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


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, […]

PHS squads set to host in round of 16

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Portales will be a busy place this weekend with first-round games on tap in Class 4A state baseball and softball competition. The Portales Lady Rams, who have reached the finals in then-Class 3A softball three times under 16th-year coach Robbie Crowley, earned the third seed in this year’s 4A […]

Rams fall short in final bid for state

Staff report ROSWELL — Portales High’s boys needed a win in Monday’s District 4/1-4A golf tournament at New Mexico Military’s golf course. The Rams played fairly well, but they came up short. PHS finished third in the six-team field at 338, three strokes behind East Mountain. Host NMMI took team honors at 308, while rounding […]

Hounds finish season with split at ASU

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior left-hander Clyde Kendrick struck out 10 over six innings and third baseman Daniel Ward’s two-run double keyed a four-run seventh as Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team closed its season on Saturday with an 8-3 win over Angelo State for a split of their Lone Star Conference doubleheader. […]

PHS to send 2 entries to state tennis

Staff report ROSWELL — Seniors Austin Lucero for the boys and McKenzie Bucksath and Hannah Evans for the girls will represent Portales High in Class 1-4A state individual tennis competition next week in Albuquerque. Lucero posted three wins to take the boys singles division in District 4/1-4A boys singles division on Saturday, hosted by New […]

PHS squads compete in Ross Black Relays

Staff report LOVINGTON — The Portales boys track team finished fifth while the girls were sixth in Friday’s Ross Black Relays. The Rams finished with 40 points, and the Lady Rams had 33. Clovis swept both teamt titles in the eight-school event, scoring 98 1/2 points to edge host Lovington by a point on the […]

Pole vaulting has been Cabledue family affair

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Portales High junior Hannah Cabledue works on her pole vaulting during Thursday’s practice at PHS. She is the defending state champion and holds the school record in the event, while her father Dustin set the boys racord in pole vault in 1992, a mark that stands to this day.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Every family has an activity or a game that pulls them together. For the Cabledue family, that activity is pole vaulting. While it may seem strange and scary to most people the Cabledue’s love. Dustin Cabledue picked up his love for it and has given it to his daughter […]

Sweep gives Cats second in district

Staff report ALAMOGORDO — It’s been quite a ride this season for the Clovis High baseball team under first-year coach Richard Cruce. That run may earn the Wildcats a first-round best-of-three series at home in the upcoming Class 6A state tournament. CHS (17-9, 8-4 District 4-6) gave up three runs to Alamogordo in the bottom […]

Alamo claims District 4-6A softball crown

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Things have changed for the Alamogordo High School softball squad since the Lady Tigers split a home doubleheader with Clovis High in mid-April. Newcomers to District 4-6A, Alamo (19-7, 9-3 district) claimed the crown on Friday night with a 16-2, 16-0 thumping of CHS at Lady Wildcat […]

Freshman posts third state leg

Staff report ROSWELL — Freshman Janae Hale earned her third state qualifying leg with a score of 93 as Portales High finished fifth out of six teams in the Last Chance tournament on Friday, hosted by New Mexico Military Institute. Texico claimed fourth place in the six-team event at 365, while the Lady Rams were […]

PHS girls nab state team slot

Staff report ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams qualified for Class 1-4A state team tennis competition on Friday, beating host New Mexico Military 5-0 in the District 4/1-4A semifinals before losing in the championship match to Mesilla Valley 5-0. Meantime, the PHS boys were ousted in the semis by NMMI 5-3. The top two teams […]