Pete's Ponderings-May 25
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/26/2009

Now that the competitive year is over, Ole Pete wants to take a look back to see what went on with New Mexico State’s teams. The way Rocky Ward’s baseball team came on strong at the WAC tournament showed Pete something. It would have been easy for a team that has struggled at the end of the regular season to just enjoy the sun and surf of Hawaii, and go through the motions, but dang if Ward didn’t put it into high gear and give the defending National Champs Fresno State a real battle on the championship day.


The baseball team’s recovery reminded me of the way Marvin Menzies’ team ended its season as well. Snapping back to life in the final regular season game, reversing the last loss versus Boise State and giving Utah State a battle in the WAC hoops tourney. The path ahead for both of these teams looks smooth.


Aggie baseball took giant strides forward from its previous WAC campaigns. The defense and pitching were there and a continuation of recruiting players with those skills should provide more 40-plus win seasons at Presley Askew.


Marvin Menzies has to grin when he thinks about what is coming as well. This is a young team that needs to mature as men as much as anything on the court. If the Aggie hoopsters can grow together as a team, that personal maturity will compliment their on court abilities.


Continued progress was recorded by softball coach Kathy Rodolph as she moulds a well-rounded program. WAC honors for hitting and pitching were a regular occurrence and this past team also made better marks than previous years in the WAC.  Rick Pratt’s swimming and diving team showed the world that Aggies will excel in the tank and the classroom with his squad having its best year ever as well.


The rich got a little richer on the Aggie scene. Mike Jordan and Scott Lieberwirth added more conference titles and coaching honors to their trophy cases and there doesn’t seem to be a let down from either of these programs. From the first day in the WAC, volleyball and men’s golf have been at the top or a notch from it every year.


Aggie football is on firmer footing now with a coach that loves this community and can’t wait to show fans how defense gets you bowl victories. I’m guessing DeWayne Walker will be the next coach to take his Aggies to the top of the standings. We saw it three times this past season and its sure good to know that the Aggies are able to compete across the board in this league.


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