Reader submitted content: Racquetball tournament draws 28

By Michael Doerr: City of Portales Athletics Director On May 21, Portales City Sports held their first Adult Racquetball Tournament. The tourney was held at Eastern New Mexico University, and 18 people participants in two brackets, the Blue Bracket and the Red Bracket. Joshua Johnson, an airman from Cannon Air Force Base, won the Blue […]

Hereford to hold tennis tournament

Freedom New Mexico Hereford Schools is hosting a summer tennis tournament June 4-5 at the high school’s tennis courts. Friday play will include junior singles competition, with 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U tournaments for both genders. Saturday’s play features youth doubles, also 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U, with the age of the oldest player recognized. […]

Yes, tennis star Roger Federer is human

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist

ENMU staff serving tennis

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer You won’t see Roger Federer or Maria Sharapova on the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts this summer, but you will see plenty of ENMU employees and students battling each other to have fun and stay in shape in ENMU’s lifelong wellness program. The tennis program started June 7 […]

Its Their Job Sara Bulls

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Name: Sara BullsJob: Girls tennis head coach Portales Junior High SchoolBackground: Bulls is from Portales and cheered and played tennis at PHS, and won state in doubles. Bulls has played tennis every summer since fifth grade. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and played tennis there one year.She also currently teaches seventh and eighth […]

If the shoe fits … don’t risk spanking

By Helena Rodriguez Last week, several people stood in line at a shoe store in San Francisco for five days, waiting for the latest edition of Michael Jordan designer shoes, which cost $295 a pair. Ridiculous, if you ask me. Even more ridiculous, is that these footwear-obsessed fans say they will not even think of […]

Ella Erf takes third in state singles tennis

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PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Ella Erf wanted to finish her tennis career at Portales with a singles state championship. She didn’t find a title, but as she exits stage left, she does so with a third place trophy. Erf lost in the 3A semifinals in straight sets Saturday to Bosque freshman Dara McDevitt […]

May 16, 1982

• Three hundred sixty-seven students from Eastern New Mexico University received their degrees during graduation ceremonies held at Greyhound Arena. • Both the Portales girls and boys doubles tennis teams placed third at the New Mexico State Tennis Tournament in their respective divisions. • Short sleeve knit shirts were on sale, two for the price of one, at […]

Portales dominates district tennis tourney

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales’ Ella Erf and Bethany Self combined for an undefeated run through the doubles state tennis tournament last season. Soon, they’ll be headed back to state competing against each other. Erf beat Self in the District 4-3A singles competition Saturday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts […]

Ram tennis beats Lovington

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams head into Friday’s District 4-3A tournament having both beaten Lovington 8-1 Tuesday at the Portales Junior High School tennis courts. “We’re very happy with this,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “From top to bottom, we showed more mental toughness than we had […]

ENMU axes tennis program

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University opted not to renew women’s tennis coach Christine Blaeser’s contract last week. This week, regents voted to do away with the program completely. Gary Musgrave, vice president for Student Affairs presented a recommendation to end the program to the regents, based on input from the […]

ENMU cuts ties with Zia tennis coach

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers After 17 years with Christine Blaeser at the helm, Eastern New Mexico University is seeking a change. The school will not renew Blaeser’s contract, according to Athletic Director Mike Maguire and President Steven Gamble. Blaeser was 134-171 in 17 years as Zia coach. “I think that the 17 years of […]

Portales tennis and baseball fare well

ROSWELL— Portales split a District 4-3A doubleheader at New Mexico Military Institute Tuesday evening losing the first game 6-5, but doubling up the Colts in the night-cap 10-5. The Rams (6-5, 2-2) continue their district schedule Saturday in Dexter. PORTALES— Despite extremely heavy winds, the Portales Lady Rams defeated Goddard Tuesday at the Portales tennis […]

April 8, 1970

The Portales City Council voted to enact an ordinance stating that an 11 O’Clock ordinance would be in effect for children under the age of 18. Walt Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes was playing at the Tower. Tickets were $1.25 for adults, $1.00 for students and $.50 for children. The Portales Rams Baseball team […]

Lady Ram rackets dominate NMMI

PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram tennis team got back on track Saturday afternoon winning all matches in a 9-0 complete team victory over NMMI, while the boys fell 2-7 at the Portales tennis courts. The Lady Rams dominated so thoroughly, the NMMI Lady Colts managed just eight game wins in the six-match singles […]

Lady Wildcats double up Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Clovis Wildcat girls tennis team used a dominating doubles performance to charge a 6-3 team victory over the Portales girls Tuesday afternoon at the Portales and Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts. The Portales boys, however, defeated Clovis 7-2. Clovis girls head coach Billie Merritt was happy with […]

Rams ready to serve more power

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales tennis team brought home plenty of hardware from last year’s state tennis tournament, and they hope to have a repeat performance this spring. Senior Ella Erf and junior Bethany Self compose the meat of the Portales girls lineup. Erf and Self combined to go undefeated and win […]

PHS girls cruise into 3A team tennis semis

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The first step to a possible Class 1-3A girls state team tennis title was easy as expected for the Portales Lady Rams. Now the real work begins. Portales, the tourney’s top seed, lost more than three games in only one match Friday in steamrolling the Lady Warriors 9-0. The Lady Rams […]

Lady Rams seeded No. 1 in 3A state team tennis

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Portales High girls tennis coach Michelle Wallis went to a seeding meeting in Albuquerque on Sunday determined to get the Lady Rams the No. 1 slot for the Class 3A state team tennis tournament. Mission accomplished. Now the next step is to go out and prove the seed is […]

Lady Rams earn No. 1 seed at state

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams have earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A girls state tennis tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Sierra Vista Tennis Complex. Portales takes on eighth-seeded Ruidoso in a quarterfinal match at 9 a.m. Saturday. If the Lady Rams win, they advance to a semifinal […]