Classic draws crowd

By Marc Schoder Tennis players young and old came out from around the Portales area to participate in the 35th annual Bill Wahlman Classic, an 11 bracket tennis tournament at Eastern New Mexico University Zia Tennis Courts. “We had 50 players come out from high school aged kids to 40-year-old adults,” said Hailey Radloff, one […]

Tournament set for July 22-24

PNT Staff The Bill Wahlman Classic tennis tournament is set for July 22-24. The tournament will be divided into junior and adult events. Entrants are limited to three events, but juniors who wish to play in adult events can enter up to three events in each division. The tournament entry fees are $10 for each […]

Spilca too much for Lady Rams

PNT Staff In the end, a five-time state singles champion was the difference in making sure Portales didn’t become a three-time team champion over the weekend. Mariana Spilca claimed wins in both the singles and doubles category, giving Sandia Prep a 5-4 win over Portales for the Class 1-3A girls tennis title Saturday in Albuquerque. […]

Erf reaches title match

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High sophomore Morgan Erf has a tall order in today’s Class 1A-3A state tennis girls singles semifinals, but coach Bill Wahlman thinks she’s ready for it. After a first-round bye, Erf breezed past Bosque’s Tori Linton 6-0, 6-0 in the Wednesday’s quarterfinal round at the Albuquerque Tennis Complex. In today’s […]

Portales gets ready for district tourney

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By Kevin Wilson Portales senior Chris Kirchner doesn’t know how he injured his shoulder, only that he wasn’t able to play for a few weeks. He doesn’t know how long his shoulder will hurt, only that it doesn’t hurt enough to keep him out of his final district tournament. “It still hurts, but I have […]

PHS tennis teams win easily

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High tennis teams got back on track Thursday. Two days after most of the varsity players were left at home for a school violation, the Rams and Lady Rams had their way with District 4-3A rival Lovington in rolling to 9-0 victories. The boys had to go to a 10-point […]

Training camps in full force on Tuesday

By Tony Parra Tennis season for Portales High School is over, and now the students are becoming the teachers. Portales tennis coach Bill Wahlman is coordinating the annual city tennis league as one of two sport recreation activities offered through the city. There is also an arts/crafts recreation activity offered by the city, which begins […]

PHS players ready to fend for selves

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis team probably won’t spend much of Wednesday and Thursday wondering if the girls team can defend its Class 1A-3A championship. That’s because the tennis program should be busy enough in individual competition. In total, nine players will represent Portales in individual competition. “In 30 years of going, we’ve […]

Portales overpowers Clovis in tennis

By Kevin Wilson It was the question on everybody’s mind following Thursday night’s tennis matches: Why doesn’t Patricia Gallegos wear a hairtie? “I like to wear my lucky visor,” the Clovis sophomore and No. 1 singles player said of her hair habit and her 3-year-old Adidas visor, “and I dont like to wear a pony […]