June 16 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I’m sorry to say it’s still dry, dry, dry. There’s no forecast for any amount of measurable amount of rain. So I urge we all continue to pray for rain in abundance. School Update There is a new principal for the upcoming school year. He is Steve Barron, an Elida School graduate [...]

Camp start of road to Ram basketball

By Kevin Wilson Long before Jack Hale played post for the Portales High basketball team, he was a grade-schooler just learning the ropes at the Ram Fundamentals Camp. Now, he looks at this year’s campers and hopes they take a similar path. “It’s weird looking at the little kids in the morning session, remembering we [...]

ENMU grad reminisces on time in WBL

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — For a small-town girl from Mississippi, Mary Scott was thrilled to get the opportunity to play women’s professional basketball. The Clovis resident just wishes the Women’s Pro Basketball League (WBL) had received the support — financial and otherwise — of its descendent, the eight-year old Women’s National Basketball Association. The [...]

Rams assistant moving up to Class 4A Taos

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Managing Editor Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com Rick Apodaca made sure his step up to a varsity coach was a big one. Apodaca, an assistant coach for the Portales boys basketball team for six seasons, on Thursday accepted the head coaching position at Class 4A Taos High School. “For me to go [...]

Gomez signs on to play for Garden City next year

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Kevin Wilson Roni Gomez went right from high school basketball to golf, helping her teammates win the Class 3A title on March 12 in Albuquerque and competing in a golf scrimmage three days later in Hobbs. Gomez went right back to basketball Wednesday, as she arrived back from the state golf meet in time to [...]

Vail makes return to Portales

By Kevin Wilson Basketball took Matt Vail from Grants to Portales to Las Vegas, N.M., to Montana and back to Grants. For one night, it brought him back to Portales as well. Vail, a former standout for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, was on the bench as an assistant coach for the [...]

Murray coaches, collect memories

By Kevin Wilson John Murray collects all kinds of things, from a record collection that exceeds 7,000 vinyl discs to a grouping of toys that would make his office a good subject for a VH1 “I Love the 80s” special. His most valuable collection, though, grows in a file folder. It is a collection of [...]

ACL spells danger for local athletes

Kevin Wilson It was a play like any other for Megan Kabrick. The Portales High School sophomore was trying to prevent teammate Roni Gomez from getting screened in a December game against Santa Fe. The 5-foot-10 post jumped in the way, hyperextending her left knee in an ensuing collision. But this play wasn’t like any [...]

A family affair for Richards, Richards

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By Kevin Wilson A family reunion is never far away for Kassandra and Ashleah Richards. It happens with every game and every practice for the Portales girls basketball team. The sisters are hoping to have a few more family reunions, with state championships in basketball and softball as a backdrop. “Our state championship just brought [...]

Portales boys look to bounce back

Kevin Wilson It’s not the question of the century for the Ram basketball team. Rather, it’s the question of the half-century mark. Since winning its first two games, Portales has suffered a four-game losing streak. Every team that has beaten the Rams this season has scored at least 50, including Robertson in a 50-49 overtime [...]