Zias need solid play from pair of friends

By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer 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 something […]

Big Finnish off to solid start

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By Kevin Wilson In Riikka Lehtonen’s home city of Turku, Finland, it’s the ice where most star athletes can be seen. One game into the Eastern New Mexico University basketball season, the Zia post could be primed to be a star on the hardwood. The Zias got off to a solid start Tuesday with an […]

Zias gearing up for season opener

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers One of the positives of playing people better than you in preseason is finding out the areas where you need improvement. In an exhibition game at Division I Texas-El Paso on Sunday, the host Miners served that purpose for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s team. “We learned that we […]

Hoops teams begin practice for ENMU

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers 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, but […]

Richards will return to Zia basketball

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After a one-year hiatus, former Texico High School standout Elizabeth Richards is coming back to the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball program. Richards, who helped the Zias contend for the Lone Star Conference South Division title in 2003-04 but decided not to play last season, said the year off might […]

Klafka leaving Zias

By Dave Wagner 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 Dan Buzard was […]

Buzard, Klafka named co-coaches for Zias

By Dave Wagner 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 for two […]

4/3 Weddings, engagement

Weddings Buzard Jennifer Harrer of Clovis and Dan Buzard of Portales were joined in marriage June 5, 2004 at The Landing. Father Tobin Hitt and R. L. Richards performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of John and Sally Harrer of Albuquerque. She is the granddaughter of Clarinda Harrer of Beloit, Wisc. […]

ENMU’s Buzard tries to recover from tumor after stellar season

By Dave Wagner Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five stories highlighting the top Portales-area sports stories of the year. Dan Buzard’s second season as Eastern New Mexico University women’s head basketball coach was a rewarding one. Picked for last place in the Lone Star Conference South Division, the Zias surprised […]

Hounds, Zias begin basketball practice today

By Dave Wagner 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 and he thinks it’s […]

Zias, Buzard battle on

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard is in the middle of radiation and chemotherapy treatments in Albuquerque after he was found to have a cancerous brain tumor in late July, but he knows it’ll probably be a while before he’s able to return to the sideline. With that in […]

Buzard to undergo relatively new procedure

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard, hospitalized recently in Albuquerque due to a brain tumor that turned out to be cancerous, is scheduled to undergo gamma knife radiation treatments perhaps as early as next week. Buzard, who has been staying with his in-laws in Albuquerque since being released from […]

Buzard beginning recuperation in Albuquerque

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard was released from an Albuquerque hospital Saturday but still faces treatment for a cancerous brain tumor. Buzard, 36, had part of the eight centimeter tumor surgically removed July 25 at Albuquerque’s Presbyterian Hospital. He said Monday that the surgery got about 70 percent […]

Report: Buzard’s tumor cancerous

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — A pathology report released on Thursday determined that a brain tumor which hospitalized Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard over the weekend is cancerous. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Thursday night that an MRI was done on the 36-year-old Buzard earlier in the day, the results of […]

Buzard undergoes succesful surgery to remove tumor

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard had a brain tumor surgically removed 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 pale and […]

Richards leaves Zia squad

By Rick White Elizabeth Richards, who led Texico to three straight state titles and was a driving force in Eastern New Mexico University’s dramatic turnaround last season, has decided not to play basketball this upcoming season. The Zias’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer told ENMU coach Dan Buzard Wednesday that she plans to sit out […]

Hounds sign four junior college transfers

Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan knew the Greyhounds needed to replace graduating point guards Brent Cooper and David Hamilton, and he hopes they’ve done that. The Hounds have signed four junior college transfers, including points guards Jolen Montoya of Neosho County (Kan.) Community College and Reggie Wallace of Mt. San Antonio […]

May 12 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays this week: James Whitecotton; Shelly Buzard. Anniversaries: Kendell and Shelly Buzard. Upcoming Events • The Back Porch Pickers will meet Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. Everyone is invited. • 4-H will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the Community Building. • Floyd High School Graduation is May […]

Zias face Northeastern on the road

by Rick White Eastern New Mexico Zias coach Dan Buzard is not a big fan of the Lone Star Conference basketball tournament format. The Zias, who returned from a two-game road trip late Saturday night, were back on the bus less than 36 hours later heading to Tahlequah, Okla., the northern-most post in the LSC. […]

Lee, Bosket out for Zias

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams will be out to avenge close regular-season losses on Tuesday night when they begin play in the Lone Star Conference’s postseason basketball tournament. The ENMU men (22-7), who on Saturday clinched their second consecutive South Division championship, host Southwestern Oklahoma (17-10) in a 7 p.m. tipoff […]