Candidates draw for spot on ballot

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Christina Calloway Candidates for the Portales City Council March 6 election are wondering if their luck of the draw will have any effect on how their constituents will vote. Candidates drew numbers Friday at the city clerk’s office to determine where they would be placed on the ballot. “Well you can do just about anything […]

Hounds drop season finale

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — It was another loss for Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. Yeah, it’s tough, ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo said, but not as tough as saying good-bye to his 12 seniors. The Greyhounds played hard, but dropped a season-ending 23-10 Lone Star Conference decision to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday at Greyhound […]

No. 8 Mustangs subdue Hounds 57-34

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — As it has done before this season, Eastern New Mexico University’s potent offense was able to match scores with a talented foe early. Facing their fourth consecutive ranked opponent, the Greyhounds did some good things Saturday against eighth-ranked Midwestern State, especially when they had the ball, […]

No. 10 ACU storms past Hounds

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s killer stretch of games got off to a tough start Saturday. No. 10 Abilene Christian, the first of four consecutive ranked opponents for the Greyhounds, fell behind early, but rebounded quickly to pretty much dominate the rest of the way en route to a 36-7 Lone […]

Hounds’ rally falls short

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Tarleton State football coach Cary Fowler sounded like his team had just lost. Actually, the Texans almost did. A last-second desperation pass into the end zone from Eastern New Mexico University backup quarterback Sawyer Cornelius bounced off the hands of receiver Darian Dale on a jump ball in the end […]

Van of Enchantment to make local visit

The New Mexico Van of Enchantment mobile museum will be at the Eastern New Mexico University Blackwater Draw Archaeological site July 30-31, according to a news release. The van is free with admission to the site. The van will be at the site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The Van of Enchantment’s […]

ENMU briefs — June 8

Blackwater Draw hosting demonstration of prehistoric technology The Blackwater Draw National Landmark, operated by Eastern New Mexico University, is hosting “Technology of Prehistoric New Mexico” June 25-26 at Blackwater Draw, six miles north of Portales on N.M. 467. The event is free and open to the public. Activities include pottery demonstrations, cooking, hide-working, flint-knapping, Yucca […]

Day trip: Blackwater Draw Museum

Courtesy photo Blackwater Draw Museum is located on Highway 70 between Clovis and Portales. Blackwater Draw Museum • Location: 42987 Highway 70, about 7 miles northeast of Portales and 8 miles south of Clovis • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Exhibits featuring pre-historic artifacts, a “touch and feel” table; picnic and camping […]

ENMU backups look to give defensive help

Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — With several holes to fill on defense from last season, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is hoping help may come from within. Defensive tackle Stephen Smith and strong safety Jason Serda, both from Albuquerque, may be able to plug a couple of those holes. Both players saw some duty […]

Hounds rebuild secondary

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — With talented cornerbacks Rodney Mitchell and Tavius Bigelow and safety Tillman Stevens gone to graduation, Eastern New Mexico University will have a little different look in the secondary next fall. There are some experienced players returning, although in general the secondary will be relatively young. “Our young guys are progressing […]

Hounds in need of first road win

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — With any success on the road, the Eastern New Mexico University football team would be playing for an outright Lone Star Conference North Division title this week. Instead, the Greyhounds (4-5, 3-2 North) hope to salvage a three-way share of the crown when they face Northeastern State (5-4, 4-1) in […]

Hounds beat Southeastern, stay alive in North

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico’s “NASCAR” offense was rolling in the first half Saturday. The defense picked up the Greyhounds in the third quarter. ENMU rode a fast start and timely plays to a 55-20 Lone Star Conference North win over Southeastern Oklahoma at Greyhound Stadium, keeping the Hounds alive for a […]

Hounds entertain Savage Storm

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Dave Wagner If nothing else, the Southeastern Oklahoma football team is battle-tested. The Savage Storm, playing its sixth consecutive Lone Star Conference North Division game at 2 p.m. today against Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw, has seen the previous five contests decided by seven points or less. Included were overtime wins over Southwestern […]

Winning season still possible for Hounds

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — It was soon apparent in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game against fourth-ranked Abilene Christian that the Eastern New Mexico University football team was in a bit over its head. The Wildcats, with designs on a possible national championship, elected to take a brisk west wind […]

ACU thumps Hounds

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Not many football games are decided by the opening coin flip, but it turned out to be an important factor in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference crossover between Eastern New Mexico University and fourth-ranked Abilene Christian. The Wildcats won the flip, but instead of taking the ball or deferring their choice […]

Hounds entertain No. 4-ranked Abilene Christian

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Mark Ribaudo has no illusions about playing Abilene Christian. The Eastern New Mexico University football coach acknowledges the Greyhounds will have to play their best game of the season today to hang with the fourth-ranked Wildcats in a 2 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover tilt at Blackwater Draw. “We […]

Hounds’ defense garners rest

Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Saturday’s 49-31 Lone Star Conference North Division win over Central Oklahoma at Greyhound Stadium provided Eastern New Mexico University’s defense with something it hasn’t had often had this season — rest on the sidelines. The Greyhounds (3-3, 2-1 North), averaging around 23 minutes a game in time of possession, controlled […]

Hounds defeat Central Oklahoma

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s football team played close to a perfect second half Saturday. The fast-paced “air raid” offense played more ball-control and finished drives while the defense — enjoying unusually long respites on the sideline, chipped in with four interceptions — three by senior cornerback Tillman Stevens — in […]

Blackwater Draw sacred ground for me

Clyde Davis This is to mention all of the people, by name, who gathered at Juanito’s on Thursday night to celebrate Don David’s birthday. Just kidding. Those are people who are perpetually concerned that their names will turn up in this column. The fact that Don David is now 35 is not the subject of […]

Hounds unable to overcome mistakes

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Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Coach Mark Ribaudo knows the Eastern New Mexico University offense will make mistakes. After all, the Greyhounds try to play at as fast a pace as possible, in part to keep opponents on their heels. “We play a high-risk, high-reward offense,” Ribaudo said. “That’s what we’ve chosen to do. Unless […]