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 […]