Portales gets split in first day of softball bracket

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 Ram short stop Valerie Villanueva dives in an attempt to catch a line drive in the top of the sixth inning of the Rams' playoff game against the Bloomfield Bobcats Thursday afternoon at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

Staff report RIO RANCHO — At least Portales is in familiar territory. If the Rams (21-9) are to reach the Class 3A softball title game Saturday to make it three times in four seasons, they’ll have to do so with a big Friday due to a split in the double elimination tournament. “We have three tomorrow,” […]

Rams knocked out in baseball quarterfinals

Staff report The state baseball tournament usually has two types of teams — those that make mistakes, and those that take advantage. The Portales Rams, unfortunately, were the former, as a seven-error day turned a close game into a 15-5 blowout by top-seeded Silver in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A tournament at Eldorado High […]

Ram track squads have high hopes

Staff report The last time the Portales boys track team had this many athletes heading to Albuquerque in May, it came home with a team trophy. That’s kind of the thought process this time around, too. Portales’ boys bring 14 into the Class 3A track meet, which starts this morning at the University of New […]

ENMU selects top academic athletes

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University has selected Kyle Lantz of the men’s basketball team and Taylor Smith of the women’s rodeo team as its academic athletes of the year. At the end of each season, an academic athlete of the year is nominated from each sports team. They were voted on by ENMU coaches […]

Rams face tough obstacle in 3A bracket

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Portales senior shortstop Jarret Faust takes a swing at a  batting practice pitch as junior Matt Martinez catches during the Rams’ Tuesday practice. Portales (16-12), seeded eighth in Class 3A, faces No. 1 Silver in a noon quarterfinal today at Eldorado High School.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com If the Portales High baseball team can get to Saturday’s Class 3A championship, it will have a pretty good routine with a noon Thursday quarterfinal, an 11 a.m. Friday semifinal and a 12:30 p.m. Saturday championship. But the first game is a pretty big “If.” A top-seeded “if.” An […]

N.M. Fishing Report — May 15

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to […]

Portales hopes for 1-2-3 route to title game

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Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley, left, tosses a fly ball for senior Kacie Terry during Tuesday’s practice at Wheeler Park. Portales (20-6), seeded second in Class 3A, will face Pojoaque in a 9 a.m. game at Cleveland High School. Win or lose, Portales will play either Raton or Bloomfield at 1 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament. The Class 3A title game is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the University of New Mexico.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Portales High softball team is aiming to reach its third Class 3A title game in four seasons. Reaching it a little quicker is preferable as well. The double-elimination tournament, which opens Thursday morning at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, is a straight-forward format. Win and reaching the […]

Portales sophomore 13th at state

Staff report LAS CRUCES — Portales High sophomore Bailey Rowley shot 48-46 — 94 on Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of 180 for 36 holes in the Class 1A-3A girls state golf tournament at the New Mexico State University golf course. Rowley tied for 13th place overall with Lovington’s Brianna Clayton. Lady Rams […]

Lady Rams’ Rowley shoots 86 in first round

Staff report LAS CRUCES — Portales High sophomore Bailey Rowley shot a first-day 42-44 — 86 on Monday in the Class 1A-3A state golf tournament and finds herself in a tie for ninth place with Ruidoso’s Alexa Davis. Rowley is the only representative for PHS in the state meet, being contested at the New Mexico […]

Rams rout Shiprock to complete sweep

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Shortstop Jarret Faust is congratulated by Portales assistant Jared Sisneros after reaching on a single in the first inning.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Twice, Daniel Sanchez headed towards second base for a stand-up double, and twice took off for a “maybe I’ll make it” triple. He beat the outfield throw both times and later scored on each, trotting home the second time off a Draven Saiz homer. Sanchez, and the rest of […]

Portales romps in playoff opener

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Portales coach Robbie Crowley talks with baserunner Devyn Alvarado in the second inning of Saturday’s first-round game against Hot Springs.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com No doubt, the competition will get a bit tougher for the Portales Lady Rams as they advance in the Class 3A state softball tournament. Saturday’s round-of-16 game against Hot Springs provided little test, even though it took the second-seeded Lady Rams (20-6) a while to break through. Once the […]

Track teams take second at district meet

Staff report LOVINGTON — Portales High’s teams are both planning on taking just over a dozen athletes to next week’s Class 3A state competition in Albuquerque. Both the Rams and Lady Rams finished second in the three-team District 4-3A meet on Friday, run alongside the District 4-5A meet. Lovington won the boys team title with […]

Lady Broncos finish seventh in 1A state track

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Neither the Floyd nor Elida girls had an abundance of athletes in this weekend’s Class 1A state track meet, but both teams got a lot out of what they had. Junior Jasmine Gomez, who was second in Friday’s triple jump competition, added 12 points on Saturday with a win in the […]

Portales favored in softball matchup

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Portales junior Kailee Ramirez rounds third during a game at Clovis. Portales, seeded second in Class 3A, takes on Hot Springs today at 1 p.m.

Staff report On paper, this is exactly what a 2-15 matchup normally looks like in prep softball. The Portales Rams just hope to live up to that matchup. The second-seeded Rams begin their state title hopes today at 1 p.m. against Hot Springs in a matchup that looks pretty favorable for Portales: • Portales (19-6) […]

Rams cruise by Shiprock in opener

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Portales junior Omar Legarda, right, exchanges a low five with freshman Emilio Lovato after scoring in the bottom of the second inning of Friday game at Ram Field.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Portales’ Daniel Sanchez wasn’t at his best on the mound on Friday, but with plenty of run support it really didn’t matter. The Rams put together three innings of at least five runs and beat Shiprock 16-6 in the opener of a best-of-3 Class 3A state baseball round-of-16 series at Ram […]

Barnard dominant in state track

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Melrose junior Caley Barnard qualified for the finals in the Class 1A state girls 400 on Friday at the University of New Mexico track facility in Albuquerque. Barnard accounted for 18 points in field events on Friday, winning pole vault and triple jump and placing third in high jump.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Melrose junior Caley Barnard made a big splash in Class 1A state girls track competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico track. Barnard accounted for 18 of the Lady Buffs’ 19 first-day points, which has them in a tie for first place with Jemez Valley and one point ahead […]

Early runs lift Onate past Lady Cats

Staff report LAS CRUCES — Clovis High’s softball team would like to take a mulligan on the first six innings. Senior left-hander Rebecca Whitlock held the Lady Wildcats hitless until the seventh, then gave up two runs on three hits before nailing down second-seeded Onate’s 8-2 win on Friday night in the Class 5A state […]

Hope Christian teams oust PHS

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian quickly erased any hope Portales High’s tennis teams had of advancing on in Friday’s quarterfinals of Class 1A-3A state team competition at Albuquerque Academy H.S. The Huskies posted a sweep, the second-seeded boys cruising to a 9-0 win while the fourth-seeded girls downed the fifth-seeded Lady Rams 7-2. The […]

Rams set for series against Shiprock

Staff report The state seeding committee likely had some doubts about Shiprock’s schedule, which may explain why the Chieftains are the visiting team today in Portales despite a 20-4 record. The only concern for eighth-seeded Portales is making sure the Shiprock doesn’t get to 22 wins as the teams open a best-of-three series at 4 […]

Texico ace signs with ENMU

Jarron Hill signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Eastern New Mexico University Thursday. He is 10-0 on the mound and batting .542 on the season for the Wolverines (24-1).

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Since his junior year, Jarron Hill thought he could make the jump to play college baseball once he’d left Class 2A Texico. His senior year, a 10-0 record and a .542 batting average has done little to shake that confidence. Hill took one more step Thursday, signing a letter […]