All-LSC North football list

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Player, team, Pos., Year, Hometown • Wes Wood, Eastern New Mexico, QB, So., Muleshoe • Baylen Laury, Southeastern Oklahoma, RB, Sr., Forney, Texas • Josh Birmingham, Central Oklahoma, RB, Fr., Luther, Okla. • Darrin Reeves, Southeastern Oklahoma, FB, Sr., St. Jo, Texas • Jessie Poku, Eastern New Mexico, WR, Sr., Murphy, Texas […]

Hounds football recruit profiles

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES, N.M.- After assaulting the team and NCAA record book in the 2009 season, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has announced the signing of 19 new Greyhounds to National Letters of Intent, to bolster the ENMU lineup for the 2010 season as Eastern makes the transition to the Lone […]

Hounds focus on size

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With an offense that helped score a school-record 374 points, Eastern New Mexico University’s speed was never in doubt. With a 19-recruit signing day Wednesday, coach Mark Ribaudo is hoping he’s taken care of some size demands. “For this pass protection, you need big people that are hard to […]

Press release: Hounds sign 19 recruits

PORTALES, N.M.- After assaulting the team and NCAA record book in the 2009 season, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has announced the signing of 19 new Greyhounds to National Letters of Intent, to bolster the ENMU lineup for the 2010 season as Eastern makes the transition to the Lone Star Conference North […]

Hounds still learning spread offense

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s switch from a run-dominated option game to a pass-oriented spread offense this season looks like it’s not going well. And it isn’t, if you look at the Greyhounds’ 1-4 record (0-1 Lone Star Conference South Division). Still, freshman quarterback J.J. Harp sees […]

Hounds rev up offense

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU freshman receiver Matt Handler is bought down by a Southwestern Oklahoma defender for a 19-yard gain during the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Blackwater Draw. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — For most of a quarter Saturday night, Eastern New Mexico University’s new “air raid” […]

Hounds take new offense for road test

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Greyhound receiverAnthony Ramos grabs the throw from quarterback J.J. Harp during Thursday’s practice at Eastern New Mexico University. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Facing Eastern New Mexico University’s new spread offense in preseason practice has helped the Greyhounds’ defense. Instead of working against the grind-it-out, triple-option as in the […]

Hounds adjusting to new offense

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU’s Antwuan Pertile takes down Joseph Banard during Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — So far, so good, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says. The Greyhounds’ transition from a triple-option offense to one which will rely more heavily on […]

Hounds will look to throw ball in 2008

CNJ staff PORTALES — Get ready for Air Ribaudo. Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds are scrapping their option offense next season, and have recruited accordingly as they prepare to make the change. National signing day for football is Wednesday, and Ribaudo said he hopes to have about 30 letters-of-intent in […]

Greyhounds move to 3-0

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CnJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU sophomore receiver Jessie Poku hauls in a touchdown reception over East Central University senior cornerback Derrick Suggs to make the score 35-7 going into halftime. The Greyhounds took a 49-13 victory. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — It was a matchup of ground game vs. air […]

Senator weighs in on cockfighting ban

By CNJ staff The state Senate voted Thursday 33-11 in favor of a cockfighting ban in New Mexico. Of the 11 dissenting votes, two were representatives for Curry County — Clint Harden, R-Clovis, and Stuart Ingle, R-Portales. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, voted for the ban. Harden said he objected because the measure was unnecessary. Harden said […]

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 […]

Props flourishes at NMMI

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NMMI sophomore quarterback John Props (14) led the Broncos to a 5-5 record, and leads troop off the field. (Courtesy New Mexico Military Institute) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer John Props has lived and breathed the daily grind of a military academy for nearly two years. The former Clovis High multi-sport standout’s routine day […]

Letters to the Editor: State, not world, should be first priority

I recognize that the Ute Water Project increasingly seems to be “pie-in-the-sky” for eastern New Mexico. The increasing costs seem to skyrocket, and the federal government is more leary than ever of funding the 75 percent cost of a $400 million project for us. This makes me angry. Our expenditures every day in Iraq make […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Quarterback getting more comfortable

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Clovis High’s Michael Howard, left, and Luke Masters tackle Rio Rancho’s Sabino Vidaurri on Friday at Leon Williams Stadiumduring the Wildcats’ 36-33 win. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer First-year Clovis quarterback Jordan Mendoza knew he would not be called on to throw 30 times a game — not in […]

Shorthanded Lady Buffs turn back CCS

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CCS sophomore Jennifer Schaap high to block a Melrose kill attempt during Thursday’s match at the CCS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Team chemistry can make or break success in any sport. First-year Melrose volleyball coach Sonja Moyer said most of her players have been playing together since […]

Rams reach .500 mark

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers RATON — The Portales Rams gave first year head coach Andy Correll his first win as a Ram, as the Portales defense dominated the younger Raton Tigers (0-2) in Raton’s home opener, 13-0 Friday night. “I’m glad we got this, these kids deserve it,” Correll said. “I’m proud of our […]

Cats adjust to loss of receiver

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Clovis High junior Barret Stewart is brought down after catching a pass for a 7-yard gain during the second quarter of the Wildcats’ 34-14 victory over Eldorado on Friday night in Albuquerque. (CNJ correspondent: Niock Lyamn) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Ever so quietly, the Clovis High football team went into its […]

Area players chosen for all-star games

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Four members of the Clovis High’s Class 5A state runnerup football team have been chosen to play in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 4-5A all-star football game, scheduled for July 28 at UNM Stadium. The Wildcats’ representatives on the 30-member South squad are Chase Denton at guard, Aaron […]

Melrose senior wins six-man award

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Senior Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the second consecutive season. (CNJ file photo) CNJ STAFF When Dickie Roybal started coaching Carlos Ruiz in 7th grade, he was uncoachable — literally. “When he first started playing, he didn’t speak a lick of English,” Roybal said. “So, that made it hard. But all […]