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 […]

Zias sign eight players

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball co-coaches Dustin Klafka and Dan Buzard are reshaping the Zias for the 2005-06 season. Klafka, who filled in as acting head coach last season with Buzard sidelined by a cancerous brain tumor, said most of the team’s recruits are in place […]

Zias name Buzard, Klafka basketball co-coaches

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Dan Buzard and Dustin Klafka have been named Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball co-coaches for the 2005-06 school year, ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday. Buzard was a longtime Zias assistant before taking over the program when Wayne Moore retired after the 2001-02 season. He coached the Zias […]

Zias end year with rout of Kingsville

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Heather Brown looks for room on the baseline as she is guarded by Texas A&M Kingsville’s Dely’la Hoodye in the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — It wasn’t pretty, but the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team went out […]

Hounds need late charge to make playoffs

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With four games left in the regular season, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan and acting women’s coach Dustin Klafka aren’t particularly concerned with making the Lone Star Conference tournament. Both ENMU squads have a chance, but they have their work cut out trying to […]

Zias fall at home

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Tia Doss spins around Angelo State’s Christina Johnson to get better positioning in the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Senior center Natalja Tsurbakova scored 20 points while adding 11 rebounds and four assists as Angelo State led from […]

Last year’s leading scorer out for Zias

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — On the eve of the start of the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s race, Eastern New Mexico University acting head coach Dustin Klafka said Monday that senior guard Laci Lee will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Lee, a four-year regular, has missed […]

Late 3-pointer does in Zias

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ENMU’s Tia Doss drives down the lane in the second half Thursday against Central Oklahoma. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Freshman forward Lacie Allen hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 14 seconds left, lifting Central Oklahoma to a 54-52 victory over Eastern New Mexico University […]

Hounds coach remains concerned about defense

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Shawn Scanlan figures his Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has its work cut out this weekend. The Greyhounds (4-7), coming off consecutive solid outings, face a contrast of styles when they host Central Oklahoma tonight and Northeastern State on Saturday in Lone Star Conference crossover games at Greyhound […]

Greyhounds hope to rebound after difficult start to season

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspaper PORTALES — It’s hardly desperation time for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, but coach Shawn Scanlan would like to see the Greyhounds get on track pretty soon. After winning back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division titles, ENMU has battled injuries and a fairly challenging early schedule during […]

Resilient Zias victorious again

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Laci Lee shoots a second-half jumper over Southwestern Oklahoma’s Dru Tomaszewski. Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: CNJ Newspapers PORTALES — Trailing by 11 points with 16 1/2 minutes left, Eastern New Mexico University didn’t exactly have the Southwestern Oklahoma Lady Bulldogs right where they wanted them. Then the Zias went to a 2-3 […]

Bryant in groove for Eastern

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior Tiana Bryant tried basketball life at a major university (New Mexico) and decided it wasn’t for her. The former Roswell Goddard standout played one season for the Lobos, then sat out the fall 2002 semester, got married and transferred to ENMU. After an up-and-down […]

Zias enter season with higher expectations

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Picked to finish last in the Lone Star Conference South Division a year ago, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team surprised the experts by staying in title contention until the final weekend of the season. This year the Zias won’t slip up on anybody, but they […]

College basketball: Hounds anxious for start of practice

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — It took Shawn Scanlan two years to bring the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team from a 4-22 record and the basement of the Lone Star Conference South Division to back-to-back championships. Scanlan said the Greyhounds, who begin organized practice this afternoon, have conditioned well in preseason […]

Zias start practice minus coach

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Dan Buzard knows it’ll probably be a while before he’s able to return to the sideline. The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach is in the middle of radiation and chemotherapy treatments in Albuquerque after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in late July. His team plans to […]

ENMU coach hospitalized in Albuquerque

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Dan Buzard By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard had surgery for a brain tumor Monday in Albuquerque, where he remains hospitalized. Buzard, 36, was taken ill over the weekend while in Albuquerque. “Sunday he just got really sick at my parents’ house,” said Buzard’s wife Jennifer. “He looked really […]

Hounds sign first basketball recruit

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Kennis Green, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing from Blinn (Texas) College, is the first of what Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan hopes is four players who will sign a national letter of intent with the Greyhounds this spring. Green averaged 17.6 points and four rebounds a game […]