Lady Cats roll behind Wright

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Senior A.J. Wright pitched a pair of complete games and had a big day at the plate as Clovis High’s softball team won twice in the consolation bracket of the Rio Rancho Invitational on Friday, beating Gadsden 16-5 and St. Pius 16-8. The Lady Wildcats (5-5) pounded out four home […]

Unearned runs lift Goddard past Cats

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Roswell Goddard made a pair of unearned runs stand up and the Rockets edged Clovis High 2-1 on Friday in the championship semifinals of the Rio Rancho Invitational. Junior Dominic Dunlap pitched a complete-gme seven-hitter for the Rockets (8-0), who advanced to today’s championship game against Rio Rancho Cleveland. Meantime, […]

Rams grab split to open home tourney

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Portales second baseman Draven Saiz dives to knock down a line drive before throwing the runner out at first base during the second inning of Friday’s baseball game against Sandia Prep at Ram Field. The Sartans defeated the Rams 11-9.

STAFF REPORT The Portales Rams got out an early 4-2 lead, but couldn’t hold on as unbeaten Sandia Prep scored six runs in the fourth en route to an 11-9 win on Friday in the first day of Portales’ four-team, round-robin tournament at Ram Field. Portales (6-2) won a late game on Friday from Raton […]

Clovis boys finish second, girls third at NMMI

STAFF REPORT ROSWELL — Clovis High’s golf squads came a few strokes from catching district rival Hobbs Friday at New Mexico Military Institute, but were satisfied with the overall progress of qualifying for the state meet. The boys team finished second at the meet, shooting a team score of 306, between the Eagles’ 301 and […]

Hounds win series opener from ASU

Staff report First baseman Blake Cooper capped a two-run rally in the eighth inning with an RBI single, lifting Eastern New Mexico University past 21st-ranked Angelo State 5-4 on Friday night in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. The teams have a pair of seven-inning games on tap […]

Javelinas take two from Zias

Staff report KINGSVILLE, Texas — Jaeleen Castro hit a one-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh on Friday and Texas A&M-Kingsville completed the sweep of a Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader by edging Eastern New Mexico University 11-10. In the opener, Kingsville got a complete-game pitching performance from Carlie Clark in posting a […]

PHS routs Raton

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Joshua Lucero

Portales freshman Zamorye Cox sprints to return a volley during a singles match against Raton’s Natale Castellini Thursday 
afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts.

Staff report The Portales Rams tennis teams enjoyed easy wins on a sunny day Thursday, beating Raton 9-0 in both duals at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center and at Eastern New Mexico University. The Rams (1-2) won seven matches and two more by forfeit against the Tigers. Austin Lucero won his singles match 7-5, 6-1 […]

Four PHS players named all-state

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Several CMI-area players have been named for 2014-15 all-state basketball honors by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. In Class 6A, senior Danni Williams was named to the girls first team while senior Shelby Jones made the second team. The Lady Wildcats posted a 27-3 record and were eliminated by […]

Don’t blame owners for signings

The Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears have taken a lot of heat for the signing of Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald, respectively. Hardy was found guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend by a judge in North Carolina. After asking for a jury trial, the charges were dropped when the alleged victim failed […]

Martinez closing busy career

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Matt Martinez drives baseline against a Hope Christian defender in the Class 4A state semifinal game. Martinez is finishing his senior year as the starting catcher with the Ram baseball team.

Derek Major Staff writer Matt Martinez is in his 12th and final season at Portales High School. The senior, a three-sport athlete since his freshman year, plays every inning of the baseball season knowing his time as a prep athlete is in its sunset. But he expects the memories to last for life. “It’s […]

Wildcats shut out Rams in Tennis

STAFF REPORT Clovis High’s tennis squads had all the better of it on Tuesday against Portales. CHS squads posted 9-0 sweeps over the Rams and Lady Rams, the boys playing at Eastern New Mexico University courts while the girls competed at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center. Clovis did not lose a set all day, although […]

Lone star conference baseball/sotball update

Baseball standings All Times MDTConf.    AllW-L    W-L Texas A&M-Kingsville    12-3    18-9West Texas A&M    10-6    18-10 Angelo State    9-6    19-7 Cameron    6-9    12-14 Tarleton State    3-8    9-12 ENMU    2-10    6-17 Friday’s games Cameron 7, Eastern New Mexico 6; West Texas A&M 6, Tarleton State 1. Saturday’s games Eastern New Mexico 2-0, Cameron 1-8; West Texas A&M […]

Rams sweep Coyotes in two

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Ram senior Ed Banda slides into home and scores a run past the Roswell catcher Tuesday afternoon during the fifth inning of Rams game against the Roswell Coyotes.

By Derek Major Staff Writer Portales got seven runs in two innings and starter Kersey Burnett went five innings as Portales took down Roswell 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Ram Field. The Rams took the nightcap, 5-4, to take a sweep over the Class 5A Coyotes. The Rams have […]

ENMU BASEBALL, SOFTBALL: Zias snap Cameron’s streak

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Aja Secheslingloff bounced back from a rough outing in the opener to throw a complete-game seven-hitter in the second game and Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team defeated Cameron 7-3 on Sunday, gaining a split of their Lone Star Conference doubleheader and handing the Aggies their first […]

Lovington relays track results

Friday Boys Team standings: 1. Hobbs 139 1/2; 2. Clovis 130 1/2; 3. Lovington 86; 4. Carlsbad 49; 5. Portales 39. Portales results Field events High jump: 3. Paul Conrow 5-10. Pole vault: 1. Kobi Schillings 12-0; 6. Lane Nichols 11-0. Shot put: 5. Trenton Small 42-0. Javelin: 6. Conrow 122-3. Track events 110 hurdles: […]

Lady Rams take two Saturday

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Ram senior catcher Kassandra Rodriguez tags out a Loving Falcon runner during the second 

inning of the Rams’ Saturday afternoon game against the Loving Falcons at Ram softball field.

By Derek Major Staff writer The Portales Lady Rams got two run in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a shaky start by Kailee Ramirez and got their the second win of the season, beating Loving 6-4 on Saturday at Wheeler Park. The game was tied at 4 entering the bottom half of […]

Red-hot Cameron sweeps Zias

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ENMU third baseman Jackie Candelaria makes the play on a ground ball during the seventh inning in the opener of the Zias’ Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Cameron on Saturday at Zia Field. The  against the Cameron Aggies at Zia softball field. The league-leading Aggies swept the Zias 4-1 and 18-6.

Staff report Three years ago, Cameron and Eastern New Mexico University met in the final series of the regular season at Zia Field, trying to garner the final berth in the Lone Star Conference softball tournament. ENMU won a Friday doubleheader that weekend to pull even with the Aggies, then lost the series finale. How […]

Aggies get late homer, nip ENMU

Staff report PORTALES — Cameron second baseman Jonathan Reyes broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and the Aggies held on for a 7-6 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday night at Greyhound Field. ENMU (5-15, 1-8 LSC) closed to within a run in the bottom of the […]

Lady Cats move into semifinals

Staff report FARMINGTON — Sophomore Taylor Smith, making her first varsity start, allowed just two hits over five innings on Friday and Clovis High defeated Navajo Prep 5-1 in a quarterfinal game of the eight-team Scorpion Invitational, hosted by Farmington H.S. The teams played what was called a “pool play” contest prior to the start […]

Lady Rams cruise past Lovington

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Portales High senior second baseman Devyn Alvarado fields a ground ball and gets the out at first base during Friday’s game against Lovington in the PHS softball tournament. The Lady Rams defeated Lovington 9-2 in their first game in the four-team round robin.

By Derek Major Staff writer Senior Kailee Ramirez provided pitching and power hitting for Portales, which rolled to a season-opening 9-2 win over Class 5A Lovington in a four-team, round-robin tournament on Friday at Wheeler Park. Ramirez went 3-for-3 with two homers and a double, and struck out nine Lady Wildcats in four innings […]