Injuries and tiebreakers proved harmful to the Portales tennis teams, who dropped a pair of home duals against Roswell Goddard.
The girls lost a 6-3 decision, while the boys fell 7-2 to the Rockets. The Portales girls drop to 12-3 on the season, while the boys are now 8-7.
Portales coach Bill Wahlman felt that the girls’ dual was closer than the score might indicate, noting that the two doubles matches Portales lost both went to tiebreakers. Had the Lady Rams won both of those tiebreakers, they would have won the dual.
Morgan Erf and Jessica Bulls won in No. 2 doubles, while singles wins were posted by Bethany Self and Kassandra Short.
The boys had to go without senior Chris Kircner, who Wahlman said might have had a shoulder injury. Kirchner had to withdraw from competition, resulting to default wins for Goddard in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.
Chance Plummer and Chase Acker both posted singles wins for Portales, and Goddard swept doubles play.
Portales hosts Roswell on Thursday.
Golf— Eighth-grader William Archibeque shot 41-36 — 77 to lead a balanced Portales effort as the Rams finished third on Tuesday in the Hobbs Invitational at Ocotillo Park Golf Course.
Clovis posted three of the top four scores to win the team title at 303, followed by Hobbs 312 and PHS 315. Rounding out team standings were Lovington 318, Roswell High 321, Carlsbad 328, Jal 335, Roswell Goddard 339 and Eunice 358.
Archibeque finished in a three-way tie for sixth individually, while senior Trevor Ferguson ended in a four-way tie for ninth with a round of 39-39 — 78. Other Portales scores included junior Chris Adkins 42-37 — 79, senior Dale Welch 39-42 — 81 and eighth-grader Donavin Sanchez 42-40 — 82.
In girls competition, senior Michelle Miller led the three-person Lady Rams contingent with a 95, while sophomore Tori Teague shot 111 and sophomore Lindsay Woodard came in at 114.
On Monday, Adkins took individual medalist honors in just his third outing of the season, shooting 3-over-par 37-37 — 74 as the Rams finished second in the Artesia Invitational at Artesia Country Club.
The host Bulldogs shot 313 for a three-shot win over Portales. Others in the field included Goddard 327, Roswell High 328, Dexter 353, Cloudcroft 355 and Jal 356.
Other scores for the Rams were Archibeque 39-38 — 77, Ferguson 41-40 — 81, Welch 41-43 — 84 and Sanchez 43-42 — 85.
For the PHS girls, Miller shot 111, Teague 120 and Woodard 122.