Lady Rams prevail over Farmington

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — It’s been a bit of a climb, but the Portales Lady Rams have reached the .500 mark. They did it by taking command early with a 17-2 run, then hanging on late to beat Farmington 42-36 in a Monday morning quarterfinal game of Clovis’ Plateau Holiday Classic. The Lady Rams […]

Lady Rams finish fifth in tourney

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — It was Portales coach Brenda Gomez’ express wish, after a quarterfinal loss in the Mel Otero Rio Rancho Invitational on Thursday, that her Lady Rams break an 0-4 winless streak to start the season. As soon as possible. Two days later, Portales (2-4) had done just that with a […]

Lady Rams down Lovington in four

By Dave Wagner Maybe the Portales High Lady Rams are simply starting a late-season surge. PHS, which has won three of the last four Class 3A state volleyball championships but has been mired well below .500 all season, clinched a trip to this year’s state tournament Tuesday night with a 14-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20 win […]

Sept. 8 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Rose Hill Ranch There is usually an annual Rose Hill Ranch Gospel Meeting in the Milnesand area, however, due to the extended dry weather they have not had it for the past two years. So, since the Lord has blessed us with good rains and things are so green there should be […]

Lady Rams looking for fourth title in five years

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By Dave Wagner Juniors Morgan Hill and Megan Kabrick believe they have a lot more to accomplish before they leave Portales High. “Megan’s and my goal is to get at least seven state championships before we graduate,” said Hill, a 6-foot middle hitter for the Lady Rams. They’re off to a good start, with two […]

June 30 Letters to the Editor

Only in places like Roosevelt County do newspapers give serious credence to citizens who defend the term “nigger” in any context. Only in places like Roosevelt County do elected officials such as a county commissioner refer to the removal of a racist term as “silly.” I guess a born Northerner such as myself just can’t […]

Buffalo soldiers honored at historic hill

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By Kevin Wilson LINGO — It took Oscar Robinson 14 years to get to mile marker 46 on Texas Highway 114. It took him just a few seconds to realize he’d come to the right place. The mile marker is in southern Roosevelt County, about 18 miles west of Morton, Texas, and parallel to a […]

Hill to be renamed

By Mike Linn This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the Texas border in Roosevelt County, […]

Goober gulching CB buddies hope for live reunion

Eric Butler If you’re planning a reunion of old CB buddies, shouldn’t you have it in a large convention room separated into a hundred cubicles — with each participant talking into his radio? Not necessarily so, say the members of the one-time thriving group in eastern New Mexico called the Goober Gulch Gabbers. The Gabbers […]

Rams move on to title game

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — One week after thinking they might have blown a shot at making the playoffs, the Portales Rams are within a game of winning the school’s first state baseball title. Senior left-hander Seth Clabaugh worked through early control problems and pitched a six-hitter, and Portales took advantage of some shoddy Raton […]

Ram rotation key to tournament success

By Kevin Wilson Portales senior T.C. Nusser insists that if there’s a must-win game, Seth Clabaugh’s the pitcher the Rams need to use. When he took the mound on Saturday against Cobre, though, he gave the Rams a victory in a must-win game mainly because he wouldn’t let the Rams lose. “It was just a […]

Portales, NMMI set for tiebreaker

By Kevin Wilson The bad news for the Portales High baseball team is that it is facing the potential scenario of playing two games in three days, with a trip that could span more than 850 miles roundtrip. That’s also the good news, in the mind of Ram coach Greg Hill. “You look at everything, […]

Rams want to keep things simple

Kevin Wilson For the Portales High baseball team, the week that determines their playoff status depends on simple matters. “Catch the ball, throw the ball, hit the ball,” as Ram coach Greg Hill explained after Monday’s practice. The New Mexico Military Institute Colts would like to take the same approach when they host the Rams […]

Portales baseball team splits with Lovington

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By Rick White T.C. Nusser took the business approach to pitching. Location. Location. Location. Moving his fastball around the strike zone, Nusser pitched Portales to a 3-2 win over Lovington, helping the Rams salvage the second game of Tuesday’s District 4-3A doubleheader at Ram Field. Lovington won the opener 6-5, rallying for four runs in […]

Cheatham plays quiet role in Ram offense

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By Kevin Wilson For a guy who’s 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, Portales senior Kevin Cheatham has been pretty easy to lose sight of, even as the cleanup hitter for a Rams that has scored 86 runs in seven games leading up to the Fighting Colt Invitational this weekend in Silver. The right fielder has no problem […]

Rams improve to 6-1

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By Kevin Wilson Behind Seth Clabaugh, the Rams are going forward with what already looks to be a huge turnaround. What they don’t want to do is look back. Clabaugh improved to 4-0 on the season and pitched his second shutout of the season, 10-0 over Depew, Okla., Saturday at Ram Field. The Rams (6-1) […]

Rams outlast Littlefield

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By Kevin Wilson The Portales Rams proved they could outhit an opponent when they needed to, as well as blow them out. Senior Seth Clabaugh was the top pitcher in what was certainly not a pitcher’s duel, and the host Rams outlasted Littlefield, Texas, 10-8 Thursday night at Ram Field. Clabaugh (3-0) picked up the […]

Rams hit way to 3-0 mark

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Ram baseball team started hitting, and only the 10-run rule stopped them. The Rams improved to 3-0 on the season, behind a 12-0, 19-4 doubleheader win against Las Vegas Robertson Saturday at Ram Field. Six players hit homers for Portales Saturday, and the Rams have scored 47 runs in their […]

Rams looking to improve behind pitching

Kevin Wilson A renewed attitude, combined with experience and a few new pitching additions, give the Portales Rams baseball team reason to believe they can do a 180-degree turn from their 7-16 campaign, and possibly make a state tournament run. “We could go all the way,” senior T.C. Nusser said. “We’ve got some young guys […]

State champs begin new tennis season

Kevin Wilson The year is getting a lot busier for Portales High senior Hailey Quick, and that’s not even counting her responsibilities as a student. The 5-foot-2 1/2-inch Quick (“Gotta have the half-inch,” she said) is getting prepared for her final season of Portales tennis, as she and her teammates prepare to defend the Class […]