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Going against their second mostly Division I field in a week, the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team ended up 13th after the third and final round of the Price’s Give ‘Em Five completed Sunday at the par 71, 7,267 yard Butterfield Trail Golf Course.
The Mustangs were tied for 12th with Army following yesterday’s second round and ended up a shot back of the Black Knights posting a 900 with rounds of 291-306-303. Host UTEP grabbed the title by 10-strokes with an 839. Marquette’s Hunter Eichhorn won the individual title by a shot with a 204.
The Western New Mexico University cross country teams came in sixth on the women’s side and ninth on the men’s side at the Lone Star Conference Championships that took place Saturday in Kingsville.
The Lady Mustangs tallied 143 points to come in sixth, just four points behind Angelo State for fifth and a point ahead of Eastern New Mexico in seventh. Tarleton State won the title with 53 points to edge out West Texas A&M by a point.
The second leg of their three city road trip was a tough one Saturday afternoon for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team as they ran into a hot hitting Texas A&M-Kingsville team that posted a .417 hitting percentage on their way to a 3-0 victory (16-25, 13-25, 18-25) over the Lady Mustangs in Lone Star Conference play.
The Javelinas (16-9, 8-5 LSC) hit at least .342 in every set, including a sizzling .533 in the opening frame. Madison Brabham was nearly unstoppable for Texas A&M-Kingsville as she posted 19 kills to just three errors in 25 chances for a .640 hitting percentage.
The first set went the way of Texas A&M-Kingsville early as after a ball handling error helped WNMU (6-14, 6-6 LSC) tie the set at one, the Javelinas ripped off the next five points to take a 6-1 lead. WNMU fought back to get to within six a few times, but it was too much Texas A&M-Kingsville as they grabbed the first set 25-16.
Trailing 17-0 at halftime, the Western New Mexico University football team flipped the script in the second half outscoring Fort Lewis College 20-0 on their way to taking the 20-17 victory in non-conference action Saturday at Altamirano Field.
WNMU (2-6) limited FLC (3-5) to 69 total yards of offense in the second half to begin the comeback. In the meantime, while the defense was limiting the Skyhawks, the offense scored on three straight drives in the second stanza to even the score before junior Collin Grady ended up kicking the game-winning field goal with under a minute to play.
One of the undeniable truths of life is that most problems are not simple and straightforward but are somewhat complicated. Causes are multifaceted and require multifaceted approaches to the solution. Of course the NFL protests have been in the news quite a bit and now the topic of sexual harassment has come back to the forefront of the societal conversation. I think both of these things have something in common. Both are very emotional issues with very strong opinions that are dividing the people who should be coming together to solve the problems.
We’ve talked quite a bit about the National Anthem protests and how the sitting or kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem is a sign of disrespect. Many players say they do not mean it in a disrespectful manner but it is without a doubt disrespectful. It is intended to be so and that is what draws attention to their cause but it also takes away from the discussion about their cause.
The Western New Mexico University football team will look forward to playing at home this weekend after a rough road trip last week at nationally-ranked Texas A&M-Commerce. The Mustangs will welcome in Fort Lewis for a non-conference game this Saturday at noon.
WNMU (1-6) was limited to just three points this past week, as prior to that the team had scored at least 20 points in every game. The Mustangs are averaging 24.57 points per game and pile up 418.1 yards per game.
Sophomore Xavier Perez was tabbed to the Lone Star Conference Academic Team Thursday.
To be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. The All-Academic teams are voted upon by the league's sports information directors.
Perez holds a 3.89 GPA and is majoring in accounting. He has competed in three of the four events so far this season as he opened the season with a time of 27:21.2 to place 31st in the 4.5-mile race at the George Kyte Classic. At the Dave Murray Invitational he grabbed a time of 22:26.4 to come in 36th in the 6k race. In his most recent race at the South Plains College Invitational, he clocked a time of 29:10.90 to come in 44th in the 8k race.
Down to match point a couple of times, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team fought their way off the ropes and claimed a wild five-set win over UT Permian Basin (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 22-20) Wednesday night in Lone Star Conference action.
The fifth and final set was an exciting back-and-forth affair with UTPB (4-17, 1-11 LSC) jumping out to a 7-3 lead. Senior Kalie Lyle (Phoenix, AZ/Sandra Day O' Connor) and sophomore Sophia Mitchell (Katy, TX/Taylor) added points during a 4-0 spurt to even the set at eight. The Falcons countered a kill by freshman Sarai Migao (Temecula, CA/Chaparral) to move to match point at 14-12. Out of a WNMU (6-13, 6-5 LSC) timeout, junior Kijana Best (San Francisco, CA/Mercy) and Lyle tallied kills to even the set at 14 and save a pair of match points. Best then spun in a service ace to move the Lady Mustangs to match point at 15-14. That's where the teams traded chances for a while. WNMU had two chances to end it, but UTPB came back to tie. Then the Falcons moved to match point two more times at 18-17 and 19-18, but kills by Sophomore Hannah Tishlarich (Elk Grove, CA/Pleasant Grove) and Best kept the match going at 19-all. After the teams traded errors to kept the set tied at 20, Best moved WNMU again to match point with a kill at 21-20 and then an error by the Falcons gave the Lady Mustangs the hard-fought 22-20 fifth set win.
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