Lovington rallies to manage split with Rams

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams were two innings from a District 4-3A baseball sweep over rival Lovington when the roof fell in. The Wildcats, who had threatened through the first four innings, scored five in the fifth and five more in the seventh Saturday for a 10-3 victory at Ram Field after Portales held […]

Lady Rams rout shorthanded foes

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Lady Rams really didn’t have to hit the ball much — or very far — against District 4-3A rivals Lovington and Ruidoso on Saturday. Portales collected 22 hits — including five bunt singles and five others of the infield variety — and also benefitted from 19 walks, three hit batsmen […]

PHS boys finish fourth at Lovington

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales’ boys put all five scores within three shots of each other and the Rams finished fourth at 315 and earned their first Class 3A state tournament qualifying leg in the 10-team Murphy-Black Invitational golf tournament at Lovington Country Club on Thursday, a makeup of Tuesday’s rainout. Senior Trevor Ferguson led […]

Lady Rams entertain Lovington, Ruidoso in pre-district tourney

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By Dave Wagner Portales High’s softball team will entertain District 4-3A rivals Lovington and Ruidoso on Saturday in a pre-district event at the PHS softball field. Lady Rams coach Robbie Crowley said the teams decided to get together for the event because, with only three teams in the district, they each needed to pick up […]

Young QBs in competition at ENMU

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University special teams coach Michael Walton has added quarterbacks coaching duties to his plate for the 2005 football season, and he knows his work is cut out. The Greyhounds, who completed the first of four weeks of spring practice on Saturday, must replace a two-year starter in Steven Hinson. […]

Rams, Lady Rams to pass up opening track meet

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High track teams were going to get an early look at what they have with Saturday’s season-opening meet at Hobbs. But with both PHS basketball teams coming off trips to the Class 3A state finals last weekend and spring break set for next week, they won’t be going to Hobbs. […]

Rams face test against Elks

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Unlike the girls team, the Portales High boys won’t meet a District 4-3A rival in the semifinals of the Class 3A state basketball tournament. The Rams will face a talented, experienced foe in today’s 9:45 a.m. clash at The Pit, however, in Pojoaque, which knocked out Lovington 60-55 in Wednesday’s […]

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. […]

PHS nips Lovington to nab title

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams found a way Saturday night. With their shots not dropping from the start, the Rams played well enough defensively and eventually got Lovington’s big men in foul trouble, rallying for a 49-48 win over the Wildcats in the finals of the District 4-3A boys basketball tournament at the PHS […]

Rams, Lady Rams playing for high seeds in state meet

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By Dave Wagner Mark Gallegos would like to have known before Thursday night just who his Portales High boys basketball team would face in Saturday’s 7 p.m. District 4-3A tournament championship game at the PHS gym. “Until you see who you’re going to play, it makes it a little hard (to prepare),” said Gallegos, who […]

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 […]

Rams seeking one-at-a-time approach

By Dave Wagner Mark Gallegos doesn’t want his team to get ahead of itself. On paper the Rams (15-8, 4-1 District 4-3A) figure to beat last-place New Mexico Military tonight at the PHS gym and ensure no worse than a tie for the regular-season title and force a playoff against Lovington on Monday in Roswell […]

Rams look to rebuild pitching

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By Dave Wagner En route to reaching the state Class 3A baseball championship game last season, the Portales High Rams had a luxury a lot of teams would like, especially at their level — two quality pitchers. On top of that, one (T.C. Nusser) was right-handed while the other (Seth Clabaugh) threw lefty. Despite finishing […]

Rams fall into early hole they can’t escape

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — The Portales High boys’ celebration was quickly put on hold by the Lovington Wildcats on Friday night. Lovington opened a 17-0 lead late in the first quarter and held the Rams at bay the rest of the way en route to a 61-47 victory that left the teams tied for the […]

PHS girls get back on track

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By Dave Wagner Now that the Portales Lady Rams have the District 4-3A lead back, they intend not to let it go. Portales ended a two-game losing streak Friday night at the PHS gym with a 55-36 victory over a Lovington squad they swamped earlier by 44 points at home before losing by 11 on […]

District races up for grabs in Portales-Lovington contests

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By Dave Wagner The bizarre District 4-3A girls regular-season championship has gotten down to a two-game race. All three teams stand 2-2, having split head-to-head, with one round to go heading into tonight’s 7 p.m. matchup between Portales High and Lovington at the PHS gym. Meantime, the PHS boys have a chance to clinch a […]

Lovington stuns Lady Rams in rematch

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Just 11 days after overwhelming Lovington by 44 points, the Portales Lady Rams found they could have used some of those surplus points in the rematch. Senior post Monique Perez and junior post Jenna Domzalski scored 19 points apiece as the Lady Wildcats turned the tables Tuesday night with a 57-46 […]

Lady Rams prepare for rematch in Lovington

PNT Staff So far, so good for Sharon Max filling in as the Portales High girls basketball assistant. The Lady Rams have begun District 4-3A play with wins over Lovington (70-26) and Ruidoso (55-39), the latter on the road. Tonight, they travel again for a 7 p.m. rematch at Lovington. Max, a graduate assistant, has […]

Technicals help lift Rams past Wildcats

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team got off to the kind of start it needed in its District 4-3A schedule, winning twice at home. Now, after downing rival Lovington 62-50 on Friday night at the PHS gym, the Rams will try to carry it over to the road, where they play three […]

Rams host Ruidoso in district opener

By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team enters play tonight in what should be a competitive District 4-3A schedule on a bit of a role. The Rams (11-7), playing against mostly Class 4A and 5A competition, have won seven of their last nine and already exceeded last year’s win total (10-14). They begin […]