Rams split with defending champs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Ram baseball team sent a clear message to the defending Class 3A state champion Lovington Wildcats with a 10-0 rout in the first game of a district-opening doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Ram Field. The Wildcats earned the split, though, winning the nightcap 5-3. Senior pitcher Mario Salazar [...]

Rams belt 35 hits in sweep of Robertson

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Portales unleashed the pent up energy of four canceled games due to weather last week and produced 35 hits Monday afternoon, clobbering the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals in a two-game sweep, 18-3 and 16-9. “We hit the ball pretty well today,” Portales head coach Arturo [...]

Ram baseball re-builds

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the Portales Ram baseball team hopes to match or exceed their success from a year ago, they’ll be doing it with a younger, less experienced team. The Rams concluded their 2006 season with a 7-6 loss to the eventual state champion and district foe Lovington Wildcats in the [...]

Urlacher success surprises former opponents

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Brian Urlacher helped the Lovington Wildcats go undefeated and win the Class 3A state football title in his senior season. However, area players and coaches who faced Urlacher while he was at Lovington are mildly surprised he became an NFL superstar with the Chicago Bears. The five-time All-Pro middle [...]

Portales boys open tourney with win

By Eric Butler, Freedom Newspapers Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE— As contemporary Christian music blasted its way through the gym, Portales’ players going through their pregame warmups knew they were in for something a little bit out of the ordinary on Thursday. “It’s kind of different because we usually have the rap thing going,” said Rams’ senior Cruz [...]

Portales deals Cards a loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales had four players score in double figures, as the Rams survived a late Robertson charge to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Portales High School 57-54. “I was proud of our kids for gutting it out,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. [...]

Rams rush past Ruidoso

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Portales Rams grabbed the lead early, and rushed their way to a district-opening win Friday night at Greyhound Stadium, 27-7 over Ruidoso. Portales gained 314 yards on the ground, including 121 yards and two touchdowns from senior running back Cruz Ontiveros. “We executed at a level that we know [...]

Rams look for first win in Raton

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Raton Tigers (0-1) host the Rams (0-2) tonight at Tiger stadium with both squads looking for that first victory. “I’m excited, I think we’re better prepared for this (game) than we were for either of the other two,” Rams head coach Andy Correll said during Thursday afternoon’s practice [...]

Rams face newcomers to state

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By Dave Wagner: PNT Sports Writer The Bloomfield Bobcats are in uncharted territory, at least in their recent past. Bloomfield advanced past the first round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs last week for the first time in at least four years — and perhaps more — with a 14-4 win over Grants. The [...]

Rams advance in 3A state baseball tourney

PNT staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior Mario Salazar threw 5 1/3 innings in relief and the Portales Rams escaped two early deficits on Saturday en route to a 13-8 victory over Las Vegas Robertson in a first-round game of the Class 3A state baseball tournament. The Rams (14-12), seeded 12th in the 16-team field, [...]