Senior Merrick hoping to go out with title

By Kevin Wilson The biggest improvement in Cassidy Merrick’s golf game this season, at least according to the Portales senior, has been her accuracy on chipping. Chipping is a process that Merrick likes to call the “ups and downs.” Her golf season so far, has had more of the ups. Merrick, a three-time team medalist […]

Girls tennis team perfect in district

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Freedom Newspapers The Portales girls tennis team wrapped up a perfect District 4-3A season, holding off New Mexico Military Institute 4-1 Monday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex Monday . Portales (15-2) won two of three singles flights and both doubles flights. The matches were closer than the final score indicated, as Jessica Bulls and […]

Alliance fears Matt. 25 will affect Lighthouse Mission

Darrell Maurina As a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Clovis struggle to raise money to meet an end-of-the-year deadline for kitchen upgrades, some members of the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance fear a plan to convert the old Memorial Hospital into a ministry center will cut into funds needed by the Lighthouse Mission. The plan […]

Portales players prep for showcase games

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By Kevin Wilson For one, it’s a chance to revisit the past. For another, it’s a chance to determine a future. Two Portales High School seniors are preparing their first of two postseason basketball all-star games, starting this weekend at Canyon, Texas, and Albuquerque and ending in Las Vegas, N.M. this summer. Roni Gomez is […]

A changing of the guard for Portales

By Kevin Wilson A few coaches in Class 3A might take a trip down to Portales in May — you know, just to make sure Kassandra Richards, Roni Gomez and Erika Cook do indeed graduate from Portales High School. Portales’ four seniors, including Amy Archibeque, leave behind a run of back-to-back state titles, the second […]

Sweet repeat: Lady Rams win second straight state championship

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Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — One by one they were pulled off the court, showered by loud cheers from the hometown faithful and choking back tears by the time they reached the Portales bench. Kassandra Richards the scoring machine, Roni Gomez the playmaker and the versatile Erika Cook. Three seniors who will leave behind a legacy […]

Lady Rams win state 3rd time in four years

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third in four years. Kassandra Richards finished with her second double-double of the tournament with 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Lady Rams pulled away […]

Having fun on and off the court

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Ashleah Richards goes as hard to the buffet line as she does to the boards. Classmate Joni Brakebill is no slouch either when it comes to piling food on a plate. “It’s free food,” said Brakebill, whose pre-practice morning fare Thursday included scrambled eggs with Tabasco sauce and biscuits and […]

Portales State Tournament Notes

By Rick White On the sidelines Sophomore Megan Kabrick has become a student of the game since her season-ending knee injury in late December. Assistant coach Greg Poynor said Kabrick has handled the setback well. “She comes to every practice and never misses a game,” Poynor said. “She’s been real supportive and cheers for her […]

Lady Rams back in state title game

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Kassandra Richards is determined to make the most of every second she has left in her prep basketball career. Forced to the bench by fouls early in the fourth quarter, the Portales senior had a hard time sitting and watching as Robertson made a determined run. She came out firing […]

Portales aims to finish with title

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By Kevin Wilson Portales girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez hopes and believes that her team will win its second-straight Class 3A title this week. In other news, the sun is very hot. “We’ve been ranked No. 1 all year, which we should have been,” Gomez said after Tuesday’s practice, before the team left for Albuquerque. […]

Lady Rams win regional title

By Kevin Wilson There was never much of a celebration for Grants to delay. Sophomore post Morgan Hill had 25 points to lead all scorers in Portales’ 61-42 win over Grants, giving the host Lady Rams the Class 3A Region B title and a trip to this week’s state tournament. After the presentation of the […]

Seniors make final push for state title

By Kevin Wilson Erika Cook spent a good deal of her formative years in the Portales High School gymnasium. “I remember me and Roni (Gomez) coming when we were starting in sixth grade,” the Lady Ram senior said, “and we’d come to my sister’s practices.” For the past four years, she’s been the one practicing […]

Portales wins district title

By Kevin Wilson The host Portales Lady Rams capitalized on a poor start from Lovington, and took back the District 4-3A tournament title with a 70-57 win Friday night. Erika Cook scored 20 points to lead three in double figures for Portales (20-4), which won its ninth-straight game and reclaimed the title that Lovington won […]

Lady Rams watch and learn for Lovington

By Kevin Wilson The Portales girls basketball team was treated to a video doubleheader this week. The Lady Rams didn’t watch “Matchstick Men,” “Lost in Translation” or anything like that. Instead, they watched a pair of basketball games as a reminder of exactly what’s at stake over the next few weeks. “We’ve been watching last […]

Program provides literacy help

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Tony Parra The following story maybe be easy to read for most people, but for others it might be in a foreign language they don’t understand. The Roosevelt County Literacy Council is celebrating it’s 15th-year anniversary and day-to-day more than 15 volunteers help give people within the ages of 16 to 60 the gift of […]

Portales wins seventh-straight

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By Kevin Wilson The Ruidoso Lady Warriors had a first half that made an upset seem plausible. The Portales Lady Rams had a better second half, though, and they cruised to a 64-47 victory Tuesday night, securing a perfect regular season in District 4-3A. In winning their seventh-straight, Portales (18-4, 6-0 district) concentrated on pounding […]

Lady Rams clinch top spot in district

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — Erika Cook scored 15 points, and the Portales Lady Rams clinched the top seed in District 4-3A with a forgettable 49-28 win at Ruidoso. Ruidoso (9-10, 1-2 district) used a stall tactic throughout, which helped to explain a 17-12 halftime score. Portales (16-4, 4-0) steadily built a double-figure lead and left […]

Lady Rams hold off Lovington charge

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By Kevin Wilson Roni Gomez, like her Portales basketball team, had her highs and had her lows on Tuesday night. She finished high, off the glass, and Portales survived a monumental comeback from Lovington with a 61-59 overtime win. Gomez scored 12 points for Portales (15-4, 3-0 District 4-3A), including the game-winning shot off the […]

Portales wins district opener at Lovington

By Kevin Wilson LOVINGTON — Erika Cook left the Lovington court Friday night with a smile and her hand in the air, holding up one finger. The game that preceded the gesture, however, was anything but a first for Cook and the Portales Lady Rams. Instead Cook, Roni Gomez and Kassandra Richards finished off a […]