Portales girls squads enjoy success

By Dave Wagner Two highly successful girls programs, two almost completely different rosters. But the results have been remarkably similar. Portales High has enjoyed runs of three Class 3A state championships in four years — 2001, 2003 and 2004 — for both girls basketball and tennis. In 2002 the basketball team finished second at state, […]

Lady Rams overcome illnesses to gain semis

PNT Staff ALBUQUERQUE — The defending Class 3A state champion Portales Lady Rams overcame the loss of three players to food poisoning Thursday to advance to the state tournament semifinals at Manzano High School. PHS finished third in four-team Pool B, splitting six games, then outlasted Pool A runnerup Shiprock 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 18-16 […]

Former ENMU student publishes book

By Laurie Stone Former Eastern New Mexico University student Gloria Hightower put her sleepless nights to use, and now has a book to show for it. Hightower, who attended ENMU from 1955-56 has a murder mystery out called The Cotton Rope Strangler. She chose to self-publish her book with the encouragement of her writing group […]

June 6 Obituaries

Adelaide Gregory, 89 Mrs. Adelaide Dorcas Self Gregory, 89, of Albuquerque, died Friday, June 4, 2004, in Albuquerque. She was born Nov. 7, 1914 in Tupelo, Okla., to Ross and Sabra Self. Mrs. Gregory graduated from Quitiquae High School in Quitiquae, Texas, and went on to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas Tech […]

Lady Rams rely on Self to defend title

ALBUQERUQUE — Things didn’t look good for the Portales Lady Rams tennis team Saturday morning. But it’s amazing how a prayer can turn things around. Portales’ Rachelle Self had just dropped the second set — a set she could have won — to Sandia Prep’s Kathryn Short during the 1A-3A girls tennis team championships at […]

Second time a charm for Quick, Self

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — A little excuse-me swing at the net, an ensuing on-court celebration — and another Portales doubles team into the record book as a state champion. After Lady Rams junior Rachelle Self hesitantly stabbed at a shot on match point and watched it fall in for a winner, she […]

Quick/Self pairing makes way to finals

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — No major surprises for took place for Portales teams on Wednesday’s opening day of the Class 1A-3A individual state tennis championships. That meant that all Rams and Lady Rams singles entries were eliminated by day’s end, although eighth-grader Bethany Self did score a win by default before bowing in […]

A column about nothing

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Here’s a column about Nothing. That’s when I do my best writing. When I write about Nothing. Sometimes I have so much to say about Nothing that I can’t stop writing. It’s when I try to write about Something that I’m at a loss for words. Jerry Seinfeld made millions […]

Rams sweep Clovis in tennis

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales tennis teams each took care of business Tuesday against Clovis, upping their season records to 8-2 for each side. The Portales boys won by a 7-2 count, while the girls took a 6-3 win in Tuesday’s match. Portales returns to play this weekend in Roswell, then takes two weeks […]

New faces highlight Portales Open

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By Kevin Wilson Tennis, more than any other sport, is one where a small difference in skill makes a huge difference in the final score. So what happened on Saturday when a golfer making her Portales Open debut played players with decades of experience? For Cassidy Merrick, it was a chance to be a comedian. […]

Van Wettering, Bulls claim doubles title in all-Portales final

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Having previous experience in state championship doubles matches, neither Sara Bulls or Kristen Van Wettering of Portales found winning the doubles title quite the fulfullment most say it is. The reason was simple: the championship came at the expense of teammates Hailey Quick and Rachelle Self. Bulls and Van Wettering […]

Portales girls tennis team moves on to state

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams continued their drive towards their second state title in three seasons, and the Rams came four games away from pulling off what would have been the biggest upset in Class 1A-3A tennis. Host New Mexico Military Institute defeated the Rams 4-1 in boys action for the District […]