Mayfield beats Clovis for title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls knew their work was cut out for them against top-ranked Mayfield in Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game at The Pit. Madison Spence, the state’s top girls basketball player, made their worst nightmares come true. Spence scored 22 of her 31 points in the first […]

Title repeat denied

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday night in the Class 3A girls state championship game at The Pit. The second-seeded Huskies (27-4), who moved up to 3A this season after losing […]

Local teams ready for playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The road through the high school basketball state championships is now public, and Portales, Elida and Dora teams have their road maps laid out in front of them. The New Mexico Activities Association released the official basketball state championship brackets Sunday afternoon. The District 4-3A champion Portales Lady Rams […]

Grubbs makes All-State first team

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales senior defensive lineman Erett Grubbs made life difficult for opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks all season. Earlier this month, Grubbs was honored as the only Ram player named to the first team of the Associated Press’ Class 3A all-state squad. According to the Portales coaching staff, opponents routinely had […]

Lady Rams capture spring basketball title

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at the important local sports stories in 2006. As winter sports began to wind down in early 2006, the Portales Lady Ram basketball team found themselves in a familiar position while the Ram football team found themselves without […]

Portales shows pep

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Hundreds of Ram fans huddled together outside of the Roosevelt County Courthouse on a frigid Thursday night, bundled in their warmest red clothes while cheering on their hometown Rams at a community pep rally. Lance Hill, a lieutenant with the Portales Fire Department, was among the Rams’ supporters. “I’m […]

Rams hope to ‘run’ to a championship

By Mickey Winfield They ran their way to the District 4-3A championship and right on through the Class 3A playoffs. Now the Portales Rams will take a run at the state championship on Saturday afternoon against Las Vegas Robertson. “I think right now, we have a lot of confidence that we can run it at […]

Lady Rams set sights on repeating

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Brenda Gomez doesn’t make excuses. She plays the hand she’s dealt, and usually plays it well. After leading the Lady Rams to their sixth state championship last year, the Portales girls basketball coach finds herself with a brand new pair of hole cards, but one she thinks she can […]

Rams in title game

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales players, parents, and fans poured onto the Saint Michael’s 50-yard line, creating a pool of black and red Saturday afternoon as the Rams celebrated their spot in the New Mexico class 3A state championship game, beating the third-seeded Horsemen 25-20. “All I can say is ‘Wow,’” first-year Rams […]

Lady Rams ousted

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Pojoaque had waited a year for the opportunity to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Portales in the 2005 Class 3A state volleyball championship. The Elkettes, with virtually everybody returning from that squad, moved into today’s title game with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16 win over Portales at Tingley Coliseum. Pojoaque […]

Lady Rams ready to defend Class 4A state championship

PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams are a handful of state tournament victories from defending their Class 4A state championship from a year ago, and their fifth such championship in the last seven years. “They’re focussed, and anxious, they were excited all day,” Lady Ram head coach Ruth Chavez said upon arriving in Albuquerque […]

Lady Rams’ duo takes state

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Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Even an inadvertent serve in the behind couldn’t stop Portales’ top-seeded girls doubles team on Saturday. Junior Ella Erf and sophomore Bethany Self completed a perfect season with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Bosque sophomores Allie Coleman and Casey Manzanares in the finals of the Class 3A state individual tennis tournament […]

Lady Rams cruise to district title against Lovington

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By Tony Parra It wouldn’t be a district championship game without coach Brenda Gomez marching back and forth on the sidelines and on Friday Gomez and her girls marched to a District 4-3A championship win over the Lovington Lady Wildcats. The Portales Lady Rams defeated Lovington, 68-33, on Friday behind double-digit scoring from Briana Hernandez, […]

District 3-1A tournament schedule

District 3-1A (seeds in parentheses) Boys Tuesday (5) Elida at (2) Dora, 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose, 6 p.m. Thursday Tuesday winners at higher seed, 6 p.m. Saturday Championship at (1) Fort Sumner, 7 p.m. Girls Monday (5) Dora at (2) Fort Sumner 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose 6 p.m. Wednesday […]

Portales gets set for rematch with Grants

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By Kevin Wilson If the Portales High softball team needed more motivation than a state championship, all its members would need to think of are two numbers — 18 and 0. The former is the score of Grants in last year’s regional championship against Portales, the latter Portales’ score in that same game. The teams […]

Rams win district golf title

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales’ consistency paid off in a District 4/1-3A golf championship on Tuesday at Lovington Country Club. With all five players shooting under 80, the Rams captured the boys team championship by one stroke over rival and host Lovington, finishing at 302 to 303 for the Wildcats. Seniors Dale Welch and Trevor […]

Rams thump defending 3A champs

PNT Staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior guard Chris Adkins scored 11 points Wednesday to help the Portales High Rams claim fifth place in the 51st Stu Clark Tournament at New Mexico Highlands University with a 52-37 win over defending Class 3A state champion Bernalillo. PHS (6-5) took early control of the game, bolting to […]

Portales girls squads enjoy success

By Dave Wagner Two highly successful girls programs, two almost completely different rosters. But the results have been remarkably similar. Portales High has enjoyed runs of three Class 3A state championships in four years — 2001, 2003 and 2004 — for both girls basketball and tennis. In 2002 the basketball team finished second at state, […]

Filming provided memories

Editor’s note: Cotty Chubb, a producer of the “Believe In Me” movie filmed in eastern New Mexico this fall, recorded a few fragments of his memories of our part of the world. In his words: • The girls showing up on set complaining of soreness. Too much training? No, they’d been riding the mechanical bull […]

Second time a charm for Quick, Self

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — A little excuse-me swing at the net, an ensuing on-court celebration — and another Portales doubles team into the record book as a state champion. After Lady Rams junior Rachelle Self hesitantly stabbed at a shot on match point and watched it fall in for a winner, she […]