Lady Rams tackle new opponent

By Dave Wagner Count Portales High girls coach Brenda Gomez as one who’s not thrilled with the new seeding format for state basketball tournaments. The Lady Rams (14-11), who have been to four consecutive Class 3A state championship games and won three of them, received the No. 2 seed in the eight-team field on Sunday […]

PHS boys open against Cuba

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By Dave Wagner Portales High boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos is hoping this week for a repeat of 2001, when both the Rams and the Lady Rams walked away with Class 3A state championship trophies. The PHS boys, who haven’t been to the state meet in Albuquerque since winning it that year, received the No. […]

Lady Rams battle tough rivals in 3A

By Eric Butler The Portales Lady Rams got a strong dose during this weekend’s Clovis volleyball invitational of what may be its toughest competition in Class 3A as the Rams try to defend their state title. Rio Rancho, the reigning champ in 5A, won the overall title with a 21-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22 victory over […]

Teachers look towards grants with tight budgets

By Tony Parra Teachers and administrators are finding different ways to fund educational programs in the form of grants for schools which would otherwise dip into the Portales school budgets. Grants can consists of thumbing through paper after paper of applications, gathering information and providing documentation by teachers to the foundation which provide the funding […]

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 […]

Vail makes return to Portales

By Kevin Wilson Basketball took Matt Vail from Grants to Portales to Las Vegas, N.M., to Montana and back to Grants. For one night, it brought him back to Portales as well. Vail, a former standout for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, was on the bench as an assistant coach for the […]

Lady Rams win regional title

By Kevin Wilson There was never much of a celebration for Grants to delay. Sophomore post Morgan Hill had 25 points to lead all scorers in Portales’ 61-42 win over Grants, giving the host Lady Rams the Class 3A Region B title and a trip to this week’s state tournament. After the presentation of the […]

Lady Rams move on to state tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Experience helps in a match where everything is at stake. So does being at home. Playing better than the opponent is better than all of those things, though, and the Portales High volleyball team did just that Saturday with a state tournament berth on the line. Portales (12-10) swept past Grants in […]

Lady Rams get set for Grants

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By Kevin Wilson The mood at recent Portales volleyball practices seemed closer to the energy of a brand new volleyball season than one almost done, where injuries and losses have taken their toll. Call it excitement, call it anticipation. But don’t call it overconfidence. “We’re not going in overconfident or cocky,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez […]