Rams assistant moving up to Class 4A Taos

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Managing Editor Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com Rick Apodaca made sure his step up to a varsity coach was a big one. Apodaca, an assistant coach for the Portales boys basketball team for six seasons, on Thursday accepted the head coaching position at Class 4A Taos High School. “For me to go […]

NMMI beats Rams to force tie in District 4-3A

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — The New Mexico Military Institute Colts had something to play for, and it showed. Waige Turueke scored 14 points to lead the host Colts to a 53-36 victory over the Portales Rams Friday night in a District 4-3A contest. The Colts (9-12, 5-1 District 4-3A) forced a tie with Lovington for […]

Rams rout Warriors

By Kevin Wilson Tuesday was Daniel Aranda’s 16th birthday, and the Ram guard made sure his teammates would be celebrating the night as well. Aranda hit a 3-pointer that sparked a pivotal 11-0 run to close out the third quarter, turning a close game into a blowout, and host Portales went on to a 46-28 […]

Obits Feb. 8

Leona Lucus, 99 Leona Lucus, 99, of Fort Sumner died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Care Center following an illness. Services are pending with Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner. Services are pending. Maria Candeleria Marquez, 69 Maria Candeleria Marquez, 69, Clovis, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. […]

Rams open homestand against NMMI

By Kevin Wilson If anything, New Mexico Military Institute has served as proof that nothing is for sure in District 4-3A. Except, the Portales Rams hope, homecourt advantage. After starting the season 4-11, NMMI has won its first two games in district and hold the lead coming into tonight’s game at Portales. “It’s one of […]

Rams suffer first district loss

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — It took just one night for the Portales Rams to drop from first to third in the District 4-3A standings. The Rams lost their first district game at Lovington Friday night 71-55, but Portales coach Mark Gallegos felt it was one of the team’s better efforts. “The game was a lot […]

Rams tied for District 4-3A lead

Freedom Newspapers Portales’ 40-38 win over Ruidoso, coupled with New Mexico Military Institute’s 55-54 shocker over Lovington, marked an unexpected start to District 4-3A play Tuesday night. Following Tuesday’s games, the district lead is a two-way tie between a pair of teams that are a combined 11-22. The two teams at the bottom of the […]

Lovington the favorite in District 4-3A play

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By Kevin Wilson There are two things that are clear for boys basketball in District 4-3A. The Lovington Wildcats are the favorite. That, and being the favorite doesn’t mean a lot in 4-3A. “I’ve been in this district long enough to know that you don’t overlook or count anybody out,” New Mexico Military Institute coach […]

Goddard holds off Rams

By Kevin Wilson Portales’ magic number against the Goddard Rockets was 45. For the Rockets, the magic number turned out to be 86. Visiting Goddard led for just 86 seconds, but it equated into the final 1:26 as the Rockets outlasted Portales 40-39 Monday in a non-district game. The Rams held Goddard under their defensive […]

Obituaries, Jan. 18

Earl McIntire Earl McIntire, 70, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Ella and Bill McIntire. Mr. McIntire spent his early childhood in Sulphur Springs before his family moved to Portales in 1946. He attended Portales Public Schools and […]