Kabrick, Kemp receive highest PHS athletic honors

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

Megan Kabrick and Robert Kemp received the top athletic honor at Portales High School earlier this month.

Limited to seniors, the “Greatest Ram” award is based on academics, amount of years played in sports, ability, leadership skills and attitude.

Kabrick was a star on the basketball and volleyball teams that won five state championships and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Kemp played five years for the Portales Rams football team, ran track and participated in theater.

“I was really surprised and shocked,” said Kabrick, who signed to play Division II volleyball at Angelo State. “I wasn’t expecting it at all, because there are so many great senior athletes.”

In volleyball, Kabrick played on two state champion teams, including in 2005, and was named the Class 3A New Mexico volleyball player of the year for the 2005 season.

She was a member of three state-title basketball teams, including the Rams’ third title in four years in March.

During his senior year, Kemp was an offensive guard and an outside linebacker for the Rams, and ran sprints and relays teams for Ram track this spring. He was also an actor in such plays as “Oliver” and “The King and I.”

“I didn’t think I’d get it,” said Kemp, who plans to attend Eastern New Mexico University. “It was really a big surprise. I didn’t talk much until the last semester. I was quiet.”

Kemp said he enjoyed spending time with the lower classmen and using his experience to teach them.
“I’m going to miss the people the most.”

Kabrick said under volleyball coach Ruth Chavez and Brenda Gomez (basketball coach), players expected to be successful and compete for state titles.

“A lot of work was put into it and a lot of practices,” Kabrick said.

Chavez said it takes a well-rounded person to win the award.

“She was a team player, a hard worker and a leader,” Chavez said. “She’s the type of person you’d like to have on the team. We’re going to miss her.”