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The Western New Mexico University cross country teams came in sixth on the women’s side and ninth on the men’s side at the Lone Star Conference Championships that took place Saturday in Kingsville.

The Lady Mustangs tallied 143 points to come in sixth, just four points behind Angelo State for fifth and a point ahead of Eastern New Mexico in seventh. Tarleton State won the title with 53 points to edge out West Texas A&M by a point.

The second leg of their three city road trip was a tough one Saturday afternoon for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team as they ran into a hot hitting Texas A&M-Kingsville team that posted a .417 hitting percentage on their way to a 3-0 victory (16-25, 13-25, 18-25) over the Lady Mustangs in Lone Star Conference play.

The Javelinas (16-9, 8-5 LSC) hit at least .342 in every set, including a sizzling .533 in the opening frame. Madison Brabham was nearly unstoppable for Texas A&M-Kingsville as she posted 19 kills to just three errors in 25 chances for a .640 hitting percentage.

The first set went the way of Texas A&M-Kingsville early as after a ball handling error helped WNMU (6-14, 6-6 LSC) tie the set at one, the Javelinas ripped off the next five points to take a 6-1 lead. WNMU fought back to get to within six a few times, but it was too much Texas A&M-Kingsville as they grabbed the first set 25-16.

Trailing 17-0 at halftime, the Western New Mexico University football team flipped the script in the second half outscoring Fort Lewis College 20-0 on their way to taking the 20-17 victory in non-conference action Saturday at Altamirano Field.

WNMU (2-6) limited FLC (3-5) to 69 total yards of offense in the second half to begin the comeback. In the meantime, while the defense was limiting the Skyhawks, the offense scored on three straight drives in the second stanza to even the score before junior Collin Grady ended up kicking the game-winning field goal with under a minute to play.

The Western New Mexico University football team will look forward to playing at home this weekend after a rough road trip last week at nationally-ranked Texas A&M-Commerce. The Mustangs will welcome in Fort Lewis for a non-conference game this Saturday at noon.

 WNMU (1-6) was limited to just three points this past week, as prior to that the team had scored at least 20 points in every game. The Mustangs are averaging 24.57 points per game and pile up 418.1 yards per game.

Sophomore Xavier Perez was tabbed to the Lone Star Conference Academic Team Thursday. 

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. The All-Academic teams are voted upon by the league's sports information directors.

Perez holds a 3.89 GPA and is majoring in accounting. He has competed in three of the four events so far this season as he opened the season with a time of 27:21.2 to place 31st in the 4.5-mile race at the George Kyte Classic. At the Dave Murray Invitational he grabbed a time of 22:26.4 to come in 36th in the 6k race. In his most recent race at the South Plains College Invitational, he clocked a time of 29:10.90 to come in 44th in the 8k race.

Down to match point a couple of times, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team fought their way off the ropes and claimed a wild five-set win over UT Permian Basin (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 22-20) Wednesday night in Lone Star Conference action.

The fifth and final set was an exciting back-and-forth affair with UTPB (4-17, 1-11 LSC) jumping out to a 7-3 lead. Senior Kalie Lyle (Phoenix, AZ/Sandra Day O' Connor) and sophomore Sophia Mitchell (Katy, TX/Taylor) added points during a 4-0 spurt to even the set at eight. The Falcons countered a kill by freshman Sarai Migao (Temecula, CA/Chaparral) to move to match point at 14-12. Out of a WNMU (6-13, 6-5 LSC) timeout, junior Kijana Best (San Francisco, CA/Mercy) and Lyle tallied kills to even the set at 14 and save a pair of match points. Best then spun in a service ace to move the Lady Mustangs to match point at 15-14. That's where the teams traded chances for a while. WNMU had two chances to end it, but UTPB came back to tie. Then the Falcons moved to match point two more times at 18-17 and 19-18, but kills by Sophomore Hannah Tishlarich (Elk Grove, CA/Pleasant Grove) and Best kept the match going at 19-all. After the teams traded errors to kept the set tied at 20, Best moved WNMU again to match point with a kill at 21-20 and then an error by the Falcons gave the Lady Mustangs the hard-fought 22-20 fifth set win.

There were not any big surprises in the Lone Star conference football standings and results this past week. The top teams continue to distance themselves from the rest of the league while a couple of teams continue to fall out of contention.

Midwestern State University and Eastern New Mexico University got big road wins to remain atop the Lone Star standings. Midwestern State took down Angelo State University by a score of 41 to 27, remaining undefeated at 5-0 and 4-0 in conference play. ENMU handed Tarleton State their second straight loss by a score of 24-17. The Greyhounds are currently 5-1 in conference play.

Texas A&M Commerce remained in the running for a conference title and/or a postseason berth with an easy win over Western New Mexico University, 52-3. Commerce is 3-2 overall and 3-1 in Lone Star play. They remain a ½ game ahead of Tarleton State. The Texans suffered their second straight loss and fall to 3-2 in conference play.

Other results saw UT Permian Basin fall at home to Kingsville by a score of 47-21. West Texas A&M University got a nonconference home win by defeating Adams State University 17-14. The bottom half of the conference standings now has Kingsville at 2-3, with Angelo State University and West Texas A&M at 1-3, followed by UTPB and WNMU at 1-4.

There aren’t any huge games this weekend in the Lone Star conference. That is no top teams playing each other. Eastern New Mexico University will be idle. Midwestern State will host West Texas A&M University, while Texas A&M Commerce will stay at home taking on Angelo State. Tarleton State will hit the road for a night game at Texas A&M Kingsville.

WNMU and UTPB will face non-conference opponents as Western hosts former RMAC foe, Ft. Lewis and UTPB hosts Quincy University.

Luis Perez, Texas A&M University-Commerce, SR, QB, Chula Vista, Calif., Otay Ranch HS / Southwestern JC
Perez became A&M-Commerce's all-time passing touchdown leader with a huge night leading the Lions to 52-3 Homecoming victory over Western N.M. He went over 300 yards passing for the fourth straight game and had his fifth straight game with four or more TD passes. He now leads the LSC in TD passes with 22. Perez completed 23-of-32 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns without throwing an interception. He now has 54 career touchdown passes, which breaks a 64-year old school record. He also broke the career completion mark at A&M-Commerce. He leads the LSC in passing efficiency, completion percentage, passing TDs, point responsibility, and yards per attempt. He completed two TD passes to Buck Wilson, putting Wilson into the LSC lead in touchdown receptions. He went over 5,000 career passing yards in the game and his 5,212 career yards now ranks 5th in TAMUC history.

Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce returned to form this time around at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate as the sophomore from Madrid stayed right with a loaded Division I field in tying for 10th, while the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team came in 11th after the third and final round wrapped up Tuesday at the par 71, 7,242-yard NM State Golf Course.

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