Rams look to stay in district race

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Despite Tuesday’s doubleheader loss at Lovington, Portales High baseball coach Arturo Ontiveros believes the Rams are still in good shape in the District 4-3A race. They can’t afford to stub their toes, though, in Saturday’s 11 a.m. home twin bill against last-place Ruidoso at Ram Field. “We’re in a […]

Rams drop twin bill against Lovington

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Portales struggled at the plate and on the mound Tuesday. It wasn’t a good time for it, either. Facing District 4-3A rival Lovington, the Rams were handed 7-3 and 12-1 losses by the Wildcats, the latter ending in 4 1/2 innings on the 10-run rule. The losses give Lovington the District […]

Rams steal doubleheader sweep

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT Staff Writer After he shot a rocket off the first basemen’s glove in the bottom of the seventh, Portales senior catcher Lynn Pinedo said two words came to mind. “Game over,” he said. Pinedo’s single drove in the game-winning run to give the Rams a 7-6 win and a doubleheader sweep […]

Rams earn split in home opener

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PNT Staff Report Although his team took only one out of two games against Lubbock Christian, Portales coach Arturo Ontiveros said he is glad his team’s bats got some use. “The one thing we noticed is — we hit the ball,” Ontiveros said. “We’ve been struggling. The majority of the lineup came up with some […]

Ram baseball to rely on pitching

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With a solid rotation coming back and a larger playoff field, the Portales Rams have little doubt that they’ll make the Class 3A baseball playoffs in May. Their biggest doubt is if they’ll score enough runs when they get there. “I think we’ve got a pretty good chance,” said […]

Raton eliminates Rams from playoffs

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer RATON — Raton, which knocked Portales from the ranks of the undefeated in the third week of the season, knocked the Rams out of the playoffs by holding off a second-half rally for a 15-7 win Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Portales, which ended the season with a nine-game […]

Rams lose district opener, running back

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — By looking at their pre-district schedules and records, one could reason that Portales and Lovington’s football teams started their district seasons on even ground. After Friday’s 48-16 Lovington win, it seems the two have started on opposite paths in the Class 3A playoff race, and the […]

9-14 Obituaries

Ivan Bordayo Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Helen Catholic Church. Ivan Bordayo, 11, of Portales died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital as the result of a riding accident. He was born June 3, 1994, in Seminole, Texas to Maribel and Giermo Bordayo. The family moved to Portales several years ago. He […]

Rams, Wildcats concerned with improving

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Anybody who saw Portales’ 36-6 win over West Las Vegas on Friday knows that Tularosa is more than likely to key on Ram junior Eric Segovia. It’s not a fact that’s lost on junior running back Cruz Ontiveros, who may see a big role in his first action of […]

Ram tradition continues with camp

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By Kevin Wilson In March, Mark Gallegos finished his seventh season as the coach of the Portales Rams. This week, he’s working on his seventh Ram Fundamental basketball camp. Though one has trailed the other chronologically for seven years, he sees the camps as something other than a symbolic closing of each season. “This is […]

Rams hope to shake off rust

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By Kevin Wilson With defending state champion St. Michael’s out of the equation, the battle for the Class 3A baseball title seems is an open one. The Portales Rams have had a lot of time to think about that, not to mention the first team standing in their way of that goal. The Rams, last […]

Rams swept, but still earn state berth

By Kevin Wilson Portales needed a sweep to win district or a split to earn a playoff berth. The Rams got neither, but backed into the Class 3A state tournament after New Mexico Military Institute dropped its nightcap against Ruidoso, 3-1. Portales coach Arturo Ontiveros wasn’t happy about his team’s games at Lovington, and admitted […]

PHS looking to shake slide

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By Dave Wagner With District 4-3A play looming, the Portales Rams are looking to put an end to their recent tailspin. PHS plays a 6 p.m. single game today at Levelland, Texas, then hosts a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Las Vegas on Saturday at Ram Field in its final non-district contests. After starting the season […]

Rams out to 6-0 start

By Kevin Wilson Not many people — including the Portales Rams themselves — figured they’d jump out to a 6-0 start. Then again, some Rams were betting they wouldn’t be trailing Darren Stroik on the team’s home run list either. Both of those became true Friday night with a 10-4, 13-2 doubleheader sweep over Eunice […]

Rams hopeful they can build on solid season-opening win

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By Dave Wagner Arturo Ontiveros enjoyed a successful debut as the Portales High baseball head coach on Saturday. Ditto for Rams pitcher Justin Gilchrist. Portales opened its season under Ontiveros, a 1994 PHS graduate, with an 8-3 victory at Littlefield, Texas, getting five solid innings of pitching from Gilchrist, a junior right-hander who transferred from […]

Rams look to rebuild pitching

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By Dave Wagner En route to reaching the state Class 3A baseball championship game last season, the Portales High Rams had a luxury a lot of teams would like, especially at their level — two quality pitchers. On top of that, one (T.C. Nusser) was right-handed while the other (Seth Clabaugh) threw lefty. Despite finishing […]

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, […]

St. Helen’s wins Church League

By Kevin Wilson In what has become a familiar end to the Portales Church League Softball season, St. Helen’s No. 1 came away with an easy win for the title. St. Helen’s No. 1 finished off a 15-0 season with a 25-9 win over the Wanderers (a.k.a. St. Helen’s No. 7), claiming its sixth straight […]