New ENMU place-kicker making early impression

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Junior running back Marcus Robinson breaks out of the grasp of Dwayne Davis during Friday morning’s Eastern New Mexico University football practice as Quinin Roberson (54) closes in on the play. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Jordan Walker has some pretty big shoes to fill this season for […]

Hounds hope to prove preseason poll wrong

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer he Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to prove the pundits wrong. Picked for last place in the seven-team Lone Star Conference South Division, players began checking in on Saturday for Monday’s first practice session. ENMU opens the season Aug. 25 against NAIA member Bacone College at […]

Summer stories

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By Tony Gutierrez and MIckey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Serious about the series Eastern New Mexico University sports information director Adam Pitterman attended the college softball World Series in Oklahoma City. “I actually contacted somebody at the NCAA before I went because I thought it would be a good experience for me,” Pitterman said. Pitterman watched […]

Hounds add local flavor in recruiting

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In their second wave of recruting, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has added local flavor. The third-year Greyhounds coach said around 52 freshmen are expected to report for practice Aug. 5. All told, about 130 players will be on hand for the start of drills. Among […]

Hounds to wrap up spring drills with alumni game

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With most of the evaluating process behind them, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo is hoping the Greyhounds can cap their spring workouts in style with Saturday’s 3 p.m. scrimmage against an alumni squad at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo said he’s hoping about 45 players are able to […]

ENMU planning alumni football game

CNJ staff PORTALES — There aren’t quite as many players as usual in Eastern New Mexico University’s spring football practices, but coach Mark Ribaudo said he’s happy with the way things are going. The Greyhounds, with 74 players on hand, are in the third of four weeks of spring drills. Rather than end the workouts […]

Hounds excited by signees

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Nathan Uland brings some impressive credentials to the Eastern New Mexico University football program. Uland, one of 20 high school seniors — all from Texas — signed by ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo and his staff on national signing day Wednesday, was the state’s Class 4A Division I […]

Hounds expect big recruiting class

CNJ staff PORTALES — If everything falls into place next week on national signing day, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says he’ll be one happy man. The third-year coach said Tuesday the Greyhounds have 16 verbal commitments from high school prospects for next season, and he’s hoping to add more in the […]

Struggling Hounds, Javelinas clash

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Richard Cundiff is about to end a 22-year run as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the last seven as the head coach. This season hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped, but he certainly has company in Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo. Kingsville, which won four consecutive Lone […]

Texans picking up steam

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Don’t look now, but someone is quietly sneaking up the Lone Star Conference South Division football ladder. After earning the favorite’s nod in the South’s preseason poll and a No. 25 national ranking, Tarleton State promptly went out and dropped its first three games. The Texans, though, have followed […]

Abilene Christian stays on roll at Hounds’ expense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — After Saturday’s 21-0 Lone Star Conference South Division-opening victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw, the Abilene Christian football team is heading for relatively new territory. For ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo and his squad, it’s back to the drawing board. At 4-0, the Wildcats, […]

Hounds open South play against Wildcats

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ENMU linebacker Royal Bell closes in on Central Oklahoma quarterback Ryan O’Hara as he unloads a pass during last week’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a while since Abilene Christian has found itself in national NCAA Division II rankings, and second-year coach Chris […]

Hounds don’t want to rest on laurels

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Sure, the Eastern New Mexico University football team was happy with its 24-15 win over East Central on Saturday at Ada, Okla. But as far as the Greyhounds are concerned, it’s all in a day’s work. “At practice (Monday) there was a good attitude, but you still […]

Hounds take on improved East Central

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer East Central bounced back from a tough opener with a solid win last week at Angelo State. Now it’s Eastern New Mexico University’s turn to see if it can accomplish the same feat. Drubbed by Northeastern State 42-7 on Sept. 7, the Greyhounds face East Central today in Ada, […]

Hounds take on Redmen

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If Northeastern State has an advantage against Eastern New Mexico University in today’s game in Tahlequah, Okla., it’s that the Redmen have already played this season. While ENMU opens its campaign with a rare Thursday night game, Northeastern lost at Arkansas Tech 33-32 in its opener last week. Second-year […]

Hounds have something to prove

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File photoQuarterback Michael Benton set Eastern New Mexico University season records for rushing yards and touchdowns last year. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer o Hounds QB says being picked last in preseason poll will serve as motivation. If junior quarterback Michael Benton has anything to say about it, the Eastern New Mexico University football […]

Hounds gear up for start of practice

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University football team should have plenty of time to get ready for its first game. Around 140 players reported Wednesday for the start of preseason workouts, which begin today. School doesn’t start until Aug. 28, with the Greyhounds scheduled for a Thursday night […]

Hounds picked for LSC South cellar in football

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping recent history repeats itself in the Lone Star Conference South Division. The Greyhounds were picked for last place in the seven-team South’s preseason poll, released on Monday by the conference office. Last year, West Texas A&M was chosen for last place […]

Hounds have some depth at QB

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer 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, […]

Hounds coach likes early spring results

CNJ staff PORTALES — 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 […]