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 […]

Tragedy prompts prayer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Ram golfers come back to win tourney

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer ROSWELL — Wind? What wind? The Portales golfers used the strong April gusts to their benefit Tuesday afternoon at Roswell’s Spring River golf course to come from behind and win the Roswell-NMMI championship. The result, however, rests upon a possible scoring discrepancy that could hand the trophy to second […]

Aging is simply unavoidable part of life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband was home for a long weekend before being off again, and we decided to go on a date. It was a last-minute idea, meaning I didn’t have time to do my makeup, put in my contacts, or torture my husband to give opinions on five different outfits that meant […]

Portales-born Ross readies for MLB season

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales to Miami by way of Carlsbad, Detroit, Los Angeles and Cincinnati. That’s the long route that Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross took to reach his sunny Major League Baseball destination. Cody’s parents Kenny and Janet Ross lived with Kenny’s mom and dad in Portales in 1980 while Cody’s […]

History comes to life

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Speaker Van Ann Moore brought to life Carrie Wooster Tingley and Katherine Kennedy O’Conner to the delight of the audience during the seventh annual Women’s History Brunch and Exhibit on Friday at the Portales Public Library. Moore described the contributions and accomplishments of Tingley and O’Conner during the 1920s and […]

Former coach spurred alumni

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A familiar face returned to the Greyhound Stadium sidelines Saturday for the first time in more than a year as coach of the Eastern New Mexico University football alumni team. After the game, a 28-20 loss for the alumni, former ENMU defensive coordinator and former Portales High School head […]