Lady Rams bully Lady Bulldogs

PNT Staff Report ARTESIA — The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team concluded its non-district schedule Thursday night in Artesia, dominating the Lady Bulldogs 25-12, 25-15, 25-18. “They played great,” Lady Ram head coach Ruth Chavez said. “We had a heck of a game. They played really well.” “I could tell we’ve improved a lot (since […]

Cats scratch Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Ram and Lady Ram soccer squads both played the Clovis junior varsity Tuesday afternoon and managed just two goals between them. The Portales boys led their Clovis counterparts 2-1 at the half, but the Wildcats outscored the Rams 2-0 in the second half to take a 3-2 win. […]

Rockets sure to test Rams tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A sleeping giant. That’s how Portales Ram head football coach Andy Correll and defensive coordinator Mark McAfee both described their Ram football team this season. Both coaches hope their slumbering behemoth (0-4) wakes up tonight at Roswell’s Wool Bowl against the Class 4A Goddard Rockets (3-1). “The biggest thing […]

Rams want to ‘break through’ tonight

PNT Staff Report For the second straight year, the Raton Tigers (1-1) have the opportunity to be the Portales Rams (0-3) first football victim of the season — but this time, the game is at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) and it’s homecoming. In their meeting last year, the Ram’s dominated for the first win of […]

Bull riders seek shot at finals

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in […]

Gateway routs Floyd 62-0

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — The Gateway Christian Warriors lit up the scoreboard and the stat sheet Saturday afternoon in Floyd, battering the Broncos 62-0. The Warriors posted 38 in the first quarter and never looked back. Junior Joshua Hunter led the Warriors with three touchdowns, including an 81-yard run, a 60-yard […]

Rams getting defensive

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram defense was the team’s backbone last season in its run to the Class 3A state championship game, and despite losing several key contributors, it once again figures to be a team strength as the new season begins. The Rams have just four players who played on […]

Lady Rams suffer growing pains

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer History was made Saturday afternoon at the brand new Portales soccer complex as for the first time in several years, Portales fielded a girls soccer team. The inaugural game wasn’t exactly what the Lady Rams and first-year head coach Traci Sievers wanted though, as the Hobbs junior varsity scored […]

Dawg Days kick off

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If you set foot on the Eastern New Mexico University campus this weekend, you’ll probably be asking yourself, “Who let the dawgs out”, as ENMU’s freshman orientation program, Dawg Days, sends the green newcomers to various get acquainted events. “It gets them involved in the campus,” Rebecca Valdez, co-director […]

Rams prepare for Saturday scrimmage

Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Less than one week away from Saturday’s scrimmage against Hatch at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl, the Rams offense and defense are much further along than they were at this time last year, according to coaches. “It’ll really be our first contact versus someone besides ourselves,” second-year Ram head coach Andy Correll […]

Portales plans to pursue the pass

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams didn’t throw the ball that much last year. Second-year Rams coach Andy Correll said that’s going to change. “We’re throwing to spots, running crisp, clean routes, and still (retaining) the ability to go deep when we have to,” Correll said. One year after shocking New Mexico […]

Camp Correll kicks off

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The future of the Portales High School football program is on display this week in the annual Ram football camp at the Ram practice field. Following a season in which the Rams played in the state championship game, second-year head coach Andy Correll has two goals for this camp. […]

Haley sisters win saddles

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Rodeo is a passion in the Haley household, and now they have two championship saddles to prove it. For the first time in the 41-year history of the Roosevelt County Little Wranglers Junior Rodeo Association, saddles were awarded to the boys and girls overall winner of each age group […]

Little Wranglers ride

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The dirt was flying during the second day of competition Saturday evening at the 41st Little Wranglers Junior Rodeo buckle finals at the Mounted Patrol Arena in Portales. More than 70 of Roosevelt County’s best young cowboys and cowgirls, ages 6-18, are competing in nine events for buckles and […]

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 […]

Elida High student returns from Swedish sabbatical

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Like any true New Mexican, 18-year-old Shawn Bird said the thing she missed most about home during a one-year stay in Sweden was good Mexican food. But the Kenna resident worked through her craving and went on to have a very special experience, she says. “It was wonderful,” Bird […]

PHS softball duo ready for North/South

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer In the past eight years, the Lady Ram softball team has placed only one player on the New Mexico South All-Star team. This weekend in Clovis, two Portales girls will be representing the South. Portales High School graduates Sasha Parker and Amanda Terry were selected following a successful run […]

Ella Erf takes third in state singles tennis

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PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Ella Erf wanted to finish her tennis career at Portales with a singles state championship. She didn’t find a title, but as she exits stage left, she does so with a third place trophy. Erf lost in the 3A semifinals in straight sets Saturday to Bosque freshman Dara McDevitt […]

RGH paramedic receives top honors from colleagues

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Unexpectedly thrown into a dangerous situation, Shawn Varnell reacted quickly without thought to his own safety. His actions earned him statewide honors at a recent professional gathering. An emergency room paramedic at Roosevelt General Hospital, Varnell was busy taking care of patients when the flashing lights of police units […]

Local bow hunters ready for jamboree

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It’s B-Y-O-B this weekend at the 10th Annual Caprock Jamboree — as in bring your own bow. Bow shooters and children just learning the hobby from all over the state will congregate outside Grady starting Saturday morning to celebrate their sport and try to shoot their way to several […]