Portales teams look for focus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though both teams are coming off of losses that could be considered wakeup calls, the Portales basketball teams are in very different positions with their playoff fates. The Portales girls have the No. 1 seed in the District 4-3A tournament two weeks from now, no matter what happens in [...]

Portales teams get wakeup calls

PNT Staff Both Portales teams took road losses Tuesday in what their coaches hope are wake-up calls for the rest of the season. The Rams (10-11) fell to 1-2 in District 4-3A play after falling behind host Ruidoso early in a 55-36 decision, while the Goddard Lady Rockets scored a 45-37 upset over a Portales [...]

Portales pushes win streak to four

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Many years ago, then-Lovington boys coach Art Karger joked with Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez that coaching girls basketball was like watching grass grow. Tuesday night, Gomez and her players were able to return the joke to Karger — now the Lovington girls coach — by presenting him with [...]

Lovington on tap for PHS squads

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though both Portales teams face Lovington tonight, the boys and girls are in completely different territory in their respective District 4-3A seasons. The Rams head into tonight’s district opener at Lovington on a two-game losing skid. The Portales girls, meanwhile, have won their last three games and have beaten [...]

Portales teams have momentum

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer It’s safe to say that both Portales teams built a little bit of momentum with Friday victories. It’s an even safer bet that neither squad is looking to lose any of the new-found momentum with homecoming only a few days away. Both teams have games later this week against [...]

Lady Rams claim win in district opener

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Morgan Hill had 15 points to lead three Lady Rams in double figures, and Portales jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 71-42 victory over Lovington in Friday night’s District 4-3A opener. Portales (13-6) played an inside-outside game, with Hill scoring on the interior and her [...]

Ram teams hitting the road

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Whether it’s the boys or the girls, whether district play starts this week or next, both Portales teams have the same philosophy with their pre-district schedules. A loss against Class 5A Clovis is better than an easy win against just about anybody else. It’s the reason why the Portales [...]

Portales teams ready for annual Shootout

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer One team will be dealing with contrast, another working with confidence. Both of the Portales teams expect good pre-district challenges in this weekend’s Portales Shootout, which includes eight games between eight different teams. The action starts Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m., with each day featuring four games. The [...]

Hobbs holds off Portales, 42-41

PNT Staff A solid effort wasn’t enough for the Portales Lady Rams to score an upset on the road against Class 5A Hobbs. The host Lady Eagles rallied late for a 42-41 victory. “We played pretty solid,” Portales coach Brenda Gomez said. “We had turnovers in some bad spots.” Hobbs, which scored six of the [...]

Portales clobbers Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink. Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters [...]