Portales finishes third at invite

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Portales junior Jordan Roehl spikes the ball past Tatum’s Beatriz Castro in a semifinal match on Saturday in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Success or disappointment? For the Portales volleyball players, a third-place finish at the 16-team Wildcat Invitational was a […]

Rams, Wildcats split summer twin bill

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Clovis first baseman Parker Wood slides into home on a passed ball in the second game of Tuesday’s summer league doubleheader at Bell Park. The visiting Rams won the opener 8-3, and Clovis took the nightcap 11-1. (Staff photo: Kevin Wilson) CNJ Staff Portales had plenty of pitching in Tuesday’s doubleheader, but Clovis had enough […]

Rams ousted by district rival Lovington

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Once again for the Portales Rams, it was close but no cigar against District 4-3A rival Lovington. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats, the only one of the top 10 seeds to reach the semifinals in the 16-team Class 3A baseball tournament, spoiled the Rams’ bid to make it to the championship game […]

Portales soph takes second in shot

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Portales sophomore Kandace Bergsieker qualified on Friday for today’s girls 200 and 400 finals in the Class 3A state track meet in Albuquerque. (Freedom Newspapers photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — One down, one to go for Portales sophomore Jordan Roehl. Roehl cranked out her best throw of the day in shot put on […]

Angelo State pounds Hounds

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — What started out as a promising weekend went downhill quickly for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Angelo State bounced back from a 15-1 loss in Friday’s series opener to take the final three games of the Lone Star Conference South Division-opening series for both teams, crushing the Greyhounds 24-6 […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Ruidoso

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls. Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday. “I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle […]

Cats drop title game to Rio Rancho

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Clovis High senior third baseman Jared Powers prepares to throw out a Rio Rancho runner at first base during Saturday’s Rio Rancho Invitational championship game. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Too many errors and not enough hits. It was a bad combination for the Clovis High baseball team on Saturday, […]

Rams falter in OT, lose to Grants

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Portales senior Jonathan Garcia (22) and Grants’ Jesse Baca battle for a loose ball. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — After regulation, the game played out more like a regular season mismatch than overtime in the state tournament semifinals. The shooting lines in overtime speak volumes. Portales: 1-of-6 […]

CLASS 3A GIRLS: Lady Rams run away from Socorro in finals

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Portales senior Morgan Hill fueled a strong start by the Lady Rams by scored 10 of her-team high 16 points in the first half. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — As Portales’ players lined up to receive their medals for winning the Class 3A girls state tournament on […]

Rams beat district rival to advance to semis

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Portales senior guard Jerrod Long battles for a loose ball during Wednesday’s Class 3A boys state quarterfinal game against Ruidoso at Bernalillo High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — In the past month, four of the five wins racked by the Portales boys basketball team have come against District […]

Lady Rams survive quarterfinals

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Portales senior Morgan Hill looks to pass during Tuesday’s quarterfina win against Thoureau. Hill finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Three-pointers from Portales’ Briana Hernandez may have kept a large Thoreau cheering section quiet at the start. But, after awhile, silence turned into […]

Portales girls ready for state tourney

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Morgan Hill (32) tries to control a rebound in the second half of Friday’s game with Las Vegas Robertson. Hill controlled the rebound and Portales controlled the regional playoff game 64-20. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams dominated the Robertson Lady Cardinals in a way that […]

Rams face Ruidoso in finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — 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 […]

Lady Rams roll over Lovington in final

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Portales’ Morgan Hill drives to the basket past a Lovington defender during the second half of Friday’s District 4-3A girls championship game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — It wouldn’t be a district championship game without coach Brenda Gomez marching back and forth on the sidelines. The […]

Portales pulls into tie for first

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Portales junior Chance Sherburne hits a layup as Ruidoso’s Ted LaCoe goes for a block during Friday’s game at Portales High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Hounds improve tourney chances with rout of Angelo

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Joshua Jackson tries to get around Angelo State University’s Ronald Pittman during the first half of Wedneday’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After coming off the bench for a few games, Eastern New […]

Portales football coach resigns position

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales School District Superintendent Randy Fowler announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting. Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator at Eastern New Mexico […]

Rams beat NMMI in district tilt

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — The Portales Rams survived Friday night at New Mexico Military Institute, and got an assist from District 4-3A rival Lovington as a three-team race tightened. Portales (11-11, 2-2 district) jumped out to a 25-11 lead midway through the second quarter and held off the Colts for a 48-36 win. “It was […]

Portales trounces winless NMMI

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t comforting for the Portales Rams knowing that New Mexico Military Institute came in with losses in all 15 games, by a combined 339 points. Not when the Colts lost their opening District 4-3A game by three against Ruidoso. The Rams made sure that situation didn’t repeat itself Friday, […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]