Rams can’t finish rally against Bernalillo

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — After losing twice to Portales by double-figure margins in late December and early January, the Bernalillo Spartans hardly looked like they were in position to defend their Class 3A title. Saturday, though, they returned the favor against the Rams and earned back-to-back titles for the first time in school history [...]

Portales on edge after violence

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By Tony Parra Portales went five years without a homicide, from 1999 through 2003. Then two unrelated slayings took place in 2004. Last week, Roosevelt County experienced its first multiple homicide in what officials said is at least two decades with the deaths of longtime residents Odis and Doris Newman. “It’s a crazy thing,” said [...]

Arbitrator decides in favor of dismissed Dora teacher

By Tony Parra Almost eight months after a Dora High School teacher was terminated from her job, an independent arbitrator has ruled she was wrongfully discharged. Stuart Shanor of the Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor and Martin law firm in Roswell ruled Friday that Derinda Carter was wrongfully discharged by the district without just cause, according to [...]

Rams survive late scare, get past Colts

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales High boys basketball team maintained its lead in the District 4-3A race Friday night — barely — and the Rams couldn’t be happier about it. After leading the entire game, PHS sent New Mexico Military junior Zachary Nishino to the free throw line for a 1-and-1 opportunity with 0.7 [...]

Technicals help lift Rams past Wildcats

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team got off to the kind of start it needed in its District 4-3A schedule, winning twice at home. Now, after downing rival Lovington 62-50 on Friday night at the PHS gym, the Rams will try to carry it over to the road, where they play three [...]

Rams win district opener

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By Dave Wagner Mark Gallegos was glad to get the first one out of the way. Senior guard Chris Carter scored 15 points and Portales High led all the way except for a brief tie late in the half in dispatching Ruidoso 51-41 Tuesday night in the District 4-3A opener for both teams at the [...]

Rams down Tucumcari in final non-district tilt

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By Dave Wagner If the Portales Rams were sluggish Tuesday night, it hardly showed to Tucumcari boys coach John Span. Portales jumped on the Rattlers for the game’s first nine points and never relinquished the lead in posting a 61-41 victory at the PHS gym. Senior Chris Kirchner posted a double-double with 12 points and [...]

Rams cruise to win over Cavemen

By Dave Wagner On the surface, Mark Gallegos says, Portales High’s 48-33 win over Carlsbad on Friday night at the PHS gym looks pretty good. But the Rams coach thinks his squad will have to pick up its play when District 4-3A play begins in just over a week. Senior guard Chris Carter scored eight [...]

Rams dominate second half against Goddard

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales High boys coach Mark Gallegos wasn’t that worried at halftime, even with his team trailing by eight points. Gallegos figured if the Rams could keep getting good shots and pick up their defense a little, the rest would take care of itself. Portales (9-7) dominated the second half to the [...]

Coyotes overhaul Rams in fourth quarter

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales High may have led a good part of the way, but Rams coach Mark Gallegos wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance Thursday night. “We weren’t prepared to play,” Gallegos said after the Rams dropped a 58-46 decision to Roswell High. “We were really never in the game. We gave them [...]