Benitscheck looks toward next spelling bee

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but perhaps a photo of her with a blue tongue will be her claim to fame. The 11-year-old Clovis girl correctly spelled the word, “factoid” in the second round of the national […]

Rams host state first round today

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams’ first district championship in recent memory has them charged for a run through the New Mexico Class 3A state tournament — and that run begins today. Portales hits the diamond today as the fifth-seed in a state first round contest, hosting 12th-seeded Tohatchi at Ram Field […]

Ram golfers take second at state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer SOCORRO — Portales golf coach Pat Crowley described his team as, “disappointed” after the final round of the 1A-3A state tournament at the New Mexico Tech golf course Tuesday morning. But they played well enough to be state runner-up. The Rams came into Tuesday’s final round in a first […]

Rams tied for first after state first round

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram golf team has played the state tournament course in Socorro several times this season. Today, they’ll play it one more time — with a historic state championship on the line. Sophomore Donavin Sanchez and senior Jefferson Powers led the Rams to a tie with district rival […]

Election may be on right path for France

Freedom Newspapers Conventional wisdom holds that in the first round of presidential elections, French voters vote with their hearts and typically winnow the field of candidates to the two highest vote-getters. This often swells the vote counts for fringe candidates and explains the odd outcome in 2002, when perennial anti-immigrant fringe candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen […]

Rams win District 4-3A golf tournament

PNT Staff Report ROSWELL — Portales senior Jefferson Powers and sophomore Donavin Sanchez shot the second and third best round, respectively, in leading the Rams to the District 4-3A championship at the New Mexico Military Institute golf course Monday morning. The Rams fired a combined 299, the second time this season that the team has […]

Portales Ram golfers fifth after first day at NMMI

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A second place round from Portales sophomore William Archibeque highlighted an otherwise disappointing fifth place finish by the Ram golfers at the Roswell-NMMI Invitational Monday at the NMMI golf course. Archibeque’s one-over par 73 was second to Alamogordo senior Michael Adams’ two-under par 70. “William played the best round […]

Elida, Dora defeated in diamond debut

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Elida Tiger and Dora Coyote baseball teams began their seasons at different tournaments around southeastern New Mexico but came home with the same result Thursday night. Elida lost in the first round of the Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter to the host Demons 13-3 in five innings, while […]

Spelling bee champ buzzes with excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but she never said goodbye. By spelling those words, and 30 others, correctly, she punched her ticket to Washington, D.C., as the winner of Saturday’s regional spelling bee, sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Christina, an 11-year-old […]

Girls take the court in state first-round

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s ladies night in the New Mexico state basketball tournament with the Portales and Elida girls both hitting the court this evening in first-round play. As the top seed in the Class 3A brackets, the Lady Rams (15-9) host the 16th-seeded Cobre Lady Indians (12-13) at the Portales High […]