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Hall of Honors Banquet

By J.T. Keith

ENMU Athletic Hall of Honors… You might ask yourself what that is. Well, it is only the hottest show on campus. This past Friday, Oct. 28, witnessed another well run and coordinated event. Everything was first class from the decorations, done by Event coordinator Sara Hill, to the autograph signing by the inductees.

Don “Doc” Elder was the master of ceremonies and worth the price of admission alone. Moving this event away from Homecoming three years ago made the award ceremony a stand-alone event, and gives the former athletes proper recognition; it is the ENMU equivalent to being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Student/Athletes feel they are in school to play sports and have a good time, and that is partly true, but the key ingredient is to get an education. Once an athletic career is over, it is time to become a contributing member of society and live a productive life; not only, to give back, but to pay it forward. ENMU provides that for its athletes.

ENMU athletics is not only about competing hard on the athletic field; it is also about developing the whole person, to become successful, by doing things the right way, regardless of the scoreboard. ENMU is about creating a family bond that can never be broken through time, life or death.

Some student/ athletes walk around thinking they’re the man/woman, but the athletic department has a different criteria than one might think for selecting honorees. To become a member of this club a person must be a good athlete, a good student, and most importantly a good person who is contributing to society, and supported ENMU.

This is  exclusive club started inducting members in1984, and includes a former member of the House of Representatives, Gary Robbins, ENMU graduating class of 1973, inducted this year as a Supporter. In attendance was current State Senator Stuart Ingle, Hall of Honors Inductee Class of 1995, as a Supporter. This year’s 7 inductees bring the total members to 163.

Hall of Honors, for the first time in its illustrious history, has inducted a husband and wife duo together- Jeff and Laci Lee-Howard.

This year’s Bench Club Member of the Year award went to Hall of Fame Rodeo Coach Charles Chambers. Mr. Chambers said that he and  his wife Evelyn bleed Silver and Grey, and expressed how thankful he was to be “useful and needed.”

Corporate Partner of the Year went to Rooney Moon Broadcasting. Mr. Rooney told of how he and his partner originally bought the radio station with the intention of flipping it after several years, but he and his wife fell in love with the town of Portales. Rooney loves how ENMU is doing things the right way academically and athletically. Mr. Rooney complimented “the outstanding leadership of President Gamble, and Athletic Director Jeff Geiser, and the direction the school is headed.”

Faculty and Staff Member of the Year went to Jackie Kabrick, who was not present to accept the award.

Greatest Zia was cross-country runner Nicole Reid; Reid thanked her family for supporting her.

Greatest Greyhound went to Tillman Stevens. Stevens thanked Head Football Coach Mark Ribaudo, and ENMU, for helping him “develop into a man.”

Athletes who were inducted included Terry Cron for football, Class of 1971. Cron at ENMU played tight end. As a head football coach, Cron is the only coach in Texas football history to win three State Championship titles at three different schools in three different classifications.

Other honorees included:

Lindsay Schiely for Volleyball, Class of 2005. Schiely was voted Greatest Zia 2005-06, selected First Team All-Lone Star Conference South Division 2004 and 2005, and First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 2005.

Dallas McMann for Baseball, Class of 2003. McMann was voted Greatest Greyhound in 2002-03, and a Three-time First-Team All-Lone Star Conference selection.

Terry Don Leatherwood, Rodeo, Class of 1980, qualified for Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals in Bozeman, Montana, 1979-80, and Reserve National Champion Calf Roper, Second day Money Calf Roping.

Laci Lee-Howard, Women’s Basketball Class of 2004, is a Two-Time Lone Star Conference South Division All-Academic selection, 2004-05 ESPN Academic All-American, and 17th on the ENMU career scoring list.

Jeff Howard, Football, Class of 2004, First Team AFCA All-American 2004, Honorable Mention All-American D2 Football.com 2004, played in 2004 Cactus Bowl, and his Jersey was retired by the Greyhound football team.

Gary Robbins, Supporter Class of 1973, 1987 ENMU Distinguished Service Award, Former Bench Club Board Member, 1979-1992 Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, and in 1990 was instrumental in the reestablishment of Eastern’s baseball program. While in the New Mexico Legislature, he was responsible for numerous increases in the Eastern’s Athletics budgets and the restoration of the baseball park, in addition to being a yearly contributor to Eastern’s Baseball and Softball Equipment Fund.

Volleyball Alumni Night

by: Angela Sandoval

The first Local Alumni Association Chapter Social was held Thursday, Oct. 27, before the Dig Pink volleyball game. The purpose of both events is to support breast cancer awareness. Director of Alumni Affairs, Dawn Wolf-Tayler says, “The goal of the event is to help give back to the school and continue supporting them through the Alumni Program.”

Around 15 local alumni with their families attended the gathering to eat and get to know each other, and to support the Zias’ volleyball team. ENMU alumna Betsy Chaves says that the alumni socials are a good way for all the different generations of Eastern Alumni to come together and continue supporting our school as a community.

Not only do they support sporting events, they also hold raffles at every gathering and have a summer Shrimp Boil. These events raise money for scholarships for the students, and are another way to give back.

Even though the Zias did not walk away with a win that night, they were still very successful in raising money for the breast cancer “Think Pink Week.” Demesia Medina of Zeta Tau Alpha says they expect to reach their goal of over $3,000 from all the events, including the pink signed volleyball raffle and their spaghetti dinner.

Hounds Lose Shootout

By J.T. Keith

Eastern New Mexico University has just completed the roughest four week schedule in their history, playing four consecutive nationally ranked opponents.  

ENMU played the No.8 team in the country and kept pace for the first twenty minutes of the game, before losing to Midwestern State 57-34.

The “NASCAR” offense was in full throttle as explosive plays caught the Mustangs’ defense off guard. Midway through the second quarter, Junior quarterback Wes Wood threw an inside slant pass to Senior wide out Chase Keyser who turned on the jets to out run the defense for a 76-yard touchdown to make the score 21-20.

The Hounds (2-7, 1-5 LCS), scored on three out of four possessions as the Mustangs had to switch from man to man defense into a zone defense to keep ENMU’s speedy receiver in front of  their defensive backs. 

ENMU’s offense scored the second most points against the Mustangs defense this season. The Hounds finished the game with 441 yards in total offense. Receiver Chase Keyser led the receiving core with 4 receptions for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Wood is playing his best football of the season, and set a school record for completions at 648. Woods started the game with 12 straight completions, went 29-for-39 for 299 yards, and ran for one touchdown.

Wood said, “I wish we could have come out on top, I can’t doubt the effort, if I was on the battlefield I’d want it to be with these guys. Our defense was trading blows with them really well. There’s a reason they’re ranked No.8 in the nation. They are a great, great football program. I would not trade our guys for anything.”

Midwestern (8-0, 7-0 LCS) Head Coach Bill Maskill said, “It wasn’t our best game, but give credit to Eastern because they played up. Their offense moved the ball, the first three series we tried to play man-to-man pass coverage and we couldn’t do it.”

Coach Ribaudo said, “I am really proud of our guys for continuing to fighting back. I thought our offense was terrific. I am proud of our coaches, our kids and I wish we could win for our fans, they deserve it. Now it’s a two games season and we’re looking to finish 2-0.”

ENMU came out of the game with severe injuries. Jason Serda is gone for the year, Michael Cottingham was injured, and Michael Matthews is also gone for the year. Nick Hill is possible to return before year’s end.

The Hounds play next Saturday, Nov. 5, at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and then return home for the senior’s last home game to end the season.

ENMU plays at home against Texas A&M-Kingsville November 12, at 1 p.m.

Keith’s Korner: Open Letter to Greyhound Nation

By J.T. Keith

Right off the bat, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am sorry for accusing the Administration, and anyone who took offense at being called a racist. I voiced my opinion about an incident that happened to me at the New Mexico Highland football game on September 3, 2011; without giving the administration or the proper officials an opportunity to investigate the incident or take action.

The fault lies with me for not going through the proper channels. Saying that I did not know is no excuse as I stated in the last issue. I was extremely angry about what had happened to me. Weeks passed and the more time went by, the angrier I got. I was irresponsible. I wanted retribution against the people who had taunted me.

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Turnovers Cost Greyhounds Game

Greyhounds come up short.

By J.T. Keith – Sports Content Manager

Starting quarterback Wes Wood had an off game throwing three interceptions, along with being sacked three times. Wood completed 31-of 51 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 54 yards. In a game that saw an offensive shootout, ENMU had 447 yards in total offense; ENMU had a chance to tie the game with no time left on the clock.  ENMU suffered their third loss of the season, losing to Tarleton State University, 34-28 for a Lone Star Conference loss. ENMU’s, record on the season falls to (1-3, 0-2 in LCS).

Eastern started the game with a Wes Wood 39 yard touchdown run, with 11:00 minutes left in the first quarter, Michael Cottingham added the extra point to put the Hounds on top 7-0.

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Keith’s Korner: Athletic Director Ok’s Coach

By J.T. Keith – Sports Editor

Needing a win in the worst way after losing two close games, the Greyhounds could be 3-0. Eastern New Mexico University, earned their first win of the season Saturday night 28-19, with a win over Oklahoma Panhandle State, in a game played at Carl Wooten Stadium.  Safety Jason Serda, returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to move the Greyhounds record (1-2) and (0-1) in the Lone Star Conference, on the season.

 Losing a heartbreaker in the season opener at home to New Mexico Highlands University 43-36, fans at the game witness the Greyhounds squander a 28-0 halftime lead.

Speaking with Athletic Director Dr. Jeff Geiser, after that painful loss in the second week of the season it was asked if  Head Coach Mark Ribaudo, needs to have a winning season this year to save his job.

J.T.: Coach Ribaudo, has not had a winning season in his six years as Head Coach. After Saturday night loss, is his job in jeopardy?

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