Lady Rams finish strong against Ysleta in 56-16 win

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers As easy as their first-round game turned out to be, the Portales Lady Rams know the rest of Plateau Holiday Classic will be more challenging. Portales spotted El Paso Ysleta leads of 5-0 and 8-6, then controlled the rest of the contest in cruising to a 56-16 win in the tournament’s […]

Santa Fe High slips past Rams

PNT Staff Report LAS VEGAS, NM — The Portales Rams took it all the way into the final seconds with a tough 5-A opponent Wednesday and came up one shot short. They fell in the opening round of the Stu Clark Invitational Tournament to Santa Fe High School by a score of 53-52. Portales never […]

Rams prepare for tourney

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For some it might seem a little like the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray’s character wakes up and relives the same day over and over. But to coach Mark Gallegos and the Portales Rams, facing the same opponent this year in the first round of the Stu Clark Tournament […]

Lady Wildcats prepare for eight-team tournament

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats, only a desperation heave from being unbeaten, figure to become even more formidable heading into this week’s third annual Plateau Holiday Classic. As they prepare to host eight-team tournament beginning today at Rock Staubus Gym, the Lady Cats have been buoyed by the return to […]

Seawolves drop Zias

Freedom Newspapers ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Freshman guard Tristan Burnett converted two free throws with eight seconds left Tuesday night, giving Alaska-Anchorage a 62-61 victory over Eastern New Mexico University and a sweep of their two-game women’s basketball series. Burnett, averaging less than eight points and two assists coming into the game, compiled a double-double with […]

Rams drop Las Vegas Robertson 48-42

PNT Staff Report LAS VEGAS, NM — Playing short-handed, the Portales Rams picked up a 48-42 win here against Las Vegas Robertson to even their record at 4-4 going into the holiday break. After three players were suspended this week for violating team rules, the Rams found themselves on the road with just eight men […]

Hounds go cold in Alaska

Freedom Newspapers ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Poor shooting in the second half led to the Eastern New Mexico Zias falling 64-59 to Alaska Anchorage on Monday night. The Zias (6-3) held a 32-31 lead at the half, but shot 8-of-26 in the second and let the lead slip away. Center Rebecca Kielpinski scored a game-high 26 […]

Aranda scores 26 to help Rams pull away

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Mark Gallegos has said the biggest problem so far is that the Ram basketball squad has no defensive identity. They had it when they needed it, and Daniel Aranda provided the offensive identity as the Rams defeated Class 4A Moriarty 66-51 Saturday night. The Rams couldn’t do […]

Portales cruises by Pintos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though some may contend they got a lot in the second half, the Portales girls basketball team has earned its rest. The host Lady Rams put the game on ice quick with a 21-5 first quarter and survived a sluggish second-half effort to beat Moriarty 51-37 Saturday night. Portales […]

Elida wins Route 66 to move to 9-1

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent SANTA ROSA — Just call them the unofficial champs of the Route 66 Holiday Tournament, those Elida Tigers. Although the girls four-team basketball tourney was technically a round-robin event, with each school facing the other three squads once, the Tigers proved themselves the queens of their temporary northern domain by […]

Drury’s hot shooting too much for Hounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, Nev. — For the second night in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were in contention late against a quality opponent. But just as Central Missouri State had done Friday night, Drury spoiled the fun in Saturday’s High Desert Classic matchup, rallying from an eight-point deficit to post an 81-63 […]

Eight-man introduced for competitive balance

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers With eight-man football starting next fall, the New Mexico Activities Association is hoping to get more schools and more players involved. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal, who has won two six-man titles in nine seasons, said he just hopes his quarterbacks can remember the new rules. “The hardest part is gonna […]

Hobbs holds off Portales, 42-41

PNT Staff A solid effort wasn’t enough for the Portales Lady Rams to score an upset on the road against Class 5A Hobbs. The host Lady Eagles rallied late for a 42-41 victory. “We played pretty solid,” Portales coach Brenda Gomez said. “We had turnovers in some bad spots.” Hobbs, which scored six of the […]

Portales clobbers Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink. Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters […]

Largent turning into a good fit for Hounds

By Dave Wagner When approached last spring by Eastern New Mexico University men’s assistant coach Mark Murdock about the possibility of coming to the school to play basketball, Tristan Largent did a bit of a double-take. Playing for Garrett College in McHenry, Md., Largent wasn’t a player on Murdock’s radar when he went to scout […]

Lady Ram Kabrick nabs North/South All-Star slot

By Tony Parra Portales Lady Ram volleyball coach Ruth Chavez feels Megan Kabrick was the best volleyball player in Class 3A in 2005 and the New Mexico High School Coaches Association members felt strongly enough about her play to make her the only Class 3A player on the 2006 North/South 5A/4A/3A All-Star Volleyball Team. Kabrick […]

Clovis streak snapped at 36

Freedom Newspapers LEVELLAND, Texas — For most of the game Tuesday night, the Clovis High girls’ 36-game winning streak seemed safe. Clovis’ lead stayed seven to 11 points from early in the second quarter until the final minute. However, Levelland rallied late, tying the game on a desperation 3-pointer from just short of halfcourt by […]

Loaded weekend awaits Portales

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The goal for the 4-3 Portales girls basketball team is to get more consistent, and with apologies to Elvis Presley, it’s not going to take a little less conversation. “We started out OK, but we keep turning it on and off,” senior forward Ashleah Richards said before Tuesday’s practice. […]

Portales claims consolation title at Mel Otero

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent RIO RANCHO — Portales girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez was concerned after falling behind by double digits against a Los Lunas team that had demonstrated admirable offense patience in the first two rounds of the Mel Otero Invitational. But Los Lunas (4-4) was unable to hold on to an 11-point […]

Hounds cruise past Aggies

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Greyhounds had very little time to plan for Oklahoma Panhandle State’s zone defense. But Eastern New Mexico University had no plans whatsoever to be the Aggies’ first win of the season. The host Greyhounds broke open a close game with a 24-5 run that bridged the first and […]