Portales aims to finish with title

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By Kevin Wilson Portales girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez hopes and believes that her team will win its second-straight Class 3A title this week. In other news, the sun is very hot. “We’ve been ranked No. 1 all year, which we should have been,” Gomez said after Tuesday’s practice, before the team left for Albuquerque. […]

Class 1A girls: Road goes through Des Moines

By Kevin Wilson In a literal sense, the road to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament goes through Albuquerque, with games at Valley High, Rio Grande High, West Mesa High and The Pit. In a figurative sense, the road to the Class 1A title goes through Des Moines, as several teams are aiming to […]

Seniors make final push for state title

By Kevin Wilson Erika Cook spent a good deal of her formative years in the Portales High School gymnasium. “I remember me and Roni (Gomez) coming when we were starting in sixth grade,” the Lady Ram senior said, “and we’d come to my sister’s practices.” For the past four years, she’s been the one practicing […]

Portales wins district title

By Kevin Wilson The host Portales Lady Rams capitalized on a poor start from Lovington, and took back the District 4-3A tournament title with a 70-57 win Friday night. Erika Cook scored 20 points to lead three in double figures for Portales (20-4), which won its ninth-straight game and reclaimed the title that Lovington won […]

Ex-Lady Ram helps guide Portales tennis team

By Kevin Wilson It appears the Portales girls tennis team won’t have to defend its state title without Kristen Van Wettering after all. Van Wettering, a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University, is working as an assistant coach under Bill Wahlman. It’s a chance to stay in the game for Van Wettering, who entertained the […]

EPAC Girls: Grady rallies back to beat Vixens

By Kevin Wilson At first glance, a proper title for Grady’s EPAC girls title could be “I Love the 80s Strikes Back: 1987,” referring to the last time the Lady Bronchos won the annual tournament. However, a more accurate title might be, “Survivor: Greyhound Arena,” a testament to an incredible two-game run by Grady, capped […]

Not showing at a theater near you

Mike Linn The holiday season usually brings with it a barrage of new movies, from suspense thrillers to dramas. Here are a few movies I’d like to see come to the area: Title: Good ’Till The Last Drop Plot: Set in the year 2035 with a population dwindled to only a handful of residents, a […]

PHS coaches pleased with first days of practice

By Kevin Wilson The Portales High School football and volleyball teams ended their previous seasons as a state runnerup, but early indications are that each has a solid shot at improving upon those marks. Monday was the first day for practices to begin in both sports, and each team featured a high turnout according to […]

Gomez pleased with summer progress

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By Kevin Wilson Heading into the final phase of the summer basketball season, Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez is satisfied with the results. “It’s all been positive,” Gomez said in between Thursday night games at the Eastern New Mexico University team camp. “The turnout, the participation, the attitude — everything’s been positive.” Portales dropped a […]

Portales high finishes off successful season

By Kevin Wilson Portales High School concluded another year of athletics, with trophies in some sports and missed expectations in others. The Portales volleyball team started the year with one of the more difficult tasks in the state — defending a state championship despite losing 10 seniors. Behind second-year coach Ruth Chavez, the Lady Rams […]

Van Wettering, Bulls claim doubles title in all-Portales final

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Having previous experience in state championship doubles matches, neither Sara Bulls or Kristen Van Wettering of Portales found winning the doubles title quite the fulfullment most say it is. The reason was simple: the championship came at the expense of teammates Hailey Quick and Rachelle Self. Bulls and Van Wettering […]

Dora Boys hold on for EPAC title

Dave Wagner The Dora Coyotes built a double-figure lead in the first half, then fought off a Texico comeback to edge the Wolverines 56-50 Saturday night a Greyhound Arena for the biys championship in the 45th annual Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Seniors Chris Rolston and Matt Carpenter led the way for Dora (7-3) […]