Thursday, June 7, 2012

A look back at the year in Aggie sports

A timeline look into the 2011-12 sports year at New Mexico State University

Sept. 10 — Aggie football team wins at Minnesota 28-21. It was NMSU’s first road win since 2009.

Sept. 16 — A week later, Aggies lose to UTEP at home 16-10, and quarterback Andrew Manley to a season-ending knee injury.

Oct. 1 — Aggie football trounces New Mexico 42-28, for their third-straight win over their in-state rivals.

Oct. 6 — Head vollleyball coach Mike Jordan picks up career win No. 300 in a straight-set sweep at Nevada.

Nov. 3 — Women’s soccer team beats Hawaii 2-1 in WAC Tournament’s opening round. NMSU women’s soccer finished the season with a 10-8-3 overall record.

Nov. 4 — Star men’s basketball forward Wendell McKines calls out rival UTEP on Twitter after the Miners lose to Eastern New Mexico.

Nov. 11 — Head coach Mark Trakh opens his women’s basketball career at NMSU with a 63-62 win at Houston.

Nov. 16 — Nathalie Castellanos, a star volleyball player at Gadsden High School, signs National Letter of Intent with the Aggies.

Nov. 16 — In holding the New Mexico Lobos to 28-percent shooting, Aggie men’s basketball team wins 62-53 at The Pit.

Dec. 22 — Offensive coordinator Doug Martin leaves Aggie football program for Boston College.

Dec. 28 — In a tough home loss, Aggie men’s basketball falls to UNM 89-69.

Jan. 1 — Guard Christian Kabongo and the Aggie men’s basketball team go their separate ways.

Jan. 20 — Running back Kenny Turner announces his departure from NMSU to enter the NFL Draft.

Feb. 1 — Wendell McKines joins Sam Lacey as the only two Aggies to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds in NMSU’s win over Cal State Bakersfield.

Feb. 19 — Aggie baseball wraps up season-opening series by taking three of four from Wake Forest.

Feb. 23 — Former WAC Commissioner Karl Benson leaves for the Sun Belt, which eventually leads to other WAC schools departing as well.

Feb. 23 — Freshman basketball player Daniel Mullings records triple double in Aggies home win over Hawaii.

March 10 — Aggies win WAC men’s basketball tournament by beating Louisiana Tech 82-57 in the finals.

March 15 — Men’s basketball falls to Indiana 79-66 in opening round of NCAA Tournament.

March 20 — Aggie softball team splits doubleheader at No. 14-ranked Arizona.

March 21 — Aggie baseball team completes two-game sweep at No. 5-ranked Arizona.

April 3 — With 7-5 win over UNM, Aggie baseball team wins 14-straight games. NMSU took three of four games overall from Lobos in 2012.

April 28 — Jonte Green, a former New Mexico State cornerback, is drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

May 20 — Aggie baseball sweeps San Jose State to get share of WAC championship.

May 23 — Benson brings Texas-Arlington to the Sun Belt, while shunning NMSU.

June 6 — Aggie baseball shortstop Zach Voight (round No. 20) and catcher Zac Fisher (No. 22) are drafted by the Chicago White Sox.

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