his team back in a running mode. After sputtering early at times, the Warriors rode 200 yards and four touchdowns on […]

Conquerors cruise to second win of season

PNT Staff Junior Caleb Richards was in on 10 touchdowns Saturday to help the Faith Triumphant Conquerors post an 87-57 victory over San Jon at Conquerors Field. Richards ran for two touchdowns, caught two TD passes, replaced the injured Luis McCain at quarterback and threw for four scores, and also had an interception and a […]

Floyd wins battle of unbeatens from Melrose

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By Eric Butler FLOYD — Jonathan Chavez wasn’t happy with the support his teams was getting so he marched over to the home stands and exhorted the faithful to stand up and cheer. TheFloyd senior gave the Broncos faithful something to holler about midway through the fourth quarter, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown lob from […]

Broncos get season for Melrose after thrashing Eagles

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — After a slow start on defense, the Floyd Broncos recovered to do their part for a matchup of two undefeated squads. Behind a steady offense and an opportunistic defense late, the host Broncos clipped the visiting Clovis Christian Eagles 70-14 Saturday afternoon. The game was called at halftime due to […]