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 […]