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Women's Basketball Game vs. Fresno State Cancelled

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State athletic director Dr. McKinley Boston announced that tonight’s women’s basketball game against Fresno State has been cancelled due to power use restrictions in Las Cruces.

“Over the past several days, we have all had to make sacrifices,” said Boston. “Using the power necessary to operate a game and placing the extra stress on the fragile power grid is not prudent when our community is faced with potential power outages at home. In consultation with President Couture, El Paso Electric, Special Events, and the WAC office, we have decided that cancelling tonight’s game is in the best interest of the community.”

No make-up date is scheduled.

The Daily Aggie :: 02/03/11

National Signing Day was yesterday and Coach Walker unveiled the 2011 recruiting class. Be sure to check out our interview with Coach Walker from yesterday. We got his thoughts on each of the players as well as a couple of other items. Also, mark your calendars for April 30th because that's when the coaches are looking at holding the annual Spring Game. Dates are subject to change as always but keep that one free on your calendar for now.

In our opinion the highlights of the class are James Calhoun, a 5'11" wide receiver who Coach Walker says is a great punt returner and a player that Coach Walker likens to a DeSean Jackson type player (he would know since he coached against Jackson while at UCLA). Jeremy Harris is a 6'2" defensive back that picked the Aggies over a pair of PAC-12 teams in Utah and Oregon State. Samuel Oyenuga is a 5'10" defensive back that de-committed from Minnesota and joined the Aggies. He's a player that as a freshman, Coach Walker believes could find plenty of playing time. The Aggies landed a 6'7", 300 pound offensive lineman and the guy we're most excited to see, Sean Brown, a 6'5" defensive end who according to Coach Walker has a Michael Strahan type body frame.

The Aggies are potentially looking to take a couple more defensive players, a linebacker and a defensive tackle. The Aggies lost a linebacker, Kaulana Judd, at the last minute to Purdue.

The Aggie soccer team will likely be announcing their signing class today and while we don't know who all is on that list, the Aggies did ink one outstanding recruit out of California by the name of Khalalah Todd. She is the number two goal scorer in the country! She has scored 42 goals this season and 126 in her career (a number which would have been higher but her sophomore season was injury plagued and she scored just nine goals).

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action tonight as both take on Fresno State. The men are in Fresno and hoping to avoid a letdown similar to the one they suffered last season when they made the trip out west. The Aggies played flat and the Bulldogs pounded the them by 19.

With Nevada's loss last night at Utah State, the Aggies now own a one game lead over Nevada, Boise State and Idaho for second place. It would be a shame for the Aggies to give up that advantage with a loss tonight.

The Aggie women's basketball team is scheduled to play Fresno State tonight in the Pan Am (weather and power permitting). This starts a tough three-game stretch for the Aggies where they host Fresno State and play Louisiana Tech back-to-back. If the Aggies can find a way to win one or even two of these games, they'll be in prime position to finish in the top four in the league. After this three-game stanza, they have four of their final six games at home.

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Spence Interview :: 02/02/11

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on getting the road split?
Darin Spence: The goal is you try to go get the split. If you can win on the first night then you try to go get greedy and get two and get the Saturday game. The Thursday game at Boise, we played well and we played well because we shot the ball well. We got good shots, we took the ball inside-out, we reversed it and we put ourselves in good positions and we made shots. Any time you make shots everything else is going to go better. Even the so-called defensive-minded teams, you'd like to say we're going to go do defense first but human nature lets down if you can't make shots. We've been through those nights, especially road games, where we've shot high 20's and low 30's percents. It was really nice to see our three senior guards step up and do their part, that's what they're supposed to do on the road. We got a good win, an important win at a tough place at Boise State.

You bounce back Saturday afternoon at Idaho and Idaho has a really good team. Both those teams were picked to finish ahead of us in league play. We tied Idaho last year for fourth place. We played well enough to win the game at Idaho. I have never done this but I did after the game on the radio, we didn't get our calls. We didn't get our average of free throws. If we'd have just got our average number of free throws that we get every game, home and away, we win that game too. I thought we played well enough to win the game. I was extremely upset and frustrated over not getting to the foul line. We take the ball inside, post it up, nothing changes and we're one of the leaders in the free throw category in the WAC and we just couldn't get anything. You know something wrong when the opposing coaches and opposing team are joking around and laughing about that they set a new record for fewest fouls in a WAC game (5). I thought our kids did a good job of bouncing back from that Thursday game. The final score was no way indicative of how the game really went. I thought we had a chance. All-in-all we got out of there with a split.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Walker Adds WR To 2011 Recruiting Class

Written By: N.M. State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – NM State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced late Monday afternoon that wide receiver Austin Franklin has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the Aggies beginning in the 2011 season.
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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Walker Interview :: 02/02/11 :: Thoughts On The 2011 Signing Class

bleedCrimson.net: Your overall thoughts on the class?
DeWayne Walker: Offensively we went heavy wide receiver and offensive line. We just needed to continue to get more depth on the offensive line. We had some injuries last year that kind of hurt us that we weren't quite prepared for. So we wanted to focus on that piece of it. Wide receiver, we need more playmakers. We basically have to reboot the wide receiver position just to give us a chance to score some points and to be more versatile. I would say offensively those were the two positions we wanted to address.

Defensively, secondary-wise I felt we needed to get more bodies in the secondary. We had a couple injuries there last year, we were thin back there toward the end of the year. We definitely got some guys to provide more competition and depth at that position.

We wanted to get one more linebacker. We may sign another linebacker here after today but the one we did get, Alexander Lavoy, we think he's gonna be a really good player for us and we're expecting him to come in and be a contributor right away and try to help upgrade our linebacker position.

We signed a couple defensive ends to try to get a little bit more pass rush outside. There's a chance we make take another defensive tackle if we can find one down the road.

We just felt like there were quite a bit of needs. It's tough to try to get all of them at the same time but we tried to be very strategic with who we went after and who we could get and we tried to mix not with only our needs but also players that can come in and make us more competitive.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Walker Announces 2011 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced the Aggies’ 2011 signing class Wednesday afternoon. Nineteen student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent with the Aggies to attend New Mexico State University and play football beginning in 2011.

The Aggies’ 2011 signing class is full of junior college transfers and high school student-athletes. The defensive line and offensive line were a focus for Walker’s third signing class as head coach. The Aggies signed two defensive linemen and five offensive linemen. Also signing with NM State were one linebacker, three wide receivers, one quarterback, four defensive backs, two running backs and one tight end to round out the signing class.

“As it turns out we were a little offensive heavy at the wide receiver and offensive lineman positions and we took more running backs then expected but in our conference we have to score points so we had to take more play makers on the offensive side of the ball,” Walker said. “Defensively, we tried to use a little more strategy to find guys to blend in to bump up the number of players we have with game experience. We may take a defensive lineman and a linebacker after signing day. I feel like we did a good job of meeting our needs in this signing class.”

The Aggies signed a mixture of athletes, including nine junior college signees and 10 high school players. NM State will also welcome gray shirts Adam Shapiro, Daniel English and Jackson KaKa who signed in 2010 but will be with the team this spring. Two of the 19 signees in the 2011 class will also be with the Aggies during spring practice (Sean Brown – DE and Andrew Kersten - OL).  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/02/11

Merry Christmas Aggie football fans, it's National Signing Day! Unfortunately due to severe winter conditions in Las Cruces, the campus has been closed and therefore the scheduled media conference at 3:00 p.m. and the signing day celebration at 6:00 p.m. have both been cancelled.

The Aggies are expecting between 20 and 22 players according to Teddy Feinberg's report in the Las Cruces Sun-News.

We reported earlier this year on a a few of the players that are expected to sign today. You can find those names here and here. One of the players on the second link, Promise Amadi, changed his commitment to Hawai'i.

There will be an official press release in a few more hours from New Mexico State on the full signing class so keep checking back here for that.

Update: Paul Honda of the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that offensive lineman Houston Clemente has signed with the Aggies.

Update: John Honell of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that Khalalah Todd, a forward from Northview HS, will sign with the Aggie soccer team today. You can view her highlight video here. Khalalah Todd scored the sixth most goals in the nation during the 2009/2010 season and is currently 2nd in the nation in goals scored as of two weeks ago and has 42 goals as of yesterday.

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The Daily Aggie :: 02/01/11

As we suspected the Aggie men's basketball team will be facing Northern Colorado in the ESPN Bracketbusters event. The game will not be televised so it's a great chance for Aggie fans to get out and see the team. While it may not be a "name" matchup for the Aggies, it's at least a new team. The Aggies have played teams from the west in nearly all of the Bracketbusters games and it's nice to see a new matchup. Northern Colorado is 7-2 in the Big Sky and in second place behind perennial Big Sky bully Montana.

The Aggies have three conference games to play prior to the Bracketbusters game as they're on the road this week to take on Fresno State followed by back-to-back games with Louisiana Tech which are also the two same opponents that the Aggie women take on over the next stretch of three games (with Fresno State coming to Las Cruces for Thursday's game against the Aggie women).

The WAC preseason polls for both softball and baseball were released yesterday and today respectively and the Aggie softball team was picked to finish fourth behind Hawai'i, Fresno State and Boise State. The Aggie baseball team was picked to finish fifth behind Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada and San Jose State.

The 5th place pick for the baseball team isn't terribly surprising considering all that the players team lost, Ben Harty, Nate Shaver, Leo Aguirre, Wade Reynoso, Mike Sodders just to name a few. However, the 4th place pick for the softball team is a bit surprising considering the Aggies have seven seniors returning from last year's potent offense. The Aggies obviously have some question marks in the circle and will start a pair of sophomores in Carissa Theis and Alex Newman with freshman Celisha Walker as their likely third option but it's still a little surprising to see them picked fourth.

Both Aggie baseball and softball start their seasons this month. Softball opens up Friday, February 11th with the Hotel Encanto Invitational while baseball opens up with the alumni game on Saturday, February 12th and then opens the regular season with Houston Baptist the following weekend.

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Aggie Baseball Picked To Finish Fifth; Perkins Named To Preseason All-WAC Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico baseball team has been selected to finish fifth in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference regular season in a vote by the league's head coaches. The coaches also voted senior outfielder Chace Perkins to the preseason all-WAC team.

The Aggies received 16 points after finishing the 2010 season with a 36-23-1 record overall and a 14-9-1 conference record. NM State finished second in the regular season last year and was ousted in the second round of the WAC tournament losing to eventual WAC Tournament Champion Hawai'i. Head coach Rocky Ward has high expectations for his teams and knew Fresno and Hawai'i would be atop the poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Planning For His Future

Written By: Valerie Munoz, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2011 New Mexico State baseball season arriving in less than two weeks, senior shortstop Ryan Aguayo knows his college career will soon come to an end, and he's already planning for his future. Like any other athlete his dream is to play professionally, but if that doesn't work out for him he's also looking into becoming a coach.

Aguayo has coached high school baseball camps in the winter and summer and also at California State at Fullerton, and his junior college (Cuesta College). While he does work with many age groups his favorite to coach is young high school students because they are more experienced and he can relate to them.

"I really have enjoyed my time working with younger athletes because they are at an age where they are truly motivated to learn and it makes it so much more enjoyable," Aguayo said.  Continue Reading This Post >>