Hounds rally past Angelo in LSC South opener

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Tristan Largent converted a 3-point play and a 3-point basket on consecutive trips downcourt, putting Eastern New Mexico University in front during an 11-0 second-half run Thursday night, and the Greyhounds went on to beat Angelo State 74-64 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game. […]

Lady Cats gear up for Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Having already played twice this season, the Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams know each other pretty well. Each team’s coach expects to get the other’s best shot when the rivals collide for the final time this season in a 7:30 p.m. start today at Rock Staubus Gym. Both […]

Wildcats hold off Portales


Clovis’ Rishard Mathews drives to the basket around Portales’ Jerrod Long during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Portales 48-45. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer CLOVIS — The Clovis Wildcats had just enough to hold off Portales on Tuesday night. After missing […]

Cats wary of letdown against Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a one-sided matchup for a decade or so, but Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats can’t afford a letdown tonight when they host Portales at Rock Staubus Gym. “We’re going to have to come out with some intensity,” Isler said following Clovis’ 72-46 win over […]

Rams dominate Wingate in opener


Daniel Boan flips in a layup in the second quarter of Friday’s game against Wingate. Boan had eight points in Portales’ 52-37 win. Portales (6-7) faces Artesia in an 8 p.m. game to close out the Portales Shootout. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In what turned out to be […]

Lady Cats turn back Portales for Plateau Classic title


Portales senior Megan Kabrick rips down a defensive rebound as Ebony Bunton avoids picking up a foul during Saturday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats went to their big guns Friday night to nail down the […]

Espanola Valley tops Rams in tourney

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams traveled north to gain some valuable experience against good teams in front of big crowds and they got that experience. They got it at the expense of a nick on their record, though, as Espanola Valley took a 53-42 win over the Rams in the fifth-place […]

Portales gains berth in finals


Gallup senior Cherelle Rosales attempts to drive around Portales senior Ashleah Richards during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Plateau Holiday Classic semifinal game. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Portales Lady Rams have knocked off one Class 5A giant, and now another one awaits. Senior post Morgan Hill scored […]

Lady Rams roll into semifinals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer As easy as their first-round game turned out to be, the Portales Lady Rams know the rest of Plateau Holiday Classic will be more challenging. Portales spotted El Paso Ysleta leads of 5-0 and 8-6, then controlled the rest of the contest in cruising to a 56-16 win in […]

Lady Rams trample Del Norte in tourney

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Witnessing Clovis’ destruction of Del Norte on Thursday didn’t do much for the Portales Lady Rams on Friday. The fact was they didn’t have to do much themselves to achieve a similar victory. In the consolation bracket of the Mel Otero Invite, Portales (3-3) blasted the Knights […]

Rams turn back Steers in tourney

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — A balanced effort gave Portales its first win of the season, a 50-39 win over Farwell in the consolation bracket of the Shallowater Shootout. Portales (1-2) plays against Lubbock Cooper today in the 1 p.m. (MST) fifth-place game at Shallowater High School. “They’re really young,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said […]

Prep hoops: Rams reloading

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Like their female counterparts, the Portales High Ram basketball players are coming off of a Class 3A runnerup performance. Like the Lady Rams, the Rams are hosting Muleshoe on Tuesday night. That’s about where the similarities end for the Portales squads. “(Girls coach Brenda Gomez) basically returns most of her […]

Lady Rams capture fourth 3A title in six years

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Tested, but never bested. That’s how the Portales Lady Rams ended the Class 3A tournament this year, holding on Saturday for a 14-25, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 victory over third-seeded Pojoaque for the school’s sixth Class 3A volleyball title and fourth in six seasons. Megan Kabrick had a […]

Prep volleyball: Lady Rams slip into title game

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — It was a match so good that both teams cried. Portales won the first two games, nearly collapsed, then rallied in the fifth to defeat St. Michael’s 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 11-25, 16-14 on Friday at University of New Mexico’s Johnson Gym and advance to the finals of […]

Prep football: Raton ousts Rams


Portales junior Kaleb Aguirre wraps up Raton RB Jacob Roper in the third quarter of Friday’s Class 3A first-round playoff game. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers RATON — Raton, which knocked Portales from the ranks of the undefeated in the third week of the season, knocked the Rams out of the […]

It’s a family affair for top-seeded Lady Rams

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers One’s a junior, the other a freshman. One’s a defender, the other a setter. Sisters Montana and Dallas Russell do have one thing in common — they’re both soft-spoken. “We have fun together and we play hard,” said Montana Russell, who spoke lightly before looking at her sister and laughing. […]

Rams falter at NMMI


Portales sophomore Chris Mosier tries to find running room in the fourth quarter of Friday’s District 4-3A game at New Mexico Military Institute. Mosier gained 12 yards on the run. The host Colts defeated Portales 21-6. (Staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Portales’ second District 4-3A loss was a short […]

Lady Rams shoot for No. 1 seed in regional


Junior Briana Hernandez stretches to get a volleyball during a drill at Friday’s Portales practice. Portales (17-3) hosts Ruidoso tonight for the District 4-3A championship at 7 p.m. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers No matter what, Ruidoso and Portales should expect to receive homecourt advantage in next weekend’s Class 3A volleyball […]

Rams lose game and running back


Freedom Newspapers: Kevin WilsonPortales junior running back Cruz Ontiveros looks upfield on a third-quarter run in Friday’s District 4-3A game against Lovington. Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — By looking at their pre-district schedules and records, one could reason that Portales and Lovington’s football teams started their district seasons on even ground. After Friday’s […]

Rams lead early, but fall to Coyotes


Portales junior Kevin Gonzales wraps up Roswell running back Julian Grado as Jesse Villa comes in to help on the play in the second quarter of Friday night’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The first few minutes saw nothing go right for the […]