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Lady Rams eye another 3A state run

You can almost see a slight grimace in Robbie Crowley's smile when she talks about her softball team's playoff appearances the last couple of years. At Portales High, the Lady Rams have valiantly fought their way at state through what's commonly...

 

Defending Class 3A champ Rams rebuilding

And now comes the morning after, so to speak. In the history of Portales High baseball, nothing quite matches the wild ride that was the 2012 season as the Rams won the school's first state championship on the diamond. CMI photo: Tony...

 

Q&A - Los Angeles transfer averaging 16 points

Rodney Blackmon, a cat-quick junior guard from Los Angeles, is averaging more than 16 points a contest this season for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. On his 2012-13 resume are three game-winning shots and, in one recent win over Camero...

 

YEAR IN REVIEW: Rams relish baseball title

Portales has enjoyed much success in girls basketball and volleyball, its share of titles in football and, generally, bright spots in everything the high school has participated. But it wasn't until 2012 that the Rams grabbed a state championship in...

 

Year in Review - National recall targeted Sunland

Editor's note: This fifth and final story in a series on the top news stories in the PNT coverage area in 2012. At the end of August, at a luncheon in Albuquerque, Sunland Peanuts of Portales was recognized as one of the top 100 privately-owned...

 

Year in Review - Police faced setbacks

Editor's note: This is one of a series on top stories in the PNT coverage area in 2012. To say that 2012 was a bit of a rough year for the Portales Police Department would be a major understatement. By the time fall turned to winter, the Portales PD... Full story

 

Year in Review - Prayer divided city

Editor's note: This is one of a series on top stories in the PNT coverage area in 2012. In mid-September, Portales' city leagues Sports Director Mike Doerr told the Portales News Tribune that coach-led prayer would no longer be allowed at games...

 

Year in Review - Siblings' deaths rocked town

Editor's note: This is the second of a five-part series on the top stories in the PNT coverage area in 2012. The death of the Anthony brothers of Elida is No. 4 on the PNT's list. It didn't even happen in Roosevelt County, but when one truck was hit... Full story

 

BYU pulls away to beat Hounds

PROVO, Utah — When a Division II basketball team ventures into a 20,000-plus arena to take on the likes of Brigham Young, it's usually not a matter of if but when the home team will open up a comfortable margin. JIM MCAULEY: (Provo) Daily Herald... Full story

 

In tribute: Former Fort Sumner coach made impact

Figuratively, it could be said that Mario Martinez was always looking out for the little guy. De Baca County News: Scot Stinnett Mario Martinez is carried to the center of the field by his players...

 

Rams' new head coach excited by opportunity

When Mark Gallegos took the job as athletic director at Portales High, Rickie McBroom was the right man for the job Gallegos left behind. As it turns out, it's the right job for the man, too. CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroPortales senior guard...

 

Seniors rallied team to secure title

When Elida senior Shealton Veo-Chenault arose for championship day at the state volleyball tournament last weekend, she and her teammates were brimming with optimism about what might come later. Kevin Wilson: CMI photo Elida players celebrate...

 

Top-ranked Coyotes wary of Hondo

Ever since Dora knocked off Lake Arthur in a midseason six-man battle of No. 1 versus No. 2, the Coyotes have become the de facto favorite to run the table to the school's first state championship. But Dora coach Mason McBee's job has been to keep...

 

Dora adjusting to role as six-man power

Many communities in the southeast quadrant of the state have long traditions regarding football. Dora does too, but for a long time the tradition was not to field a football team at all. Things are progressing quickly in the little town though since...

 

ROOSEVELT CO. FOOTBALL: Coyotes thinking 6-man title

DORA — Many communities in the southeast quadrant of the state have long traditions regarding football. Dora does too, but for a long time the tradition was not to field a football team at all. Things are progressing quickly in the little town,... Full story

 

Animals sometimes road hazards

Tony Bullocks: CNJ staff photo Horses drink from a trough Tuesday on Curry County Road 13. Why did the chicken cross the road? In communities surrounded by agriculture, maybe it's just to get back home after some sort of disruption. It doesn't... Full story

 

Animals sometimes road hazards

Why did the chicken cross the road? In communities surrounded by agriculture, maybe it's just to get back home after some sort of disruption. It doesn't happen too often, according to local...

 

Lady Tigers flying high

ELIDA — When you've won consecutive state championships, expectations tend to be elevated when a third is in sight. But don't call it mad ambition when an Elida player, like senior setter Shealton...

 

Round and round they go

To an outsider, the world of roller derby may seem akin to something like wrestling on wheels. Or, in images from movies such as "Rollerball," something worse. But for a couple of dozen women in... Full story

 

Team roping has marathon type of feel

If PBA bull riding is like the 100-meter dash of rodeo events, full of glitz and instant big rewards for the winners, team roping is more akin to the marathon. CMI photo: Kevin WilsonPatty Moberly of...

 

Team roping has marathon type of feel

If PBA bull riding is like the 100-meter dash of rodeo events, full of glitz and instant big rewards for the winners, team roping is more akin to the marathon. CMI photo: Kevin WilsonPatty Moberly of...

 

HPJRA rodeo endures rough start

Early in Saturday's action in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Events Center, in the world of man-vs.-animal, it was the animals who had the better time of it. Two... Full story

 

HPJRA rodeo endures rough start

Early in Saturday's action in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Events Center, in the world of man-vs.-animal, it was the animals who had the better time of it. Two... Full story

 

HPJRA rodeo begins Wednesday

Some 30 years after the fact, Ryan Figg has a picture at home commemorating when he was a team roping champ with the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association. The photo conjures up images of his fellow... Full story

 

HPJRA rodeo begins Wednesday

Some 30 years after the fact, Ryan Figg has a picture at home commemorating when he was a team roping champ with the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association. The photo conjures up images of his fellow...

 

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