Bloomfield ousts Portales

Staff report Dating back to Portales coach Dusty Nusser’s time as an assistant, the Portales Rams had great luck at La Cueva High School, the site of their Class 4A state quarterfinal Thursday. Their opponent, the Bloomfield Bobcats, had the recent history of playoff success, dating back to their 2013 first-round win over the Rams. […]

ENMU’s Szych earns national berth

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has been chosen for a spot in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, scheduled for May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, will compete in the women’s 800. She had earned a provisional bid, but qualified officially on Wednesday with the No. […]

Rams Rio Rancho bound

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Portales senior third baseman Victoria Cordova practices batting Wednesday afternoon at the Portales High School indoor practice facility. Portales plays Hope Christian at 9 a.m. at Sue V. Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com As long as the Portales Rams bring their bats to the Class 4A state softball tournament, senior shortstop Kailee Ramirez said, they should be all right. “Our defense is tough all the time,” Ramirez said, “but we have to bring our sticks.” Ramirez’ bat was already waiting for her […]

Portales to test Bobcats

Staff report A big challenge for the Portales Rams heading to Albuquerque is convincing the kids that no matter the stakes, Thursday’s quarterfinal against Bloomfield is just another game. If a postseason text message was any indication, coach Dusty Nusser said, the fourth-seeded Rams should be about where they need to be for the noon […]

Slow start dooms Broncos in 1-2A

Staff report RIO RANCHO — The sixth seed wasn’t a detriment to the Logan Longhorns Wednesday, at least not with Wyatt Strand on the mound. The Longhorn ace, who will play football for Eastern New Mexico University next season, was solid in Logan’s 8-6 Class 1-2A quarterfinal win over third-seeded Floyd at Sue V. Cleveland […]

Rowley finishes in tie for sixth

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams couldn’t overhaul Silver to escape the cellar on Tuesday in the Class 1-4A state golf tournament at the Canyon Club, but they did come home with a medal to show for their efforts. Junior Bailey Rowley followed up Monday’s 96 with a round of 97 on Tuesday, […]

Broncos to face Logan to open baseball tournament

Staff report RIO RANCHO — The Floyd Broncos will take the No. 3 seed into today’s quarterfinals in the Class 1-2A state baseball tournament. Floyd (15-6) meets sixth-seeded Logan (10-9) in the first of four games today, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Cleveland High School. The Broncos won three games against the Longhorns in late […]

Szych sets school, league marks in LSC track

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior  Klaudia Szych earned one of two wins for Eastern New Mexico University’s women over the weekend in Lone Star Conference track meet, also breaking a school and LSC record in the process. Szych, a junior from Szczecin, Poland, ran a time of 2 minutes, 11.53 seconds in the […]

Lady Rams’ Rowley bids for state medal

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Junior Bailey Rowley is in the hunt for a medal in the Class 1-4A girls state golf tournament at The Canyon Club. As for the rest of the Portales Lady Rams, it was a day of struggle. Rowley shot a 96 in Monday’s first round of the 36-hole event, placing her […]

Saturday’s state small-school track results — May 9

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque Saturday’s results BOYS Class 3A Team standings: 1.  1. Clayton 82; 2. Santa Rosa 49 1/2; 3. Dexter 48; 4. Estancia 43 1/3; 5. Santa Fe Prep 37; 6. Pecos 36 1/3; 7. Texico 23 1/2; 8. Academy Tech 23; 9. Tucumcari 20; 10. Lordsburg 16; 11. Laguna Acoma 14; […]

Rams rally to take series over Huskies

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Portales junior Grant Wagner rounds third on his way to scoring on teammate Omar Legarda's two-run triple in the first game of Saturday's Class 4A playoff doubleheader at Ram Field. Portales won the opener 12-11 to force a deciding game in the best-of-three, two-day series, then won the final game 13-3.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com With junior Joe Standley on the hill Friday, the Hope Christian Huskies had enough pitching to push them to a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three Class 4A series. On Saturday, the Portales Rams had just enough pitching, and more than enough offense, to push them over the top. Portales […]

Portales boys cruise to district track title

STAFF REPORT ROSWELL — Glenn Johnson has been around Portales High for 18 years and can’t remember the Rams ever winning a district boys track title — until Friday. The Rams did it in style, too, scored 118 points for a 50-point margin over host New Mexico Military in the four-school event at the Wool […]

Friday’s state small-school track results

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque Boys Class 3A Team standings: 1. Santa Rosa 12 1/2; 2. Lordsburg 11; 3. Clayton 10; 4. Santa Fe Prep 9; 5. Academy Tech 7, 6. Loving 5 1/2; 7. (tie) Estancia and Pecos 5 1/3; 9. Dexter 5; 10. (tie) Texico and Tularosa 4 1/2; 12. (tie) Cottonwood and […]

Portales cruises past Socorro in state softball first round

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Socorro didn’t exactly push Portales to the limit, but the visiting Warriors made the third-seeded Rams earn their way into the second round. The host Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but Socorro time and time again held off the huge Portales innings in […]

Huskies topple Portales to open series

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By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com With Joe Standley on the hill, the Hope Christian Huskies didn’t look like the typical No. 13 seed. Hope Christian’s ace had little trouble Friday night at Ram Field, allowing just two hits and six baserunners in a 6-0 win to help the Huskies take a 1-0 lead in […]

Prep tennis teams ousted

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis High boys tennis team took care of business against Santa Fe High, but ran into a steamroller in top-seeded La Cueva and was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of Class 6A team tennis competition on Friday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. The eighth-seeded Wildcats beat the No. 9 […]

Trojans rally late over Clovis

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Portales shortstop Kailee Ramirez stretches for an errant throw as Socorro baserunner Aracely Alderete steals second base in the first inning of Friday’s Class 4A first-round game at Wheeler Park in Portales.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Held in check for six innings by senior right-hander Landon Williams, Mayfield finally found some holes in the seventh. The Trojans parlayed four singles and a wild Clovis High relay into three runs, rallying for a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats in the opener of a Class 6A state […]

First-rounders set for Friday

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Portales senior second baseman Kailee Ramirez, who leads Portales with a .634 average and 12 home runs, makes a throw during a Portales game earlier this season. Portales, seeded third in Class 4A, hosts Socorro in a 5 p.m. first-round matchup today.

STAFF REPORT Portales High’s baseball team may have a significantly higher seed, but the fourth-seeded Rams could get all they want in this week’s Class 4A round-of-16, best-of-three series against No. 13 Hope Christian at Ram Field. After all, the teams met in a four-team, round-robin hosted by PHS in late March and the Rams […]

Lucero edged in state tennis singles

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Seeded third in Class 1-4A boys state tennis singles, Portales High senior Austin Lucero got off to a good start in Thursday’s quarterfinal round at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex. But Las Vegas Robertson’s Andres Garcia bounced back, fighting off a late bid by Lucero to claim a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 […]

Portales duo edged in Albuquerque

Staff report Portales’ doubles pair of Hannah Evans and McKenzie Bucksath got off to a fast start, but weren’t able to pull an upset in the first round of the Class 1A-4A state tennis doubles tournament at Albuquerque’s Jerry Cline Tennis Complex. Madie Trainor and Soren Saunders of Sandia Prep, seeded seventh, took a 4-6, […]