Local sports events
In agreement with the visiting Adams State Grizzlies, this Saturday's Mustang Softball doubleheader has been moved up an hour with game one starting at 11 a.m. and game two to follow thirty minutes after the completion of game one.
Sunday's single game is still scheduled for a 12 p.m. start time.
Follow along with live stats and video stream at www.wnmumustangs.com Or better yet, get out and support the Lady Stangs on the campus of WNMU.
The 2019 Don Hansen Football Committee released its 2019 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team Monday morning, recognizing Western New Mexico's Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS).
Colson earned Honorable Mention accolades after leading the Mustangs receiving efforts, amassing over 1,200 yards in his first season. The Hollywood, Florida native averaged over 100 yards a game, posting four games in triple digits for 78 receptions and 13 touchdowns. He capped off his junior season with a season high 226 yards for three touchdowns to help his team secure the leather helmet in the inaugural La Batalla Bowl versus New Mexico Highlands. Second in the league in receptions behind Tarleton's Zimari Manning, Colson also finished seventh in the LSC scoring 78 points.
Coming off a loss to the No. 4 ranked team in the nation Thursday night, the Mustangs refused to make it two straight Saturday afternoon against UT Tyler. The Mustangs dominated on all cylinders, including a three point clinic, tallying 17 on the afternoon in 31 attempts. Draining over fifty percent of their shots from deep, WNMU also went 25-of-57 (43.9%) from the field to go along with 35 rebounds and 16 team assists.
Kaela Chavez (Las Cruces, New Mexico/Centennial High School) – 17 PTS |6-11 FG | 5-9 3PTR | 3 REB | 4 AST
Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) – 17 PTS | 6-12 FG | 4-9 3PTR | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK
Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) – 13 PTS | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 STL
Amanda Perea (Albuquerque, New Mexico/La Cueva High School) – 12 PTS | 4-5 3PTR | 4 REB
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After dropping a close contest two nights prior, the Western New Mexico men's basketball team sought redemption Saturday against newcomer UT Tyler. Although they trailed at the half, the Mustangs put 50 points together in the second half to claim a decisive 77-60 win at home. Four Mustangs found themselves in double figures, led by Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) with 18.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 18 PTS | 7-11 FG | 4-6 3PTR | 6 REB | 3 AST | 4 BLKS
CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) – 15 PTS | 7-12 FG | 5 REB | 1 STL
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) - 13 PTS | 5-8 FG | 1-2 3PTR | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL
Eddie Giron (Monterrey, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy) – 10 PTS | 4-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Mustang men opened their two game home stand against the Lions of Texas A&M Commerce Thursday evening. Leading at the half, converting on both ends of the ball, the Lions wrote a different story in the second half coming from behind to take a 77-73 win on Drag's Court. Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) continue to be a bright spot for the Mustang offense, adding 22 points to his season total for his second consecutive game in double figures. As a team the Mustangs forced Commerce to turn the ball over 20 times, while also recording 13 steals.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 22 PTS | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 11 PTS | 3 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL
Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) – 10 PTS | 2-4 3PTR | 5 REB | 1 STL | 1 BLK
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Texas A&M-Kingsville is favored to defend its Lone Star Conference softball title according to the preseason poll announced by league officials on Tuesday.
TAMUK received 32 of the 42 first-place votes for a total of 692 points in the poll decided by LSC coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives. The Javelinas, who finished as NCAA Division II runner-up after winning the program's first South Central Regional title, concluded the 2019 season at 52-10 overall with a 24-6 league record to claim the LSC Championship and tournament title for the second time.
Texas A&M-Commerce finished second in the poll with seven first-place nods for 666 points, followed by Tarleton, Cameron and Oklahoma Christian. The Texans ranked third with 594 points and one top vote, while the Aggies and Eagles tied for fourth with 527 points each.
Mission Bay Park in sunny San Diego was site to the 2020 USATF Cross Country Championships Saturday. Western New Mexico Men's Cross Country runner, Daniel Beam (Rio Rancho, NM/Rio Rancho HS) posted a ninth place finish in the Junior Men's 8K out of a 23 runner pool.
In a time of 28:02.5, the Rio Rancho native went up against top runners from all divisions. His efforts earned him a spot on the team who will represent the United States at the 2020 Pan American Cross Country Cup in Victoria B.C. Canada later this year.
The Mustang men ran an impressive offense Saturday afternoon in Wisdom Gym on the campus of Tarleton. Shooting over forty percent from the field, to go along with 13 three pointers Western New Mexico were a strong contender for the Texans. However, the Texans were give 27 opportunities at the charity stripe to the Mustangs eight total for the game, making a difference in the 81-67 final in favor of TSU.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 31 PTS | 12-18 FG | 7-10 3PTR | 4 REB
Eddie Giron (Monterrey, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy) – 13 PTS | 4-8 FG | 3-5 3PTR | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST
Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) – 10 PTS | 4-6 FG | 2-3 3PTR | 2 REB | 1 AST
HOW IT HAPPENED:
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