Hounds’ upset bid falls short

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Playing with a short deck, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team gave 14th-ranked Abilene Christian all it wanted for most of Tuesday’s Lone Star Conference South Division clash. But the Wildcats went on a 16-2 run, sparked by consecutive 3-pointers from senior guard Brandon Callahan, and pulled away […]

Abilene Christian tops Hounds

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Even in some seasons when it was struggling, Abilene Christian has been a thorn in Eastern New Mexico University’s side over the years. In 2007, though, the 17th-ranked Wildcats are for real. They proved it on Saturday night by piling up 551 total yards in rolling to a 45-20 Lone […]

Abilene Christian edges Zias in five

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Freshman outside hitter Veronica Valdez collected a team-high 13 kills in Eastern New Mexico University’s five-game Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball loss to Abilene Christian on Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Abilene Christian appeared on its way to a three-game sweep […]

Melrose native hired to coach McMurry women’s basketball

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Her dream growing up was to coach basketball, but former Melrose High standout Veronica Snow has been away from it for six years while teaching at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and working on her doctorate in sports management. Recently, though, the 1982 Melrose graduate accepted the women’s head coaching position […]

Division-leading Wildcats complete sweep of ENMU

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Senior right-hander Brian Kennedy tossed a four-hitter in the opener and second baseman Thomas Bumpass keyed a five-run fourth with a two-run single in the nightcap as Abilene Christian completed a four-game Lone Star Conference South Division baseball sweep of Eastern New Mexico University by beating the Greyhounds 6-1 and […]

Zias avoid sweep at Texas Woman’s

CNJ staff DENTON, Texas — Finally, after scoring only two runs on 19 hits — two doubles and 17 singles — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats broke out on Saturday. It almost wasn’t enough. The Zias, who had already dropped the first three games of their Lone Star Conference South Division series with Texas Woman’s, […]

Zias ride hot bats to sweep of Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were smoking on Sunday, helping the Zias greatly improve their position in the battle for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. ENMU used consecutive big innings to outlast Abilene Christian 13-9 in the opener, then rode a five-hit pitching performance from freshman […]

Zias bounce back for split with Abilene Christian

CNJ staff PORTALES — Give the Eastern New Mexico University softball team credit for bouncing back. Abilene Christian rode a nine-run seventh inning to beat the Zias 17-8 the first game of their Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. ENMU rallied behind five RBIs from freshman second baseman Rebecca Quinones and […]

ENMU tennis team snaps losing streak

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team defeated McMurry 8-1 on Friday, snapping an eight-match losing streak in what was the Zias’ final outing of the spring. Earlier Friday, the Zias (4-13, 0-9 Lone Star Conference) dropped a 9-0 league verdict to Abilene Christian, ranked sixth in NCAA Division […]

Hounds beat Abilene Christian, improve postseason hopes

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — They still have work to do, but Eastern New Mexico University’s men took a big step on Wednesday in their bid to reach the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. Senior forward Donald Young scored a career-best 21 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting, leading five Greyhounds […]

ACU notches win over Zias

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Eastern senior forward Elizabeth drives to the hole for two of her 15 points against Abilene Christian Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena . ACU beat the Zias 83-73. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — As has happened numerous times in Lone Star Conference South Division play, Eastern New Mexico […]

ENMU teams in need of wins in bids to make LSC tourney

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams don’t have much margin for error. The Greyhounds and Zias each have three of their final four Lone Star Conference South Division games at home, beginning with tonight’s twin bill against Abilene Christian. The ENMU women (12-10, 3-7 South) are trying […]

Hounds picked fifth in LSC South baseball

RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was pegged for fifth place this season in the six-team Lone Star Conference South Division baseball poll, released on Tuesday by the conference office. Abilene Christian, ranked 17th in Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II preseason poll, received nine of 14 first-place votes and 79 points to edge out […]

Zias’ comeback falls short at Abilene Christian

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore center Audrey Maxwell scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and junior forward Alex Guiton added 22 points Thursday night to lift Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 72-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-1 South) held on after building an […]

Eastern takes on Abilene Christian

All Times MST Men ENMU (6-8) at Abilene Christian (9-5), 7 p.m. today, in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams at Abilene, Texas. Radio:KSEL-FM 95.3. On the Net: www.enmusports.com Notes: The Wildcats have already surpassed their win total from last year (8-19), when they finished out the campaign on an eight-game […]

Thanksgiving: Time for added thanks

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Thanksgiving isn’t over until you’ve made the green chile turkey enchiladas from the leftovers the day after. We haven’t eaten the last of Dad’s delicious pumpkin pie either, so technically it’s still Thanksgiving. My friend Bernard Polaco says every day is Thanksgiving, so I can, in fact, write this column […]

Zias drop South Division finale

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas —Erin Curry had 14 kills and Lauren Leone added 12 as Abilene Christian defeated Eastern New Mexico University 30-18, 30-25, 30-22 on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference South Division finale for both teams. Junior outside hitters Jessie Macknicki and Kari Adkins had eight kills each for the Zias (6-26, 1-9 […]

ENMU men fourth, women fifth in LSC cross country

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Junior Nimrod Lelei and sophomore Felix Boit finished eighth and 11th, leading Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a fourth-place team finish in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, hosted by Tarleton State. Lelei posted a time of 25:26 while Boit ran 26:16. East Central was second with 59 […]

Ex-CHS standout Pinckney transfers to Dallas Baptist

CNJ staff DALLAS — Justin Pinckney, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, has transferred from Abilene Christian to Dallas Baptist this year and will be a part of the Patriots’ inaugural basketball season. Pinckney spent two years at Abilene Christian and will be a redshirt sophomore this season. In 2005-06, he played in 20 games and […]

Abilene Christian stays on roll at Hounds’ expense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — After Saturday’s 21-0 Lone Star Conference South Division-opening victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw, the Abilene Christian football team is heading for relatively new territory. For ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo and his squad, it’s back to the drawing board. At 4-0, the Wildcats, […]