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Western New Mexico University Director of Athletics Scott Noble is proud to announce the recent hiring of Frank Tristan as the next Head Football Coach for the Mustangs.

 “It is with great excitement and anticipation that I announce Frank Tristan as our new head football coach at Western New Mexico University,” Noble said. “Coach Tristan is not only a great football coach and proven winner, but he's a man of high character and integrity. There is no doubt that he will bring an exciting style of football, and will establish a new culture for our program.”

Redshirt sophomore Clarissa Moreno unloaded a grand slam in the first game, while freshman Grisdey Paredes-Alvarez drove in four runs in the second game as the Western New Mexico University softball team scored 13 runs Saturday. Texas Woman’s also had the offense going as they took the first game 13-6 that counted as a Lone Star Conference contest and then the second game 22-7 in six innings that was a non-conference, regional game.

WNMU (1-20, 0-9 LSC) ripped off 12 hits in the first game and extended the game past the fifth inning thanks for the long ball by Moreno. Texas Woman’s (10-6, 3-3 LSC) opened things with three runs in the first inning. The Lady Mustangs came right back in the home half. After junior Tycee Coplan reached on an error, she would move to third on a double by senior Mariangela Garcia. Redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther drove in the run when she hit a sacrifice fly to left to leave the Pioneers in front 3-1 after the first.

Junior Tycee Coplan did all she could to help the Western New Mexico University softball team, as she posted four total hits, two in each game Friday against Texas Woman’s. The Pioneers just had too much offense and pitching as they swept the Lone Star Conference doubleheader 8-0 and 12-1 in five innings.

In the opener, Texas Woman’s (8-6, 2-3 LSC) started right away when Tylia Sylestine launched a solo home run in the first inning. WNMU (1-18, 0-8 LSC) threatened to get right back into it in the home half. Coplan began things with a single and after she stole second, a pair of strikeouts followed. That’s when both redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther and freshman Grisdey Paredes-Alvarez walked to load the bases. Abby Walker settled down and got a foul out to third to end the threat.

Juniors Willie McCray and Ciara Fields were each named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference awards Wednesday. Both were named to the honorable mention squads.

The start to last week was a strong one for the Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team as they defeated Mesa CC. They came close in other matches against Arizona Christian and Holy Names as well. They also went against Sonoma State, Colorado Mesa and St. Edward’s.

To open the week, the Lady Mustangs rolled to an 8-1 win against Mesa CC. In doubles, WNMU only lost three games. Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 2. Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz added an 8-1 win at the top flight, while Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier collected an 8-2 win at No. 3.

It was a busy week for the Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team as they played six matches in Phoenix, picking up wins against Mesa CC and Colorado Mesa. They also faced Sonoma State, Arizona Christian, Holy Names and St. Edward’s.

The Mustangs opened the week with a 5-4 victory against Mesa Community College. WNMU took two of the three doubles matches as David Valles/Liam Fraboulet posted an 8-4 win at No. 2. Zachary Grabovic/Niko Barr added an 8-5 win at No. 3. Vladimir Gnilozubov/Pablo Santibanez came close to making it a clean sweep at the top flight, but fell just short 8-9 (4).

The final game of the four-game series was the best for the Western New Mexico University softball team. Following a tough opening game in which they fell 12-0 in five innings, the final game had the Lady Mustangs one out away from victory. Then No. 5 Angelo State showed why they were the national runner-up a year ago when they rallied to tie the game and eventually walk-off with the 4-3 win in the ninth inning during a doubleheader Sunday. The first game counted as a Lone Star Conference contest.

In the first game, Brandy Marlett was again back at it in the circle for Angelo State (17-1, 6-0 LSC) as she piled up another five innings of shutout work, tallying seven strikeouts and allowing just a walk for her sixth (6-0) win of the year.

It was a tough way to end the season for the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team, as Angelo State, currently tied for the top mark in the Lone Star Conference, scored almost 20 points in every quarter on their way to claiming the 86-31 conference victory on Saturday afternoon.

It was the final game as Lady Mustangs (1-27, 1-19 LSC) for Jade Botelho, Lucy Benning and Myla Woods-Brown. Woods-Brown tallied three points and four rebounds, while Botelho and Benning each had a rebound. Junior Ciara Fields again paced the offense with 13 points and she led the team in rebounding for the second straight game with eight. Freshman Jenika Padilla added six points and six rebounds. Fifteen times this season Fields either led the team or tied for the team lead in scoring.

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