By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
Despite a seventh consecutive appearance in the Class 4A State Championship game, and another district championship the Portales Lady Rams were shut out of the All State first-team list Thursday.
“We are more of a team,” Portales head coach Brenda Gomez said. “We play more of a team (style) than individuals.”
Portales senior Briana Hernandez and junior Bethany Self caught the eye of some voters and made the second-team list.
“We don’t play any 3A teams until we get to district and the state tournament,” Gomez said. “So that does hurt the kids whenever they’re not seen by other people. We just aren’t noticed as much, but both of them are very deserving.”
3A state champion Hope Christian, which beat Portales in the state championship game, had two first-teamers, while West Las Vegas, Saint Michael’s and Santa Fe Indian School each placed one girl on the first-team.
Elida sophomore Lindsey Smith made the 1A first-team.
On the boys side, the District 4-3A champion Rams placed senior and leading scorer Chance Sherburne on the honorable mention list in Class 3A.
“3A was really strong this year, with a lot of good players so it’s an honor just to be honorable mention,” Ram head coach Mark Gallegos said. “Had we gone to Albuquerque, I think he would have gotten a little more exposure and I think he would have been up a little higher. It was an honor for him, and he’d be the first kid to tell you that his teammates helped him get there also.”
The Rams lost in the first round of the state tournament at home to NMMI.
Elida junior Wesley Gilmore made the first-team in Class 1A, while Dora senior teammates Casey O’Connor and Ryan Craig both made the second-team.