Portales hopes third time a charm against Dons

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By Kevin Wilson Based only on the events that have transpired this volleyball season, Portales High is not destined for its fourth-straight state title match appearance. However, the Lady Rams have two reasons to think a victory over West Las Vegas in today’s 1 p.m. Class 3A semifinal is possible, despite going 0-2 against the […]

Rams’ game changed to earlier time

Kevin Wilson Whether The Portales volleyball team makes the state tournament or gets eliminated on Saturday is still up in the air. But everybody will know three hours earlier now. The New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of state high school athletics, wanted Portales’ regional championship match against Grants to start at 4 p.m. […]

Ram football squad knocked out of playoffs

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By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — Like it has been for countless seasons, the District 4-3A playoff race winds down to three teams competing for two spots. For the first time in four seasons, the Portales Rams are team No. 4. Senior quarterback Matt Palmer accounted for 250 yards of offense, and the visiting Lovington […]

Portales volleyball team wins district title

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By Kevin Wilson Volleyball is a game of momentum — enough momentum to decide whether Erika Cook has a championship-winning kill off the hands of Jesika Jameson, or if it’s the other way around. It’s a game of joy — enough joy that a quick set can make a sophomore lose track of the fact […]

Rams, Wildcats fight for playoff lives

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By Kevin Wilson Even with the district rivalry, it’s safe to say the Portales Rams and Lovington Wildcats share some common bonds. The approaches are the same, as Portales coach Glen Johnson could tell you. “The only similarities,” Johnson said, “(are) we spread the field, throw the football, (we’re) not afraid to run the football […]

Lady Tigers play ‘waiting game’

Kevin Wilson Safe at home While the rest of District 3-1A battles it out, Elida is playing the waiting game. But that doesn’t mean the Lady Tigers are relaxing. “We’re working harder this week than we’ve worked in a long time,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “We’re doing a lot of conditioning and going back […]

Lady Rams clinch top seed

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By Kevin Wilson Two down, one to go. For the Portales volleyball team, it’s not one season. It’s three. There is the pre-district schedule, the district season, and there’s the playoffs. The Lady Rams ended season one with a 6-10 record last week and ended season two on Thursday with a 25-22, 27-25, 25-21 sweep […]

Portales defeats rival Lovington in four games

Special to the PNT LOVINGTON — The match was just as one would expect from the first meeting of the season between arch rivals. Each game between Lovington and Portales was close and intense, with three of the four being settled by three points or less. When everyone’s pulses returned to normal, it was the […]

Area cities share cheese plant stories

Darrell Todd Maurina Cheese production plants in two eastern New Mexico cities have had major economic impacts on those communities, according to business and city officials in those communities. The plants provided a major source of new employment to Lovington, which is trying to diversify an economy largely based on oil and natural gas, and […]

Portales adds to state track list

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — It wouldn’t be too hard for Ruth Chavez to show that the 2003 Lady Ram track season is going smoother than the 2002 campaign. She’d just have to compare rosters for the state meet. The Lady Rams have four individuals and three relay teams qualified following Friday’s District 4-3A meet at […]

Errors costly for Portales girls

By Kevin Wilson In a pair of games that meant nothing in the District 4-3A standings, Portales’ defense didn’t do enough to make its offensive output mean anything, either. District champion Lovington swept Portales 5-2 and 9-1 on Friday at City Softball Park, Portales coach Robbie Crowley was more than happy with the offense that […]

Lady Rams to host Lovington

By Kevin Wilson Thanks to a conversation with Wes King early in the Portales High softball season, junior Kassandra Richards may throw Lovington for a curve this weekend. “I said, ‘You can’t throw a curve with a softball,’” Richards said of her conversation with King, who pitched for the Ram baseball team, “and he said, […]

Portales swept by Lovington

By Kevin Wilson With the weather as a possible exception, Saturday was pretty much a day the Portales High baseball team would like to forget. With 90-degree heat, no rain and a minimal amount of wind, it was a perfect day for baseball at Ram Field — and visiting Lovington used the day to sweep […]

Lady Rams clinch playoff spot

PNT Staff The Portales High softball team didn’t get the sweep it wanted against District 4-3A rival St. Michael’s, but still clinched a playoff spot thanks to Friday’s split and the district champion Lovington Lady Wildcats. Portales (8-9, 6-4 district) lost 8-0 in Friday’s opener thanks to a four-hit shutout from Loretta Romero of St. […]

Portales hopes for playoffs

By Kevin Wilson Robbie Crowley takes pride in having a hard-work softball program that never went through a learning period. The team prides itself on being been in the thick of things during the playoffs in each of its first two seasons, with a third-straight playoff berth almost guaranteed. So they’re not going to let […]