EPAC tips off in Texico

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers As New Mexico rings in the new year, the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament consisting of 20 boys and girls teams kicks off today at Texico High School. EPAC is the oldest and biggest tournament in the state, and for most teams it will be the first action they have […]

Obituaries for May 21

Jack Lancaster Services: 1 p.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church. Jack Lancaster, 82, of Clovis died Friday, May 19, 2006, at his home. Born June 2, 1923, in Georgina, Ala., to M.L. and Eva Maston Lancaster, he worked in the shipyards in Mobile, Ala., from 1939 to December 1942. He served in the U.S. Air […]

Area ENMU grads inspired to finish

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There are more than 50 students who graduated from local high schools will be receiving another diploma Saturday, this time from Eastern New Mexico University and they said they wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of family, friends and ENMU staff. New Mexico Lt. Gov. […]

Yankee coach and Elida baseball great Acosta killed

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Dan Howard of Elida lost a lifelong friend when Elida High School graduate and New York Yankees minor league manager Oscar Acosta, 49, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Howard and Acosta played baseball together at Elida High. Acosta was a star pitcher in […]

Tatum stops Lady Tigers in semifinal action

By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — In the first quarter, the Elida Lady Tigers looked unintimidated and confident against top-seeded Tatum. By the fourth, they looked like a team that was rattled and overmatched. Tatum guard Reahannon Lizardo scored 23 points to lead the Lady Coyotes over fourth-seeded Elida 55-36 in the semifinals of the Class […]

Elida coach depending on seniors

PNT staff Heading into regionals and a possible trip to the state tournament in Albuquerque, Elida girls coach Dan Howard said he is counting on the senior duo of Kodi Armitage and Jewlie Paiz to lead the Lady Tigers on a long run in the playoffs. “I’m leaning on my two seniors right now,” Howard […]

Former ENMU standout Howard signs with AF2 Dusters

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer Come next semester, Jeff Howard is still going to be a student at Eastern New Mexico University, but May’s graduation ceremony may be the only time you’ll see him on campus. While Howard works toward his degree from ENMU, he’ll be continuing a football career in arenafootball2 with the […]

Elida to rely on speed, defense

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor ELIDA — They’re quicker than last season and they might just sneak up on the competition if things go well. For right now, the Elida Lady Tigers aren’t taking anything for granted except hard practices. Finishing third in district last season at 17-8, Elida received a good measure of […]

Offensive line’s age coming in handy

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Age is a relative thing, but Eastern New Mexico senior tackle T.J. Cobb thinks it has helped the Greyhounds’ offensive line mesh into a cohesive unit this season. “Up front we’re pretty old,” said Cobb, a senior from Alvin, Texas, who had to sit out in 2004 after suffering a […]

Dog fights: Hounds have many positions open

PNT Staff Pretty much every position is available on the defensive side, but it’s not coach-speak. The Hounds graduated nine defensive starters and numerous backups. The two returning defensive starters, senior cornerback Corey White and junior linebacker Jeremy Mullins. On offense, Howard has three positions he identified as battles: Slot position This is a position […]

Residents relive memories

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor KENNA — About one-third of the way from Portales to Roswell along U.S. 70 is the most noticeable thing about Kenna, its Midway Service Station that earlier this year was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another noticeable area exists nearly 200 yards to the north, on the […]

Diddle teaches in Texico

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After three decades of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle is transitioning to the women’s game. The former Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach is directing his third annual Texico USA Boys and Girls Basketball Camp, one of several that he does over the summer months. The 55-year -old Ohio native […]

Honors continue for Howard

PNT Staff The honors continue to pour in for Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker. Howard, a first-team All-Lone Star Conference South choice in both 2003 and 2004, was named first-team NCAA Division II All-Southwest Region for the 2004 season this week by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. Strong safety Adrian Quigley and free safety Ty […]

Howard plays in all-star tilt

PNT Staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Jeff Howard was credited with two tackle assists Friday night in the West All-Stars’ 18-15 loss to the East in the sixth annual Cactus Bowl NCAA Division II all-star football game, hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville. Howard started at an inside linebacker position for the West squad. […]

Howard named third-team Little All-America

Staff and Wire Reports Eastern New Mexico senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the third team of the Associated Press’ Little All-America selections, announced on Thursday. The Little All-America squad is comprised of players in NCAA Division II and Division III and the NAIA. Howard, a Portales High graduate who led ENMU in […]

ENMU’s Howard named All-American

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, becoming the third ENMU player chosen to the elite squad in 11 seasons. Howard led the Greyhounds in tackles in each of the past two years. In the 2004 campaign, he intercepted […]

Lady Tigers hoping for state run

ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers had a good season in 2003-04 — maybe not a great season by their standards, but they did reach the Class 1A state semifinals. Still, their overall record (17-13) was relatively modest. “We had chances to beat people, but we made too many mistakes in close games,” said junior […]

Hounds turn tables on Abilene Christian

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University ended a five-year losing streak against Abilene Christian Saturday night, turning the tables on the Wildcats with a 28-21 Lone Star Conference South Division victory at Greyhound Stadium. Junior running back Jason Tezeno scored the deciding touchdown on an 11-yard run with 11:44 left in […]

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 […]

Howard looking to football future

By Dave Wagner After a standout football career at Portales High, Jeff Howard found himself struggling to decide where he wanted to play in college. His father, Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, wasn’t much help. After all, he and the rest of coach Bud Elliott’s staff at ENMU figured Jeff would end […]