Our people: Rising to the top

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Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life. “I enjoy teaching athletes about their injury and how to rehabilitate and watching them return to […]

It’s Their Job: Joel Sievers

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Joel Sievers Job: Sports medicine physician Background: Sievers attended college in Nebraska and went to medical school at Texas Tech University. Time on job: Six and one-half years What does your job entail? We evaluate and treat patients with traumatic and overuse physical injures, although we still do a little […]

Sports medicine clinic on its way

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer This April, injured area athletes could be on the mend at a full-service, state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic in downtown Portales owned by Dr. Joel Sievers. As part of the Portales downtown revitalization plan, Sievers recently received $65,000 direct economic development grant funds from the city. Sievers told city officials […]

Portales soccer season ends; Rams tie Ruidoso 2-2

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Rams and Lady Rams had mixed results in their final games of the season Saturday afternoon at the Ram soccer pitch. The Lady Rams (3-11-1) fell 8-0 to Ruidoso, while the boys tied the Warriors 2-2. “It was a good game,” Ram volunteer coach Grant Shanahan said. “Best […]

Portales soccer swept at Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls soccer teams traveled into the mountains Tuesday afternoon to play the Ruidoso varsity, and both the Rams and Lady Rams exited with a 10-0 loss. Both games were cut short, and Ruidoso led both games 8-0 at the half. “We played pretty well,” Ram […]

Rams and Lady Rams swept by Hatch Bears

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a month of playing junior varsity teams from around the state, the Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams had their first taste of New Mexico Class 3A varsity soccer Saturday afternoon at Hatch, and although they lost, they discovered that they can compete. The girls lost 1-0 and […]

Clovis sweeps Portales

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The Portales Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams missed several scoring opportunities Thursday afternoon as the Clovis junior varsity girls beat Portales 4-2 and the Wildcat boys edged out the Rams 2-1. “They weren’t aggressive,” Ram volunteer coach Grant Shanahan said. “They were letting the ball run the play, and they were just there. It’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sievers set to restart boys and girls soccer

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Speaking out for the last year about the need for a Portales High School soccer program, Traci Sievers could not have imagined that she, herself, would be coaching not only the Lady Ram soccer team, but also the boys. Sievers was hired to coach the Portales girls soccer team […]

School soccer supporters go before board

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Soccer moms and dads and children in soccer uniforms filled the Portales Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday in a show of support for adding a school soccer program. The proposal was launched in the spring and backers of the sport submitted a formal proposal to the school board […]

School district mulls soccer team

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Young Portales soccer players may have dreams of playing for the United States national team, but for now they’d settle for playing on a high school team in Portales. More than 30 parents and children attended the Portales School Board meeting Monday evening requesting that school officials explore the […]

Group hoping to kick off soccer in Portales schools

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales Rams Soccer team — that’s what some parents and community members are hoping to get in the school district and today at 5:30 p.m. there will be a meeting, open to the public, to try and get the ball rolling. Traci Sievers, an organizer of the meeting, […]

Prevention noted as key to knee health

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer According to medical professionals in Portales knee problems are among the most painful and debilitating ailments one can suffer. Knee surgery or special braces aren’t always the best solution. Just because someone may have a knee injury, doesn’t necessarily mean that person will need surgery. Joel Sievers, M.D. with […]

ACL spells danger for local athletes

Kevin Wilson It was a play like any other for Megan Kabrick. The Portales High School sophomore was trying to prevent teammate Roni Gomez from getting screened in a December game against Santa Fe. The 5-foot-10 post jumped in the way, hyperextending her left knee in an ensuing collision. But this play wasn’t like any […]