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It was a tough matchup for the Western New Mexico University softball team Friday night against Cameron. The Aggies held the Lady Mustangs to just five hits over the 10 innings in posting a pair of run-rule victories 13-0 and 16-0 in Lone Star Conference action.

Cameron (28-15, 15-11 LSC) had everything working on the night, as not only was the offense clicking, but the pitching of Rylee Willmon, Alyssa Osterdock and Bethany Hines kept WNMU (4-40, 2-24 LSC) to just five hits, all singles.

Going into the day, the Western New Mexico University tennis teams knew it would be a tough challenge having to face a pair of nationally ranked teams during the first round of the Lone Star Conference Championships that took place Friday in Corpus Christi at the HEB Tennis Center. The Lady Mustangs fell to #19 Cameron 5-0 and the men fell 5-2 to #16 Midwestern State.

On the women's side, it was a tough start for WNMU (2-19) as they fell behind 3-0 after doubles against #19 Cameron (14-6). Senior Jeanne Kolb (La Couronne, France/Lycée de l'Image et du Son)/junior Klara Smolikova (Jihlava, Czech Republic/Jihlava) faced the toughest test of the group in doubles at the top flight going against the No. 18 pair of Zhenia Shviadok/Mathilde Thibaudat and they picked up three games before the 3-8 setback. Freshmen Kaycie Cormier (Douglas, AZ/Douglas)/Christine Roerick(Albuquerque, NM/La Cueva) won two games at No. 3, 2-8, while sophomores Nadia Justiniano (Santa Cruz, Bolivia/Santa Cruz International School)/Karina Diaz (Laredo, TX/United) were defeated 0-8 at No. 2.

Amanda Perea, a shooting guard originally from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, spent the past two seasons at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colo., is set to join the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team after signing a National Letter of Intent.

“Amanda is a lights out shooter that immediately draws attention and respect from defenders,” Head Coach Lauren Unger said. “She will be a critical piece to our offense moving forward and I am excited to see her in a Mustang uniform.”

Former WNMU standout linebacker Dominic Barry not only turned heads during his terrific playing career with the Mustangs, but also during a Pro Day workout at New Mexico State.

After showcasing his skills there in front of several NFL teams, he received a call from the Los Angeles Rams to attend their camp. He participated in that this past Saturday and hopes to continue his football career past Silver City.

Seven Western New Mexico University cross country runners competed at the Triton Invite that took place on the campus of UC San Diego.

Kayla Noriega, Elizabeth Beltran and Amy Farfan competed on the women's side, while Michael Anzures, Roberto Cota, Dorian Carrasco and Armondo Antonio competed on the men's side.

Western New Mexico University tennis players Vladimir Gnilozubov, Zachary Grabovic, Liam Fraboulet and Nadia Justiniano all earned Lone Star Conference Academic awards Thursday.

To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade point average and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically. The Academic Player of Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from the list of academically qualified players, with the league's sports information directors voting on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement.

mckenzie lucas rsNew Mexico State University rodeo athlete Lucas Mckenzie ropes his steer at the Tsaile, Arizona college rodeo.
(NMSU photo by Savannah Montero)
WRITER: Savannah Montero, 575-646-1614, smontero@nmsu.edu

Dust, strong winds and unusually cold weather swarmed through the final Grand Canyon region rodeo April 13-14. The New Mexico State University rodeo team brought its game faces to the last rodeo in Socorro, New Mexico, which determined the top three finalists who advance to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, in June.

Junior Yasmeen Gastelum drove in the first run of the game for the Lady Mustangs and then added a solo home run as the Western New Mexico University softball team once again ran into a hot-hitting No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce squad that won the series finale 18-3 Saturday in Lone Star Conference play.

Gastelum finished the day 2-3 as she drove in a run with a single in the fourth and picked up her third home run of the season in the sixth.

Following a scoreless first inning, Texas A&M-Commerce (35-5, 20-4 LSC) turned up the offense in the second when they plated seven runs on three hits, with the big blow being a grand slam by Kinsie Hebler. Hebler had a weekend to remember with 11 hits, five home runs and 19 RBI.

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