Struggling Rams take aim at New Year’s turnaround

By Tony Parra With the arrival of the new year, Portales boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos is looking for a fresh start. The Rams have lost seven of their last eight games going into Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against the West Las Vegas Dons. The Rams (3-7) practiced on Thursday for the first time […]

Rams drop final game at Stu Clark Tournament

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS — The Rams dropped Sunday’s third-place game in the Stu Clark Tournament, but coach Mark Gallegos was pleased with how Portales played in the 56-48 loss to Bernalillo. “The real Portales came out,” Gallegos said. “We came out and played. We played with a lot of heart and intensity and desire.” […]

Rams split pair at Stu Clark Tournament

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Despite what their coach feels is uneven play, the Portales Rams got an even start to the Stu Clark Tournament in Las Vegas. The Rams were in a pair of blowouts in their opening games, beating Robertson 59-39 Friday and losing to Santa Fe Capital 63-43 in Saturday’s semifinal. […]

Floiyd girls win inaugural tournament

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The Floyd Lady Broncos earned a first-place trophy to remember the inaugural Floyd America Tournament, despite a fourth quarter they’d rather forget. The Lady Broncos put together a season-best, three-game winning streak at the Floyd America Tournament, holding off Springer 39-32 in Saturday’s final game at Floyd High School. Jewlie […]

Floyd opens with Bovin in tourney

Tony Parra The Floyd Lady Broncos continue their adjustment to a new coach in the comfort of their home today in the first game of the Floyd America Tournament. “We’re a real young team,” Floyd coach Shawn Wootton said. “It’s going to be good to have three games in your gym.” The Lady Broncos have […]

Cheerleaders to compete in state finals

Kevin Wilson Like their football and basketball counterparts, the Portales High cheerleaders are getting set to compete this weekend. The cheerleaders will head to Albuquerque Sunday for the Universal Cheerleaders Association regional tournament, which will be held at Del Norte School. Portales will be competing in the medium varsity division, according to cheerleading coach James […]

Golfers raise money to build church in Africa

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to the generosity of Curry County golfers, a new church has been built in the far northwest region of the African nation of Kenya. Wes Grau, a Curry County rancher, said he worked together with Clovis car dealer Rick Cornelison and others to sponsor a “Cowboy Golf” tournament that raised money […]

Rams’ fans can reminisce with Zias’ game

Kevin Wilson The Portales girls basketball team opens its season on Dec. 2, but those looking to reminisce might want to wait for a Dec. 16 game at Greyhound Arena. The Eastern New Mexico University women’s team is hosting West Texas A&M that night in its home debut. This year’s Zia roster reunites junior guards […]

Zias turn around season

Dave Wagner A month or so ago, it looked like neither the Eastern New Mexico University nor Texas Woman’s volleyball teams were postseason contenders. Both recovered, though, making it to the Lone Star Conference tournament with strong October runs. The Zias, seeded third from the South Division, and the Pioneers, the North’s No. 2 seed, […]

Lady Rams move on to state tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Experience helps in a match where everything is at stake. So does being at home. Playing better than the opponent is better than all of those things, though, and the Portales High volleyball team did just that Saturday with a state tournament berth on the line. Portales (12-10) swept past Grants in […]