Fort Sumner beats Elida for district championship

Freedom New Mexico FORT SUMNER — Junior Bree Lucero had 17 kills and seven blocks while junior Racheal Chavez added 13 kills and 12 digs Saturday, helping top-seeded Fort Sumner post a 25-22, 25-9, 25-21 victory over Elida in the finals of the District 3-1A volleyball tournament. The Vixens (17-4), the defending Class 1A state […]

Rams face top seed in 3A semi’s

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams are just hours from the biggest baseball game in their young careers, but if you believe head coach Arturo Ontiveros, the boys are loose and relaxed. “It’s kind of scary, but they seem kind of relaxed,” Ontiveros said. “I always like to see a little bit of urgency but […]

Rams advance to semifinal

PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — The fifth-seeded Portales Rams thought they were a better team than the fourth-seeded Bloomfield Bobcats and in the Class 3A state baseball quarterfinals Wednesday, they proved it. The Rams came from behind for an 8-7 win to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year. The Rams were […]

Portales’ Erf, Partin brothers reach semis

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales senior Ella Erf and the Ram doubles tandem of Walker and Skyler Partin advanced to the state tennis semifinals after big wins Friday afternoon in Albuquerque. Tournament second-seeded Erf advanced with a a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lovington’s seventh-seeded Lauryn Hess in the girls singles 1A-3A quarterfinals. “Ella did […]

Portales track and tennis begin state competition

The starters gun on the 3A/5A boys and girls state track meet fires this morning at Albuquerque’s University Stadium and the Rams and Lady Rams are sending a large contingent. The Portales boys have seven athletes participating, including: Junior Tyler Anderson (110 m hurdles), junior Joey Moore (200 m), senior Erett Grubbs (shotput, discus), junior […]

Lady Ram softball and Ram baseball seeded in state tournament

PNT Staff Report The District 4-3A champion Lady Ram softball team (17-8, 12-0 district) is seeded No. 5 in the New Mexico Class 3A state softball tournament in Farmington this weekend. The Portales girls depart Wednesday, before facing 12th-seeded Fort Wingate Thursday at 2 p.m. The winner of the first round game faces 4th-seeded Las […]

PHS tennis squads advance to state semis

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales’ squads swept into the semifinals of the state Class 1A-3A team tennis competition with victories on Friday at Academy High School. The Portales boys, seeded fifth, upended Sandia Prep 6-3 while the second-seeded Lady Rams advanced with an 8-1 trouncing of Cobre. Brothers Walker and Colton Partin won in straight […]

Portales tennis heads to state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams both battled to team district championships this spring. This weekend, they hope to bring home a blue trophy for a state championship. The Lady Rams enter the tournament seeded number two, behind Bosque School. The Portales girls face seventh-seeded Cobre in the […]

Lady Rams finals bound

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With four of the last six state titles, the Portales Lady Rams have cast a large shadow over New Mexico girls Class 3A basketball over the last decade. The Portales girls have a chance to continue their domination at 8 p.m. today when the top-seeded Lady Rams play second-seeded […]

Local teams ready for playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The road through the high school basketball state championships is now public, and Portales, Elida and Dora teams have their road maps laid out in front of them. The New Mexico Activities Association released the official basketball state championship brackets Sunday afternoon. The District 4-3A champion Portales Lady Rams […]

Vixens stop Lady Buffs

Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — Kaylynn Johnson and Rachel Chavez scored 10 points each and Fort Sumner beat Melrose when it counted the most — with a state tournament berth on the line. The third-seeded Vixens hit 10-of-14 free throws in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday and beat the second-seeded Lady Buffs […]

Dora boys and Elida girls await challengers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the district regular season was any indication, this week’s boys and girls District 3-1A tournament could offer some intriguing matchups. “You better be ready to play (in the district tournament) or it’ll be over,” Elida boys head coach Darrell Chenault said. As the district top seeds, the Elida […]

Rams in title game

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales players, parents, and fans poured onto the Saint Michael’s 50-yard line, creating a pool of black and red Saturday afternoon as the Rams celebrated their spot in the New Mexico class 3A state championship game, beating the third-seeded Horsemen 25-20. “All I can say is ‘Wow,’” first-year Rams […]

Hounds eliminated in SWC tourny

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State limited Eastern New Mexico University to just two shots on goal Thursday night and the top-seeded host Mustangs notched a 5-1 victory in the semifinals of the Southwest Soccer Conference tournament. Goals by Scott Leonard and Brandon Swartzendruber midway through the first half staked Midwestern (16-2-1), ranked […]

Zias knocked out of LSC soccer tournament

Freedom Newspapers EDMOND, Okla. — Junior defender Tamara Geels scored two goals and sophomore midfielder Melissa DoRemus and freshman defender Whitney Hancock each had a goal and an assist Thursday, lifting Texas A&M-Commerce to a 4-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the first round of the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer tournament. In […]

District 3-1A tourney starts, Elida waits in top seed

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer In District 3-1A volleyball this season, there has been one constant. Elida wins. In fact, Elida has finished their 2006 regular season, a perfect 20-0. The Lady Tigers first undefeated season that anyone in Elida can remember, and that earns them a pass to the district tournament championship at […]

STATE 1A-3A TENNIS: PHS sends boys, girls doubles to semis

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PHS staff ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self are right where they expected to be after Friday’s play in the Class 1-3A state individual tennis tournament. Matt Tucker and Kyle Adams are right where they hoped to be. Erf and Self, seeded No. 1 in girls doubles, improved to 15-0 for the […]

Rams storm past Bloomfield

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Rams — and District 4-3A, in general —have made a loud statement in the Class 3A state baseball tournament. Portales, seeded 12th in the 16-team field, advanced to the semifinals with an 18-6 rout of Bloomfield on Thursday at the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Field in a game […]

Tigers notch 1A tourney’s second seed

PNT staff After a 30-year absence from state baseball competition, the Elida Tigers could get used to this. Elida ended its long dry spell last season, reaching the Class 1A semifinals before losing to eventual runnerup Roswell Gateway Christian. Second-year coach Jimmy Dale Ward has led the Tigers (9-4) back to this year’s event, and […]

St. Michael’s downs PHS in semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams will have to wait another year for a shot at a Class 3A state tennis championship. Portales played competitively for the most part, but couldn’t match Santa Fe St. Michael’s depth on Saturday in dropping a 6-3 semifinal decision to the Lady Horsemen at Sierra Vista Tennis […]