Hounds rout Mustangs in final game for Elliott

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott walked down the runway from the dressing room at Greyhound Stadium for the final time on Saturday afternoon, trying to savor the moment. Elliott’s 48-year coaching career — including 37 years as a college head coach, the last 11 at ENMU […]

Hounds entertain Mustangs Saturday in Elliott’s finale

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott, coming to the end of a coaching career this week that dates to the early 1950s, admits to mixed feelings about his impending retirement. “After 48 years, I don’t know why I wouldn’t (feel that way),” he said. “It’s been my life, and it’s hard to […]

Hounds hoping to play spoiler’s role at Midwestern

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By Dave Wagner A heartbreaking loss to second-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday has all but knocked the Eastern New Mexico University football team out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs. Now the Greyhounds will try to do the same thing to Midwestern State when the teams clash in a noon (MDT) Lone Star […]

Kingsville puts ENMU streak to test

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By Dave Wagner Following a 1-3 start, the Eastern New Mexico University football team has put itself in position to send retiring coach Bud Elliott out in a blaze of glory. With four consecutive come-from-behind wins, the Greyhounds (5-3, 4-0 Lone Star Conference South) find themselves atop the division standings and back on the brink […]

City council discusses legislative priorities

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors met on Tuesday an hour before the city meeting to have their legislative priorities in order for Gov. Bill Richardson. They met and agreed the top priority is street improvements, followed by the purchase of equipment. The third priority is concrete approaches’ improvements. City Manager Debi […]

ENMU ready to tackle winless Angelo State

By Dave Wagner Jerry Vandergriff has done a lot of winning in his 34 seasons in the Angelo State football program, the last 23 as head coach. Right now, though, the Rams are going through some tough times. ASU takes an 0-5 record (0-1 Lone Star Conference South) into Saturday’s 6 p.m. (MDT) kickoff against […]

ENMU players search for missing woman

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University football team called off Tuesday’s practice and traveled to Alamogordo to help search for a former player’s mother who’s been missing since Friday. ENMU head coach Bud Elliott, his coaching staff and about 50 players participated in the search for Vicky Lynn. She is the mother of […]

Hounds look to turn tables against ACU

By Dave Wagner Abilene Christian football coach Gary Gaines figured his team was about due against Tarleton State. After all, the Wildcats had lost six in a row against the Texans going into last Saturday’s matchup in Stephenville, Texas, including all four since Gaines had been at the school. But ACU ended the streak with […]

Hounds, East Central seek to build on strong performances

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University and East Central turned in performances last weekend that both hope to build on when the teams meet in a 5 p.m. (MDT) Lone Star Conference crossover football game on Saturday at Ada, Okla. The Greyhounds trounced Southwestern Oklahoma 39-0 for veteran coach Bud Elliott’s 200th college coaching […]

Elliott claims 200th career win with 39-0 blowout

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — If you’re going to get a milestone win, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott’s 200th career victory as a college coach couldn’t have been drawn up much better. The Greyhounds dominated Southwestern Oklahoma in every phase of the game in rolling to a 39-0 win Saturday night […]

ENMU gears for another talented QB

By Dave Wagner For the second week in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s defense is facing a top-notch quarterback. Southeastern Oklahoma’s Drew Beard, a Harlon Hill finalist last season as one of the top players in NCAA Division II football, leads the Savages into their season opener on Saturday against ENMU in a Lone […]

Hounds get set for air assault

By Dave Wagner Clint Conque feels good about his Central Arkansas football team as it gets ready for the 2004 campaign, but says he’s not much different than most football coaches. “Every coach in America is optimistic at this point in the season,” said Conque, whose Bears face Eastern New Mexico University in Saturday’s 6 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hounds look to ride strong senior class

By Dave Wagner Bud Elliott has had considerable success in his 10 seasons as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach, but one thing he hasn’t been able to do is lead the Greyhounds into the NCAA Division II playoffs. This could be the season, the veteran coach said as the start of preseason drills approaches. […]

Portales high grad dies in wreck

By Mike Linn A former Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University football player died early Sunday morning in a car accident in Las Vegas, Nev. Calvin Griffin, 19, played for Portales Rams football coach Glenn Johnson and graduated from Portales High in 2003. He had recently moved to Las Vegas to live with […]

Sanders hoping to catch on with NFL team

By Rick White NFL scouts starting calling about Cale Sanders after a junior season at Eastern New Mexico University in which he blossomed into one of the top wide receivers and punt returners in the Lone Star Conference. That was two years and two major surgeries ago. Undaunted by his run of tough luck and […]

Local players making big impact for Greyhound football

Freedom Newspapers Their numbers are relatively small overall, but several area athletes could make noteworthy contributions to Eastern New Mexico University football next fall. First-team All-Lone Star Conference linebacker Jeff Howard of Portales and defensive end Larry Roybal of Fort Sumner, both of whom will be seniors, are already proven commodities. But veteran coach Bud […]

Greyhounds lose second straight

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Less than 24 hours after committing 10 errors in a game, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team turned in an errorless performance Wednesday afternoon against New Mexico Highlands. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, freshman pitchers Josh Stephenson and Keith Balderaz struggled with control — 10 walks, three hit batsmen […]

Injuries give new Hound players opportunity

Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Several veterans are nursing injuries during Eastern New Mexico University’s spring football drills, but coach Bud Elliott and his staff aren’t too concerned. It just gives them more opportunity to look at less experienced players. The Greyhounds, who have been practicing for three weeks, had an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning […]