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The Western New Mexico University football team will be doing their annual spring cleanup that will take place Saturday, April 14.

The football program has cleaned over 300 properties over the years through this program, helping senior citizens and others around Silver City by cleaning their yards and performing chores they need help with.

With temperatures hovering around 35 degrees at first serve, the Western New Mexico University tennis teams had to not only fight the cold weather, but also a tough opponent in nationally ranked Midwestern State. Midwestern State took both matchups winning 9-0 on the women’s side and 7-2 on the men’s side Saturday in Lone Star Conference play.

On the women’s side, WNMU (2-15, 0-4 LSC) went against No. 18 Midwestern State (13-6, 3-1 LSC) and Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova at the top flight in doubles fought hard pulling out three games before falling short 3-8. Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz posted two games at No. 2, 2-8, while Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier fell at No. 3, 0-8.

The Western New Mexico University softball team kept the offense going throughout the weekend against UT Permian Basin as they piled on 20 more runs to finish the series Saturday. The first game was a wild one that featured a walk-off win for the Falcons 14-13 and then they rode the momentum from the game one win into a 12-7 victory in the nightcap to take all four games against the Lady Mustangs.

The first game of the day counted as the third and final Lone Star Conference game of the series, while the fourth game was a non-conference contest.

Having finished in the top-10 in all six of their spring tournaments, the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team landed in 10th in the initial NCAA South Central Region rankings that were released Friday.

No. 10 UC Colorado Springs leads the region, followed by No. 21 St. Mary’s and No. 23 Texas A&M-Commerce to round out the top-three. All rankings shown are Golfstat.

Starting a three-match road swing in Oklahoma Friday, the Western New Mexico University tennis teams faced a tough challenge from Cameron University as the Aggies took both matches, 9-0 on the women’s side and 8-1 on the men’s side in Lone Star Conference action.

On the women’s side, WNMU (2-14, 0-3 LSC) went against #15 Cameron (11-5, 2-1 LSC) and the Aggies started strong grabbing all three doubles points. Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz at No. 2 won three games, 3-8, Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova tallied two games at the top flight, 2-8, while Kaycie Cormier/Christine Roerick ran into a tough matchup at No. 3, 0-8.

Backed by a solid final round by junior Shelby Turner, the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team continued to climb up the leaderboard as they finished in 10th after the second and final round of the West Texas A&M Invite wrapped up at the par 72, 5,978 yard Lodge at Ventana Canyon Course.

WNMU as a team gained a spot moving up to 10th with rounds of 322 and 318 for a 640. They bested No. 46 ranked UC Colorado Springs by two-strokes. St. Mary’s and host West Texas A&M tied for the top spot with 600’s in the 17-team field, holding off third-place Lynn by six-shots. Individually, CSU-San Marcos’ Jaime Jacob won the individual title by three-shots with a two-under 142.

After tying for third after the first day, the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team went toe-to-toe with several ranked teams on the final day before settling for sixth after the third and final round of the Mustang Intercollegiate concluded Tuesday at the par 72, 7,015 yard Palm Valley Golf Club.

Sophomore Pedro De La Vega continued to burn it up for the Mustangs as he was pushing for the title before settling into a tie for eighth. He helped WNMU finish in sixth with rounds of 279-285-284 for an 848 to finish four-shots clear of No. 28 Simon Fraser. No. 44 Dixie State fought back from third to win the 20-team field with an 839 to hold off No. 34 Colorado School of Mines. UC Colorado Springs’ Jack Duguid and Dixie State’s Nicklaus Britt tied for the top spot after both posted 204’s. Britt used a par during the playoff hole the two played to take home the individual title.

Klara Smolikova is off to a 2-0 start to the Lone Star Conference season as she added another singles victory against Angelo State. The Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team hung tough in several singles matches and claimed a doubles point, but the Belles were too strong and claimed the 7-2 conference win Saturday.

WNMU (2-13, 0-2 LSC) used a tough battle from Kaycie Cormier/Christine Roerick at No. 3 doubles to pick up a point, as they went back-and-forth before converting a late break for the 8-6 win. Angelo State (13-5, 2-1 LSC) rallied at the top two doubles spots to take a 2-1 lead as Smolikova/Jeanne Kolb at the top flight and Karina Diaz/Nadia Justiniano at No. 2 each won three games in their matches before falling by the same scores of 3-8.

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