Zias still in rebuilding process

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU junior Tarrah Sweet returns a serve during a practice session Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — In 20 seasons at Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach, Mike Maguire built a program that ran off 16 consecutive winning seasons, including two Lone Star Conference […]

Zias edge Highlands in exhibition

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico ENMU freshman forward Paola Loya, center, battles New Mexico Highlands University Freshman Nikki Stanley, left, and senior Casey Rubin for control of the ball in the first half of Thursday game at the ENMU soccer pitch. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Paola Loya broke a scoreless tie midway through the […]

Zias seek to mount title run

Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s team has made it to the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament just once in its eight-year history. The Zias finished 11th in the then-12-team LSC last season, and were picked for last in the revised eight-team league this year. First-year coach Todd Padgett, though, thinks […]

Zias add pair for softball

CNJ staff PORTALES — Outfielder-third baseman Katie Whitten of Riverside, Calif., and pitcher Alberta Medina of Las Cruces have signed letters of intent to play softball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Whitten, a transfer from Midland (Texas) College, helped the Lady Chaps to a 42-17 record last year and a runnerup finish in […]

Former Zia great Goble-Poyer inducted to LSC Hall of Honor

CNJ staff Former Eastern New Mexico University volleyball and basketball star Jennifer Goble-Poyer has been inducted to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor, according to an ENMU news release. One of the most decorated players in Zia history, Goble-Poyer led ENMU to its best volleyball record as well as to regular season and tournament […]

Clovis’ Pierson will join Zias

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ashlee Pierson led the Clovis Lady Wildcats in scoring last season as a senior. CNJ staff Clovis’ Ashlee Pierson will join the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball for the 2011-12 season, according to first-year Zias coach Lindsey Wilson. A 5-foot-7 guard, Pierson was a two-time, first team all-district selection […]

Ex-Zias star hired to coach at Xavier (La.)

CNJ staff NEW ORLEANS — Former Eastern New Mexico University volleyball standout Christabell Hamilton has been hired to coach volleyball at Xavier University of Louisiana, an NAIA school. The former Christabell Mariner played at ENMU from 1999-2002, earning all Lone Star Conference South Division honors three times. She set school records for kills in a […]

Zias add prep teammates for basketball

CNJ staff PORTALES — New Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson has added her first two signees for 2011-12. DeSoto (Texas) H.S. teammates Jasmine Johnson and Amber Williford were part of a team that went 32-6 and reached the fourth round of the Texas Class 5A playoffs. Johnson is a 5-foot-10 inch […]

Zias’ new coach optimistic

Dave Wagner PORTALES — First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson is settling into her new position. Wilson, who played in the Lone Star Conference at Southeastern Oklahoma (2002-03) and Central Oklahoma (2003-06), expects to inherit nine players from last year’s Zias squad under Linden Weese. She said she has verbal committments […]

No. 22 WT sweeps Zias

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team jumped on 22nd-ranked West Texas A&M early on Friday. Unfortunately, the fun didn’t last long. Sophomore Amanda Lale capped a three-run Zias first inning with a two-run single. The Lady Buffs then scored eight runs in the third and five in the […]

Zias hold on in opener, gain split

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU’s Taylor Howard stretches at first base to put out Incarnate Word’s Lea Padilla during the first inning of the second game of Friday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader at Zia Field. Dave Wagner PORTALES — It’s been a tough season for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team and pitcher […]

Cardinals knock off Zias

CNJ staff PORTALES — Incarnate Word took advantage of four Eastern New Mexico University errors to score four unearned runs Thursday in a 7-3 Lone Star Conference South Division softball victory at Zia Field. The Cardinals (27-20, 11-5 South) scored an unearned run in the first and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and […]

Zias hire Division I assistant Wilson

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University of Texas-Arlington Lindsey Wilson spent the last five seasons at an assistant coach at Division I University of Texas-Arlington. She played three seasons at Central Oklahoma. By Rick White: CNJ presentation managing editor Lindsey Wilson politely scoffs at the notion that it will take a while to rebuild the Eastern New Mexico University Zias’ […]

Zias rally for split with Highlands

CNJ staff PORTALES — Junior shortstop Paige Colburn hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University softball team past New Mexico Highlands 6-5 for a split of their doubleheader at Zia Field. Colburn had a bit of a tough day in the field with […]

Zias sixth, Hounds 11th in Howard rodeo

CNJ staff BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women placed sixth while the men were 11th over the weekend in the Howard College rodeo. Soplhomore Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad took second in goat tying for the Zias with a time of 21.5 seconds after splitting first and second in the short go. Also, […]

Grand slams stun Zias

CNJ staff PORTALES — There are tough ways to lose softball games, and then there’s Saturday’s Tarleton State-Eastern New Mexico University matchup at Zia Field. ENMU outplayed the TexAnns for much of the game, but Tarleton got grand slam home runs from Samantha Swanda in the fifth inning and Katie Welborn in the sixth to […]

Tarleton State slams Zias

CNJ staff PORTALES — There are tough ways to lose softball games, and then there’s Saturday’s Tarleton State-Eastern New Mexico University matchup at Zia Field. ENMU outplayed the TexAnns for much of the game, but Tarleton got grand slam home runs from Samantha Swanda in the fifth inning and Katie Welborn in the sixth to […]

Zias rally against Aggies for split

CNJ staff GOODWELL, OKLA — The Eastern New Mexico University Zias took a long time to get their offense going Wednesday. After being shutout for the first 10 innings of a non-conference doubleheader at Oklahoma Panhandle State, the Zias rallied for a 7-5 win in the nightcap. Talena Tippett pitched a complete-game, four-hitter as Panhandle […]

No. 10 Rambelles sweep Zias

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Second baseman Alix Dean drove in eight runs — six in the opener — and 10th-ranked Angelo State beat Eastern New Mexico University 15-7 and 7-2 on Saturday to complete a sweep of their three-game Lone Star Conference South Division softball series. Dean went 3-for-3 with a double, her […]

No. 10 Rambelles cruise past Zias

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team held 10th-ranked Angelo State to five hits on Friday night. The Rambelles didn’t need any more than that, benefitting from 12 walks, two hit batsmen and seven wild pitches in a 12-1 Lone Star Conference South Division win over the Zias. The game […]