Boys place third in track championships, Cabledue shatters record

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Portales senior Hannah Cabledue had already broken the Class 4A state record in pole vault earlier this season. During Saturday’s competition in the 4A state meet at the University of New Mexico, she left no doubt as to who the queen of pole vaulting is in her […]

Portales gains 4A final 5-0

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — Portales baseball coach Dusty Nusser said his goal was to win three games during his team’s trip to the Class 4A state baseball tournament this weekend. With Friday’s 5-0 victory over Cobre in the semifinals at Rio Rancho H.S., the second-seeded Rams (23-6) set a school […]

PHS athletes compete well in 4A track

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — With the first day of the Class 4A state track meet completed, Portales athletes had a great showing in the preliminaries as they advanced in 10 races that will conclude today. In addition to the races, five Rams placed in the top-six in their field events. After […]

Rams reach semis

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The Rams mob sophomore catcher Joel Legarda, right, after he hit a home run in Thursday's game at Rio Rancho.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — Last year,  the Bloomfield Bobcats run-ruled Portales 11-1 in the Class 4A state baseball quarterfinals. This time, Dusty Nusser and his team made sure history wouldn’t repeat itself as the Rams bested Bloomfield 4-2 in Thursday’s 4A quarterfinals at Rio Rancho H.S. The Rams (22-6), seeded […]

Errors haunt Floyd

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — Five errors, including two in the top of the seventh inning, helped end Floyd’s hopes for a Class 1-2A state baseball title on Thursday. Second-seeded McCurdy capitalized on the mistakes, scoring four runs in the seventh, and advanced to today’s 9 a.m. championship game against top-seeded […]

Walk-off ends Portales’ title bid

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — All it took was one swing by Dominique McGilbert to end the Lady Rams’ 2016 softball season on Thursday. The Kirtland Central sophomore hit a solo home run, her second of the game, on a 2-0 count in the bottom of the seventh inning to give […]

Wolverines beat Pecos for 3A title

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Texico baseball coach Ty Thatcher saw how his team jumped on a struggling pitcher early in the game, and decided he wouldn’t let his starter’s potential troubles snowball into a rally for the opposition. It paid off, as Texico beat Pecos 6-2 on Friday afternoon at Isotopes Park […]

Melrose blanks McCurdy, defends 1-2A state title

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — While there are seven innings in a high school baseball game, Melrose needed just one on Friday to dispatch McCurdy 4-0 and defend its Class 1-2A state baseball title at Isotopes Park. The Buffaloes (17-4) capitalized on two McCurdy errors to grab a 4-0 lead in the bottom […]

Portales splits in first day of state softball

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO – The Portales Lady Rams’ winning streak came to an end at 12 games Wednesday afternoon, when they lost their second game of the day to Silver 9-4 in the Class 4A softball tournament. Portales (23-6), which defeated St. Michael’s 5-4 in their Wednesday opener, can still win a state championship. […]

Floyd tops Steers; Dora eliminated by Melrose

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — The Floyd Broncos continue to roll through their competition as they defeated Magdalena 8-2 in the Class 1-2A state baseball quarterfinals on Wednesday morning to extend their winning streak to 15-straight games. Third-seeded Floyd (19-3) jumped on top of Magdalena from the start and never looked back. Starting pitcher and […]

ENMU trio named all-conference for track and field

Staff report Three Eastern New Mexico University track and field members were named to the Lone Star Conference team, according to a Wednesday release from the LSC. Senior Klaudia Szych and juniors Lacy Harris and Ally Salata were among 27 female athletes selected to the all-conference team. No ENMU athletes were among the 24 all-conference […]

Rams eye Bloomfield

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Portales senior Draven Saiz squares up for the bunt during the Ram baseball practice Tuesday afternoon. The Rams take on seventh-seeded Bloomfield in a 10 a.m. Thursday contest.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Last season the Portales High baseball season ended in the quarterfinals against the Bloomfield Bobcats in an 11-1 run-rule loss. Now the Rams have a chance to get a modicum of revenge as they will once again face Bloomfield in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at 10 a.m. […]

Tulk tops 1-4A golf field; Rowley and Ram girls finish third

Thomas Tulk

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ROSWELL — It was a good day overall for Rams golf, but it was a great day for seniors Thomas Tulk and Bailey Rowley on an individual level as Tulk won the Class 1-4A state title and Rowley finished in third place at the Spring River Golf Course. Tulk […]

Results of state golf tournaments — May 9-10

Class 6A At The Canyon Club, Albuquerque Par 72 BOYS Team standings: 1. La Cueva 299-306 — 605; 2. Rio Rancho Cleveland 307-308 — 615; 3. Hobbs 313-316 — 629; 4. Carlsbad 340-315 — 655; 5. Clovis 345-345 — 690. Top 5 individuals: 1. Kevin Kim, La Cueva 72-72 — 144; 2. Tyler Cox, Hobbs […]

Rams softball ready for Lady Horsemen

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Eighth grade pitcher Wendy Baeza warms up during Monday’s practice. Baeza has been the primary pitcher for the Lady Rams this season, going 17-4 in 23 appearances with a 1.67 ERA.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With their 16-1 victory over Socorro Friday night, the Portales Lady Rams now prepare for the final stretch of the season as they ready for their noon game on Wednesday at the Rio Rancho Softball Complex to take on the St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen. Currently holders of an 11-game […]

Portales track great showing at district championship meet

STAFF REPORT RUIDOSO — Both Portales track teams scored in 18 of 19 events in Friday’s four-team District 4-4A meet, with the Rams cruising to the boys team championship while the Lady Rams finished second to Ruidoso. PHS compiled 133 points on the boys side, with East Mountain a distant second at 78. The Lady […]

Rams, Lady Rams currently third and fourth in state golf tournament

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ROSWELL — The Portales Rams golf teams are off to good starts after Day 1 of the Class 1-4A state tournament at Spring River Golf Course. The Portales boys shot 319 as a team. They are currently third, 18 shots behind first-place Socorro and four in back of New […]

ENMU women claim three wins in LSC outdoor meet

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s track teams finished sixth in the LSC outdoor championships, hosted by Tarleton State from Thursday through Saturday. Texas A&M-Kingsville took team honors in the six-team men’s field with 180 points to 173 1/2 for Angelo State, with the Greyhounds tallying 29 points — all on the […]

State small-school track results — May 6-7

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 3A Team standings: 1. Pecos 64; 2. Estancia 47; 3. Dexter 39; 4. Capitan 37; 5. (tie) Native American Community Academy 30; 7. Academy Tech 28; 8. Tucumcari 27; 9. (tie) Eunice and Santa Fe Prep 24; 11. Texico 23 1/2; 12. Loving 16 1/2; 13. Desert Academy […]

Rams win 4-3 to pull sweep

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Senior Jacob Salgado avoids a tag in the bottom of the first inning against West Las Vegas, scoring the first run of the day for the Rams. Portales won 4-3, advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs where they will face Bloomington on Thursday morning.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Baseball is less about how many hits or baserunners you have in total than what you do with them in the three-out increments you get. The West Las Vegas Dons found out the hard way Saturday, ending their season with “what if” situations in the sixth and seventh innings […]