Clovis’ Greenwalt escapes serious injury

By Rick White CLOVIS — One minute Cisti Greenwalt was driving back to school after spending the weekend with her family. The next she was trapped in her mangled SUV in the middle of a cotton field and wondering if she would live. Greenwalt, who was released from the hospital Wednesday, said she was lucky […]

Zias hope to build on solid ’03 finish

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University kept its streak of 15 straight winning seasons alive last season, but just barely, putting on a late charge last fall to finish 16-15. This year, the Zias have considerably higher goals. “We turned it around last year (after a 5-10 start) and that was a good accomplishment […]

ENMU quarterback to return kicks

By Dave Wagner A starting quarterback returning punts and kickoffs isn’t exactly commonplace, but Eastern New Mexico University’s Steven Hinson welcomes the opportunity. After all, he was a capable return man during his first two seasons while serving as the backup QB to Heath Ridenour. “Whatever helps the team, I’m ready to do it,” said […]

Dora spikers counting on experience

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By Dave Wagner DORA — If experience means anything, the Dora volleyball team could be a force to reckon with this fall. Fifth-year coach Myra Skinner has her entire squad back from a year ago. Included are four seniors who, as eighth-graders, were members of the last Lady Coyotes team to reach the regional playoffs. […]

Rams scrimmage Littlefield

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams got their first taste of outside competition this football season Thursday night in a 2 1/2-hour scrimmage against Littlefield, Texas, at the PHS practice field. Texas teams are already in their third week of practice, a week ahead of their New Mexico counterparts. In addition, it was Littlefield’s second […]

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 […]

Lady Tigers seeking return trip to state

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By Dave Wagner ELIDA — Elida volleyball coach Darrell Chenault knows the road to winning a District 3-1A championship this fall goes through Fort Sumner. The Lady Tigers posted a 16-7 record in 2003, finishing second to Fort Sumner in district play before reaching the state Class 1A tournament. But they and the rest of […]

Conquerors look to compete despite small roster

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By Dave Wagner Nine players may not seem like many, even for a six-man football program. Faith Triumphant survived an even smaller roster last year, though. “We played (most of) last year with seven, so it looks like we’re pretty close to being in the same boat,” fourth-year Conquerors coach Shawn Kelly said. “We just […]

Coaching staff in place for ENMU’s McCorkle

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By Dave Wagner Travis McCorkle already had his hands full as coach of the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Eastern New Mexico University. And that was before the resignation of a newly hired assistant coach earlier this summer, which left McCorkle scrambling to find another full-time coach less than a month before the start […]

Former Greyhounds help coach on Ram sidelines

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By Dave_Wagner Heath Ridenour doesn’t feel out of place coaching Portales High football even though he played football for one of the Rams’ biggest rivals. The former Lovington High and Eastern New Mexico University quarterback is finishing his college degree this fall doing his student teaching at PHS — and also helping Rams coach Glenn […]

DeHoyos latches on with new minor league squad

By Dave Wagner Gabe DeHoyos was a mainstay in the starting rotation during his days at Eastern New Mexico University. In his third season of professional baseball, the 6-foot, 220-pound right-hander has made a successful transition to closer. The Kansas City Royals signed the Artesia native to a contract on July 16 and sent him […]

Hinson en route to top QB spot

By Dave Wagner Unless he gets hurt or something goes drastically wrong, senior Steven Hinson will be ENMU’s starting quarterback this fall for the second consecutive year. Elliott said after Saturday’s situational scrimmage at the ENMU practice facility that the real battle is for the No. 2 position. “Steven’s No. 1, (redshirt freshman) Michael Benton’s […]

Hunter has big goals for 2004 season

By Dave Wagner Derrick Hunter is ready to step up his role this fall for the Eastern New Mexico University football team. And he thinks the team is ready to step up as well. “With this being my third year, I want to show the younger guys the ropes,” said Hunter, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior […]

Two-minute drill: Corey White

By Kevin Wilson Sophomore defensive back Corey White came to ENMU from Estacado High School in Lubbock. Q: What is your best football memory, college or high school? White: My favorite memory is just being on the field with a bunch of guys to do one thing — win — and that’s what these guys […]

Goble hoping for bounce-back

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By Dave Wagner In three years as Eastern New Mexico University’s setter, Margie Goble set single-season and career records for assists. After sitting out last year with a torn right ACL sustained on the second day of practice, she’s coming back focused more on team goals for the Zias. ENMU volleyball coach Mike Maguire said […]

Kabrick happy to be back in swing of things

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By Dave Wagner Megan Kabrick has never been so happy to be a part of preseason two-a-day workouts. Regaining health after suffering through a torn left ACL will make you feel that way. The Portales High junior was back in action as the defending Class 3A state champion Lady Rams’ volleyball team began preseason drills […]

Buzard to undergo relatively new procedure

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard, hospitalized recently in Albuquerque due to a brain tumor that turned out to be cancerous, is scheduled to undergo gamma knife radiation treatments perhaps as early as next week. Buzard, who has been staying with his in-laws in Albuquerque since being released from […]

Big changes in store for Rams’ offensive line

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams have only one starter returning this season in the offensive line — and he’s playing a different position. Still, veteran Rams line coach Patrick Crowley is more concerned that the psyche of his linemen becomes more aggressive. “We’re going to run more of an attack scheme this year,” Crowley […]

Cole’s persistence pays off

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By Mike Linn CLOVIS — The first time Kourtnie Cole got on a horse — at the ripe old age of 3 — she got bucked off. She didn’t want to get back on, but after some coaching from her grandfather she decided to give it a shot. The 16-year-old has been in love with […]

PHS teams set for fall seasons

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By Dave Wagner Portales High football coach Glenn Johnson knows the Rams lost many key players from last season. One thing he’s not going to do, though, is call the 2004 campaign a rebuilding year. “We try not to look at it as rebuilding because we’ve had a lot of young men who’ve been in […]