Lady Rams outlast Pojoaque to take state

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The motto all season was “Never Retreat, Never Surrender.” After this weekend in Albuquerque, the Portales volleyball team can add another one — survive in five. That’s what Portales did twice, winning on the brink of elimination twice and claiming the school’s sixth state championship and fourth in the last [...]

Zias gearing up for season opener

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers One of the positives of playing people better than you in preseason is finding out the areas where you need improvement. In an exhibition game at Division I Texas-El Paso on Sunday, the host Miners served that purpose for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s team. “We learned that we [...]

PHS volleyball back home this week

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Portales volleyball team has had to deal with two unfamiliar things for the last week — not playing, and being at home. A 10-day break in District 4-3A play will conclude Saturday when Portales (15-3, 2-0 district) heads down to Ruidoso. Portales would clinch the top spot in the [...]

Hounds look to bounce back

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Ray Richards took over the Southeastern Oklahoma football program in April, but he was hardly new to the school. A native of Illinois, Richards spent 10 seasons as the Savages’ defensive coordinator (1989-98). He returns to the Durant, Okla., school after four years as head coach at Division II Southwest [...]

Richards will return to Zia basketball

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After a one-year hiatus, former Texico High School standout Elizabeth Richards is coming back to the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball program. Richards, who helped the Zias contend for the Lone Star Conference South Division title in 2003-04 but decided not to play last season, said the year off might [...]

Hoopla includes variety for fans and players

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent =Casual observers, as well as players who were in-between contests, had a variety of choices of games to watch Saturday at the Three-on-Three Hoopla Streetball Tour in Clovis. From grown men to little boys, it seemed everyone had a chance to shoot baskets in the parking lot at North Plains [...]

5/12 Obituaries

Jim Griffin, 61 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Jim Griffin, 61, of Odessa, Texas, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, in Logan. He was born July 16, 1943, in Clovis, to Nettie Lou and Roy J. Griffin. He grew up in Portales. He married Norma Faye Luce on Aug. 11, [...]

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 [...]

PHS has some shoes to fill heading into 2005 campaign

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By Dave Wagner After three consecutive trips to regional competition, the Portales High softball team has some shoes to fill this season. Portales graduated its pitcher (Kassandra Richards), catcher (Ashley Flores), shortstop (Kelly Parkey), center fielder (Erica Feliciano) and right fielder (Carissa Martinez) after going 12-12 (8-4 District 4-3A) last season. Richards pitched for the [...]

Lady Rams whip Roswell

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By Kevin Wilson With their No. 1 seeds in district already locked up, Class 3A Portales and Class 4A Roswell High arguably had nothing to play for Saturday night. Ashleah Richards and Tara Johnson provided evidence to the contrary, as they keyed a late 10-0 run to help the host Lady Rams win 59-49 and [...]