Local briefs: NMMI’s Wohler, Garcia advance at state

Posted on 03 May 2012 by the Roswell Daily Record

NMMI’s Susanna Pesonen hits a backhand return during her loss at the NMAA Class 1A/3A State Singles Championships, Wednesday. (Lawrence Foster Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE — The NMMI doubles team of Bailey Wohler and Mariah Garcia upset the fifth-seeded Robertson duo of Erika Baca and Kristen Herrera, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday at the first day of the NMAA 1A/3A State Doubles Championship.

The Colt duo not only overcame a one-set deficit, but also a 3-0 deficit in the third set, something that impressed coach Jim Kelly.

“It is hard to get to state and they got here,” he said. “They were down 3-0 in the third set and they were able to win. I am proud of them and the boys (team) is proud of them.”

NMMI’s singles representative Susanna Pesonen lost to sixth-seeded Mikala Verotvec, from Raton, 0-6, 0-6.



ALBUQUERQUE — It was business as usual for Goddard junior Gabby Joyce.

Joyce, the No. 4 seed in the 4A singles tournament and last season’s third-place finisher, breezed past Santa Fe’s Greta Miller, 6-0, 6-3 on Wednesday in the first round.

Rocket coach Becky Joyce said that Gabby looked comfortable.

“She was pretty comfortable and I think it was a good start to get her going,” she said.

Joyce will square off with Mesilla Valley Christian’s Maddie Andersson at 9:30 a.m. today.

Goddard’s other singles player, Katie Hillman, fell to Albuquerque Academy’s Dani Apodaca, 6-3, 6-0.

The Rocket doubles team of Lexi Cassels and Shannon DuCharme lost their first-round match, 6-0, 6-1.


ALBUQUERQUE — Deisy Ruiz played well but lost to Mesilla Valley Christian’s Maddie Andersson, 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday in the first round of the NMAA 4A State Singles Championship.

“Deisy was hitting the ball really well, but was having trouble putting points together,” Coyote coach Kelly McDonald said.

Boys tennis


ALBUQUERQUE — Goddard’s Tristan Collar and Konnor Kundomal, the No. 4 seed in the NMAA 4A State Doubles Championship, cruised in their first match against Mesilla Valley Christian’s Navarre Brown and Garrett Hendren, 6-2, 6-0.

Collar and Kundomal will square off against Albuquerque Academy’s Mason Mellott and Adars Vangala at 9:30 a.m. in the quarterfinals.

Martin Joyce lost his singles match 6-1, 6-1 to Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Dunning in the first round.

Darren Powers was up a set, but trailing 2-1 in the second set against Piedra Vista’s Sean Barela at press time.


ALBUQUERQUE — The Roswell doubles team of Pedro Ruiz and Dylan McArthur lost to fifth-seeded Mason Mellott and Adarsh Vangala, from Albuquerque Academy, 6-0, 6-1 on Thursday at the first round of the NMAA 4A State Doubles Championship.

Roswell’s single representative, Max Macias, lost to Los Alamos’ Stephen Townsley, the No. 3 seed, 6-2, 6-1.


ALBUQUERQUE — The NMMI boys tennis team has a 35-match win streak and that was evident on the first day of the NMAA 1A-3A State Championships on Wednesday.

Jose Gonzalez and the doubles teams of Gavin Lynch and Josh Shure, and Jorge Garza and Jerry Estrella all had first-round byes and the Colts’ only competitor on Wednesday was Federico Sanchez.

Sanchez, the No. 5 seed in number only, crushed Taos’ Marcus Houfer-Curl, 6-0, 6-0.

Sanchez will square off with Robertson’s David Romero at 11 a.m. in the second round.

Prep baseball

NMMI 21, Tucumcari 9

TUCUMCARI — Ninth-seeded New Mexico Military Institute romped past No. 8 Tucumcari in the first round of NMAA Class 2A State Baseball Championships, Wednesday.

The Colts exploded for seven runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a five-inning victory.

After the seven-run first, NMMI (16-9) tacked on three in the second, seven in the fourth and four in the fifth to get the victory.

Caleb Saiz picked up the win on the mound after allowing five runs on six hits and striking out eight over three complete innings. He was also 2 for 4 at the dish for the Colts.

Richard Trujillo went 3 for 3 with two doubles, three runs scored and four RBIs for NMMI and Thomas Haley was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs.

The Colts advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will face district foe and No. 1 seed Eunice at noon on May 9 at Cleveland High School.

Jemez Valley 5, Dexter 3

JEMEZ PUEBLO — Dexter took a 3-2 lead in the sixth, but the Warriors came back in the home half of the sixth to get the win in the first round of the NMAA Class 2A State Baseball Championships, Wednesday.

The Demons, who trailed 2-1 going into the sixth, posted two in their half of the inning to seize the lead for the first time. Jemez Valley came back with three in their half of the sixth, though, to regain the lead.

Edgar Munoz took the loss for Dexter. He gave up five runs on three hits and struck out five in six innings. He also had an RBI at the plate for the Demons.

Justin Salas was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Ramiro Robles was 1 for 3 with a double and Francisco Duran was 1 for 2.

Dexter finished the season 14-13.

Floyd 5, Gateway Chr. 4

FLOYD — The Broncos plated the game-winning run with one out in the seventh inning to eliminate the Warriors from the Class 1A State Baseball Championships, Wednesday.

Gateway took a 4-1 lead in the sixth, but Floyd came back with three runs in its half of the sixth to tie the game.

Andrew Meeks took the loss for the Warriors after allowing five runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Jacob Moody had the lone hit for the Warriors.

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