Few positions available for Greyhound football

By Dave Wagner Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott said the Greyhounds are in an unusual situation as national signing day approaches today — they don’t have that many spots available. ENMU normally signs about 22 players to national letters of intent, Elliott said, but will probably add only about half that […]

South team will feature 3 Rams

Kevin Wilson It never really occurred to T.C. Nusser that he’d be following in his brother’s footsteps this summer. Three years after his brother Dusty played in the inaugural North-South 3A All-Star football game, T.C. now has his turn in the annual senior-only game. He’ll represent Ram football one final time and make friends out […]

Football games ends in surprise

Kevin Wilson In his bestseller “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom wrote that every end is just a beginning, only we don’t know it at the time. On Sept. 15, 1984, in Ada, Okla., East Central thought it had the ending on a rout against visiting Eastern New Mexico University. A Kenny […]

Touchstone: ‘D’ on the field, ‘A’ in the classroom

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University junior Ty Touchstone remembers getting a “B” — once. “It was a class for citizenship (in grade school),” he said. “But I don’t really count that.” Touchstone has had nothing but “A’s” through four semesters at ENMU, where he also plays free safety for the Greyhounds in football. […]

Rams can still impact playoff race

By Kevin Wilson One team will look for a chance to extend the 2003 football season tonight, the other a chance to build momentum for 2004. The Portales Rams represent half of the playoff equation in District 4-3A in the 7 p.m. battle at New Mexico Military Institute, but only in the respect that Portales […]

Q&A: Greyhound football coach Bud Elliott

By Kevin Wilson Harold “Bud” Elliott is Greyhound football, and Greyhound football is Bud Elliott. Elliott is in season No. 10 with Eastern New Mexico University, at the tail-end of a career that has taken him through 36 years at numerous levels of college football. Elliott, 71, entered Saturday’s game at Texas A&M-Kingsville one win […]

Melrose receiver in running for six-man record

By Rick White He’s not big. Nor particularly fast. Harvey Park just has a knack for catching footballs — and finding the end zone. His coach and teammates rave about his hands, knowledge of the game and determination. The combination of skills and intangibles has the Melrose senior wide receiver closing in on a 60-year-old […]

Greyhound football player dies in crash

Mike Linn He could make everybody laugh. He was always smiling. He was brutally honest. That’s how friends remember 19-year-old Eric Hodgest, a redshirt freshman linebacker on Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. Hodgest died early Sunday morning in a car crash on Interstate 40 in Amarillo. “This type of thing happening to somebody you […]

Ram turnovers prove costly

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By Kevin Wilson RUIDOSO — Like a football on a fumbled handoff or an intercepted pass, a chance for a second-straight District 4-3A title has very nearly slipped out of the collective grasp of the Portales Rams. Portales’ district opener saw turnovers by both teams in the first half, but the host Warriors held onto […]

Shallenberger honored by ENMU

By Dave Wagner Two Clovis prep coaches expressed surprise and gratitude for their induction with nine others on Saturday into Eastern New Mexico University’s Athletics Hall of Honors. Shallenberger, a Portales High graduate, played just one season at Eastern, but it was a memorable one. After two years at Cochise College (Ariz.) and one year […]