Late rally can’t save Rams

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By Kevin Wilson Portales beat Roswell at its own game, but only for about four minutes. Otherwise, visiting Roswell was in control most of the night en route a 68-57 win Thursday night at Ram Gym. Roswell (11-3) won its sixth-straight, leading by as much as 19 points early in the fourth. Portales guard Chris […]

One dead in Clovis shooting

Jack King A 47-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday night following a shooting on Sunrise Street in south Clovis. Ricardo “Ricky” Gallegos was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. Tuesday inside a trailer at 1013 Sunrise by a deputy investigator of the Office of the Medical Investigator. Police said they couldn’t release further details of the incident, […]

Clovis boys blast Rams 65-44

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Despite the difference in records, Clovis High’s boys weren’t about to take Portales for granted. Senior point guard Bud Willis scored 16 points and senior forward Justin Pinckney added 15 for the Wildcats, who rode a 13-0 first-half run to a 65-44 win over the Rams Tuesday at Rock Staubus […]

Struggling Rams take aim at New Year’s turnaround

By Tony Parra With the arrival of the new year, Portales boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos is looking for a fresh start. The Rams have lost seven of their last eight games going into Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against the West Las Vegas Dons. The Rams (3-7) practiced on Thursday for the first time […]

Rams drop final game at Stu Clark Tournament

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS — The Rams dropped Sunday’s third-place game in the Stu Clark Tournament, but coach Mark Gallegos was pleased with how Portales played in the 56-48 loss to Bernalillo. “The real Portales came out,” Gallegos said. “We came out and played. We played with a lot of heart and intensity and desire.” […]

Rams split pair at Stu Clark Tournament

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Despite what their coach feels is uneven play, the Portales Rams got an even start to the Stu Clark Tournament in Las Vegas. The Rams were in a pair of blowouts in their opening games, beating Robertson 59-39 Friday and losing to Santa Fe Capital 63-43 in Saturday’s semifinal. […]

Rams lose fourth straight at Robertson

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Turnovers and fouls played major roles for the Portales Rams in Monday’s 50-49 overtime loss to Robertson, a game Portales coach Mark Gallegos felt his team had no business losing. Jess Price had 13 points, including all six of the Cardinals’ overtime points, and 22 Portales turnovers contributed to […]

Rams fall to No. 3 Bernalillo

Freedom Newspapers BERNALILLO — Three was not a good number for the Portales Rams on Friday night. Portales suffered a 65-55 loss to Bernalillo, ranked No. 3 in the Albuquerque Journal 3A Coaches Poll, thanks in large part to a 16-6 third-quarter edge for the host Spartans. Portales coach Mark Gallegos said the Ram defense […]

Rams off to 2-0 start

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — For the second time in three seasons, the Portales Rams are in the championship game of the Shallowater Shootout. The Rams (2-0) won a pair of games on Thursday, beating Tulia 51-39 and host Shallowater 46-45. Portales will face Trinity Christian (Lubbock) at 7 p.m. (MST) tonight at Shallowater High […]

Rams looking to surprise experts

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Kevin Wilson Most of the state looked past the Portales Rams when the 2001 state basketball tournament began, and the Rams came out with a championship. Portales was an afterthought in last year’s Class 3A regionals, right before eventual champion St. Michael’s needed overtime to eliminate the Rams. With seven players lost to graduation, Mark […]