Local sports events
Looking to close out the season with a win, the Western New Mexico Men's Basketball team hosted Texas A&M- Commerce Saturday for the final game of the season.
Hot out of the gates, WNMU took a 15-9 lead after three from CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise).Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) then came up big with a layup, on top of drawing the foul to put the team up by nine. The lead moved to 11 after a jumper from Jon-Reese Woodson (Corpus Christi, TX/Carroll).
In the final weekend of the regular season, Western New Mexico women's basketball needed to win out to keep their hopes of making the conference tournament alive.
It would be nearly three minutes till either team scored, but it was Tarleton who struck first.
Tatyana McFarland (Riverside, California/Valley View High School) connected under the rim for the team's first basket, followed by an offensive rebound and the bucket from Ciara Fields (El Paso, TX/El Dorado). At the end of one, Western trailed by three behinds McFarland's six points. Defensively the team put on the pressure grabbing five steals.
In the final weekend of the regular season, the Mustang men looked to get back in the winner's column and close out the season on a high note.
At the 18-minute mark, Tarleton struck first from three-point range. The Texans would get up by 9 before Leston Gordon (Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago/Tunapuna Government Secondary) got a jumper to fall, putting his team on the board. Eddie Giron (Monterrey, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy) was second to score, drawing the foul beyond the arc.
The 25th ranked WNMU men's golf team completed play at the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational with a solid 4th place finish. The 18 team tournament featured 7 nationally ranked teams including WNMU. #12 St. Mary's ran away with the victory on their home course, Dominion County Club, posting a team 8 under par score. Oklahoma Christian, the 7th ranked team in NCAA D-II, claimed 2nd place, 28 strokes behind.
Western came out with a solid 293 team score after the first round, just 1 stroke behind St. Mary's 293. Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce paced the Mustangs with a 69. WNMU would follow with rounds of 297-299 to complete play, dropping one spot in the standings after each subsequent round.
Men's and Women's tennis competed in St. George this past weekend, taking on key regional opponents in neutral site contests.
The women kicked off the weekend Friday afternoon against Stanislaus State. Carolina Torrico (Boliva) and Nicold Gonzalez (Bogota, Columbia ) grabbed the lone win at #2 doubles, defeating Megan Hagerty and Kayla Nguyen 6-4. Through singles play, Camila Gomez (Bogota, Columbia ) took home a 6-3, 6-4 win over Maria Ochoa in #2 singles, for the Lady Mustangs lone win. Stanilaus State ultimately took home an 6-1 victory.
#1 Singles: Cassidy Ferrell SSU def. Julia Tozzi (Limeira, Brazil ) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
#2: Camila Gomez (Bogota, Columbia ) WNMU def. Maria Ochoa 6-3, 6-4
#3: Amila Gogalija SSU def. Karina Diaz (Laredo, TX/United)-Kolovos 6-1, 7-5
#4: Kayla Nguyen SSU def. Carolina Torrico (Boliva) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
#5: Sylvana Talamantes SSU def. Julia Terrazas (Santa Cruz, Bolivia ) 6-2, 6-2
#6: Taylor Gayla SSU def. Nicold Gonzalez (Bogota, Columbia ) 6-1, 7-5
#1 Doubles: Cassidy Ferrell / Maria Ochoa SSU def. Camila Gomez (Bogota, Columbia ) / Julia Tozzi (Limeira, Brazil ) 6-3
#2 Doubles: Carolina Torrico (Boliva) / Nicold Gonzalez (Bogota, Columbia ) WNMU def. Megan Hagerty / Kayla Nguyen 6-4
#3 Doubles: Taylor Gayla / Amila Gogalija SSU def. Karina Diaz (Laredo, TX/United)-Kolovos / Julia Terrazas (Santa Cruz, Bolivia ) 6-0
Looking to snap their losing streak, the Western New Mexico Lady Mustangs entered Drag's Court with hopes of grabbing a win and keeping their hopes of making playoffs alive.
MSU shot back-to-back threes to grab an early 6-0 lead. An and-one from Destiney Johnson (El Paso, Texas/Parkland High School) put Western on the board halfway through the first. Cassandra Vickery (Tularosa, NM/Tularosa) connected on a jumper to cut into the lead, only the second basket of the game for WNMU.
Looking for a win, Western New Mexico men's basketball matched up with the Mustangs of Midwestern State on Drag's Court Thursday evening.
CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) got the Mustangs going with the rebound and the basket. The teams continued to trade points, with JR Woodson at the foul line to tie the game at eight. An alley-oop by Leston Gordon (Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago/Tunapuna Government Secondary) from Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) brought the fans to their feet, followed by a fast break from JR Woodson, giving way to a 12-10 lead.
The Western New Mexico Mustangs visited Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from their loss Thursday.
Early on it looked like they would do just that as they quickly got out to a 11-3 lead over the host Greyhounds. That lead would last for the better part of the first half, but a strong second quarter by Eastern gave them a small lead at halftime, 29-25.
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