PHS girls cruise into 3A team tennis semis

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The first step to a possible Class 1-3A girls state team tennis title was easy as expected for the Portales Lady Rams. Now the real work begins. Portales, the tourney’s top seed, lost more than three games in only one match Friday in steamrolling the Lady Warriors 9-0. The Lady Rams […]

Lady Rams awarded first-round home game

PNT staff The Portales Lady Rams earned a No. 7 seed in the 16-team Class 3A state softball tournament, and will host 10th-seeded Santa Fe Indian School in a 4 p.m. first-round matchup on Friday. Pairings for state baseball and softball tournaments in Classes 3A-5A were announced on Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. […]

Ruidoso holds off Lady Rams for split

PNT staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Lady Rams’ rally fell short Friday night, and now they’ll probably have to sweep rival Lovington on the road next Thursday to win the District 4-3A regular-season softball title. Portales (14-8, 4-2 district) pounded 15 hits in the opener of Friday’s twin bill in a 9-3 win over the […]

Rams cruise past Ruidoso in district play

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Antonio Lucio wasn’t ready to say it was his best varsity pitching performance, but if not, it had to be close. The Portales High senior allowed just four hits and retired the final seven hitters in the Rams’ second 13-3 District 4-3A run-rule victory of the day over Ruidoso […]

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 […]

Lady Rams crush Ruidoso

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Portales pitcher Sasha Parker lost the plate for a moment in the first inning, and promptly surrendered two runs. Her Lady Rams teammates, though, wasted no time turning things around. Parker didn’t allow another run the rest of the night, and Portales scored 10 runs in the first two […]

Lady Rams turn back Lovington, Ruidoso

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Portales got solid pitching from junior Sasha Parker and just enough offense Saturday to post a pair of wins in the District 3-4A predistrict softball tournament, beating host Lovington 5-0 and topping Ruidoso 3-1. Parker pitched three-hitters in both games, and nearly had two shutouts — she had Ruidoso blanked until […]

Rams advance to semifinals

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — In the past month, Portales has racked up five wins — four came at the expense of Ruidoso. “It’s incredibly tough,” Warriors coach Billy Page said. “It hurts worse to lose to them. You can’t take anything away from them, they’re a good team.” The Rams advanced to the semifinals […]

Rams take care of Dons

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer Earlier in the week, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said his team likes to get an early lead and try to hold it. On Saturday, the Rams did that — it just took a little longer than usual. The Rams forced 26 turnovers to defeat West Las Vegas 71-44 in […]

Portales claims district title

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer It was the third meeting in eight days for the Portales Rams and Ruidoso Warriors, but this time it had more meaning with the same results. The Portales Rams defeated the Warriors, 52-41, to claim the District 4-3A championship on Saturday night. The Rams defeated Ruidoso, 66-40, on Feb. 17 […]

Portales Rams set to host Warriors in district championship

By Jesse Wolfersberger By coming out on top of the three-way tie for first place in District 4-3A, the Portales boys basketball team greatly improved its chances of winning the district tournament for a second consecutive season. First of all, Portales was able to sit back and wait while third-seeded Ruidoso beat New Mexico Military […]

Rams beat Warriors in tiebreaker

PNT staff The Portales Rams won their second game against the Ruidoso Warriors in four days and now have the top seed in the District 4-3A tournament. The Rams held Ruidoso scoreless in the third quarter and made plays in the final minute to beat the Warriors 40-37 on Monday at the New Mexico Military […]

Rams pull into tie for first

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer After the Portales Rams thumped Ruidoso, forcing a three way tie for first in Division 4-3A, Warriors coach Billy Page said it certainly did not feel like his team was still, technically, in first place. “It feels like we’re in last right now,” Page said. “They kicked our tails […]

Rams host Ruidoso in critical game

Jesse Wolfersberger On Jan. 31 the Portales Rams lost at Lovington 49-48. On Tuesday, the Rams toppled the Wildcats 55-36 at home. Portales coach Mark Gallegos said, sure, home court advantage played a part in the turnaround, but the real reason may have to do more with the players’ birth certificates. “That’s the way it […]

Lady Rams dominate Ruidoso

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer It’s hard to play basketball with your jaw on the floor. After the Portales Lady Rams dominated Ruidoso 70-32, Lady Warriors coach Becky Austin said her team played more like star-struck fans than challenging opponents. “We were a little bit, I guess you would say, in awe when we […]

Rams look for first win of crucial week

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Heading into the final week of the regular season, three out of the four boys teams in District 4-3A are still alive for the top seed in the district tournament and the automatic state playoff berth that comes with it. Lovington (17-9, 3-1 in district), Ruidoso (16-9, 3-1), and Portales (11-11, 2-2) […]

Portales teams look for focus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though both teams are coming off of losses that could be considered wakeup calls, the Portales basketball teams are in very different positions with their playoff fates. The Portales girls have the No. 1 seed in the District 4-3A tournament two weeks from now, no matter what happens in […]

Portales teams get wakeup calls

PNT Staff Both Portales teams took road losses Tuesday in what their coaches hope are wake-up calls for the rest of the season. The Rams (10-11) fell to 1-2 in District 4-3A play after falling behind host Ruidoso early in a 55-36 decision, while the Goddard Lady Rockets scored a 45-37 upset over a Portales […]

Lady Rams roll over Ruidoso

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales didn’t play the way it wanted to in a few stretches of the game. Briana Hernandez did, though, and that was more than enough to beat visiting Ruidoso. Hernandez scored all of her game-high 25 points in the first three quarters, at one point outscoring the visiting Lady […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff writer For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and […]