Local sports events
The Mustang football team traveled up north to Moscow, Idaho to take on the NCAA Division I Idaho Vandals. With both teams coming off a loss the weekend prior, each were looking for their first win of the young season.
Recap: Idaho would get on the board first. Similar to last week, the Mustangs responded with a 34-yard field goal by Ignacio Correa(Midland, TX/Midland) with a little over five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Mustangs opened up conference play this afternoon, taking on the Javelinas of Texas A&M Kingsville (6-3). The Mustangs (3-6) looked to rebound after dropping their last match to Adams State last weekend in the final day of the Dixie State Classic.
The Javelinas came out swinging taking a 9-4 lead before a Western timeout. The Javelinas would continue that run after the timeout going up 12-4 before a service error would break the eight point run. The Mustangs struggled to find a rhythm, with multiple ball handling errors and difficulty beating the Kingsville block. Kingsville went on to take the set 25-11.
Kingsville rolled through set one with efficiency, hitting .387 committing only two errors. Western committed five errors on six kills hitting .037.
Mustang volleyball (3-6) looked to bounce back after last night's five set loss to Texas A&M Kingsville, taking on the Dust Devils of Texas A&M International (1-9) in a non-conference match up.
Texas A&M International is currently a member of the Heartland Conference, set to combine with the Lone Star Conference starting Fall 2019.
Mustang Volleyball heads to Corpus Christi and Laredo, Texas to kickoff conference play for the 2018 season. First up is the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas, followed by a non-conference matchup against the Texas A&M International Dust Devils.
The Mustangs went 2-2 last weekend at the Dixie State Classic, with wins over Arkansas Ft. Smith and the University of Colorado -Colorado Springs.
WNMU Athletic Director Scott Noble has announced that Eric Sturgis has been named as the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach effective August 6. A former assistant at Division I Nicholls State, Sturgis brings a wealth of experience to Silver City with stops at nearly all levels of competition.
While at Nicholls, Sturgis assisted in all aspects of the program including scheduling, recruiting, and practice planning.
Today marked the beginning of a new era with Mustang Football led by head coach Frank Tristan. The nine conference schools that make up the football division all participated in the Lone Star Conference media day, and were represented by their head coach, and 2 or 3 student athletes. Media outlets from all over the state of Texas were on hand to witness the event. LSC commissioner, Jay Proerner, introduced and welcomed each program to the stage for the Q&A. The video link below shows you interview with coach Frank Tristan along with student athletes Blayne Armstrong and James Lee (Bayard, NM/Cobre).
The preseason poll was also released, and was the result of voting by the head coaches, sport information directors, and the local and regional press. Starting at #9 is Western New Mexico University. "This is certainly no surprise, and is what we were anticipating simply because of our situation" said head coach Frank Tristan. "Our backs may be against the wall, but it is going to [be] fun!" Rounding out the field was
Former WNMU golfer and assistant Coach Calum Hill will be a participant in the 118th US Open Golf Championship next week in Southampton, NY. The 23-year-old Scotland native birdied the last hole of the Sectional qualifier Tuesday at Canoe Brook Country Club in New Jersey to record an impressive -7 total for the 36 holes event while competing against some of the best golfers and professionals in the country.
Hill's -7 score placed him in a tie for first with Cameron Wilson. The top 5 players in the field of 81 earned a spot in the U.S. Open. Hill began the day in a tie for 3rd, 2 strokes back of the leader. His 68 was the 2nd best score on the North Course.
Amarion Cash certainly put together quite the campaign this past year and throughout his career while being a member of the Mountain Pointe High School Pride in Phoenix. Cash will bring all of his strong accolades to the Western New Mexico University men's basketball team after signing a National Letter of Intent.
"I am very excited to welcome Amarion to the Mustang family. He is a long, athletic guard who can impact a game in different ways," Head Coach Matt Enriquez said. "He will have a big impact on our program. Amarion has the potential of having a lot of success at the college level. I look forward to coaching him over the next four years."
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