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Freshman Sam Ruston, backed by being named the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year, did not disappoint. He shot a pair of 71’s, along with a 72 to place third, while the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team came in fourth as a team after the third and final round of the LSC Championships wrapped up Tuesday at the par 71, 6,977 yard Diamondback Golf Course.
Ruston continued what has been an impressive opening act with the Mustangs right into the championships. He opened with a first round 71 and after a 72 during the second round had him in seventh, he turned it on Tuesday to fire another 71 for a 214 to take third and finish just two-strokes off the top spot. He led the team in par-four scoring posting a 4.00 clip, third-best in the field. He also tied for the team lead in par-three scoring with fellow freshman Harry O’Callaghan at 3.08, tied for fourth best in the field. If that wasn’t enough, he also added 36 pars and nine birdies. During the final round, he utilized three birdies on holes one, nine and 13 and added 12 pars.
Sophomores Brenda Dominguez and John Gallegos each took home Lone Star Conference All-Academic honors that was announced Sunday evening during the championship banquet.
To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade point average and be at least a sophomore, both academically and athletically. 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 based on both academic and athletic achievement.
The Western New Mexico University golf teams took home several honors Sunday at the Lone Star Conference championship banquet. Among the top honors were Head Coach Kent Beatty being named Men's Coach of the Year, while Sam Ruston took home Freshman of the Year honors. Sophomores Pedro De La Vega, Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce and Brenda Dominguez also collected accolades.
This is nothing new for Coach Beatty, as back during the 2014-15 season he picked up his second straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Men's Coach of the Year honor. Back in 2009, he was named the RMAC's Women's Golf Coach of the Century and during the 2005-06 season as members of the Heartland Conference, he was named both the Men's and Women's Coach of the Year.
Backed by a strong complete game performance by sophomore Lyana Waddell, juniors Ariana Maldonado and Carolyn Castillo attempted to bring the Western New Mexico University softball team back over the final few innings, but Cameron held on for the 3-2 Lone Star Conference victory Sunday afternoon.
The teams were set to play a doubleheader originally, but due to weather on Saturday, that postponed the series until Sunday and the teams decided just to play the third and final game of the conference series and cancel game four.
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.
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