Lady Rams whip Roswell

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By Kevin Wilson With their No. 1 seeds in district already locked up, Class 3A Portales and Class 4A Roswell High arguably had nothing to play for Saturday night. Ashleah Richards and Tara Johnson provided evidence to the contrary, as they keyed a late 10-0 run to help the host Lady Rams win 59-49 and […]

District races up for grabs in Portales-Lovington contests

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By Dave Wagner The bizarre District 4-3A girls regular-season championship has gotten down to a two-game race. All three teams stand 2-2, having split head-to-head, with one round to go heading into tonight’s 7 p.m. matchup between Portales High and Lovington at the PHS gym. Meantime, the PHS boys have a chance to clinch a […]

Ruidoso tops struggling PHS

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By Dave Wagner It’s becoming evident that you can expect the unexpected in District 4-3A girls basketball, and the Portales Lady Rams are the best example of that. After stomping Lovington by 44 points at home and soundly beating Ruidoso 55-39 on the road, Portales has lost the rematches to those teams — including Friday’s […]

Lady Rams meet Lovington sans coach

By Dave Wagner When the Portales Lady Rams begin District 4-3A play tonight in a 7 p.m. game against Lovington at the PHS gym, they’ll be without longtime head coach Brenda Gomez. Gomez left Thursday morning for her native Farmington to be with a sister who is seriously ill. In her absence, volunteer assistant Sharon […]

Lady Rams’ solid play overwhelms Goddard

By Dave Wagner Bethany Self was hot, and her teammates kept on feeding her. Self, a 5-foot-11 freshman, took advantage of crisp passes to score a career-best 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting Tuesday night as Portales High’s girls rolled over Roswell Goddard 64-37 at the PHS gym. The Lady Rams collected 18 assists — spread […]

PHS girls face road test tonight against Sudan

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By Dave Wagner It’s been a few years since the Portales High girls basketball squad has faced Sudan, one of the premier small-school programs in west Texas. The teams meet in a 6 p.m. (MST) tipoff today at Sudan, but PHS junior Rebekah Gonzales admitted the Lady Rams don’t have much information about their opponent. […]

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, […]

Lady Rams meet Farmington in Clovis tournament

By Dave Wagner With three starters lost to graduation and facing the usual challenging schedule, Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez realized her team’s 23-4 record of a year ago would be hard to match. Still, she admits to being a bit impatient when it comes to gauging the progress of her 2004-05 squad, […]

Portales girls squads enjoy success

By Dave Wagner Two highly successful girls programs, two almost completely different rosters. But the results have been remarkably similar. Portales High has enjoyed runs of three Class 3A state championships in four years — 2001, 2003 and 2004 — for both girls basketball and tennis. In 2002 the basketball team finished second at state, […]

PHS squads hit the road this weekend

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By Dave Wagner When the Portales High basketball team plays at Los Lunas tonight, the Rams might think they’re seeing Roswell High again. PHS begins a busy weekend with the 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Class 5A Los Lunas. On Saturday, Portales is scheduled for a varsity doubleheader at Moriarty, with the girls tipping off around […]

Lady Rams unable to overcome early deficit

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — Even the midst of a major comeback attempt, the burden of an 0-3 start and frustration over the quality of play boiled over for Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez on Thursday. In a 37-31 loss to Dallas J.F. Kimball in the quartefinals of the Mel Otero Invite, Gomez shouted […]

Dec. 3 Obituaries

Marcella Garduno, 50 Marcella “Marcy” Bernadette Garduno, 50, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004 at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Nov. 23, 1954, to Andres and Ermelinda Pena Garduno in Portales. She grew up in Clovis and attended Clovis schools. She was an employee of the Lighthouse Ministries. She was preceded […]

Lady Rams begin quest for fourth 3A title in five years

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By Dave Wagner Veteran Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez has a lot of faith in her team, and for good reason — the Lady Rams have won the last two Class 3A state championships, and three of the last four. So, even though they have to replace three starters from last year’s 23-4 […]

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 […]

Gomez part of ENMU nominees

PNT Staff After graduating from high school in Bloomfield in 1977, Brenda (Worley) Gomez came across the state to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Basically, she’s never left the area. Gomez, the girls basketball coach at Portales High School since 1985, is one of six individuals scheduled for induction into the ENMU Hall of Honors […]

Personalities Plus: Ernesto Gomez

Name: Ernesto Gomez. Job: Community Services Center volunteer. Age: 62 Hometown: Portales. Family: Sisters: Linda Short, Ramona Gomez. Brothers: Alfonso Gomez and Antonio Gomez. Ernesto Gomez brings his smile to Community Services Center when he shows up to work. He enjoys living in Portales and meeting people at the CSC. Gomez also enjoys participating in […]

Portales High girls win all-sport trophy

By Kevin Wilson For the second year in a row, Portales High School has won thei girls all-sport trophy for Class 3A. For the first year, they will have something to show for it. On Oct. 14, during the New Mexico Activities Associations’s annual meeting of schools, PHS will receive a plaque along with nine […]

Lady Rams well-represented on all-star team

By Dave Wagner LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The South squad will have a distinct Portales and District 4-3A flavor in Friday’s Class 3A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star basketball game at New Mexico Highlands University. Eight of the 12 players are from the district, including four from Portales, along with coaches Greg Marez […]

Longtime coaches host camp

Kevin Wilson Within the four walls of the old Portales Junior High gym, and within four walls of the new PJHS gym, longtime girls coaches are trying to make sure their students don’t hit a wall when it comes to basketball. About 45 girls are taking part in this week’s girls fundamentals camp, taught by […]

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 […]