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 [...]