State Notes 12-23-11

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Lobo football signs two midyear transfers

The University of New Mexico football team has signed two midyear transfers to scholarships as part of its 2012 recruiting class.
David Orvick is a 6-foot-2, 217-pound sophomore linebacker from Foothill (Calif.) College. He was a 2011 NorCal All-Conference selection with 66 tackles, 5.5 tackles for
loss, four sacks, eight quarterback hurries and two pass deflections.  
Orvick played high school football at Monta Vista High School in Los Altos, Calif.
Before joining the Lobos, Orvick had offers from New Mexico State and Cal Poly and had interest from Utah State.
Also signing with UNM was Bryan Oldenkamp is a 6-5, 280-pound freshman offensive lineman from Chaffey (Calif). College. He started all 10 games at right tackle in 2011.
Oldenkamp played at Hesperia High School in Hesperia, Calif.
Along with the offer from the Lobos, Oldenkamp had scholarship offers from North Texas and Marshall.

Aggies top McNeese St.

LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State men’s basketball team defeated McNeese State Wednesday 82-62 to improve to 8-4 on the season.
Redshirt senior forward Wendell McKines led the Aggies with 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, posting his sixth double-double of the season and 33rd of his career.
McKines moved into third all-time on NMSU’s career rebounding list with his second rebound of the game.
He has 882 career rebounds and only trails Sam Lacey (1,265) and Slab Jones (951).
As a team, the Aggies shot a season-best 58 percent from the field.
The Aggies will host in-state rival New Mexico Wednesday night.

UNM soccer players get academic honors

ALBUQUERQUE — A pair of players from the Lobo men’s soccer team were named to the NSCAA’s 2011 University Division Men’s Scholar All-West Region Team.
Sophomore Kyle Venter and junior Blake Smith were named first-team Scholar All-Region by the NSCAA.
The Lobos’ primary centerback out of Aurora, Colo., Venter played this season, had already picked up a second-team CoSIDA/Capital One All-American spot and a third-team All-American spot by College Soccer News.
Smith, a member of the second-team All-Far West Regional team, also garnered a first-team Scholar All-Region spot with his 3.33 grade point average in business studies.