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The rivalry is back. Just the second year into renewing the yearly showdown, the Western New Mexico University football team went toe-to-toe with Eastern New Mexico University with The Greyhounds pulling out the hard-fought 37-34 Lone Star Conference victory on Saturday in front of a packed Altamirano Field.

Redshirt senior quarterback Javia Hall threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns, with senior Evan Beebe hauling in five passes for 125 yards and a score to lead the way. Freshman Elijah Jones added three catches for 104 yards and a TD, while reigning LSC Offensive Player of the Week redshirt senior D’Angelo Bowie brought in six for 93 yards and a TD.

Although the Western New Mexico University volleyball team lost a pair of matches Friday at the Westminster Invitational, all seven sets played were close, but the Lady Mustangs were only able to claim one with Harding taking the 3-0 (22-25, 25-27, 26-28) win and Westminster with the 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 18-25) victory.

Seniors Kalie Lyle and Alanna Watt paced WNMU (0-6) in the opener against Harding with Lyle posting 14 kills and Watt with eight. Sophomores Cristal Carrizoza and Sophia Mitchell set the table with 18 and 14 assists each, while on defense senior Ashley Mataele had 13 digs and redshirt freshman Christiana DuBose with four blocks, with two coming solo.

After the opening weekend of play three teams from the Lone Star Conference came out undefeated. Angelo State is 5-0 while Tarleton State and West Texas A&M completed weekend play at 4-0. Overall, teams from the conference are 22-22 early in the season. The LSC did not fare well against their fellow NCAA South Central Region opponents from the Rocky Mountain and Heartland conferences going 8-10 and 1-2 respectively.

Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State University, SR, Cedar Park, Texas, Cedar Park HS
Roberts was phenomenal in the opening weekend of her senior season as the Cedar Park native led the TexAnns to four consecutive sweeps at the 2017 TexAnn Invitational, including straight-set wins over No. 23 Rockhurst and No. 18 Central Oklahoma. Roberts boasted a double-double performance in each of the two AVCA Top-25 matches with 17 kills and 12 digs against Rockhurst and 12 kills and 11 digs against Central Oklahoma. For the weekend, Roberts landed 53 kills, which is tops in the Lone Star Conference, and scored 63.0 points. She also dished out three assists and landed five service aces on a .930 serving percentage. The senior also shined on the defensive end with 37 digs in 12 sets and seven blocks. She was named the Co-MVP of the 2017 TexAnn Invitational.

The second four-match tournament of the season arrives this week for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team when they will compete in the Westminster Invitational Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Mustangs will face Harding and host Westminster on Friday and then they will go against Malone and West Alabama on Saturday.

WNMU went 0-4 at the Oredigger Classic last weekend falling in a close five-set match to Regis, before dropping 3-0 matches to Colorado Mesa, Wayne State and Colorado Mines. Freshman Sarai Migao leads the team in kills with 28, followed by 27 from senior Alanna Watt and 26 by senior Kelli McGhiey. Sophomore Cristal Carrizoza set the table with 75 assists, while sophomore Sophia Mitchell added 45. On defense, senior Ashley Mataele leads the way in digs with 65, while sophomore Hannah Tishlarich has sent back 12 blocks.

Sophomore Brenda Dominguez remained in the top-10 as she tied for eighth in helping the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team tie for third after the second and final round of the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational wrapped up Tuesday at the Pueblo Country Golf Course.

The Lady Mustangs were in third after the first round and following a second round 324, they remained in third, while MSU Denver caught WNMU with a final day 319 as both teams shot a 636 as the Lady Mustangs opened with a 312. UC-Colorado Springs kept their lead and expanded it to nine-strokes to win the 12-team field. Lewis' Madison Hill took the individual title with a 146 to win by two-shots.

After the opening weekend of action, there was a lot of movement in the NCAA D-II football rankings, as can be expected. That included two teams from the Lone Star moving up while two others are receiving votes.

Texas A&M Commerce moved from #5 to #3 after an 8-7 road victory over then #6 Northern Alabama. NAU dropped to #11 in this week's poll.

The 2017 college football season got under way Thursday evening for the Lone Star Conference with three games on the schedule. The LSC went 3-0 in those games as Angelo State & Midwestern State rolled to wins by margins of 40 and 47 points respectively. Eastern New Mexico pulled out a 2 point win at home to round out the strong start for the conference.

Texas A&M Commerce continued the winning ways with an 8-7 road win against Northern Alabama. Both teams opened the season ranked in the top 10 in D-II.

The LSC would not finish the weekend action quite as strongly as they opened play. West Texas A&M and Texas A&M Kingsville hosted top 25 teams falling to both. D-III Sul Ross State handed UT Permian Basin a 25 point loss at home. Tarleton State and WNMU went on the road to take on D-I teams, both coming up short.

Games on the schedule this week include more non-conference games with the exception of Eastern New Mexico and the Mustangs who will open conference play at noon on Saturday in Silver City.

D'Angelo Bowie, Western New Mexico, SR, WR, Virginia Beach, Va., Landstown
Bowie set a new Lone Star Conference record for receptions in a single game hauling in 19, which broke the old mark of 15, against San Diego. Bowie's big game didn't just include all of his catches, but he also went for 263 yards, the most for a Mustang since Xavier Ayers had 250 yards in 2015, with two touchdowns. Bowie opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown and later brought WNMU back to within seven when he recorded an 86-yard TD. Bowie efforts rank first in Division II for receptions and receiving yards this season.

Chris Smith, Texas A&M University-Commerce, JR, CB, Mansfield, Texas, Mansfield Legacy HS
Smith had six tackles, including two tackles for loss against North Alabama. He made arguably the biggest defensive play of the game for the Lions, recording a UNA safety that not only gave the Lions two points, but also another possession. The Lions used this possession to drive down the field for the game-winning field goal. Smith also had a pass breakup.

Bailey Hale, Eastern New Mexico University, SO, K, Iowa Park, Texas, Abilene Christian
Hale's dramatic 41-yard field goal with seven seconds left was his second of the day from that distance. It also lifted the Greyhounds to a season-opening victory over No. 18 Southwest Baptist. The sophomore kicker went 3-4 on field goals to score 11 of ENMU’s 23 points on the day. The contest also marked the first time a Greyhound kicker hit multiple 40-yard field goals in the same game since Lee Price against East Central on September 17, 2005. Hale also had three touchbacks on six kickoffs, which included the final one after ENMU took the lead with seven seconds left.

Sophomore Brenda Dominguez is off to a strong start to her second collegiate season as her one-over 73 has her in a tie for first while the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team sits third after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational Monday at the Pueblo Country golf course.

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