Cheerleaders to compete in state finals

Kevin Wilson Like their football and basketball counterparts, the Portales High cheerleaders are getting set to compete this weekend. The cheerleaders will head to Albuquerque Sunday for the Universal Cheerleaders Association regional tournament, which will be held at Del Norte School. Portales will be competing in the medium varsity division, according to cheerleading coach James […]

Untested Rams open with Tulia

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Tony Parra The Portales Rams boys basketball team will know where it stands after playing in the Shallowater Shootout Tournament this weekend. The Rams tip-off their season in the Texas tournament with an 11:30 a.m. game today against the Class 2A Tulia Hornets. “They (Tulia) are young, very athletic and they get up and down […]

Touchstone: ‘D’ on the field, ‘A’ in the classroom

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University junior Ty Touchstone remembers getting a “B” — once. “It was a class for citizenship (in grade school),” he said. “But I don’t really count that.” Touchstone has had nothing but “A’s” through four semesters at ENMU, where he also plays free safety for the Greyhounds in football. […]

Lady Rams cruise in season opener

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By Kevin Wilson From a fast break to a break between seasons, the concept of transition carries weight in high school basketball. The Portales Lady Rams are one game through this current transition, but a 63-23 win over Artesia was never much of a test for the defending Class 3A champs. The three top scorers […]

Greyhounds drop third-straight

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Turns out three was a bad number for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds. The Lubbock Christian threesome of Brandon Jones, Mario Muzurovic and Eric Sheets combined for 12 3-pointers as the Chaparrals handed Eastern its third-straight loss, a 77-73 setback Monday night at Rip Griffin Center. Sheets came off the bench […]

Elida wins season opener

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By Kevin Wilson ELIDA — Normally a seven-point second quarter and 15 first-half turnovers would be a cause for concern for the Elida Lady Tigers. But visiting Tucumcari had a six-point first half and 27 turnovers, so it was easy to shrug off. Halee Best was the only player in double figures, scoring 18 to […]

Zias lose two at West Texas A&M tournament

By Dave Wagner CANYON, Texas — Turnovers are still a problem, and the shooting comes and goes. Still, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team got a pretty good idea of where it stands after rugged games against West Texas A&M and Emporia State over the weekend in WT’s Thanksgiving Classic. The Zias lost […]

Aggies knock Hounds to 2-2

Staff and Wire Reports LAS CRUCES — Forward James Moore led four New Mexico State players in double figures with 19 points Saturday night and the Aggies pulled away in the second half to wallop Eastern New Mexico University 78-44. Former Roswell High standout Gary Jackson added 18 points and nine rebounds in only 18 […]

Lady Rams looking to repeat

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By Kevin Wilson For that small period of time where basketball practices overlapped the end of volleyball season, it felt like there were two coaches named Gomez at each Lady Ram basketball practice. While Brenda Gomez got ready for her 17th season as Portales coach, senior point guard Roni was doing on-the-court training with her […]

Rams looking to surprise experts

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Kevin Wilson Most of the state looked past the Portales Rams when the 2001 state basketball tournament began, and the Rams came out with a championship. Portales was an afterthought in last year’s Class 3A regionals, right before eventual champion St. Michael’s needed overtime to eliminate the Rams. With seven players lost to graduation, Mark […]