Portales boys win small school title at Lovington

PNT staff

LOVINGTON — Freshmen Donavin Sanchez and William Archibeque led Portales High to the small-school boys team championship Thursday in the rain-delayed Black-Murphy Invitational golf tournament at Lovington Country Club.

Sanchez posted the bracket’s second-best round, shooting 36-33 — 69 for 2-under par, while Archibeque came in third at even-par 37-34 — 71 to give the Rams a team score of 302 — easily a season-best — and a four-stroke margin over host Lovington.

“Donavin and William played to their capabilities,” PHS boys coach Patrick Crowley said. “William played smart and kept the ball in play for the most part.”

Other Portales scores included junior Jefferson Powers 41-39 — 80, freshman Rick Bergman 42-40 — 82 and senior Matthew Parkey 44-42 — 86.

While Crowley noted that Parkey struggled to find a rhythm, Bergman and Powers were able to save some strokes here and there.

“Rick and Jefferson both had opportunities to have some big numbers,” Crowley said, “but they had the tenacity and the patience to settle down and save some strokes.”

Lovington’s Kevin Cartwright took individual honors with a 68, while the Wildcats’ Mark Woods (73) and Luis Gomez (74) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

New Mexico Military finished third in small-school team standings at 322 while Eunice shot 408. Several schools were not able to return for the tournament, which originally had been scheduled for April 6.

“This is more the scores that we’re capable of,” Crowley said. “I feel confident we’re going to get it together and hit our low scores when we need to hit them.”

Roswell Goddard took the four-team large-school division with a four-man total of 299. Following were Roswell High 308, Hobbs 312 and the Artesia junior varsity at 329.

Results for the PHS girls were not available at press time.

Portales squads are slated to participate in the two-day Leroy Gooch Invitational, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Ruidoso.