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Come out and get a chance to visit with the new Director of Athletics for your Mustangs Scott Noble on Saturday, February 3 starting at noon in the athletics lobby in the Brancheau Complex.

Light refreshments will be provided. Then make sure to stay around to watch the WNMU basketball teams go against Tarleton State at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Western New Mexico University volleyball team will be holding open tryouts on Saturday, February 24 and Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

The tryout is open to high school seniors (graduating 2018) and juniors (graduating 2019), junior college/4 year transfers or current students.

Necessary paperwork needs to be completed prior to registration.

Check-in is from 10 a.m. at the Brancheau PE complex lobby, directions will be sent upon registration.
Campus tour - 10:30-11:15am
11:15-12:00pm - Meetings with Academic interest areas/admissions representatives
12-2pm tryouts. Followed by meeting with coaching staff

Junior Ciara Fields would not even let a high fever stop her from scoring a season-high against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Fields went for a season-high 26 points to lead all-scorers again, as she posted her second straight 20-point performance. The Javelinas were able to use strong play in the second half to offset the effort by Fields to claim the 65-47 Lone Star Conference victory Saturday afternoon.

 Despite not feeling the best, Fields did all she could pouring in 26 points on 9-30 shooting, including 4-12 from three and 4-5 at the foul line. She also added five rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 29 minutes. Senior Jade Botelho reached double-figures with 10 points and led the way in rebounding for the Lady Mustangs with seven boards.

The Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team opened the 2018 spring campaign Saturday as they played two exhibition contests against Division I University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP). The Miners took both matchups by scores of 7-0.

 In the first match of the day, freshmen Kaycie Cormier/Christine Roerick posted two games in doubles play before falling at No. 2, 2-6. Sophomores Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz played at the top flight and fell, 1-6. WNMU had to forfeit the final doubles No. 3 due to only having four players.

The defensive effort was evident from both teams Saturday afternoon as the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team forced 22 turnovers and held Texas A&M-Kingsville to just a 37 percent shooting clip. The only problem was, the Javelinas also kept the Mustang offense in check as they took the 64-47 Lone Star Conference victory.

 WNMU (3-15, 0-9 LSC) held Texas A&M-Kingsville (11-8, 4-5 LSC) to a 37 percent shooting night (22-59) and did even better from beyond the arc in holding the Javelinas to a 23 percent clip (6-26). The only downside was the Javelinas also brought the defensive pressure and held the Mustangs in check. WNMU made just 14-52 (27) from the field, 3-18 (17) from three and struggled at the foul line making 16-27 (59). The Javelinas cashed in at the foul line making a solid 14-18 (78).

There has been some discussion recently, based primarily on the column in a local newspaper, that Western New Mexico should probably drop the football program. Let me preface this by saying that the author of that column, Dean Thompson, is a person for whom I have great respect. He is the authority on athletics in Grant County over the last 30+ years. I can understand how he and others will come to that conclusion based upon the performance of the Mustang football team. But I am going to disagree with his conclusion.

Let me first preface this by saying a couple of things, so you understand completely where I am coming from. I have been broadcasting Mustang football and basketball games for 16 years. I have been to more practices than some players. I have been to practically every football and basketball game in that timeframe, both home and away. I have become friends with the athletic staff and the coaches. I have had a number of conversations with coaches and players about the programs. I understand the challenges that the athletic department at Western New Mexico faces.

Junior Ciara Fields was once again ready to go for the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team as she led all-scorers with 21 points. Despite her strong effort, it wasn’t enough against a much taller Angelo State University squad that posted the 74-52 Lone Star Conference victory Thursday night.

 Fields went 6-13 from the field, 3-6 from three and 6-7 at the foul line to tally her game-high 21 points. In addition she pulled down five rebounds and added a block for good measure.

Eighty-two Western New Mexico University student-athletes landed on the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll Wednesday. In order to be on the list, student-athletes had to have at least a 3.30 GPA at the end of the fall semester and be on a current team roster.

Twenty-three recorded a perfect 4.0 for the semester, up two from the spring semester. Football had the most on the list with 19, followed by softball with 11 and volleyball with 10. Below is a complete list of Mustangs that qualified for the award.

LAST

FIRST

GPA

YR

HOMETOWN

Ayersman-Araujo

CJ

3.438

FR

Henderson, NV

Doria

Eric

3.500

FR

Oxnard, CA

Fano

Raemos

3.500

FR

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Hommel

Matthew

3.750

SR

Suffolk, VA

Jones

Elijah

3.500

FR

Gilbert, AZ

Lecount

Larry

3.500

FR

Tucson, AZ

Lopez

Michael

3.600

FR

Tucson, AZ

Macon

Matthew

3.500

FR

Hesperia, CA

McNair

Tracy

3.667

SR

San Diego, CA

Mowat

Connor

4.000

JR

Lahaina, HI

Nieto

Joshua

3.400

FR

El Paso, TX

Perez

Isaiah

3.400

FR

Carlsbad, NM

Smith

Derrick

3.800

FR

Las Vegas, NV

Steele

Christian

3.538

FR

Rialto, CA

Tito

Joe

4.000

JR

Las Vegas, NV

Tomaszewski

Gabriel

4.000

SO

Gilbert, AZ

Valdez

Jacob

3.462

FR

Sierra Vista, AZ

Vesterdal

Brandon

3.500

FR

Vail, AZ

Williams

Deandre

3.357

SO

Tucson, AZ

Copper

Tyshaun

3.500

SO

Brooklyn, NY

Enriquez

Jordan

3.750

JR

El Paso, TX

Gonzalez Alvarez

Alejandro

3.688

SO

Madrid, Spain

McCray

Willie

3.563

JR

Clovis, NM

Ramirez

Trevin

3.400

SO

Calsbad, NM

Spivey

Latrell

3.438

SR

Phoenix, AZ

Wade

Davis

3.500

JR

Jackson, MS

Antonio

Armondo

4.000

JR

Tucson, AZ

Anzures

Michael

3.813

FR

Seboyeta, NM

Contreras

Roberto

3.400

SR

Rio Rico, AZ

Cota

Roberto

3.471

FR

Tucson, AZ

Ocon

Eduardo

3.600

FR

Roswell, NM

Ocon

Gerardo

3.600

FR

Roswell, NM

Gallegos

John

4.000

SO

Rio Rancho, NM

O'Callaghan

Harry

4.000

FR

Leeds, England

Ruston

Sam

4.000

FR

Birmingham, England

White

Ross

4.000

SR

Dollar, Scotland

Barr

Niko

3.563

JR

Whakatane, New Zealand

Fraboulet

Liam

4.000

JR

Lycee Kerraoul, Paimpol, France

Gnilozubov

Vladimir

4.000

SR

Kazakhstan, Astana

Grabovic

Zachary

4.000

JR

South Bank, Australia

Valles Juarez

David

4.000

FR

Guadalajara, Mexico

Castillo

Carolyn

3.625

JR

Silver City, NM

Coplan

Tycee

3.813

JR

Taylor, AZ

Garcia

Mariangela

4.000

SR

Tucson, AZ

Gastelum

Yasmeen

3.600

JR

Phoenix, AZ

Gutierrez

Aryana

3.833

SR

Glendale, AZ

Maldonado

Ariana

4.000

JR

Albuquerque, NM

Millan-Martinez

Justyce

3.438

SO

Albuquerque, NM

Misenhimer

Brooklyn

4.000

JR

Tucson, AZ

Moreno

Clarissa

3.647

JR

Tucson, AZ

O'Neill

Thalia

3.467

SO

Bloomfield, NM

Vega

Deidre

3.600

JR

Bayard, NM

DuBose

Christiana

3.375

FR

Bowie, MD

Gin

Bailey

4.000

SO

Tucson, AZ

Hao

Kealohi

3.714

SO

Waimanalo, HI

Mataele

Ashley

3.917

SR

Laie, HI

McGhiey

Kelli

4.000

SR

Pearl City, HI

Moss

Erin

3.412

SO

Honolulu, HI

Rutherford

Kaitlyn

3.800

SO

Ridgway, CO

Seitz

Delaney

4.000

FR

Hillsboro, OR

Watt

Alanna

4.000

SR

Hague, Saskatchewan

Wright

Jaden

3.438

SO

Park City, UT

Benning

Lucy

4.000

JR

El Paso, TX

Botelho

Jade

3.600

SR

Honolulu, HI

Fields

Ciara

3.500

JR

El Paso, TX

Francisco

Rachel

3.600

FR

Seattle, WA

Looney

Megan

3.800

JR

Phoenix, AZ

McLaughlin

Melody

3.667

SR

Tucson, AZ

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