PHS’ Gomez honored during North-South tilts

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — When the Class 3A North-South all-star basketball games took place Friday night, five recent Portales seniors were there to represent the South squad. It seemed only right that Brenda Gomez, who coached them throughout their high school careers, was also honored. Prior to the girls contest, […]

Gomez wins NMAA coach of the year

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Former Portales Lady Ram basketball coach Brenda Gomez has been elected by the New Mexico Activities Association as New Mexico girls basketball Coach of the Year for 2006-2007. Gomez also earned the election in 2001 and says earning it in her last year as Portales girls basketball coach is […]

Brenda Gomez retires

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After leading the Portales girls basketball team to five New Mexico Class 3A state championships, and seven consecutive championship game appearances, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez is stepping down after 22 years as head coach. Gomez will be coaching girls basketball at Robinson High School in Waco, Texas. […]

Lady Rams finals bound

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With four of the last six state titles, the Portales Lady Rams have cast a large shadow over New Mexico girls Class 3A basketball over the last decade. The Portales girls have a chance to continue their domination at 8 p.m. today when the top-seeded Lady Rams play second-seeded […]

Portales relying on depth

By Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Unlike previous seasons, Portales heads into the state tournament without proven stars. What the Lady Rams do have is a deep, role-oriented team that is the favorite to win their fifth Class 3A title in seven years when the state tournament opens today in Albuquerque. “I can play 10 people […]

Girls take the court in state first-round

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s ladies night in the New Mexico state basketball tournament with the Portales and Elida girls both hitting the court this evening in first-round play. As the top seed in the Class 3A brackets, the Lady Rams (15-9) host the 16th-seeded Cobre Lady Indians (12-13) at the Portales High […]

Local teams ready for playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The road through the high school basketball state championships is now public, and Portales, Elida and Dora teams have their road maps laid out in front of them. The New Mexico Activities Association released the official basketball state championship brackets Sunday afternoon. The District 4-3A champion Portales Lady Rams […]

Zias secure first winning season in three years

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Roni Gomez knows she’s never going to be a big scorer, but she realizes there are other ways to contribute in a basketball game. The junior guard from Portales came off the bench to help Eastern New Mexico University’s women step up their defensive pressure and the Zias rallied from […]

Portales snares 4-3A title

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the District 4-3A championship Friday at Ram gym. The win assures the defending state champion Lady Rams (16-9) of hosting a home game next week in the first round of […]

Lady Rams crush Lovington

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer With the District 4-3A No. 1 seed tucked tightly in their pocket, the Portales Lady Rams are cruising through the second half of their district schedule, undefeated in district play with one game left. Three Lady Rams scored in double figures as the Portales girls dominated Lovington Saturday evening […]