By Eric Norwood Jr.
CMI staff writer
A football revival at Eastern New Mexico University, Elida’s continued dominance in volleyball and basketball, and a Little League team’s quest for a state title were among the top local sports stories in 2013.
Here are five of the top stories from last year:
Comeback kids: The Greyhounds, who rallied from three touchdown deficits twice, earned a share of the Lone Star Conference title for the first time since 1991 under second-year coach Josh Lynn.
ENMU won its last six games to finish 7-3, the Greyhounds’ first winning season since 2004.
The winning streak included a stunning 39-38 over nationally ranked West Texas A&M.
ENMU was down 38-17 before scoring 22 unanswered points to seal the win. The last two came on a gutsy call by Lynn to go for a two-point conversion after All-American fullback Christian Long’s 2-yard TD plunge with 51 seconds left.
ENMU started its six-game win streak by rallying from a 28-0 second-quarter deficit to beat Angelo State 29-28.
Purple reign continues: Elida extended its Class B state title streaks in basketball to three and volleyball to four.
The Lady Tigers have won all the Class B state titles in volleyball and basketball since the classification was created for the 2010-11 school year.
Still waiting: ENMU is waiting to hear back from the NCAA about possible sanctions related to the more than 100 self-reported eligibility violations that span nearly every sport the Division-II school offers.
Eastern New Mexico University has asked for, and expects, severe punishments.
The university’s athletic department discovered 113 violations involving 386 student-athletes.
Voluntary punishment recommendation made by the college includes:
• Vacating all wins in football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and softball for the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. The action would vacate the university’s regular season Lone Star Conference championship in men’s soccer in 2011.
• Vacating all wins for the football, baseball and men’s and women’s soccer teams for 2012-13.
• Vacating the 2011 and 2012 men’s cross country LSC championships, and the 2011 South Central region championship.
CNFR champ: Eastern New Mexico University junior Logan Medlin of Tatum teamed with Tarleton State junior Billy Brown to win the national title in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., in June.
Three other ENMU rodoers qualified for the finals, with senior Michael Trujillo of Portales placing third in team roping and senior Katelyn Lide sixth in goat tying .
The Greyhounds finished ninth in the final team standings and the Zias finished 14th.
A game short: The Roosevelt County 12-13-year-old Little League All-Star team fell one victory short of making the 2013 Southwest regional Tournament in Grand Junction, Colo.
In a three-team tournament versus Gallup and Albuquerque Eastdale for the state title, Roosevelt County eliminated Albuquerque by taking a three-game series.
Gallup beat Roosevelt County 10-4 in the deciding game of the three-game final.