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A pair of Division I opponents will mark the start of the 2018 Western New Mexico University football schedule. The Mustangs will then have a bye before opening the Lone Star Conference slate at home against West Texas A&M.

WNMU will open the season on Sep. 1 in San Diego with the annual meeting against the University of San Diego. The teams have met every year since the 2011 year and although the Toreros hold a 7-0 record during that span, the Mustangs came close to claiming victories in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In last year's meeting, WNMU piled up 516 yards of offense that included D'Angelo Bowie setting a Lone Star Conference record with 19 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He had a long reception of 86 yards.

The Western New Mexico University women’s golf team jumped from seventh to sixth after the second and final round of the Pack Spring Invitational concluded Monday at the Walking Stick Golf Course.

The Lady Mustangs compiled rounds of 320 and 309 for a 639 to move ahead of Dodge City CC for sixth. Midwestern State won the 14-team tournament with a 587 to win by eight-strokes. Dixie State’s Katie Ford won the individual title with a 142, a stroke ahead of the field.

Sophomore right-hander Lyana Waddell continued her strong pitching performances from the past few weeks as she limited No. 25 Tarleton State to just two runs in six innings, but the TexAnns got an even better start from Jordan Withrow to claim the 2-0 win in the first game that counted as a Lone Star Conference contest. In the second game, a late home run helped open up a close game and sent Tarleton State to the 6-1 victory Saturday.

Waddell allowed just two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out two and didn’t allow a walk. She has been on a roll as of late, since the West Texas A&M game on Mar. 10 in which she went all seven innings and allowed just three runs, Waddell has allowed just 13 earned runs in 26 innings.

The Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team nearly pulled off a pair of wins over No. 50 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 31 MSU Denver before both teams won by 6-3 scores. The Mustangs faced Oklahoma Baptist in Colorado Springs and then MSU Denver in Denver.

 Doubles has been strong for the Mustangs (3-11) throughout the year and that continued against Oklahoma Baptist (5-3) as Vladimir Gnilozubov/Liam Fraboulet grabbed an 8-4 win at the top flight. Zachary Grabovic/Niko Barr added to that an 8-6 win at No. 2. Pablo Santibanez/David Valles nearly made it a clean-sweep at No. 3 before falling just short 5-8.

The Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team traveled to Colorado to face both Air Force and MSU Denver and then closed the trip in Albuquerque against the University of New Mexico. Air Force took the first match of the week 7-0 and after MSU Denver claimed a 9-0 win in the second match, the University of New Mexico got past WNMU 6-1 to close the weekend.

 Air Force entered with a 10-3 record, but WNMU (2-11) fought hard in a pair of singles matches. In doubles, Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova played at the top flight, Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz played at No. 2 and Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier played at No. 3 and all the doubles teams fell by the same scores of 6-0.

Paul Hansen is the latest addition to Frank Tristan’s coaching staff as he will join the Mustangs as the Offensive Coordinator.

 "Coach Hansen is great offensive mind. Everywhere he has coached he has been able to put up big numbers offensively,” Tristan said. “Most importantly he is a man of integrity and is a great role model for young men."

Sophomore Lyana Waddell kept No. 25 Tarleton State off balance, while juniors Ariana Maldonado and Carolyn Castillo provided the power. The Western New Mexico University softball team was up early and tied midway through the first game before the TexAnns used a late rally to claim the 6-3 victory. In the nightcap, Tarleton State used a big fourth inning to take the 8-0 five inning victory Friday in Lone Star Conference action.

 WNMU (2-27, 0-14 LSC) had just three hits in the first game, but two of them left the yard. Right out of the gate, Maldonado cashed in as junior Tycee Coplan walked and Maldonado ripped the first pitch over the center field fence for the 2-0 lead.

Senior wide receiver D'Angelo Bowie (Virginia Beach, VA/Landstown) was named to the Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention team as released by the committee on Thursday.

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