Last Chance to Say Thanks
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  03/04/2011


NM State Athletic Staff


As we approach the last few days of the winter sports seasons, we spent considerable time talking as a staff about the contributions of two of Las Cruces’ finest: Madison Spence and Gordo Castillo. Two young people that decided the best place for them to play college basketball was right at home. New Mexico State has been very fortunate to have not only two very talented basketball players, but two young adults that represent the university and the community with dignity and class.


Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m., Maddie will be making her last start for the Aggies at the Pan American Center. She has played significantly since her freshman year and will end her career as high as sixth on the all-time scoring list. Hailing from Mayfield High School, she turned down offers from other programs to stay right here at home and play in the Mesilla Valley.


Saturday night at 7 p.m. will be Gordo’s last goodbye at the Pan Am. The sharp-shooter from Las Cruces High School has been playing organized basketball in Las Cruces for what seems like forever. There is nothing quite like a “Gordo Cheer” when he drains a three. As the lone senior on the team, Gordo will be featured throughout the night. To thank him for deciding to stay right here at home, NM State has made every available seat in the house just $8 for this special game. For families with kids 12 and under, seats for your kids are free in the upper sections.


On behalf of an entire community, thank you Maddie and Gordo.


Baseball and Softball Cruising

As the spring sports get moving, the NM State baseball and softball teams have jumped out to phenomenal starts.


Baseball is perfect at 8-0 and heads to Beaumont, Texas, for a four-game tournament against Lamar, San Francisco and Cal State Northridge before returning home to play in-state rival New Mexico, Tuesday, March 8, at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies already beat UNM up in Albuquerque and go for the season sweep at home. Aggie fans are encouraged to wear white to this 6 p.m. start.


The softball team has been impressive as well, accumulating a 14-3 record so far this year. The fast start gets a test this weekend in Tempe, Ariz., when the Aggies face off against Creighton, East Carolina, Northern Iowa and host Arizona State. Then your Aggie softball team returns home for a great slate of games against UTEP, March 9 at 6 p.m., Arizona, March 15 (doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.) and then a weekend series against Nebraska, March 18-20.



  • Several Aggies set school records at the WAC Swimming and Diving Championships, while freshman Tricia Kiss was named WAC Freshman of the Year.
  • Men’s golf won the Rice Invitational in Houston.
  • Assistant baseball coach Gary Ward was named to yet another Hall of Fame.
  • Softball head coach Kathy Rodolph won her 200th game as an Aggie.




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