Local sports events
The Vietnam Veterans' Color Guard returned to Drag's Court at WNMU last night to present the flag during the playing of the National Anthem prior to both the men's and women's basketball games.
Controversy had surrounded WNMU's playing of the National Anthem after recent comments made at a Silver City Town Council meeting. Those comments made by Jose Ray Jr., member of the color guard, and Councilor Lupe Cano, left the impression that the Mustang men's basketball team had disrespected America and the color guard by leaving the floor just prior to the playing of the National Anthem.
Dick “Drag” Drangmeister will add Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Hall of Fame to his list of accomplishments as he will be inducted this coming July 13 during the 2018 RMAC Hall of Fame Banquet and Awards Ceremony that will take place at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel.
Drangmeister won a total of five RMAC Men’s Basketball Championship titles (’75, ’79, ’80, ’81, ’82) at Western New Mexico and garnered three NAIA District 7 titles which resulted in two NAIA National Men’s Basketball Tournament appearances. As a five-time NAIA District 7 Coach of the Year, Drangmeister finished his time with the Mustangs with a coaching record of 272-152. From 1984 to 1987, he coached at Southern Colorado (known today as CSU-Pueblo), where he won his fourth NAIA District 7 Championship and his sixth Coach of the Year Honor. At Adams State (1987-1991), he coached his team to a 1991 RMAC Men’s Basketball title, tallying his seventh RMAC title combined. After his coaching career, Drangmeister became the Director of Athletics at Western New Mexico from 1992 to 1997.
Freshman Sam Ruston continued his strong start to the spring season as he remained in the top-10, tying for ninth as he fired a 221 to help the Western New Mexico University men's golf team to an eighth place finish at the Cal State San Marcos Fujikura Invitational that concluded Tuesday at the par 72, 7,008 yard Shadowridge Country Club.
The Mustangs carded rounds of 307-297-299 for a 903 to land in eighth. Host CSU-San Marcos took the 16-team field with an 875 to win by a stroke over Chico State. CSU Monterey Bay's Elis Svard won the individual title by a shot over CSU-San Marcos' Chris Tuulik with a 209.
While it has certainly been a long season, it just got a little bit better for the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team. With a back-and-forth game throughout the second half, the Lady Mustangs made the big plays down the stretch to edge out in-state rival Eastern New Mexico 60-59 Tuesday night in Lone Star Conference action.
WNMU (1-22, 1-14 LSC) snaps a 23-game slide dating back to last year, as their last three home games have all been decided by under 10 points (two, six and one). It’s the second conference win for the Lady Mustangs, as they bested Texas A&M-Kingsville 75-67 back on Feb. 23 in 2017 in Silver City.
Over the past few weeks, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team kept coming closer and closer. Learning from the past two home games in which they had leads in the second half, the Mustangs turned a late deficit into a big advantage and never let off as they used a big 14-0 run to blow past the Greyhounds and claim their first Lone Star Conference victory 84-80 Tuesday night.
The win for WNMU (4-19, 1-13 LSC) not only gives them their first LSC win in 33 attempts, but moves them to 3-8 at home this year. Everything began to turn for the Mustangs near the midway point of the second half.
Following a three-pointer by ENMU’s (11-12, 5-9 LSC) Jamani Pierce to move the Greyhounds out to a 52-51 lead, the Mustangs turned it on and shut down ENMU. WNMU reeled off the next 14 points, as they kept the Greyhounds off the board for over three minutes.
Zachary Grabovic had himself quite the day as he not only picked up a win in doubles, but also added a singles victory as the Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team battled Division I Grand Canyon before the Lopes claimed the 6-1 win on Sunday.
In doubles, Grabovic teamed with Niko Barr and the duo pulled out a tough tiebreaking win at No. 3, 7-6 (5). With it being Division I scoring, you have to win two out of three doubles matches to take the point and Grand Canyon came back to win the other two for the point. Liam Fraboulet/David Valles posted three games before falling 3-6 at No. 2. Vladimir Gnilozubov/Pablo Santibanez battled at the top flight before a 1-6 setback.
Just like the game the day before, both teams continued to pile up the hits and the runs, but despite scoring seven runs, the Western New Mexico University softball team fell just short as New Mexico Highlands took the 11-7 victory Sunday afternoon to conclude the Colorado Mesa Invitational.
The teams tallied 29 combined runs, with NMHU (2-3) holding the 16-13 edge. Aryana Gutierrez got the start in the circle for the Lady Mustangs and the Cowgirls were able to strike first plating three runs in the top of the first inning.
The offense came to play in both games for the Western New Mexico University softball team, as the Lady Mustangs put up 19 runs in the two games Saturday. Despite the strong offensive showing, it wasn’t enough as New Mexico Highlands held on for a 14-12 win in the first game and then Adams State won the second game 14-7 during the second day of the Colorado Mesa Invitational.
WNMU (0-4) did all they could to try and come back against NMHU (1-3), as they trailed 9-0 after the first three innings and then found their offensive footing in the fourth. To open the fourth, Deidre Vega got things going with a double to left. After a ground out moved her to third, she came home on a sacrifice fly by Mariangela Garcia. With two outs, the offense kept things going, as they put together three more hits before the inning ended, as Alicia Habitzreuther followed the sac fly with a solo homer to left. Brooklyn Misenhimer walked and then scored on a double to right-center by Clarissa Moreno. WNMU ended up loading the bases, as Aryana Gutierrez singled and Ariana Maldonado walked, but a fielder’s choice ground out to the shortstop ended the threat leaving NMHU with a 9-3 lead.
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