Briefs: Mesa State roundup Sept. 22, 2009

College Football

Newton receives RMAC honor
Mesa State College linebacker Bennett Newton received the RMAC defensive player of the week honor Monday for the second time this season.

The senior led all players with 11 tackles Saturday in the Mavericks’ 43-37 victory over Western New Mexico. He had four solo tackles, including one for lost yardage, forced one fumble and returned another fumble 51 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.

Newton leads the Mavericks in tackles (48), solo tackles (11) and assisted tackles (37).

He has one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 2.5 sacks this season.

The Mavericks (2-2, 2-0 RMAC) play Fort Lewis at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Durango.

College Volleyball

Mesa’s King selected top setter

Mesa State setter Tara King recorded 93 assists in a pair of home RMAC victories last weekend and was selected the RMAC setter of the week.

King, a junior from Steamboat Springs, had 51 assists against Fort Lewis. She’s averaging 10.07 assists per game this season for the Mavericks (6-7, 4-0 RMAC), who take a five-match winning streak to Adams State and CSU-Pueblo this weekend.

College Golf

Mesa leads CSU-Pueblo tourney

Three Mesa State women are in the top nine, helping give the Mavericks the lead Monday in the rain-delayed Colorado State-Pueblo Invitational at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo.

Mesa State shot a first-round score of 342 and leads by four strokes over Montana State-Billings (346). Western New Mexico is third (349) and Adams State fourth (352).

Sophomore Afton Balling leads the Mavs with a nine-over-par 83, good for third place.

She is two strokes behind the leader, Adams State’s Kendall Martin.

Mesa’s Kristina Casillas is sixth at 85 and Jennifer Hilts is tied for ninth at 86. Jessica Berve shot an 88.

Monday’s first round of the RMAC Men’s Golf Fall Championship at Cougar Canyon Golf Links in Trinidad was suspended because of inclement weather. It is scheduled to start at 8 this morning, with the second round immediately after the first round, weather permitting.


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