Ex-ENMU coach dies of cancer

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CNJ file photo Dan Buzard, who died Tuesday at the age of 39, spent 17 seasons coaching in the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball program. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Former Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team coach Dan Buzard lost his three-year battle with brain cancer early Tuesday morning at […]

Bike ride planned to benefit Buzard

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A bike-ride benefit is planned for Sunday to raise money for former Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard, who recently required additional surgery to combat a brain tumor. Portales High Spanish teacher Andy Mason and ENMU senior Whitney Hobson organized the fund-raiser, with all donations going to help […]

ENMU to name new Zias coach Monday

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled a press conference Monday at Greyhound Arena to announce its new women’s head basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Friday three candidates were brought in this week for interviews, but he and other school officials declined to release names. The school announced the […]

3/26 Letters to the editor

ENMU coach’s dismissal unjustifiable Eastern New Mexico University’s decision to not renew Coach Dan Buzard’s contract is baseless. Athletic Director Mike Maguire said the women’s basketball program has had a poor record and needs a “kick start.” Let’s look at Buzard’s program the past four years: • In June of 2002, he was hired too […]

ENMU starts search for women’s coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has begun the process of finding a women’s basketball coach after announcing last week that Dan Buzard’s contract would not be renewed for next season. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday that a selection committee is being put together. He said several applications have already been […]

ENMU won’t retain women’s coach Buzard

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Dan Buzard’s contract as women’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University will not be renewed, university officials announced on Tuesday. ENMU Athletic Director Mike Maguire said the move is an attempt to kick-start the program. “We looked at our program’s record over the past few seasons,” Maguire […]

Zias upend Angelo State in OT

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Missy Kirkland releases a shot over Angelo State sophomore Kandra Lakey during the second half of Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference South Division matchup in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — In a game that could have been another low point in a […]

Zias’ upset bid falls just short against WT

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Zias guard Heather Brown puts up a shot attempt against West Texas A&M’s Alicia Saunders in the first half of Monday’s Lone-Star Conference South game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Already playing shorthanded much of this season, Eastern New Mexico University’s women learned on Sunday […]

Zias falter late against Pioneers

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Zias guard Missy Kirkland shoots a baseline jumper over Texas Woman’s Whitney Bracey during the second half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Texas Woman’s Margaret Wimbish had a quiet first half — only one shot. The 6-foot-1 junior post made plenty of […]

Defense major concern for Hounds, Zias

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer As they prepare for Lone Star Conference South Division games tonight against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Arena, Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan and women’s coach Dan Buzard have a similar concern. Defense. Buzard wasn’t happy with the way the Zias played defense in their last outing, […]