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 […]