Zia first baseman providing consistency

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico After two seasons in junior college in her home town of Scottsdale, Ariz., Anna Hershkowitz didn’t know where she would go to continue playing softball. She just knew she wanted to play somewhere else. In the fall of 2006, Hershkowitz came sight-unseen to Eastern New Mexico University. After a […]

ENMU volleyball has new leader

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers Kim Falkenhagen is from the upper Midwest, but she’s no stranger to this part of the world. The 33-year-old Falkenhagen was named Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach on Tuesday. She replaces longtime coach and current athletic director Mike Maguire, who stepped down from coaching after six years in a […]

Life changes are like changing of seasons

By Joan Clayton: Local Columnist Autumn is approaching us. I love the crispy air of fall with chilly nights, football games, pumpkins and homemade chili. It’s the time to leave my outdoor swing and exchange it for the crackling fire in the fireplace. Fall is the time when God takes his master paintbrush and tips […]

Carthel returns to college coaching

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Don Carthel has returned to the Lone Star Conference. Carthel was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach at West Texas A&M University to succeed Ronnie Jones, who resigned the position last week after a university investigation concluded that he used state and […]

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, […]

Lobos cruise past Hounds

By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Lobos made sure those early rising voters in Tuesday’s election got a full night’s sleep. Anxious to bury the memories of back-to-back mediocre seasons, New Mexico opened its 102nd year of basketball with a 99-67 exhibition win Monday night over injury-riddled Division-II member Eastern […]

ENMU’s Elliott plans to retire after this year

By Dave Wagner Citing health reasons, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott plans to retire at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 37-year college career. Elliott, who will be 73 in December, said he told his team of the decision during the first week of fall practice. Elliott is […]

Clabaugh, Richards win top awards

By Kevin Wilson Between them, Seth Clabaugh and Kassandra Richards helped account for seven different team trophies. Monday night, they accounted for two more individually. Clabaugh and Richards were awarded the greatest Ram awards at the conclusion of Monday’s annual Portales High School athletics banquet. The two-hour event was basically a wrap-up for the entire […]

Carthel has new start in IFL

By Dave Wagner It’s been nearly 13 years since Don Carthel walked away from his last head football coaching position. The Friona native spent seven seasons (1985-91) at the helm of Eastern New Mexico University, compiling a 44-28-1 record with the Greyhounds. But with his two children growing up, he wanted to spend more time […]

Hill scores 17 in Portales win

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — Morgan Hill scored a season-high 17 to lead four in double figures, and the Lady Rams outscored Artesia 20-6 in the first quarter en route to a 65-27 win Friday night at the Bulldog Pit. Portales (11-3) also got 16 from Erika Cook, 11 from Kassandra Richards and 10 from Ashleah […]