Rams top Wolverines in weather-abbreviated tilt

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Portales High quarterback Junior Ramirez escapes Texico’s Mason Golden on a quarterback keeper.

By David Norton SPORTS EDITOR dnorton@pntonline.com Picking up where they left off before lightning delayed them a day, the Portales Rams shut out the Texico Wolverines 24-0 Saturday in a second abbreviated debut at the new Greyhound Stadium. For the second straight day the contest was called early due to weather concerns, but this time […]

Roswell tops PHS girls soccer 6-1

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Portales head coach Ruben Tallez talks with Fernandaz Jimenez during the second half of Saturday’s contest.

STAFF REPORT Coming off two straight wins, the Portales High School girl’s soccer team was riding high heading into their Saturday matchup with Roswell High. Unfortunately that euphoria wouldn’t last long, as the Rams (2-3) found a very tough opponent in the Coyotes (4-0) and would eventually fall 6-1 to the class 5A school. Head […]

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The Portales Rams ended Friday night up 7-0 on the Texico Wolverines. But the weather notched a 2-0 victory.

So the Rams and Wolverines will try to pick up action again 7 p.m. Saturday, following a Friday night opener that was delayed two hours by the first delay and postponed by the second.

The Rams will kick off one day and one play after Darion Ontiveros opened the scoring with a 1-yard run.

The game — the first official game on the turf of the new Greyhound Stadium, started at 7 p.m. with rain pouring but everything ready to go.

Texico got the opening kickoff and converted one first down, but after six offensive plays, the Wolverines were in a fourth-and-forever situation.

Their punt, with just 3:28 gone in the first, would wait nearly two hours as officials postponed the game for lightning warnings that just didn’t want to leave the 12-mile radius of the stadium.
Around 9:20 p.m. the game resumed with Portales returning the punt to Texico’s 47-yard line. 

The rain came down harder, causing the Rams and quarterback Junior Ramirez understandable troubles handling the ball. Still, Ramirez led the team down to the Texico 1 following several quarterback keepers.

With the Rams knocking on the door, Ramirez mishandled the snap, but calmly picked it up and tossed it to running back Darion Ontiveros.

Ontiveros fumbled as well, but grabbed it back and carried the Wolverine defender into the end zone.

Following the extra point, the officials again cleared the field, this time for the night.

The Portales Rams ended Friday night up 7-0 on the Texico Wolverines. But the weather notched a 2-0 victory. So the Rams and Wolverines will try to pick up action again 7 p.m. Saturday, following a Friday night opener that was delayed two hours by the first delay and postponed by the second. The Rams […]

Second-half shutout propels Wildcats

By David Norton SPORTS EDITOR dnorton@pntonline.com HOBBS — Not only picking up, but improving from where he left off last season, Micah Gray turned in a career performance to lead the Clovis Wildcats to a 46-10 win over Hobbs Friday in their season opener for both teams at Watson Memorial Stadium. Despite spectacular first- and […]

Gateway Christian tops Melrose in eight-man opener

STAFF REPORT CLOUDCROFT — Quarterback Justin Reynolds threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Gateway Christian posted a season-opening, neutral-field 30-20 victory over Melrose on Friday in a rematch of last year’s 8-man state championship game. The former district rivals met in Melrose last November, and the host Buffaloes rallied late for a […]

Rams, Lady Rams sweep East Mountain at home

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Portales senior Junior Salomon, right, is congratulated by teammate Micah Viera in the second half after Salomon scored his third goal of Tuesday’s game against East Mountain. Salomon finished with four goals and the Rams won 9-1.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales boys’ first match of the season couldn’t have gone much better on Tuesday. The Rams used a six-goal second half to beat East Mountain 9-1 at PHS, with five different players tallying goals. Seniors Pedro Perea and Junior Salomon combined for six goals, including four by Perea. […]

Portales names starting backs for ’16 season

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With two days before their first game of the season, the Portales Rams have finally named their starting quarterback and running backs. Rams coach Jaime Ramirez named Junior Ramirez (no relation), who quarterbacked last year’s team to a school-best 11-1 record last season, the starter for Friday’s game against […]

Greyhound volleyball works out kinks in scrimmage vs. USW

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Junior libero Andrea Aguilar dives to prevent a spike during Saturday’s scrimmage against the University of the Southwest at Greyhound Arena.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com There are still about two weeks before Eastern New Mexico University plays its first regular-season volleyball match of the season in West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. To help get his Greyhounds prepared for four matches in two days at WT, coach Sia Poyer set up a scrimmage against […]

ENMU men’s soccer ready for season, conference start

By David Norton SPORTS EDITOR dnorton@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is ready for its upcoming season, using their new place in the Heartland Conference and a revamped roster under second-year coach Paul Tate as a recipe for winning. Finishing their 2015 season with a 6-8-2 record, the Greyhounds could have perhaps […]

Lady Rams fall in season opener

Staff report ROSWELL — The 2016 campaign for the Lady Rams soccer team got off to a rough start on Friday as Artesia handed Portales a 5-1 loss in the first round of the Goddard tournament. Portales managed to hold Artesia at bay in the first half, but with about 11 minutes left Artesia scored […]

Hounds No. 1 in LSC women’s cross country poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women edged out Tarleton State and Midwestern State for the top spot in the Lone Star Conference preseason cross country poll, announced this week. The Greyhounds earned seven of 24 first-place votes and finished with 184 points to 181 for Tarleton State and 180 for Midwestern […]

Quarterback position still open for Rams


By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com With less than two weeks before the season begins, the Portales Rams finally got a chance to quit hitting each other in practice as they hosted Roswell Goddard, Eunice and the Clovis junior varsity team on Tuesday at Portales High. Two weeks ago, seniors Junior Ramirez and Jeremie Karngbaye […]

Lady Rams look to reload, not rebuild this season

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Portales junior Lindsay Blakey works on her bumping and setting during Friday’s practice at the Portales Athletic Center. Blakey is one of the returning varisty starters under new head coach Charity Gomez.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com For the first time in 15 years, the Portales Lady Rams volleyball team will not have Ruth Chavez as the head coach. Instead, that responsibility now goes to Charity Gomez, who spent the last two seasons as the junior varsity coach. Fortunately for Gomez, her team is already comfortable […]

New Mexico fishing report — Aug. 9

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake — Fishing was slow […]

Rams look to reload and repeat last season’s success

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Portales’ Logan McDaniel, left, tries to get around scout team member Isaiah Conrow during the varsity defensive section of Friday’s morning practice at PHS.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After last year’s near-perfect season ended with a heartbreaking 26-14 loss in the Class 4A semifinals to Robertson, the Portales Rams have a lot of work do to if they want to repeat as District 4-4A champions, as well as another chance at the state title. Now that the […]

Elida’s Chenault named Volleyball Coach of the Year

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com ELIDA — It’s been a long time coming, but Elida volleyball coach Darrell Chenault has been named the 2015-16 New Mexico High School Coaches Association Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Tigers to their sixth-straight small school volleyball state title. Last season the Lady Tigers went […]

Lovato looks to impress in California

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Emilio Lovato throws a pitch during the third inning against NMMI on April 5 in Portales. Lovato pitched a complete game, striking out 11 batters and gave up just two hits in the Rams 10-0 win. He is currently in California as a member of the Elite team in the Under Armor Southwest Championships and is the lone representative from the state of New Mexico.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com It’s been an exciting several months for Portales senior-to-be baseball player Emilio Lovato. After being an integral part of a Rams team that made it to the Class 4A state championship game, he’s now in California as the sole New Mexico representative for Under Armor as part of an […]

Farwell boy set to compete in national motocross event

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Eight-yer old Allen Florez of Farwell is preparing to compete in a field of 43 this week in the age 7-9 Rocky Mountain AMA National MotocrossChampionship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Staff report CLOVIS — On Monday, one young boy will compete against a field of 42 others at the Rocky Mountain AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Allen Florez, 8, of Farwell, is in the 50cc Limited class at the championships.  At an area qualifier, he had to […]

LSC FOOTBALL: Hounds tabbed for fifth in poll

Staff report ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University has been picked for fifth place in the now-10-team Lone Star Conference preseason football poll, released on Thursday. As far as fifth-year coach Josh Lynn is concerned, that’s all right. “Preseason polls don’t mean much,” said Lynn, who has gone 20-20 at ENMU. “The thing is, […]

NMHSCA all-star games played in Albuquerque

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Three members of the 2015 Clovis High football team participated for the South squad in Wednesday’s Class 5-6A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star game. The North All-Stars got out to a quick lead and rolled to a 38-13 victory. For the Wildcats, Dalton Hatley was one of three quarterbacks […]