Hounds travel to Arkansas for season opener

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University football team left by bus early Wednesday morning for the long ride to Arkansas and tonight’s season opener against Central Arkansas. First-year coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds will be shorthanded when they take the War Memorial Stadium turf in Little Rock with three starters suspended […]

Experienced offense excites Hounds

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BY Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — First-year Eastern New Mexico University head football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw that he’s not sure if the Greyhounds are quite as ready as they’d like to be for the earlier opener in school history — Thursday against Central Arkansas at […]

Quarterbacks get chance to shine

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With projected starter Michael Benton away for personal reasons, everybody else in the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback chain moved up a notch for Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the ENMU practice field. That meant redshirt freshman Brandon Dominguez got significant work with the No. 1 unit. “I was a little nervous, […]

ENMU’s Davalos hoping for larger role in 2005

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Fide Davalos enjoyed a dominating six-man high school football career at Floyd. Now the redshirt junior is hoping for a breakout season this fall as a slotback in Eastern New Mexico University’s triple-option attack. “I’ve been working out hard this summer, and I had a good spring,” Davalos said as […]

First day a success

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with making adjustments. Due to Thursday’s rainshower, most of the first workout for about 140 squad members took place in the lower gyms at Greyhound Arena, although the weather cleared […]

Hounds picked fifth in LSC South

By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University receiver Derrick Hunter usually doesn’t need a lot of time to get open for a pass. He needed even less time when asked to guess the top pick in the preseason poll for the Lone Star Conference’s South Division. “Kingsville,” Hunter said. Nineteen of the poll’s 21 voters […]

Hounds get set for annual scrimmage

By Dave Wagner The 2005 opener is four months off, but the Eastern New Mexico University football squad gets its first taste of “game” competition in today’s 4 p.m. Silver & Green Game at Greyhound Stadium. Rosters were selected on Wednesday for the contest, which will be conducted under as close to game-like circumstances as […]

Hounds are rarin’ to go

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By Dave Wagner If the Eastern New Mexico University football program is going to get over the hump in 2005 and reach the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time, coach Mark Ribaudo figures the work starts now. Ribaudo anticipates 90-95 candidates for the start of spring practice on Tuesday. The Greyhounds have 15 […]

ENMU adds trio of football players

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has announced the signing of three freshmen to national letters of intent. The signees include Jason Behler, a free safety from Brownwood (Texas) High School; Clark Hanley, a tight end and deep snapper from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, and Randall Hutchinson, a […]

Football team signs four

By Dave Wagner Marcus Robinson admits living in Portales will be an adjustment from the bright lights of Dallas. Still, with two of his former high school teammates on board at Eastern New Mexico University, he doesn’t anticipate many problems. Robinson, a 6-foot, 205-pound fullback from R.L. Turner High School in Irving, Texas, and his […]

Personalities Plus: Lisa Ribaudo

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Your name: Lisa Ribaudo Your job: Elementary School Counselor Your age (and Birth Date): 37 years old; May 2, 1967 Your hometown: Carson, Calif. Your family: Mark Ribaudo (husband), John Ribaudo (son), and Mary Ribaudo (daughter) Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: What do you think of Portales? “I enjoy the […]

Eastern’s Elliott calls it a career after 48 years

By Dave Wagner If his health would let him, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott would probably go on coaching forever. As it is, it wasn’t easy for the veteran coach — he turned 73 on Christmas Eve — to step down. Elliott spent 48 seasons as a high school and college head football coach, […]

Ribaudo named ENMU head football coach

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By Mike Linn By Mike Linn Freedom Newspapers Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com In his first public comments as head football coach of Eastern New Mexico University, Mark Ribaudo said he will work to continue the program’s success in graduating players and winning games. His only change: Win more games. Ribaudo, defensive coordinator for the Greyhounds the past eight […]

ENMU to announce Elliott successor today

By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University’s new head football coach is already on staff, but officials on Tuesday would not be more specific about who will replace Bud Elliott. The university has scheduled a press conference for 1:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena to announce the successor to Elliott, who guided the Greyhounds for […]

Sophomore Chambers shows versatility

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By Dave Wagner Being asked to play three positions in three years can take its toll on a player. Not Eastern New Mexico University redshirt sophomore Rodrick Chambers, who lets his faith in God dictate his actions. Recruited as a defensive end out of Sam Houston High School in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Chambers […]

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 […]

A story of Courage

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By Dave Wagner Nigerian-born Courage Idemudia knows his first name must have a special meaning. He’s just not sure what it is. “I never asked my parents about it,” the Eastern New Mexico University junior said. “I just know I try to live up to it.” An outside linebacker, Idemudia moved from a village in […]

Preparing for practice

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By Kevin Wilson For Eastern New Mexico University fans, the football season lasts from September to November. For the players, it lasts from August to spring football in March — not including summer workout programs. For the coaches, it’s a 12-month process, and it comes full-circle this week when practices begin on Thursday. Not including […]

ENMU pares down candidate list

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a softball coach to three candidates, including Ron Landschoot, who filled in on an interim basis this spring. The other finalists are Kevin Blaskowski, the head coach at Division II Southern Arkansas, and Travis Scott, head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State, school officials […]