Playoff beards growing superstition

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I may never be on “Meet the Press,” but that’s OK. I already have the most important thing in common with host Tim Russert. We’re Buffalo Sabres fans. Some years, that doesn’t mean a lot, and during the National Hockey League’s lost 2004-05 season, it meant even less. But it’s [...]

Rams lose shootout in Ruidoso

By Kevin Wilson: PNT sports writer RUIDOSO — After playing a catch-up game for the most part, the Rams will now play a different kind of game — a waiting one. After a 56-35 loss at Ruidoso, Portales’ season hangs in the balance of a seeding meeting tonight after it failed to qualify for one [...]

Rams can still impact playoff race

By Kevin Wilson One team will look for a chance to extend the 2003 football season tonight, the other a chance to build momentum for 2004. The Portales Rams represent half of the playoff equation in District 4-3A in the 7 p.m. battle at New Mexico Military Institute, but only in the respect that Portales [...]

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 [...]

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 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. [...]