Zia win helps team inch toward tournament

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Slowly but surely, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is creeping toward Lone Star Conference postseason tournament consideration. Despite leading all the way Saturday night, the Zias struggled mightily before holding off Texas A&M-Kingsville 58-48 at Greyhound Arena for their third consecutive South Division victory. Senior guard Heather […]

Zias drop 2-OT contest

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior guard Stacey Staten hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie the score in the first overtime, then converted a 3-point play at the start of the second OT and Midwestern State went on to claim an 81-75 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday […]

Lady Rams whip Warriors

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers It may have taken awhile to get going, but once the Lady Rams got their feet moving, they couldn’t be stopped. Portales sophomore guard Tara Johnson scored six of her nine total points in the second period, as the Lady Rams outscored Ruidoso 20-4 in the second quarter to take […]

Lady Rams visit Clovis tonight

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers PORTALES — While the Portales Lady Rams play their final pre-district tuneup tonight, their Clovis counterparts are glad to be back on the court. Portales (8-7), riding a three-game winning streak, visits Rock Staubus Gym for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Lady Wildcats. Meantime, Clovis (8-5) had a scheduled […]

Lady Rams lose Shootout finale

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said after Saturday night’s Ram Basketball Shootout loss that if she hadn’t looked at the scoreboard, she’d be more pleased than the night before. But scoreboard was working and the Lady Rams lost to Lubbock’s Trinity Christian 52-32. “The effort was there and […]

Lady Rams finish Clovis tourney on high note

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said if her girls could combine their first half against La Cueva with their first half against Gallup, they would have won this weekend’s Plateau Holiday Classic. As it stands, they won the consolation championship with a 45-24 win Friday morning against […]

PHS starts tourney play

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez isn’t happy to be 3-5, but the Lady Rams have had some extenuating circumstances. First, they graduated several key players from last year’s Class 3A state championship team, including Morgan Hill and Megan Kabrick, both of whom are now playing in […]

Lady Rams look to improve at Otero Rio Rancho Invite

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Brenda Gomez runs from one side of the court to the other shouting instructions to her girls Wednesday night at practice in the Portales gymnasium, just hours before the team heads north for an annual competition against much bigger schools. Gomez and the Lady Rams are by far the […]

Clovis blows past Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Clovis junior Ebony Bunton scored 22 points in keeping the Clovis girls undefeated, leading the Wildcats to a 51-34 domination of the Portales Lady Rams Friday night at Portales. “I felt like we defended very well tonight, and played physical, got after it,” Clovis coach Miles Watters said. “I […]

Portales renews rivalry with Clovis Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams have enjoyed plenty of success over recent seasons. Portales has reached the Class 3A state championship game in each of the last six campaigns, winning four times, while the Lady Wildcats were Class 5A state titlists in 2005 and have won 67 of […]

Lady Rams set sights on repeating

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Brenda Gomez doesn’t make excuses. She plays the hand she’s dealt, and usually plays it well. After leading the Lady Rams to their sixth state championship last year, the Portales girls basketball coach finds herself with a brand new pair of hole cards, but one she thinks she can […]

Hunger growing problem

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Nancy Taylor said a survey showed more than 89,000 people a month sought help last year in Curry and surrounding counties. “The numbers (of […]

Portales to focus on speed

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High Lady Rams basketball team finished up their summer tournament Saturday and head coach Brenda Gomez said she is looking forward to next year. The Lady Rams went 6-3 in the tournament against teams from Hobbs, Roswell, Texico, Capitan, Goddard and Lovington. The tournament was held Friday […]

Blackmon, Gomez move on next year

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers Just as one local product makes her way to South Plains Junior College in the fall, another will come back from the Levelland, Texas school. Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon has decided to go to South Plains for her freshman year, while Portales’ Roni Gomez has signed to play at Eastern New […]

Lady Rams celebrate win

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — No point in being greedy, according to Portales senior Morgan Hill, after she helped the Lady Rams to win their third Class 3A state title in four years. Portales made it to the finals in 2005, but was upset by Santa Fe Indian School. “I don’t want to think about […]

Lady Rams win another state crown

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — As Portales’ players lined up to receive their medals for winning the Class 3A girls state tournament on Friday night, the PA announcer started calling names from the wrong team. It turns out, he’s not the only one who got the two teams mixed up. Motivated by the state seeding […]

Lady Rams feel slighted by seeding

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams dominated Class 3A all season, never losing to a team in their own class. Heading into the state tournament, Portales thought they would be the overwhelming favorite. The seeding committee thought otherwise — the Lady Rams were seeded second. “That is huge motivation to us,” […]

Lady Rams cruise to district title against Lovington

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By Tony Parra It wouldn’t be a district championship game without coach Brenda Gomez marching back and forth on the sidelines and on Friday Gomez and her girls marched to a District 4-3A championship win over the Lovington Lady Wildcats. The Portales Lady Rams defeated Lovington, 68-33, on Friday behind double-digit scoring from Briana Hernandez, […]

Lady Rams trying to avoid rust

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Portales senior Ashleah Richards hits a 3-pointer over a defender in practice. A chorus of “oohs” echoes through the gym. It’s not that the 3-ball was anything special. It’s that the defender was a guy. About once a week Portales coach Brenda Gomez invites some males to practice to give her team […]

Lady Rams dominate Ruidoso

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer It’s hard to play basketball with your jaw on the floor. After the Portales Lady Rams dominated Ruidoso 70-32, Lady Warriors coach Becky Austin said her team played more like star-struck fans than challenging opponents. “We were a little bit, I guess you would say, in awe when we […]