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, […]

Zias drop division game on road

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore guard Alex Guiton led five Abilene Christian players in double figures with 20 points on Saturday as the Wildcats posted an 83-63 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Senior guard Kierstan Barbee added 14 points and team highs of 16 rebounds and six […]

Zias put brakes on losing skid

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Tiana Bryant lets a one-handed shot fly in the paint during the second half of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game against East Central. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University guard Heather Brown is money from the free throw line — she leads the Lone […]

Zias coach rebounding from cancer

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Zia basketball head coach Dan Buzard explains a play to freshman guard Lindsey Wood Wednesday during practice at Greyhound Arena. Buzard is back to coaching after sitting out a year. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers After enduring 14 months of chemotherapy, Zia basketball coach Dan Buzard and his family are hopeful […]

ENMU squads return to action

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With his team striving to get back to the .500 mark and Lone Star Conference South Division play on the horizon, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan isn’t about to take any opponent for granted — even a winless one. He knows despite an 0-10 record, […]

Zias need solid play from pair of friends

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Whether it’s on the basketball court or in a conversation, Tiana Bryant knows exactly where Heather Brown is, and vice versa. With three players — Rochelle Vance, Elizabeth Richards and Riikka Lehtonen — suffering season-ending ACL injuries within a week of each other — the Brown/Bryant familiarity is […]

Zias’ senior center catching on

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Zia senior Riikka Lohtenen (right) guards sophomore post Brittney Gillespie during Thursday’s basketball practice. Lohtenen, originally from Finland, scored a career-high 17 points in Tuesday’s 87-61 season-opening win at Western New Mexico. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In Riikka Lehtonen’s home city of Turku, Finland, it’s the ice where most star athletes can […]

College hoops: Zias hope to blend quickly

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ENMU coach Dan Buzard returns this season after taking a year off to deal while recovering from a cancerous brain tumor. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer One of the positives of playing people better than you in preseason is finding out the areas where you need improvement. In an exhibition […]

ENMU basketball teams begin practice

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dan Buzard isn’t completely healthy, but suffice it to say he’s thrilled to be returning as the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. Buzard sat out the 2004-05 season after suffering a cancerous brain tumor in July 2004. He was able to be around the program last year, […]

Richards to play again for Zias

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Elizabeth Richards, who left the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball squad last season, plans to return to the court this year for the Zias. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After a one-year hiatus, former Texico High School standout Elizabeth Richards is coming back to the Eastern New Mexico […]

Zias’ Klafka leaves for South Plains College

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dustin Klafka, who as acting head coach last season led the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 13-14 record, has accepted an assistant coaching position at a junior college in his hometown of Levelland, Texas. An ENMU graduate, Klafka stepped in last year while head coach […]