Lady Rams well-represented on all-star team

By Dave Wagner LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The South squad will have a distinct Portales and District 4-3A flavor in Friday’s Class 3A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star basketball game at New Mexico Highlands University. Eight of the 12 players are from the district, including four from Portales, along with coaches Greg Marez […]

Richards leaves Zia squad

By Rick White Elizabeth Richards, who led Texico to three straight state titles and was a driving force in Eastern New Mexico University’s dramatic turnaround last season, has decided not to play basketball this upcoming season. The Zias’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer told ENMU coach Dan Buzard Wednesday that she plans to sit out […]

Clabaugh, Richards win top awards

By Kevin Wilson Between them, Seth Clabaugh and Kassandra Richards helped account for seven different team trophies. Monday night, they accounted for two more individually. Clabaugh and Richards were awarded the greatest Ram awards at the conclusion of Monday’s annual Portales High School athletics banquet. The two-hour event was basically a wrap-up for the entire […]

Lady Rams outlast St. Michael’s

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By Kevin Wilson Rebekah Gonzales did a lot of praying on Saturday, likely enough to cover her for a few Sundays. “When I was at bat, I prayed for a hit,” the sophomore second baseman for Portales said. “When I was on base, I was praying to be swift.” Speed was on her side long […]

Goddard beats Portales softball team

By Kevin Wilson Marissa Franco pitched a one-hitter, helping visiting Goddard claim a 1-0 win over Portales Thursday at City Softball Park. Franco outdueled Portales senior Kassandra Richards in what was orginally the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was postponed due to rain. Richards allowed three hits and struck out two batters, […]

Lady Ram softball routs Ruidoso

Freedom Newspapers DEXTER — The Portales High softball team got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 15-2 rout of Ruidoso to start play in the Dexter Tournament. Portales (3-2) led 6-0 after two innings against the District 4-3A rival Lady Warriors, and ended the game after six innings via the […]

Rams outlast Littlefield

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By Kevin Wilson The Portales Rams proved they could outhit an opponent when they needed to, as well as blow them out. Senior Seth Clabaugh was the top pitcher in what was certainly not a pitcher’s duel, and the host Rams outlasted Littlefield, Texas, 10-8 Thursday night at Ram Field. Clabaugh (3-0) picked up the […]

Lady Rams win state 3rd time in four years

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third in four years. Kassandra Richards finished with her second double-double of the tournament with 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Lady Rams pulled away […]

Having fun on and off the court

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Ashleah Richards goes as hard to the buffet line as she does to the boards. Classmate Joni Brakebill is no slouch either when it comes to piling food on a plate. “It’s free food,” said Brakebill, whose pre-practice morning fare Thursday included scrambled eggs with Tabasco sauce and biscuits and […]

Lady Rams back in state title game

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Kassandra Richards is determined to make the most of every second she has left in her prep basketball career. Forced to the bench by fouls early in the fourth quarter, the Portales senior had a hard time sitting and watching as Robertson made a determined run. She came out firing […]