State Notes 06-13-13

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Aggies’ Olive nominated for Woman of Year award

New Mexico State University softball standout Amber Olive was nominated for a prestigious award by the NCAA.
Olive is up for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award following a big 2013 season and her role in areas of community service, leadership and academics.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee takes the top 10 candidates from Divisions I-III and from that pool the winner will be selected.
Olive, a senior left fielder originally from Simi Valley, Calif., graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication studies, earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.91.
Olive is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and was a four-time All-WAC Academic selection.
For the Aggie softball team, she was an All-WAC first team player and led the conference in hits (79), runs (41) and was second in batting average (.393).
She was also co-chair of Drive HOPE (Helping Other People Eat), an organization that collected more than 2,500 pounds of food for the underprivileged in Doña Ana County.

NMSU announces soccer schedule for 2013 season

The New Mexico State Aggie men’s soccer team will host the WAC Championship tournament for the first time in school history in 2013, the school announced this week.
NMSU will be in Las Cruces for 10 regular season games as well as the WAC tournament, which is slated for Nov. 7-10.
 “It’s a unique schedule this year,” Aggie head coach Blair Quinn said. “ We have a double round robin format in the WAC, which is new so that’ll be interesting to play everyone a second time and see what kind of adjustments get made by all the teams later in the season.”
The Aggies will play seven new opponents this fall, starting with their season opener Nebraska-Omaha Aug. 23. They will open WAC play on the road at new conference member Missouri-Kansas City Sept. 20.
Last year, the Aggies missed out on qualifying for the WAC championship tournament.

UNM’s Peterson picks up two more postseason honors

University of New Mexico Lobo baseball standout DJ Peterson made the cut for two All-America teams released Wednesday.
Peterson, who was selected 12th overall last week by the Seattle Mariners in the Major League’s amateur draft, was named to the Baseball America collegiate first team and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association second team. Earlier this month he was named a first team All-American by Louisville Slugger.
In 2013, Peterson hit .408 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI. He was named the co-Mountain West Player of the Year.
For his career, Peterson finished tied for the most career doubles in UNM history (78) and was third in total bases (492) fourth in home runs (41) and slugging percentage (.691).

Lobos do well in the classroom

Eight teams in the University of New Mexico had perfect single-year Academic Progress Rates for the 2012-13 academic year, the school reported earlier this week.
In the latest data released by the NCAA, the men’s and women’s basketball programs along with men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s skiing.
This is the second year for big academic performances by the Lobos. Last year, a school record 11 teams made APR perfect scores of 1,000.
“As always, we are extremely proud of our student-athletes at the University of New Mexico and what they have done in the classroom,” said Paul Krebs, vice president for athletics. “Our APR score speaks to their dedication to excel in the classroom as well on the field, and it showcases the commitment of our coaches and academic staff to put a focus on academics.”
The NCAA released the APR data and penalty reports for all Division I institutions this week as part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.
Men’s basketball made a perfect APR for the second consecutive year. This was the third year men’s tennis made the cut and women’s tennis also earned a second straight year for APR perfection.
“We have high expectations in the classroom as well as in the field, and we continue to get better,” Krebs said.