Rams want to ‘break through’ tonight

PNT Staff Report For the second straight year, the Raton Tigers (1-1) have the opportunity to be the Portales Rams (0-3) first football victim of the season — but this time, the game is at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) and it’s homecoming. In their meeting last year, the Ram’s dominated for the first win of […]

Portales soccer sweeps Artesia

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls shut out the Artesia junior varsity on the Portales soccer pitch Thursday, sweeping Artesia in advance of a rain storm. The Rams took a quick 1-0 lead in the first half thanks to a Martin Santebanez goal. “I thought we played pretty well,” Ram […]

Goddard dispatches Lady Rams

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams visit to Roswell Tuesday night lasted about an hour, as the Goddard Lady Rockets quickly dispatched the Portales girls in three games, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9. “We just didn’t serve, receive or pass the ball,” Chavez said. “I think (Goddard) is better than us right now, but I don’t […]

Ruidoso tops Portales for third place in Roswell tourney

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent ROSWELL — If it’s true that the third-place match at the Zia Classic volleyball tournament might be a preview of things to come, it could be one wacky battle between Portales and Ruidoso for the District 4-3A crown this season. The district rivals, each playing their second contest of the […]

Rams still fighting for first win of season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales coaching staff believes their team will bounce back after a tough road loss last Saturday as the Rams host Slaton, Texas at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) “If we just try to get better every week, the wins will come eventually,” Ram assistant coach and defensive coordinator Mark […]

Former Greyhound volunteers with Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Grant Shanahan has a lot on his plate. The 22-year-old Albuquerque native holds down a part-time job in Clovis, while taking 15 hours toward a business administration and economics degree at Eastern New Mexico University and he’s volunteering 15-20 hours per week to help coach the Portales Ram soccer […]

Portales falls to Lady Coyotes

PNT Staff Report ROSWELL — Freshman Jaime Bargas and sophomore Marissa Best each scored twice in a losing effort as host Roswell defeated Portales 5-4 Tuesday. “They played really well overall,” Portales soccer coach Traci Sievers said. “We had some lapses on defense in the first half where we got crossed over on the back […]

Hirschi Huskies hustle Rams in Lubbock

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams expected to be tested Saturday night against Wichita Falls-Hirschi at Lubbock’s Lowrey Field. If Saturday’s game was a test, the Rams want a re-do after a 31-6 loss. The Rams (0-2) fell into a 21-0 halftime hole, and never found their way out of it. “We […]

Portales soccer sweeps Roswell High junior varsity

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams swept the Roswell High junior varsity Saturday afternoon at the Portales soccer complex. The Lady Rams beat Roswell High 3-2, while the Rams defeated the Coyotes 2-1. Head coach Traci Sievers says both squads are coming along in their first year […]

Portales seeking first win

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams head east to Lubbock tonight in search of their first win of the young season. Head coach Andy Correll’s crew are at Lubbock’s Lowrey Field tonight to play Wichita Falls-Hirschi (7 p.m.) “They’re extremely athletic,” Correll said. “(They’re) very quick, very fast. We’re going to have to definitely play […]

Lady Ram soccer whips Goddard J.V.

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram soccer team thought they had the Goddard junior varsity figured out last weekend in a 5-1 loss in Roswell Tuesday afternoon at the Portales soccer complex they proved it with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Rockets for their first win of the season. “We […]

Lady Rams edge Roswell High in five-game match

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams went the distance Tuesday night against the Roswell Lady Coyotes and came out on top in five games at the Portales gymnasium: 25-16, 13-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8. After the visitors opened the tiebreaker with two straight points, the Lady Rams scored eight consecutive points to […]

Rams fall in season-opener

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff The Robertson Cardinals erased a two-touchdown Portales lead and beat the Rams 20-15 Friday night at Greyhound Stadium. Robertson quarterback Adrian Martinez threw two first-half touchdown passes to receiver Chris Ellis, followed by a third-quarter connection from Jake Martinez to Jesse Estrada to complete the comeback. “We just didn’t do […]

Rams host Cardinals tonight in season opener

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For the second straight year, the Portales Rams begin their season against the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion. The game is at 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Stadium. “They’re going to run the same offense and defense as they ran last year, so […]

Portales opens with sweep of Hobbs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams volleyball team began the 2007 season with a three-game sweep of the Hobbs Lady Eagles at the Portales High School gymnasium Tuesday night. “I think it was a good start; we got all of our nerves out,” senior Bethany Self said. “We were just trying […]

Rams score goal as Carlsbad sweeps

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Junior Derrek Robinson scored Portales’ first goal in a 5-1 loss to the Carlsbad junior varsity, the first game since the Rams restarted the program this season. The Cavemen took 2-0 halftime lead at the Portales soccer complex, but Robinson’s goal pulled the Rams to within 2-1, before a […]

Lady Rams suffer growing pains

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer History was made Saturday afternoon at the brand new Portales soccer complex as for the first time in several years, Portales fielded a girls soccer team. The inaugural game wasn’t exactly what the Lady Rams and first-year head coach Traci Sievers wanted though, as the Hobbs junior varsity scored […]

Portales plans to pursue the pass

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams didn’t throw the ball that much last year. Second-year Rams coach Andy Correll said that’s going to change. “We’re throwing to spots, running crisp, clean routes, and still (retaining) the ability to go deep when we have to,” Correll said. One year after shocking New Mexico […]

Ram and Lady Ram soccer hopefuls tryout

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer More than 30 boys hoping to make the Portales Rams soccer team hit the brand new pitch Wednesday afternoon for tryouts. A similar number of girls showed up for tryouts as Portales added boys and girls soccer this season. “(The boys are) pretty rough right now,” Portales soccer coach […]

Rams ready to step up to expectations

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer So much for low expectations. Andy Correll took over the Portales Ram football team last season and promptly won the District 4-3A championship followed by hosting the Class 3A state championship contest at Greyhound Stadium. Now, less than a month before Correll begins his sophomore effort as the Ram […]