ENMU ROUNDUP: Maguire wins 400th with Zias

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Junior middle blocker Kristen Beck compiled a season-best 18 kills as the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team salvaged its finale in a weekend tournament hosted by Texas-Permian Basin, beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 for coach Mike Maguire’s 400th career win in the program. Maguire returned to […]

Maguire hopes to lead Zias back to success

CNJ staff Earlier this summer, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire might have been ready to predict a big season for the Zias. Then injuries and a couple of defections hit. Now, the projections are a bit lower. “A winning record,” Maguire said when asked what would constitute success. “That might be asking […]

ENMU rehires Maguire as volleyball coach

CNJ staff Jeff Geiser didn’t have to leave Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to find its new volleyball coach. But the college’s athletic director doesn’t think he would have found a coach better than Mike Maguire if he searched the country. Maguire, who spent 20 seasons leading the Zia volleyball team, returns to the sidelines […]

ENMU athletic director search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its athletic director search to four finalists, according to a university press release. Mike Maguire, who served as ENMU’s athletic director for seven years, will be reassigned to a teaching and fundraising position after seven years at the AD post. University president Steven Gamble said the […]

ENMU Athletic Director Requests Reassignment

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is […]

ENMU cuts ties with tennis coach

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Eastern New Mexico University will not renew the contract of tennis coach Christine Blaeser, who has been with ENMU for 17 seasons. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After 17 years with Christine Blaeser at the helm, Eastern New Mexico University is seeking a change. The school will not renew Blaeser’s contract, according to Athletic […]

ENMU coach leaving in mid-season

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Less than an hour after the Zias softball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Zia Softball Field, second-year coach Armando Quiroz announced that he’s coached his last game at Eastern New Mexico University. Quiroz said he has been hired as the head softball coach for Pima (Ariz.) Community College, a […]

ENMU chooses volleyball coach

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Kim Falkenhagen is from the upper Midwest, but she’s no stranger to this part of the world. The 33-year-old Falkenhagen was named Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach on Tuesday. She replaces longtime coach and current athletic director Mike Maguire, who stepped down from coaching after six […]

Process continues for ENMU volleyball position

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has received about 28 applications for its vacant volleyball coaching position, according to athletic director Mike Maguire. He said search committee headed by ENMU athletic trainer Ed Kabrick is scheduled to meet next week after classes start for the spring semester to determine who will be brought […]

Lady Chaps topple Zias

CNJ staff PORTALES — Lubbock Christian spoiled Mike Maguire’s final home match as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach Tuesday night, posting a 30-24, 30-25, 30-21 non-conference victory over the Zias at Greyhound Arena. Maguire has announced that he will end his 20-year run as Zias coach at the conclusion of this season while remaining […]

TexAnns post win over Zias

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Zias volleyball coach Mike Maguire remained in his seat, staring at the court, nearly 10 minutes after his Eastern New Mexico University squad’s Lone Star Conference South Division match against Tarleton State on Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Arena. Maguire seemed to be lost in his thoughts, and at […]

ENMU’s Maguire to give up coaching role

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Mike Maguire has had an impressive run as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach. Maguire, who has been the program’s coach for 20 seasons and has doubled as the school’s athletic director for the past six years, made official Thursday his intentions to give up his coaching […]

Kingsville beats Zias in five again

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ENMU junior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki (left) collected 19 kills and 24 digs on Thursday night, but the Zias dropped a five-game Lone Star Conference South match to Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — For the moment, at least, Texas A&M-Kingsville seems to […]

Division-leading WT knocks off Zias

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ENMU outside hitter Marcie LeGrand (1) tries to tip the ball over the block of West Texas A&M’s Kelly Culley during Tuesday’s Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball match at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — About all you would need to know about Eastern New […]

Zias edge Rambelles in Game 5

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ENMU outside hitters Vanessa Wilcox, left, and Jessie Macknicki rise to try to block a kill attempt from Angelo State senior Amber Smith during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball match. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Even though Eastern New Mexico University’s Lone Star Conference South Division […]

Permian Basin edges ENMU in five games

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ENMU outside hitter Marcie LeGrand goes up for a kill against Texas-Permian Basin in Thursday’s matchup at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team couldn’t end its early-season slide Thursday night. The Zias went five games with Texas-Permian Basin before dropping a […]

Zias win home volleyball opener

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ENMU freshman Megan Kazakoff, left, and junior Vicki Charvat try to block Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Catherine Clay in Tuesday’s volleyball matchup at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire said the Zias made a statement in Tuesday’s home opener against […]

ENMU VOLLEYBALL: Zias hoping to prove preseason poll wrong

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — At 5-foot-3, Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Kara Killian isn’t one to leave opponents shaking in their boots. Still, as one of just three returning players this season, Killian wants to help prove the Zias are a team to be reckoned with this season. “It’s a little […]

An open letter to Keavin Lawdermilk

By David Stevens; Clovis News Journal Editor Dear Keavin, I read a wonderful story about you in our newspaper on Wednesday. What an exciting life it must be, guarding the Dixie Chicks and associating with all of those other movie and music stars. Wow. A lot of people must be jealous. I know I am. […]

Former Wildcat bodyguard for Grammy-winning trio.

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By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Keavin Lawdermilk protects a flock of country singers who have ruffled the feathers of some Americans. The 44-year-old former Clovis resident travels the world as a bodyguard for the Dixie Chicks, a Grammy-award-winning trio that garnered criticism three years ago when lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience […]