Rams host Ruidoso in district opener

By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team enters play tonight in what should be a competitive District 4-3A schedule on a bit of a role. The Rams (11-7), playing against mostly Class 4A and 5A competition, have won seven of their last nine and already exceeded last year’s win total (10-14). They begin […]

Rams cruise to win over Cavemen

By Dave Wagner On the surface, Mark Gallegos says, Portales High’s 48-33 win over Carlsbad on Friday night at the PHS gym looks pretty good. But the Rams coach thinks his squad will have to pick up its play when District 4-3A play begins in just over a week. Senior guard Chris Carter scored eight […]

Rams set to take on Cavemen

PNT Sports The Portales High Rams hope playing at home can help them put together a little streak heading into the start of their District 4-3A schedule next week. They begin a four-game homestand with a 7 p.m. tipoff today against Class 5A Carlsbad (4-11) at the PHS gym in their Homecoming game. The Rams […]

Rams dominate second half against Goddard

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales High boys coach Mark Gallegos wasn’t that worried at halftime, even with his team trailing by eight points. Gallegos figured if the Rams could keep getting good shots and pick up their defense a little, the rest would take care of itself. Portales (9-7) dominated the second half to the […]

Coyotes overhaul Rams in fourth quarter

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales High may have led a good part of the way, but Rams coach Mark Gallegos wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance Thursday night. “We weren’t prepared to play,” Gallegos said after the Rams dropped a 58-46 decision to Roswell High. “We were really never in the game. We gave them […]

Rams get set to test powerful Clovis

By Dave Wagner The Portales boys basketball team has been steadily improving, but the Rams know they have their work cut out tonight. Portales puts a four-game winning streak on the line against the Clovis Wildcats, one of the top teams in Class 5A, in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the PHS gym. Clovis (13-1), […]

PHS squads play at home today, Saturday

By Kevin Wilson With both Portales teams hovering around .500 coming into this weekend’s Portales Ram Shootout, the aim is to get some wins to start momentum. The teams coming in, however, provide little opportunity for either the girls or boys team to do just that. The inaugural tournament, which includes three defending state champions, […]

Rams look to build on Moriarty win

By Dave Wagner A heartbreaking, last-second defeat at Los Lunas on Dec. 17 left Portales High senior Chris Kirchner and his teammates seeing red. Kirchner scored 19 points and helped the Rams pull into a tie in the final minute, only to see Los Lunas’ Alex Stein hit a desperation 3-point bank shot at the […]

Rams hope to bounce back Monday against Robertson

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By Dave Wagner With a few practices under their belts after a busy start to the season, Portales High boys coach Mark Gallegos is hoping the Rams are ready to hit a consistent stride. Portales, which has been off since Tuesday after opening the season with five games in eight days, entertains Las Vegas Robertson […]

Roswell hangs on late, deals Rams 66-60 loss

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By Dave Wagner Even if you force 26 turnovers, it’s hard to beat a team that shoots 65 percent. The Portales High Rams got off to a fast start Tuesday night, struggled in the middle two quarters and saw their late rally fall short in a 66-60 loss to Roswell High in their home opener […]

Portales teams prepare

By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team ends its busy season-opening stretch tonight with a 7 p.m. clash against Roswell High in the Rams’ home opener at the PHS gym. Portales is playing its fifth game in eight nights after going 2-2 in Texas last week, including a fourth-place finish in the Shallowater […]

Dec. 7 Obituaries

Virgil Wheeler, 79 Mr. Virgil Wheeler, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, near Portales. He was born on Aug. 31, 1925, in Oklahoma to Dora and Johnny Wheeler. He “fudged” on his age in order to be able to enlist in the Navy in December of 1942 and served aboard the U.S.S. Elliott. Following the […]

Rams capture tournament opener

PNT Staff SHALLOWATER, Texas — Bo Gabriel scored 13 points and Chris Carter added 12 to lead the Portales Rams to a 48-34 win overLittlefield, Texas in the opening round of the Shallowater Shootout Thursday afternoon in Shallowater, Texas. The Rams (2-0) will face Trinity Christian in today’s semifinal round at 4 p.m. (MST). The […]

Smallish Rams will rely on quickness in 2004-05

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team has one — count ’em, one — player taller than six feet. That doesn’t stop seventh-year coach Mark Gallegos from thinking his team can get back to the Class 3A state tournament, something which hasn’t happened for the Rams since they won it all in 2001. […]

Rams, Lady Rams begin basketball practice

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By Dave Wagner Portales High girls basketball coach will miss the four seniors who graduated from last year’s Class 3A two-time state championship team, including her daughter, point guard Roni Gomez. But she’s optimistic as the Lady Rams begin practice this week for the 2004-05 season. “It’ll be hard to replace the guards, but I […]

Richardson to visit tonight

PNT Staff Gov. Bill Richardson will visit Portales today to discuss legislative priorities with the public at 6 p.m. at Buchanan Hall, located in the music building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The visit is part of a message about education, according to Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for Richardson. The visit is […]

Officials look to keep office open in Portales

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega traveled to Albuquerque earlier this week to meet with Department of Labor officials on trying to keep the Portales office open so Portales residents looking for unemployment and veteran services won’t have to drive to Clovis. The New Mexico Department of Labor employees were providing Workforce Investment Act services […]

Labor Department services could change for Portales

By Tony Parra It is a possibility people from Portales looking for unemployment services will have to drive to Clovis starting Oct. 1. Eastern Area Workforce Development Board chairman Jimmie Shearer said the contract for Workforce Investment Act services was awarded to community colleges. Schearer said the WIA services were provided by the New Mexico […]

Rams regroup to defeat Taos

Kevin Wilson With more than a dozen games to play in a three-day period, there wouldn’t seem to be a lot of time for the Portales Rams to have a practice. However, that’s just what they did, and in the process they turned a small losing streak into a big winning streak. After starting 0-2 […]

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 […]