Local sports events
The short-handed Mustangs defeated the University of Southwest 5-2 today at their home courts. Fresh off a week long California trip, the Mustangs were down two singles players due to injury, giving up two points. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Senior Liam Fraboulet (France, Plouha/Lycée Kerraoul) at #1 singles, as he defeated Juan Quintana 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Oscar Serra (Senorbi, Italy ) grabbed a victory at #4 singles defeating Tucker Richolson 6-0, 6-0. The team is back in action at home on Wednesday in a big conference matchup versus Cameron University at 12:00 p.m.
Western New Mexico's women's golf team survived a two-hour rain delay Tuesday for its first win in since 2012. The Mustangs galloped to a nine-shot victory in the SMSU Spring Invitational at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix. In addition to the team title, the Mustangs took the top two individual spots as Brenda Dominguez (El Paso, Tx/Americas HS) took medalist honors and Shelby Turner (Deming, NM/Deming HS) was just a shot back in the runner-up position.
In their first game of a string of matches to be played over the week long break, the Men's Tennis team dropped a tough matchup 4-2 against Sonoma State.
The Mustangs started off strong grabbing doubles points at #2, but could not put together singles points to close it out. Playing with only 5 players, 6 is normally the number for each match, the Mustangs start down 2 losses each match.
Western New Mexico's men's golf team posted the lowest round of the day to jump five spots and finish second in the 16-team, 90-player Southern California Intercollegiate Tuesday. Led by closing 3-under par 69s by Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce (Madrid, ES/Greg Norman Academy) and Sam Ruston (Birmingham, ENG/Chase Terrace Technology), Western shot a 2-under-par 286 in perfect conditions around a challenging par 72 Carlton Oaks Country Club. The Mustangs shot 294 and 296 on Monday to land in 7th place after the opening 36 holes before the fireworks of the final round began. No. 18 Sonoma State won the event by 10 shots with rounds of 282, 292 and 287 (+3).
Jon-Reese Woodson (Corpus Christi, TX/Carroll) was named a Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention, while Jordan Enriquez (El Paso, TX/Bel Air) was named to the LSC All-Academic Team. Awards were announced Wednesday night at the conference's annual awards banquet.
Enriquez, currently holds a 3.6 GPA majoring in Criminal Justice. The Senior guard from El Paso, made an appearance in 22 games this season, starting in 21. Averaging 6.2 points per game, shooting 28.8% from the field, 37.5% from behind the arc, and 76.5 from the foul line he finished eighth on the team in scoring and second in assists averaging 2.0 per game.
Ciara Fields (El Paso, TX/El Dorado) will cap off her career as a Mustangs as an LSC Honorable Mention.
As a senior, Fields led the team averaging 11.5 ppg, She shot 32.9 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. Her free throw percentage ranked her third in the LSC standings, and 16th in scoring overall. The El Paso native started all 27 games for the Mustangs, scoring in double-figures in 15 of those games, including a season high 22 points back-to-back against Cameron and Midwestern State.
Silver High star golfer Chelsea Medina signed a National Letter of Intent last week to play for the Mustangs this Fall. Medina was one of the top golfers at the A-4A State Tournament in 2018, finishing third. In 2016, as a freshman, she helped the Lady Colts win a District Title as well as a State Title (first in school history).
In 2017, Medina continued to help the Lady Colts win another District Title and a Runner-Up finish at the State Tournament. She was a member of the All-District Team in 2016 & 2017 and finished as the District Champion in 2018. She was also a member of the All-State Team in 2016 and 2018. Chelsea is the daughter of Michael and Trish Medina. Trish is a former Mustang having played volleyball for WNMU.
Western New Mexico softball was on the road today, taking on the Mustangs of Midwestern State. What was originally scheduled for Friday was moved up to Thursday due to rainy weather in the forecast.
Despite cloudy weather, the Mustangs took to the diamond in game one of Thursday's double-header. Similar to last weekend, WNMU got on in their half of the opening inning on a SAC fly from Alicia Habitzreuther (Sierra Vista, AZ/Buena) to score Ariana Maldonado (Albuquerque, NM/Cibola).
Mary Alice tried out a different format for reporting the lengthy County Commission preliminary budget hearing. Instead of traditional narrative sentences, to do it more quickly and efficiently, she put the name of each speaker before a paraphrased version of their comments. Questions were not necessarily asked by the speaker, but they were answered by the one replying. Please let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you love, hate or are indifferent about the format. It may lead to how some reports are written henceforth in order to get them out in a more timely manner.
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