Day Trip: Ski Apache to open Dec. 17

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Complied by Mike Jimenez It’s time to think skiing for those who have been anxiously waiting for the season to begin. Dec. 17 is the scheduled date for Ski Apache to officially open, according to the latest information from Ski Apache’s online publication, Ski E-News. According to Marketing Manager Ross Anderson, himself a world class […]

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 […]

Warriors hope to improve seeding, Rams want a win

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Ruidoso coach Ridge Bowden thinks that both the Warriors and the Portales Rams have already earned their way into the Class 3A playoffs, and tonight’s game is a chance for each to improve their seeding. “Our entire district should be looking (forward to the playoffs),” Bowden said. “Even Portales […]

Portales sweeps Ruidoso for district title

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Portales volleyball team wanted to have two things by the time the weekend was over — the District 4-3A championship, and the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. After earning the first Saturday night, the team has no doubts it has earned the second. “I think we deserve […]

Portales wins district volleyball opener

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer As season No. 2 started for the Portales volleyball team, it played like it was No. 1. Portales cruised past Ruidoso 25-11, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10 in the District 4-3A opener for both teams Saturday afternoon. In a matchup of the last two Class 3A state champions, the host Lady […]

Day Trip: Sacramento mountains, Ruidoso invite you to 60th annual Aspenfest

Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers The Sacramento mountains are waiting for you in the cool pines of Ruidoso during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 for the town’s annual Aspenfest weekend. There will be plenty of events throughout the weekend to keep you busy, and cool at the same time. Where is it? Ruidoso is approximately 160 […]

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 […]

Rams sweep NMMI

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By Kevin Wilson Sophomore Mario Salazar spent seven innings controlling the hitters of New Mexico Military Institute. Because of it, he and the Portales Rams will spend this weekend controlling their District 4-3A destinies at Lovington. Salazar struck out five Colt batters in a 4-0 shutout in the nightcap, giving the Rams a sweep of […]

Rams split with Ruidoso

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By Kevin Wilson Portales senior Jacob Lopez said after Saturday’s doubleheader against Ruidoso that you have to put the ball in play to have any chance of success in high school baseball. A series split against the visiting Warriors only bolstered his case. The Rams put very little into play against Ruidoso and pitcher Justin […]

PHS splits tennis duals at NMMI

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales High girls tennis team didn’t lose a set all day and cruised past New Mexico Military 9-0 in a District 4-3A dual on Tuesday. The Lady Rams improved to 11-2 for the season, including 2-1 in district duals. NMMI won the boys matchup 6-3, dropping PHS to 7-6 (1-2). […]

Youth leads PHS to third place

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — With eighth-graders Donavin Sanchez and William Archibeque leading the way, the Portales High boys golf team finished the first day of the Leroy Gooch Invitational in third place in Class 1A-3A team standings. The final round of the tournament is scheduled for today. Sanchez shot 35-43 — 78 and Archibeque came […]

Tennis teams beaten at Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — Ruidoso swept District 4-3A tennis duals from Portales on Tuesday, winning the girls matchup 8-1 and the boys dual 7-2. The Lady Rams (9-2 in duals) played shorthanded, with only four girls participating. They defaulted at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and at No. 3 doubles. Portales’ only win came at […]

Ruidoso beats PHS in tennis

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — Ruidoso swept District 4-3A tennis duals from Portales on Tuesday, winning the girls matchup 8-1 and the boys dual 7-2. The Lady Rams (9-2 in duals) played shorthanded, with only four girls participating. They defaulted at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and at No. 3 doubles. Portales’ only win came at […]

Portales cruises past Ruidoso in District 4-3A doubleheader

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By Dave Wagner Billy Page would probably like to take a mulligan on the first inning of Tuesday’s District 4-3A-opening doubleheader against Portales at the PHS field. Actually, make that the first game. PHS jumped on the Lady Warriors for 10 first-inning runs and belted out 18 hits in rolling to a 21-6 victory, halted […]

Lady Rams rout shorthanded foes

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Lady Rams really didn’t have to hit the ball much — or very far — against District 4-3A rivals Lovington and Ruidoso on Saturday. Portales collected 22 hits — including five bunt singles and five others of the infield variety — and also benefitted from 19 walks, three hit batsmen […]

Lady Rams entertain Lovington, Ruidoso in pre-district tourney

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By Dave Wagner Portales High’s softball team will entertain District 4-3A rivals Lovington and Ruidoso on Saturday in a pre-district event at the PHS softball field. Lady Rams coach Robbie Crowley said the teams decided to get together for the event because, with only three teams in the district, they each needed to pick up […]

Lady Rams advance to title game

By Dave Wagner RIO RANCHO — The Portales Lady Rams have made a habit of reaching the Class 3A girls state basketball championship, doing it five times in a row. District 4-3A rival Ruidoso, meanwhile, hadn’t even been to a state tournament in 28 years. The Lady Rams certainly looked like the more experienced team […]

Ruidoso-Portales battle enters fifth round

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams went into the girls Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but the two-time defending champions are now the team to beat. While Portales dispatched seventh-seeded Wingate 57-46 on Tuesday, top seed Grants (24-2) was falling to Santa Fe Indian School 56-52. Portales has […]

Lady Rams top Ruidoso

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By Dave Wagner Now that they’ve finished off a District 4-3A championship, Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez is looking forward to a good seed in the state tournament. The two-time defending Class 3A champion Lady Rams had a tough time with Ruidoso Friday night, but eighth grader Tara Johnson helped handle the Lady […]

Rams, Lady Rams playing for high seeds in state meet

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By Dave Wagner Mark Gallegos would like to have known before Thursday night just who his Portales High boys basketball team would face in Saturday’s 7 p.m. District 4-3A tournament championship game at the PHS gym. “Until you see who you’re going to play, it makes it a little hard (to prepare),” said Gallegos, who […]