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 [...]