Poor shooting gives Carlsbad win over Rams

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Rams missed their shots, and the Carlsbad Cavemen made theirs. Put together, the two facts resulted in a 62-36 blowout Friday night at Portales High School. Travis Nygren scored a game-high 13 and Jose Cruz Lopez added nine points for the Cavemen, who never trailed. Senior Skyler […]

Portales deals Cards a loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales had four players score in double figures, as the Rams survived a late Robertson charge to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Portales High School 57-54. “I was proud of our kids for gutting it out,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. […]

Shorthanded Rams down Tucumcari for first victory

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By Mickey Winfield The Portales Rams used a spirited second quarter to take control of Friday night’s game against Tucumcari en route to their first win of the young basketball season. Chance Sherburne and Hunter Rackler scored nine points each as the short-handed Rams beat Tucumcari 40-26 at Ram Athletic Center. Portales (1-1) was without […]

Short-handed Rams open season tonight at Roswell High Coyotes

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos will have to wait a bit for his full squad. The reason — three Portales football players making the transition to basketball are injured, with two of them getting hurt in Saturday’s state football championship. The Rams open their season tonight at Roswell […]

Ram basketball players look for return to state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Running down the court, barking out drill instructions and shouting out plays; Portales boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos is in mid-season form, even if his team isn’t. In the zero sum world of high school sports, the postseason success of the Ram football team leaves the Ram basketball team […]

Gamers line up for PS3

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The next generation in video gaming has hit Portales. At 12:01 this morning, video game console, PlayStation 3 hit shelves in time for the holiday season, and soon after, they quickly disappeared. Following the same pattern set out by Microsoft’s release of the X-Box 360 last year, the demand […]

Free kids’ lunches offered for summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With her three daughters in tow, Jamey Gallegos attended Tuesday’s free summer lunch program at Portales Junior High School. Not only does it give her children the chance to get out of the house, but it makes them feel as if they are eating out instead of at home, […]

Area teams busy with summer schedules

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The season may be nearly six months off, but Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes the summer schedule his team will go through over the next six weeks is crucial. Isler’s four-week summer league began Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym, and he hopes the Wildcats can […]

Gallegos named Portales NIE Teacher of Year

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Mark Gallegos strives to get students to learn using all modalities, which helped earned the Portales High government and economics teacher the Portales News-Tribune’s Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. A Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico committee determined Gallegos best utilizes newspapers in his classrooms to help […]

Rams falter in overtime at state tournament

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — After regulation, the game played out more like a regular season mismatch than overtime in the state tournament semifinals. The shooting lines in overtime speak volumes. Portales: 1-of-6 field goals and 0-of-2 free throws. Grants: 2-of-2 and 11-of-11. The Pirates survived two potential game winners at the end of regulation, […]