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Aggies Earn 49 All-WAC Spring Honos

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2012 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and outdoor track and field teams have been announced in addition to the Academic All-WAC Freshmen/Transfer teams for all sports. New Mexico State placed 49 spring student-athletes on the list, along with 49 freshmen and transfers.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the spring sport honorees:

Baseball
Ryan Beck, Jr.
Scott Coffman, Sr.
Bryan Karraker, Sr.
Tanner Rust, So.
Tim Torsney, So.
Zach Voight, Sr.

Softball
Brittany Clifton, Sr.
Teresa Conrad, Jr.
Kristi Covarubia, Jr.
Tiare Jennings, Sr.
Tehani Kaaihue, Jr.
Alexandra Newman, Jr.
Amber Olive, Jr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Student-Athletes Earn 34 Academic All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2011-12 Academic All-WAC men and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, women's swimming and diving and gymnastics teams have been announced. New Mexico State placed 34 winter student-athletes on to the list.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the winter sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Benson Ends 18-Year WAC Tenure As WAC Commissioner

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - WAC Commissioner Karl Benson has announced that he is leaving the conference effective April 1 to serve as commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference, ending nearly 18 years with the WAC. Benson will replace Wright Waters who announced his retirement last fall.

Benson was hired as the WAC's fifth commissioner in April, 1994, to replace the retiring Joe Kearney. Previously, he had been commissioner of the Mid-American Conference from 1990-94. During his tenure, Benson spearheaded conference expansion three times, increased television coverage of its football and basketball teams, and saw three of its teams appear in BCS bowl games.  Continue Reading This Post >>

US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall Of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department in conjunction with US Bank is proud to announce this year's inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.  The class of 2012 will include former Aggie head athletic trainer C.R. Bickerstaff (posthumously), former sports information director (SID) at NM State Dave Lopez and former Aggie football standout Tony Wragge.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Nine Aggies Earn 2011 Fall Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - Forty-nine student-athletes represented New Mexico State University when the Western Athletic Conference released the 2011 fall sports Academic All-WAC Team, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The five sports represented were Men's and Women's Cross Country, Football, Soccer and Volleyball. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country received the most honors with 11 each, Football and Soccer tallied 10 apiece and Volleyball had seven student-athletes honored.

This list included the likes of All-American honorable mention Jennah DeVries, all-WAC selection Courtney Schultz and Academic All-American David Niumatalolo.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the fall sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jack Nixon Named New Mexico Sportscaster Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SALISBURY, NC - New Mexico State’s Jack Nixon, the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ has been named the New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year, announced Monday by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Nixon, receives this award for the second time in his career, the first was back in 1980.

"It's an honor to be recognized by your peers," Nixon said. "I feel blessed to have this job for so many years in a great town like Las Cruces."

Nixon, a native of Omaha, Neb., has been in the booth at Aggie football games and on the sidelines of Aggie men’s basketball games since 1976, bringing Aggie fans the play-by-play action. This coming Saturday, Jan. 14, when the men’s basketball team takes on Idaho in the Pan American Center at 7 p.m., Nixon will call his 1,000 men’s basketball game as the ‘Voice of the Aggies.’

Aggie Coaching Great Askew Honored By Endowment

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Presley AskewLAS CRUCES, N.M. - Coaches at any level can make a lasting impression on the lives of their athletes. Aggie coaching legend Presley Askew did just that for one of his former players, Robert C. Rogers and because of that, Rogers has set up a $100,000 endowment in Askew’s name to honor his former mentor and coach.

The Presley Askew Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to student-athletes in men’s and women’s basketball and football, who have demonstrated excellence in their academic achievements.

“Coach Askew was a big influence in my life,” Rogers said. “I was a young man, who at the time needed some direction in my life and Coach Askew provided that to me. He was a hard task master to play for, which in turn helped me become a well rounded individual. Coach Askew taught me a lot about being an honest, responsible and straight forward person and for that I’m extremely grateful. The endowment was something I had been thinking about doing to honor coach Askew for awhile now and it’s an honor to do so.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision Adds Distribution Partner In El Paso

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State athletics today announced that a new partnership with KVIA ABC-7 for the distribution of athletic sporting events will commence later this fall.

KVIA owns and operates the CW channel, as well as the 24/7 weather channel, and it is these two stations that will carry the games in the El Paso market. Games will be carried over-the-air on El Paso - Las Cruces CW, digital 7.2 or ABC 7's StormTRACK 24/7 Weather Channel, digital 7.3. The CW affiliate is available to area cable subscribers on Time Warner Channel 13 in El Paso and Comcast Cable Channel 14 in Las Cruces. The CW can also be seen on Dish channel 17 and DirecTV channel 8. StormTRACK 24/7 can be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 367 in El Paso and Comcast Cable channel 204 in Las Cruces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State Sports Weekly :: 09/01/11

NM State Regent Mike Cheney: Graduation Rates, Diversity And Internationalization Of Athletics Help Build Culture Of Pride

Written By: Mike Cheney, New Mexico State University Regent

As at most institutions, New Mexico State Athletics seems to be a hot topic when talks of state and university budgets arise every new school year. But as the newest appointed member of the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University, I see athletics as a part of the university that builds future leaders and a vital part of NMSU that our community must always be proud of and support.

Some important areas of athletics that I feel not many Aggie fans are familiar with are our student-athlete graduation success rate, the diversity and internationalization of athletics and our efforts in trying to build cultural pride.

Most see athletics as a separate part of the university away from the academic side but in reality it’s a place that gives student-athletes a competitive atmosphere not only on the field but in life. Athletics grows leaders and is a real-life learning opportunity for that type of growth. Not many people have the opportunity to learn how to compete at such a high level and, win or lose, receive those important skills it takes to improve on success or get back up from failure, correct your mistakes and push forward in life.   Continue Reading This Post >>