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 […]