Portales High girls win all-sport trophy

By Kevin Wilson

For the second year in a row, Portales High School has won thei girls all-sport trophy for Class 3A.
For the first year, they will have something to show for it.
On Oct. 14, during the New Mexico Activities Associations’s annual meeting of schools, PHS will receive a plaque along with nine other schools — all-sport trophies are award for boys and girls in each of the state’s five classifications.
The award previously was a traveling trophy, but now each school will receive a plaque. Portales High Athletic Director Don Gomez said that the NMAA contacted PHS this summer to get the Class 3A trophy, and he told them that he never received the trophy for 2003 — it was Gomez’ understanding that a previous winner never returned it to the NMAA.
The trophy, according to the NMAA’s press release, is awarded to schools who, “based on their overall performance … demonstrate excellence in the areas of sportsmanship, teamwork and creating a successful athletic program during the course of the school year.”
Teams earn points towards the trophy in every sport.
“You get so many points for just participation,” Gomez said. “If you win district, you get so many points. If you win your regional, you get so many points … It just has to do with how well you finish.”
Both the volleyball and basketball teams earned 130 points towards the all-sport trophy. Each earned points for participation (10 points), a district championship (20), a regional championship (30) and a state championship (70).
Portales also earned points from its state champion tennis team and the softball team, which was a regional runnerup.
Volleyball coach Ruth Chavez admits that some of the athletes may look past the trophy, but she thinks it’s a good side goal.
“It’s great motivation, I think,” Chavez said. “It is really a great honor for the Portales girls to get that.”
Chavez noted that the school has had success in the individual sports because each coach tries to help out the others. Chavez is running a volleyball camp this week, and she said she talks with basketball coach Brenda Gomez to make sure camps and/or offseason programs don’t conflict.
“A lot of schools have their athletes specialize in one sport,” Chavez said. “We share our athletes, we’re not selfish. The majority of our athletes are two or three-sport and I think that’s the way to go.”
Don Gomez think’s the secret to success is a little simpler.
“Good kids, good coaches,” Gomez said.