Greyhounds blank UT-Permian Basin

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Stepping outside the Southwest Soccer Conference was apparently what the doctor ordered for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s squad. The Greyhounds, who came in having lost each of their previous four matches by a goal, played perhaps as solid a game as they have this season on Friday in dispatching […]

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 […]

6/26 Life Story

Floyd could make music from anything By Laurie Stone PNT Correspondent Thomas J. “T. J.” Floyd Jr. was more than an entertainer to those who knew him. He was accustomed to breaking the silence in the lives of others through his tangible relationship with music. According to family members, he could get music out of […]

Rams basketball in rebuilding mode

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler knows his team has a lot of holes to fill going into next season, but he’s encouraged by the Wildcats’ progress during the summer. The Class 5A Cats hosted Portales and Roswell High in a double-round-robin “shootout” on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym, […]

Rosin up your bow

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Lance Dial’s music career began at age 14 when he picked up a fiddle. Twenty-four years later he still saws on the fiddle and has even written a few songs along the way. Dial returns to the area Wednesday to play at Kelley’s Bar and Grill after spending the […]

Portales gets ready for district tourney

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By Kevin Wilson Portales senior Chris Kirchner doesn’t know how he injured his shoulder, only that he wasn’t able to play for a few weeks. He doesn’t know how long his shoulder will hurt, only that it doesn’t hurt enough to keep him out of his final district tournament. “It still hurts, but I have […]

Rams finish second at Clovis

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Even though the Portales High boys golf team again came up short against Clovis in Thursday’s Clovis Invitational, Rams coach Patrick Crowley likes the way his team is playing. Portales shot a four-man score of 307 to finish three shots behind the host Wildcats, who rallied down the stretch to […]

Church members reenact Last Supper

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By Kevin Wilson As it was recorded in the Bible, Jesus had a small audience to eat with him in his final days before his crucifixion and rebirth. In what is now regarded as The Last Supper, reenactments across the world work to draw bigger audiences to the things that Jesus told his 12 disciples […]

Lady Rams top Ruidoso

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By Dave Wagner Now that they’ve finished off a District 4-3A championship, Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez is looking forward to a good seed in the state tournament. The two-time defending Class 3A champion Lady Rams had a tough time with Ruidoso Friday night, but eighth grader Tara Johnson helped handle the Lady […]

ENMU squads wrap up seasons

By Dave Wagner They won’t make the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament, but Eastern New Mexico University’s women have a chance to put a nice finish on an up-and-down year when they close out Lone Star Conference South Division and regular-season play this weekend. The Zias (11-14, 5-7 South), coming off road wins against Texas […]

Hounds still battling injuries

By Dave Wagner Chad Donnell may be about to go from role player to key member of the rotation for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team. ENMU (6-7), the two-time Lone Star Conference South Division champion, plays its final LSC crossover games at Southeastern Oklahoma tonight and at East Central on Saturday before […]

Greyhounds brace for tough matchup

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan says the Greyhounds are still trying to hit their stride. With undefeated Cameron and Southwestern Oklahoma coming to town for Lone Star Conference crossover games, he hopes they get on track quickly. Cameron men’s and women’s teams will be at Greyhound Arena for […]

Guard makes most of moment

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By Dave Wagner Because of an ankle injury to teammate Reggie Wallace, Eastern New Mexico University’s Jolen Montoya has played extended minutes at point guard at the start of the season. The graduate of Espanola Valley High School in northern New Mexico has taken advantage of the opportunity, averaging 17 points and shooting 67 percent […]

Zias’ Bryant finding game

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University senior Tiana Bryant tried basketball life at a major university (New Mexico), and decided it wasn’t for her. The former Roswell Goddard standout played one season for the Lobos, then sat out the fall 2002 semester, got married and transferred to ENMU. After an up-and-down second semester with […]

Lady Tigers advance to tourney finals

PNT Staff ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers assured themselves of a berth in Class 1A regional competition next week with a 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Dora in the District 3-1A tournament semifinals Thursday night. Elida (16-5) plays at top-seeded Fort Sumner at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the winner of that match hosting the […]

Lady Rams down Lovington in four

By Dave Wagner Maybe the Portales High Lady Rams are simply starting a late-season surge. PHS, which has won three of the last four Class 3A state volleyball championships but has been mired well below .500 all season, clinched a trip to this year’s state tournament Tuesday night with a 14-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20 win […]

Gomez part of ENMU nominees

PNT Staff After graduating from high school in Bloomfield in 1977, Brenda (Worley) Gomez came across the state to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Basically, she’s never left the area. Gomez, the girls basketball coach at Portales High School since 1985, is one of six individuals scheduled for induction into the ENMU Hall of Honors […]

Rams hope to be ready for Artesia

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By Dave Wagner It’s been a while since the Portales High Rams have played a football game. Since losing on Sept. 17 at Denver City, Texas, PHS has been in action for just two quarters — a weather-shortened 14-0 loss to Roswell Goddard the following week at Blackwater Draw. Now, coming off an open date, […]

ENMU ready to tackle winless Angelo State

By Dave Wagner Jerry Vandergriff has done a lot of winning in his 34 seasons in the Angelo State football program, the last 23 as head coach. Right now, though, the Rams are going through some tough times. ASU takes an 0-5 record (0-1 Lone Star Conference South) into Saturday’s 6 p.m. (MDT) kickoff against […]

Moriarty knocks off Lady Rams

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By Dave Wagner It took the Moriarty volleyball team a while to settle in on Thursday. Once they did, though, the Lady Pintos made short work of Portales High, rolling to a 21-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 victory at the PHS gym. Junior Leah Lovato had nine kills, eight digs and four service aces for Moriarty […]