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40 Aggies Earn 2009 Academic All-WAC Freshmen And Tranfers Honor

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC freshman and transfer teams have been announced. A total of 36 freshman and transfer student-athletes from 12 Aggie sports were named to the list.

Kyle Decater, Jr.
Benjamin Harty, Jr.
Cory Hill, Jr.
Chace Perkins, So.
Nathaniel Shaver, Jr.
Michael Sodders, Jr.
Max Taylor, Jr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

41 Aggies Earn Spring 2009 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been announced. A total of 41 spring student-athletes were named 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 spring sport honorees:


Scott Coffman, So. (Editorial Note: We believe that Scott Coffman is a freshman and should be on the Academic All-Freshman/Transfers list)

Frank Duran, Sr.

Noah Garza, Sr.

Erik Nyquist, Sr.

Richard Stout, Sr.

Sebastien Vendette, Sr.

Jacob Wilson, Sr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

30 Aggies Honored For Work In Classroom

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 academic all-WAC teams from the winter sports were announced Thursday by the league and 30 Aggies were honored for their work in the classroom.
The Aggie swimming and diving team, under 2009 WAC Coach of the Year Rick Pratt, had 15 student-athletes honored. That number tied with Northern Arizona for the most student-athletes honored from a single team in the conference.
14 student-athletes from the women's indoor track and field team were honored, which tied for the second most in the conference and Aggie sophomore guard Madison Spence from the women's basketball team was also recognized for her achievements in the classroom.
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NM State Cheer Squad Successful At National Championships; Finish 3rd

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - LET’S GO AGGIES! LET’S GO AGGIES! These are cheers you can hear at NM State home competitions from the most dedicated Aggie fans, the cheerleading squads. The Aggie cheerleading squads help the students and other fans interact in the games by leading cheers and performing stunts during timeouts and halftime.

NM State Cheer Squad

Over the course of the year, the Aggie cheerleading squads and NM State mascot Pistol Pete put in hours of hard work. As in every sport at NM State, the cheerleaders also have a goal at the end of each season to make the national championships.
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29 Aggies Honored For Academic Success By The WAC

The WAC honored its student athletes this week with the announcement of the 2008 Fall Semester Academic All-WAC Teams. A total of 29 NMSU student athletes from four Aggie sports were named to the Academic All-WAC Teams. The criteria for making the Academic All-WAC Team is as follows: To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

Congratulations to the following Aggies for the continued academic success:

Men's Cross Country
Michael Hart, So., Patrick Hernandez, So., Joshua Sifuentes, Gr., Daniel Waldo, Sr.

Women's Cross Country
Ingrid Flores, Jr., Brandi Gutierrez, So., Christina Herrera, Jr., Brittany Hurtado, So.

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NMSU A.D. McKinley Boston To Hold Press Conference Tuesday To Discuss Future Of Football Program

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston will hold a press conference Tuesday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m., to discuss to future of the NMSU football program. The press conference will be held in the Barbara Hubbard room at the Pan American Center.

Navajo Station To Broadcast LSU-Troy Football Game

Note: In what is believed to be a first-of-a-kind event in SEC athletic history, Cuyler Frank of Albuquerque, N.M., will provide play-by-play description in the Navajo language of the LSU-Troy football game on the radio and on Saturday night from Tiger Stadium.

Mr. Frank provides play-by-play in Navajo of New Mexico State University football games, and it was there that he met current LSU Chancellor Dr. Michael Martin. When Chancellor Martin came to LSU, Mr. Frank expressed interest in broadcasting an LSU game in Navajo. Mr. Frank’s unique description of the game can be heard on Saturday night. The pre-game show begins at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Written By: Maria Scandale, Indian Country Today correspondent

Story Originally Published: Oct 10, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - When The New York Times, USA Today, ESPN and Fox Sports Network were all calling him. "It was the coolest time," recalls history-making football announcer Cuyler Frank, Diné, "but hectic."

"I was even a Jeopardy question."

In high school, Frank had been on his way to making his name in another sport – bull riding. But a car accident one night stole not only championship dreams, but his will to live.

Now his voice is heard across the Navajo nation, broadcasting New Mexico State University Aggies football games in Navajo. On Nov. 15, a Southeastern Conference game will be aired in Navajo for the first time when Frank sits in the booth of the Louisiana State University Tigers.

The groundbreaking sound of the collegiate play-by-play reaching the reservation in the Native language captivated the attention of the mass media in 2005. "It was Sept. 23, 2005" – Frank lists the date by heart – when New Mexico State became the first university to broadcast a game in Navajo.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Michael Needham Named Aggie Women's Soccer Coach

Michael NeedhamLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director McKinley Boston announced that Michael Needham has been named the first head coach in the history of Aggie women's soccer, Thursday, Oct. 30.

I am pleased to welcome Michael Needham as a new member to the Aggie Family, Boston said. "I am excited about what Michael will bring as leadership in building the women's soccer program at NMSU. I'm sure he will be a good fit in our community and especially the soccer community. His coaching background is outstanding and his vision is very consistence with what I have identified as expectations during this growth period over the next three years. Michael will recruit locally, within the state and west region and I'm excited about that strategy.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Special Guest Post :: Georgia Fans Should Be Commended

This post was written by and republished with permission from Howard Smith of the NCAA's official blog, The Double-A Zone. We feel that this post is especially relevant in light of last week's heartbreaking loss to the Lobos. There are probably fans who may not attend another football game this season simply because the Aggies lost to the Lobos. We hope that's not your case. Please take a moment to read Mr. Smith's post, hopefully you'll gain some insight into what makes college sports so great. And if you are one of those people who are thinking about skipping out on Saturday's game whether its the early kickoff or because they Aggies lost to their in-state rivals, we hope you'll reconsider and give the football team the support they deserve.

As I was driving from South Bend to Chicago Saturday night after attending the Notre Dame football game, I flipped on my radio and searched around the AM channels looking for a college football game to listen to.

After a few minutes, I landed on a channel and was immediately surprised by two things - I was picking up an Atlanta station carrying the Georgia radio network and Alabama was leading the Bulldogs, 31-0, at halftime.

Yes, I was stunned that Alabama was embarrassing Georgia on its home field. I didn't see that coming at all.

But what shocked me more was the dialogue that was occurring between the Georgia announcers. They were talking about the standing ovations that the Georgia fans were giving the team as they went into and came out of the halftime locker room. According to one announcer, he had never been so proud of the Georgia fans in all his years of broadcasting Bulldogs games.  Continue Reading This Post >>