Aggie Hoops Wins Preseason Tour Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAINT LAMBERT, QUEBEC - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team opened its preseason foreign tour in Canada with a 80-76 win over McGill University on the Champlain campus in Saint Lambert, Quebec. Senior guard Gordo Castillo paced the Aggies with a team-high 21 points.

The Las Cruces, N.M., native scored 16 second-half points to power a solid second half effort for the Aggies. NM State had four other players in double-figures with junior center Hamidu Rahman and sophomore forward Tyrone Watson contributing 12 points each. Freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe added 11 while junior guard Hernst Laroche scored 10 in his homecoming.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/10/10

Practices start this week for the Aggie football and volleyball teams. Plus the Aggie men's basketball team begins games on their Canadian tour as well.

The Carleton University athletic website previews their matchups with NCAA Division I opponents including the Aggies.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks with Coach Jordan and a few players about the volleyball team's competition for playing time.

With all the focus on incoming JUCO All-American running back Kenny Turner, Aggie opponents should definitely not forget about returning starter Seth Smith. Smith rushed for just over 1,000 yards last season. Wade Denniston of the Logan Herald-Journal talks about the former walk-on's leap into the starting role.

Don't forget that the Aggie women's soccer Kick-Off Party is on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Game Sports Bar and Grill in Las Cruces. The cost is $20 per person.

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/09/10

Geoff Grammer of the Santa Fe New Mexican has a great piece on Aggie running back Kenny Turner.

The Aggie football team opens up fall practice on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and are open to the public.

The full fall camp practice schedule can be viewed here.

The Aggie men's basketball team headed to Canada yesterday and Jason Groves has posted the Aggies' schedule of games on his blog.

Jason also has a feature on Hernst Laroche and his growth in becoming a leader for the Aggies.

You can follow the Aggies' Canadian trip on Twitter (@NMStateAggies).

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/07/10

The Aggie volleyball team will appear on television a total of eight times this coming season. New Mexico State announced yesterday that seven matches will appear on AggieVision and one match, the Aggies' home date against Hawai'i, will be broadcast by ESPNU. Among the seven matches on AggieVision this season are the non-conference match with Arizona as well as the Aggies' road match against Hawai'i.

The Aggies' Alumni Match is two weeks from today, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Pan American Center. The Aggies' kick-off banquet is a couple days later on Tuesday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. See Mel's post for more reservation details for the banquet.

The 2nd Annual Marvin Menzies Open will be held on September 2nd at Picacho Hill Golf Course in Las Cruces. It's a four person scramble and the entry fee is $200 per person. You can download an entry form here.

Coach Menzies stopped by the News New Mexico radio show yesterday to talk about his fundraiser (interview begins around the 18 minute mark).

And late this week the WAC made an official announcement about the format changes to the WAC Tournament. The NM State athletic website has quotes from Coach Menzies as well as women's basketball head coach Darin Spence.

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Can You Feel It In The Air?

Ahhhhhhh...August in the Mesilla Valley. It's an exciting time - green chile will soon be roasting, kids are heading back to school and...what's that I see on my calendar? AGGIE VOLLEYBALL!!

Kicking things off is the annual Alumni Game on August 21st at 7pm at the Pan Am Center. It's always fun to see the alums come back and show our current players a thing or two as well as catch up with what they've been doing with their lives.

The following Tuesday, August 24th is the Annual Pre Season Banquet at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The social hour begins at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:30pm. The cost is $35 per person or a table for $400 that includes seating for 8 folks and 2 student athletes. You can reserve now by emailing Felicia McCracken at fym@nmsu.edu or calling Tricia Wright at 646-7714. It's always a fun event.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Picked To Finish 8th In Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Utah State has been selected as the favorite for the 2010 Western Athletic Conference season as determined by a vote by the league’s nine head coaches. The 2010 WAC preseason all-conference soccer team and Players of the Year were also announced as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Utah State placed second last season in the WAC with a 5-2-1 regular season record. The Aggies received three first place votes for 59 points. Utah State returns 16 letterwinners, including eight starters from last year’s squad. Boise State was voted to finish second, receiving six first place votes with a tally of 58 total points. The Broncos won the 2009 WAC Tournament championship. Last season’s regular season champion, San Jose State, received 40 points to place third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

ESPNU To Televise NM State vs. Hawai'i Match In Las Cruces; Match Moved To Sept. 29th

The Aggies' match against Hawai'i in Las Cruces will be televised by ESPNU and as a result, the match date has been moved from Friday, October 1st to Wednesday, September 29th. The match time has also been changed from 7:00 p.m. MT to 8:00 p.m. MT.

ESPNU will televise four other WAC matches this season including the WAC Tournament championship match on Wednesday, November 25th from The Orleans in Las Vegas, NV.

Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Hawai’i at New Mexico State - 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Utah State at Idaho - 7 p.m. (PT)
Thursday, Oct. 21 - Hawai’i at Idaho - 8 p.m. (PT)
Monday, Oct. 25 - Hawai’i at Utah State - 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Nov. 25 - WAC Tournament Championship Match - 6:30 p.m. (PT)

The Daily Aggie :: 08/05/10

The 2010 WAC volleyball preseason coaches poll was released yesterday and the Aggies were picked to finish second behind Hawai'i. The Aggies also had four players named to the preseason All-WAC team, the most of any of the nine schools. The four players, Kelsey Brennan, Jennah DeVries, Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods, were all named to last year's All-Tournament team as well.

As far as the rest of the predicted finishes, last year's third place team, Idaho, was picked to finish sixth. Fresno State was picked to finish third, their highest preseason pick since the 2004 season. Utah State was picked to finish fourth, Boise State fifth, Nevada seventh, Louisiana Tech eighth and San Jose State ninth. As was the case last season, only the top six in the final regular season standings will play in the WAC tournament.

Here are a few quotes from coaches around the league (courtesy of their local papers or media relations departments).

[NM State head coach Mike Jordan]
"We have four first team all-conference players back, which is a great start. There's going to be good competition for a couple of lineup spots on our team and we are deeper than we were last year. I like the look of this team a lot. I think we can be every bit as good as we were in 2008, when we tied Hawai'i for the title and were nationally ranked all year."

[Hawai'i head coach Dave Shoji]
"We always use the WAC season to tweak anything we find out in the preseason. In the preseason there is not a lot of time to experiment or look at a lot of lineups because you want to win those matches. We've got to play to win.

"The WAC season allows us to run some different things, look at alignments and that sort of thing. I'm real hesitant to do that in the preseason."

[Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell]
"We're gaining momentum and respect within the conference -- I like this. I suppose our fast-track rebuilding has earned notice and I'm humbled."

[Utah State head coach Grayson Dubose]
"Preseason polls are just that - preseason, no one gets an award for the preseason poll. It is a way to get people thinking about our league and volleyball. Our team is looking forward to getting in the gym Monday and working hard to improve on last season."

[Idaho head coach Debbie Buchanan]
"We don't mind being picked sixth. That's not where we want to finish, but we know we're going to have to work hard every day to prove people wrong. That's a fair pick based on what we lost after last year."

Utah State has released its women's basketball schedule and the Aggie vs. Aggie battles will happen on Saturday, January 22nd in Las Cruces and Thursday, February 24th in Logan. New Mexico State swept the regular season series with Utah State last year winning 56-55 in Logan and then rolling to a 73-54 victory a month later.

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Nate Shaver And Ben Harty Having An Impact At The NBC World Series

Former Aggies Ben Harty and Nate Shaver are in Wichita, KS for the National Baseball Congress World Series and are making their presence felt. Both Shaver and Harty are playing for the Haysville (KS) Heat as the team makes it's run through the NBC bracket.

Harty, who missed a significant portion of the Aggies' season with a wrist injury, is currently batting .400 with 10 hits in 27 at-bats, four of those 10 hits were home runs and four more were doubles, seven RBIs and six runs scored in the team's seven games spanning from the NBCWS Regionals and two World Series games. In the two World Series games he is batting a red-hot .714 with five hits in seven at-bats with three doubles, one home run and two RBIs while drawing two walks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Ryan Aguayo Named To 2010 California Collegiate All-League Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SANTA BARBARA, CA - Senior Ryan Aguayo recently earned third team honors on the 2010 California All-League Team while tallying 50 hits as a part of the San Luis Obispo Blues.

The Pico Rivera, Calif, native posted a .321 batting average, which was seventh best in the California Collegiate League (CCL). His 12 doubles was fourth-best in the league, adding 25 RBI and a team-leading six multiple RBI games.

A 2010 second-team All-WAC selection and an academic All-WAC selection, Aguayo posted a team-high 92 hits on the year, while posting a .365 batting average. He was in the top five in the Western Athletic Conference in RBI (66) and total bases (148). He also led the league in runs scored (76).  Continue Reading This Post >>