CHS BASEBALL: Cats split pair at Portales

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Freedom Newspapers: Mickey Winfield Clovis senior Cade Wheeler pitched the first four innings of the opener, allowing three hits and two runs in the Wildcats’ 6-5 win. CNJ staff PORTALES — The Portales Rams scored eight runs in the second inning and went on to hand the Clovis High baseball team an 11-1 loss Tuesday […]

Angelo takes twin bill from Hounds

CNJ sports SAN ANGELO, Texas — If nothing else, Angelo State’s offense was efficient on Sunday. The Rams scored 25 runs on 21 hits and stranded just six baserunners in posting a 14-9, 11-9 Lone Star Conference South Division baseball sweep of Eastern New Mexico University. By contrast, the Greyhounds left 18 runners on base […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats hold off Lovington

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Clovis High senior Jordan Garrett survived a collision on the basepaths, and the Lady Wildcats survived a first-round game against Lovington in Artesia’s Lady Dog Invitational softball tournament, holding on for an 8-6 victory on Friday. Meantime, Roswell Goddard freshman Maddie Green pitched a four-hitter and tripled home two runs in […]

Title repeat denied

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Portales’ Amanda Terry, right, looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday night […]

Hope Christian downs Portales

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Portales senior Amanda Terry looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday […]

Lady Rams survive upset bid

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Tara Johnson’s leg was shaking. Her heart was pounding. Her mouth was dry and her palms moist. But her free throws? As soft as a morning breeze. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year […]

Lady Rams hold on

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Bethany Self had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists, leading Portales to a 41-34 victory over Ruidoso on Tuesday in the girls Class 3A quarterfinals. The Rams (19-8) seized control early. Ruidoso (17-12) got within 38-34 with 57 seconds remaining after a 3-pointer by Tonee Montoya. But with the […]

Top-seeded Lady Rams rout Cobre

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Senior guard Briana Hernandez drives pass Corbe’s Marissa Dalton during Friday night’s Class 3A state round of 16 game at the PHS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams used long-range shooting and stifling defense to punch their ticket to a 25th consecutive Class 3A […]

Lady Rams snare district title

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Portales junior Vicki Huber goes up for a shot in the paint during Friday’s District 4-3A girls championship game against Ruidoso at Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the […]

Rams host NMMI for District 4-3A title

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer PORTALES — Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos doesn’t believe his team has put together four complete quarters in any game this season. He believes if they do that tonight, they’ll win their third consecutive District 4-3A championship. Portales and the New Mexico Military Institute Colts split a pair […]

Hounds win on buzzer-beater

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter scored the game’s final five points, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 1.4 seconds left on a feed from Tristan Largent, and then stole the ball on the inbounds to seal Eastern New Mexico University’s 68-65 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over […]

Rams wrap up District 4-3A crown

Freedom Newspapers DEXTER — The Portales Rams secured the District 4-3A regular season championship and the top seed in the district tournament attached to it with a 44-29 win against a scrappy Dexter Demons squad Friday night. However, Portales coach Mark Gallegos wasn’t happy with how his Rams started the game. Dexter stunned the Rams, […]

Lady Rams post win at Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales beat Lovington 65-41 Friday to close out the first half of its District 4-3A schedule undefeated, but Lady Rams coach Brenda Gomez said the score does not necessarily indicate Portales dominance. Senior Briana Hernandez led the Lady Rams with 22 points, including five three-pointers, in her second game since returning […]

Roswell High turns back Rams

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Portales’ Chance Sherburne looks for a shot over Roswell High defender Andrew Aho, right, during Friday’s matchup at Portales High School. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales boys coach Mark Gallegos wanted to know if his Rams could compete with one of the top teams in Class 4A. After Friday […]

Fort Sumner games postponed by weather

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — Fort Sumner’s District 3-1A basketball games at Melrose were postponed on Friday due to snow. Also postponed were Homecoming games for the Foxes and Vixens today against Dexter, and a home junior high doubleheader today against Melrose. No makeup dates were immediately announced. Meantime, the Portales Rams’ District 4-3A boys […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Defense keys Lady Cats past Portales

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Clovis High’s Janea Eshleman, cener, drives to the lane through three Portales defenders in the Lady Wildcats’ 51-37 victory on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters is still looking for consistency on offense from the Lady Wildcats, he’s […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats prep for rematch with Portales

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — While the Portales Lady Rams play their final pre-district tuneup tonight, their Clovis counterparts are glad to be back on the court. Portales (8-7), riding a three-game winning streak, visits Rock Staubus Gym for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Lady Wildcats. Meantime, Clovis (8-5) had a scheduled […]

Navajo Pine handles Rams

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Portales thought it played at the opponent’s preferred tempo in the semifinals of the Hope Christian tournament on Friday. Navajo Pine, meanwhile, thought it played at the Rams’ pace. Whatever was the truth, it was Navajo Pine that came away with a 48-44 victory over Portales to move […]

Lady Rams get past West Las Vegas

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Portales’ Kaycee Quick tries to attack the basket against West Las Vegas’ Kristen Encinias during Friday’s game in the Portales Shootout. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams overcame a tough man-to-man defense and a hot-shooting West Las Vegas point guard to defeat the Lady Dons 46-42 […]

Rams post win over Socorro

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Portales senior post Hunter Rackler raises up over Socorro’s Baski Baker, left and Oscar Contreras in the Rams’ 50-46 victory Friday night at the Portales Shootout. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Senior post Chance Sherburne scored a team-high 14 points as Portales controlled the fourth period and beat the […]