Fort Sumner beats Elida for district championship

Freedom New Mexico FORT SUMNER — Junior Bree Lucero had 17 kills and seven blocks while junior Racheal Chavez added 13 kills and 12 digs Saturday, helping top-seeded Fort Sumner post a 25-22, 25-9, 25-21 victory over Elida in the finals of the District 3-1A volleyball tournament. The Vixens (17-4), the defending Class 1A state […]

Rams face top seed in 3A semi’s

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams are just hours from the biggest baseball game in their young careers, but if you believe head coach Arturo Ontiveros, the boys are loose and relaxed. “It’s kind of scary, but they seem kind of relaxed,” Ontiveros said. “I always like to see a little bit of urgency but […]

Rams advance to semifinal

PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — The fifth-seeded Portales Rams thought they were a better team than the fourth-seeded Bloomfield Bobcats and in the Class 3A state baseball quarterfinals Wednesday, they proved it. The Rams came from behind for an 8-7 win to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year. The Rams were […]

Portales’ Erf, Partin brothers reach semis

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales senior Ella Erf and the Ram doubles tandem of Walker and Skyler Partin advanced to the state tennis semifinals after big wins Friday afternoon in Albuquerque. Tournament second-seeded Erf advanced with a a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lovington’s seventh-seeded Lauryn Hess in the girls singles 1A-3A quarterfinals. “Ella did […]

Portales track and tennis begin state competition

The starters gun on the 3A/5A boys and girls state track meet fires this morning at Albuquerque’s University Stadium and the Rams and Lady Rams are sending a large contingent. The Portales boys have seven athletes participating, including: Junior Tyler Anderson (110 m hurdles), junior Joey Moore (200 m), senior Erett Grubbs (shotput, discus), junior […]

Lady Ram softball and Ram baseball seeded in state tournament

PNT Staff Report The District 4-3A champion Lady Ram softball team (17-8, 12-0 district) is seeded No. 5 in the New Mexico Class 3A state softball tournament in Farmington this weekend. The Portales girls depart Wednesday, before facing 12th-seeded Fort Wingate Thursday at 2 p.m. The winner of the first round game faces 4th-seeded Las […]

PHS tennis squads advance to state semis

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales’ squads swept into the semifinals of the state Class 1A-3A team tennis competition with victories on Friday at Academy High School. The Portales boys, seeded fifth, upended Sandia Prep 6-3 while the second-seeded Lady Rams advanced with an 8-1 trouncing of Cobre. Brothers Walker and Colton Partin won in straight […]

Portales tennis heads to state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams both battled to team district championships this spring. This weekend, they hope to bring home a blue trophy for a state championship. The Lady Rams enter the tournament seeded number two, behind Bosque School. The Portales girls face seventh-seeded Cobre in the […]

Lady Rams finals bound

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With four of the last six state titles, the Portales Lady Rams have cast a large shadow over New Mexico girls Class 3A basketball over the last decade. The Portales girls have a chance to continue their domination at 8 p.m. today when the top-seeded Lady Rams play second-seeded […]

Local teams ready for playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The road through the high school basketball state championships is now public, and Portales, Elida and Dora teams have their road maps laid out in front of them. The New Mexico Activities Association released the official basketball state championship brackets Sunday afternoon. The District 4-3A champion Portales Lady Rams […]