Western Bank looking for new home

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved a resolution which would allow Western Bank officials to demolish apartment buildings in Portales to build a new commercial banking building. The Western Bank officials are purchasing the apartments with the help of the Portales MainStreet Association members and the city of Portales. According to […]

Hounds have depth at quarterback

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After the season he had in 2005, it’s hard to imagine Eastern New Mexico University quarterback Michael Benton losing his starting job when preseason practice begins in August. Still, ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo says the redshirt junior could have some competition. Jeremy Thompson, a redshirt freshman from Sweetwater, Texas, […]

Hound gridders getting their licks in this spring

Freedom Newspapers Nearly two weeks into spring drills, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo likes the look of his team. The Greyhounds are slated to have the first of two game-style intrasquad scrimmages at 3:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo said the scrimmage should last about two hours and is open to […]

Ribaudo signs defensive gems for ENMU football

Jesse Wolfersberger When Eastern New Mexico football coach Mark Ribaudo was looking at scouting tapes of Courtland White, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound linebacker from Cypress Falls High School in Houston, he liked what he saw not only in White, but in one of his teammates. “Obviously we liked Courtland,” Ribaudo said. “And the next time I […]

Elliott remembered at campus service

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Bud Elliott believed in the words of George Washington Carver: “Take what you have with what you are, make something of it, and never be satisfied.” On Monday, friends, coworkers and relatives recalled just how the former Eastern New Mexico University football coach lived by those words. About 575 people […]

Greyhound football news and notes, Oct. 26

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers WITH CORNERBACKS MARK Patterson (groin) and Michael Fields (ankle and knee) unable to play due to injury, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo had to resort to desperate measures in last weekend’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Texas A&M-Kingsville. First, he moved outside linebacker Brandon Harper […]

Hounds set to face angry Kingsville squad

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Told of Texas A&M-Kingsville’s shocking 41-14 loss at Midwestern State last Saturday moments after his own team’s setback against Tarleton State, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo cringed. Kingsville doesn’t lose often — and rarely are the Javelinas embarrassed. With that in mind, Ribaudo knows the Greyhounds face […]

Texans cause second-straight loss for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University got a little too big a dose of senior Derrick Ross. Ross, who entered the game as the second-leading rusher in NCAA Division II, carried 27 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns to lift Tarleton State to a 34-27 Lone Star Conference […]

Road stays tough for Greyhounds

By Dave Wagner: Dave_Wagner@link.freedom.com The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds doesn’t have time to dwell on last week’s heartbreaking 52-51 overtime loss at West Texas A&M. Not with the Lone Star Conference South Division’s other nationally ranked teams — No. 22 Tarleton State today at Blackwater Draw and No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville next week on […]

Ribaudo: Wagon Wheel game a classic

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers MARK RIBAUDO HAS seen quite a few Wagon Wheel games between Eastern New Mexico University and West Texas A&M — from both sides, as a WT assistant in the mid-1990s and as an assistant and, now, head coach at ENMU. Nothing tops Saturday’s 52-51 overtime battle at Canyon, Texas, even […]

Hounds stopped in overtime

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — The numbers were staggering — 1,183 yards of offense, 103 points, 14 touchdowns — and an overtime. After all that, a record 22,993 fans left Kimbrough Memorial Stadium after seeing West Texas A&M beat Eastern New Mexico 52-51 in overtime. After the Buffaloes scored in their first […]

Sept. 28 ENMU football notes

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FORMER ENMU FOOTBALL COACH Bud Elliott, hospitalized after suffering a broken left leg and a collapsed lung in a fall at his home earlier this month, is beginning to make progress, wife Kathy said Wednesday. The 73-year-old Elliott went from Lubbock Heart Hospital to Plains Regional Medical Center a couple […]

Hounds win with special teams

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The offense had a solid day, and the defense made big plays. Still, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds’ special teams were as responsible as anything for Saturday’s 33-30 win at Abilene Christian in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both squads. He […]

Hounds start division play

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Two weeks ago, things weren’t looking too good for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. The Greyhounds were coming off solid spankings at the hands of Central Arkansas (51-0) and Southeastern Oklahoma (28-12), and their streak of seven consecutive winning seasons appeared in jeopardy. Now the Hounds have won twice […]

South Division off to fast start

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers IF THE CROSSOVER GAMES are in any way indicative, the South Division would appear to be far stronger than the North this season in Lone Star Conference football. The South, playing at home on Saturday, improved to 15-3 against their counterparts with a six-game sweep — and that was with […]

Hounds at an early crossroads

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University and East Central football teams may be facing an early crossroads tonight. With both teams standing 1-2, the winner of the 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover matchup at Blackwater Draw will be positioned for respectability. The loser, meantime, faces an uphill battle the rest […]

ENMU Football Notes, Sept. 15

The health of former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott has significantly improvement since being hospitalized last week following a fall at home. Elliott has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room at Lubbock Heart Hospital. The Sept. 7 fall resulted in two broken bones in his lower left […]

Defense stays strong for football squad

Freedom Newspapers WEATHERFORD, Okla. — For the second year in a row, struggling Southwestern Oklahoma provided just the tonic needed by the Eastern New Mexico University football team. Quarterback Michael Benton ran for one touchdown and threw a pair of scoring passes to Derrick Hunter and the defense was in control throughout as the Greyhounds […]

Hounds drop to 0-2

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University was within a couple of extra points at halftime. It took one snap for Southeastern Oklahoma to break away when play resumed. Sophomore quarterback Kolby Williams hit senior wide receiver Jeremie Berry on a 62-yard scoring bomb on the first play of the […]

Hounds look to bounce back

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Ray Richards took over the Southeastern Oklahoma football program in April, but he was hardly new to the school. A native of Illinois, Richards spent 10 seasons as the Savages’ defensive coordinator (1989-98). He returns to the Durant, Okla., school after four years as head coach at Division II Southwest […]