Portales golfers set sights on state crown

PNT staff If how they practiced during the week means anything, coach Patrick Crowley believes the Portales Rams are ready to make a run at the Class 1-3A boys state golf tournament championship on Monday and Tuesday at UNM South in Albuquerque. Portales’ quintet of senior Matthew Parkey, junior Jefferson Powers and freshmen Donavin Sanchez, […]

PHS opens state softball tourney at home

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Sasha Parker has gotten used to pitching doubleheaders, but she’s looking forward to having just one game today. The Portales High junior will face Santa Fe Indian School today in Class 3A state softball tournament’s round of 16 at PHS. Parker has carried the pitching load for the Lady […]

PHS boys finish third in meet

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — For the second time in a week, the Portales High boys saw what figures to be some of their toughest competition in Class 3A postseason play in Grants and Socorro. After beating both teams soundly in last week’s Leroy Gooch Invitational at Ruidoso, the Rams settled for third place this time […]

PHS boys pull away for Leroy Gooch title

PNT staff RUIDOSO — Freshman Donavin Sanchez bounced back from a first-day 85 to shoot 34-38 — 72 on Tuesday, leading the Portales High boys golf squad to the small-school team title in the Leroy Gooch Invitational tournament. The Rams finished with a four-man score of 650 for 36 holes after shooting 315 on Tuesday […]

Rams lead small-school division at LeRoy Gooch Invitational

PNT staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Rams overcame windy conditions to take an eight-shot lead after the first round on Monday in the small-school division of the Leroy Gooch Invitational at Alto Lakes Country Club. Portales shot a four-man score of 335 in a seven-school field. Grants’ tally of 343 was good for second place […]

Portales boys win small school title at Lovington

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Freshmen Donavin Sanchez and William Archibeque led Portales High to the small-school boys team championship Thursday in the rain-delayed Black-Murphy Invitational golf tournament at Lovington Country Club. Sanchez posted the bracket’s second-best round, shooting 36-33 — 69 for 2-under par, while Archibeque came in third at even-par 37-34 — 71 to […]

Rams tied for ninth after first day of Roswell tourney

PNT staff ROSWELL — Freshman Donavin Sanchez moved into a tie for the individual lead with a round of 34-35 — 69, 2 under par, and helped the Portales High boys golf team to a share of ninth place with Clovis at 316 after Monday’s opening round of the Roswell Spring Invitational golf tournament at […]

Lady Rams take third in Dexter tournament

PNT Staff Report DEXTER — The Portales Lady Rams played well enough to win the Dexter Tournament, unfortunately, they ran into their nemesis — Jal. Portales went 2-1 and took third place, its only loss coming in the semifinals against Jal. The Lady Rams are 6-5 for the season, three of those losses were against, […]

Lady Rams sweep Roswell

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PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams got back to .500 Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader against Roswell 5-4, 6-3 at the Portales softball park. “It feels good,” coach Robbie Crowley said. “With the girls back from basketball it’s good to kind of get a rotation I feel comfortable with.” In game one, the Lady Rams […]

Rams finish second at Clovis Invitational

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Portales’ top golfers weren’t quite on their game Monday, so leave it to a relative newcomer to pick up the slack for the Rams. Freshman Rick Bergman shot 42-41 — 83 to help Portales slip past host Clovis and into second place in the Wildcats’ invitational golf tournament […]

Lady Rams trounce Eunice

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT Staff Writer When the weather is cold, Lady Rams pitcher Sasha Parker said she keeps her jacket on and tries to continuously move her right arm inbetween innings to keep it warm. Whatever she was doing, it worked. On a 40-degree afternoon, Parker pitched a two-hitter to lead Portales past Eunice […]

Jal sweeps doubleheader

By Jesse Wolfersberger Jal exploded in the extra inning of game one and stayed hot in game two to sweep a doubleheader 10-2, 12-9 against the Lady Rams on Tuesday at the Portales softball complex. Game one headed to extra innings with the teams tied 2-2. Jal scored eight runs in the top of the […]

Crushing loss still haunts Lady Rams softball team

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer Last season, the Portales Lady Rams won district for the first time in their history. However, the memory of that accomplishment is overshadowed by a crushing 14-0 loss in the first round of the state tournament. “It was embarrassing,” Junior Sharessa Nusser said. “You didn’t know quite what to […]

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 […]

PHS golfers open Monday at Hobbs

By Dave Wagner Portales High’s golf teams swing into action on Monday in the Hobbs Invitational. The boys graduated Class 3A state individual champion Kevin Welch, but coach Pat Crowley said the Rams have plenty of competition for spots behind seniors Dale Welch and Trevor Ferguson and juniors Chris Adkins and Matthew Parkey, all of […]

Lady Rams to host twin bill against Loving

By Dave Wagner Portales High’s Danielle Vasquez offered a pretty basic explanation on Monday of the Lady Rams’ recent success. “We have good players on this team,” the sophomore left fielder said. “Defensively we’re pretty good, and our hitting is coming along.” After sustaining a 10-2 loss at the hands of defending Class 1-2A state […]

PHS has some shoes to fill heading into 2005 campaign

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By Dave Wagner After three consecutive trips to regional competition, the Portales High softball team has some shoes to fill this season. Portales graduated its pitcher (Kassandra Richards), catcher (Ashley Flores), shortstop (Kelly Parkey), center fielder (Erica Feliciano) and right fielder (Carissa Martinez) after going 12-12 (8-4 District 4-3A) last season. Richards pitched for the […]

Big changes in store for Rams’ offensive line

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams have only one starter returning this season in the offensive line — and he’s playing a different position. Still, veteran Rams line coach Patrick Crowley is more concerned that the psyche of his linemen becomes more aggressive. “We’re going to run more of an attack scheme this year,” Crowley […]

Groups combine to teach fastpitch

By Kevin Wilson It’s hard enough making the transition into high school athletics. A few groups are trying to make sure local softball players don’t have to adjust to a whole new sports on top of that. The city softball park played host this week to a fastpitch softball clinic, a joint effort through the […]

Portales girls in search of state berth

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Kevin Wilson Adriana Romero would describe her softball season as a “rollercoaster,” and she and her teammates are hopeful the ride ends May 15 in Hobbs, not Saturday in Grants. Romero and the Lady Rams had all of last week, and have most of this week in preparation for Saturday Class 3A regionals. The junior […]