Longtime Lady Rams coach steps down

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After leading the Portales girls basketball team to five New Mexico Class 3A state championships, and seven consecutive championship game appearances, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez is stepping down after 22 years as head coach. Gomez will be coaching girls basketball at Robinson High School in Waco, […]

Parting ways

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Donna Gomez is the finance director for the Beacon of Light mission. Disciples call her Momma Donna By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Randy and Donna Gomez have left the Lighthouse Mission after 19 years to start their own drug and rehabilitation program. Randy Gomez said the couple left over […]

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 […]

Class 5A & 3A girls capsules

Today’s semifinal At The Pit, Albuquerque Class 5A What: No. 2 Clovis (21-5) vs. No. 6 Gallup (19-8) When: 1:15 p.m. Coaches: Clovis, Miles Watters; Gallup, John Lomansey How they got here: Clovis def. Manzano 54-32, def. Las Cruces High 53-42; Gallup def. Eldorado 54-48, def. Alamogordo 35-25. Of note: The teams are meeting at […]

Zias defeat Tarleton State in finale

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Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Missy Kirkland drives to the basket against Tarleton State’s D’Anna Dingler in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division women’s game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Roni Gomez knows she’s never going to be a big scorer, but she realizes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zias edged in double overtime

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior guard Stacey Staten hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie the score in the first overtime, then converted a 3-point play at the start of the second OT and Midwestern State went on to claim an 81-75 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday […]

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 […]