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Crae Fields celebrated as one of Sun Country’s Best of 2017

Reprinted with permission from the Roswell Daily Record:

Crae Fields (Submitted Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE — Longtime Sun Country PGA golf professional, Crae Fields of New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course and the First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico in Roswell has been named the 2017 Sun Country PGA Youth Player Development Award winner. The award is one of the top honors that a PGA member can receive from his peers of the Sun Country PGA Section.

“I couldn’t think of anybody who is more worthy of this honor,” said Sun Country PGA Executive Director, Dana Lehner. “Crae and his wife, Adrienne, have really built an amazing program in Roswell that has turned into a junior golf empire spanning all of southeastern New Mexico. The lives that they are affecting on a daily basis is something that I hope all PGA members will look up to and aspire towards.”

Through their work at their facility and with the First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico chapter that they have built, Crae and his team have provided youth oriented golf programming to an enviable amount of kids. Their operation through their love of golf and their association with the First Tee have reached thousands of children with a message of “core values” that not only show them how to be good people, but also have an amazing track record of creating lifetime golfers.

Fields was recognized at the year-end Sun Country PGA Awards Banquet along with the other selected winners for 2017.

Bobcats outgun Colts at home

Jesus Luy working the ball up against the Bobcat full-court press.

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Thursday evening the NMMI Colt basketball team (1-4) took on the Hagerman Bobcats (2-2) and fell by a final score of 41-32.

Juan Reyna looking for an open teammate after getting the ball at the top of the key.

Both teams had a rough start offensively from the field.  Hagerman was 3/12 with a .250 shooting percentage while NMMI was 6/17 for .353, slightly edging out the Bobcats in the first quarter and resulting in an NMMI lead to end the period 10-7.

Shoot just inside the three-point line by NMMI senior Hugo Varela.

Despite being up by five early in the second quarter, Hagerman went on an 8-2 run thanks to Osbaldo Najera scoring the remaining points for the Bobcats and NMMI only scored five points in the half. Hagerman had a slight lead over NMMI heading into halftime 16-15.

The Bobcats picked right up right where they left off as they extended their lead by six late in the third.  The offensive sorrows continued for NMMI as their first point came with 2:52 remaining in the third by a Nigel Grubbs free-throw.  Hagerman built a 31-20 lead heading into the fourth.

Hagerman started off the fourth with a three-pointer by Najera to extend the lead to 34-20. NMMI cut the lead to eight by back-to-back buckets by Christopher Blair and Caleb Newman to make the score 34-26, but a three-pointer by Chris Manz shifted the momentum in the Bobcats favor.

Stop-and-pop shot by NMMI’s Hector Reyna over the block attempt by Hagerman’s Osbaldo Najera.

Hagerman’s Najera had a game high of 21 points and Chris Manz put in eight.

Blair led NMMI with 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Hector Reyna added seven.

NMMI has concluded the 2017 portion of their season and will be on the road against Dexter January 9th


Goddard hands Lady Colts first loss

Rilan Maloney goes up for a contested layup against Goddard’s Alyssa Hernandez.

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On Tuesday evening in Roswell, NMMI took on the Goddard Lady Rockets “C” team and was defeated 35-27.

The Lady Colts outscored the Lady Rockets 7-6, thanks to an early three-pointer by Tianna Tsosie. Geraldlynn Notah and Rilan Maloney added a bucket each in the first quarter.

NMMI had a multitude of turnovers that allowed Goddard to run their fast break offense and the Rockets height advantage allowed them to make shots from point blank range. Head coach Marisha Olesinski said, “We could not control their height and that was a different experience for my girls, but we had some control over other aspects of the game and didn’t take advantage of them.”

Goddard outscored the Lady Colts 13-4 and took a 19-11 lead into halftime. “We had way too many turnovers again and that is really frustrating, but we played the best we could,” added Olesinski.

The second quarter proved to be the Lady Colts downfall as every other quarter was a one-point differential between the teams.

NMMI matched Goddard’s second-half output of 16 points. The Lady Colts outscored the Lady Rockets 8-7 in the third and Goddard returned the favor 9-8 in the fourth to maintain their advantage and give them the victory.

Maloney and Tsosie led the balanced NMMI attack with eight points, Demitra Ulibarri added seven, Notah with three and Abigail Valadez scored one to round out the scoring for the Lady Colts.

For Goddard, Jazmine Prudencio led all scoring with 14 points, Sophia Price added eight, Alyssa Hernandez scored five, Olivia Berding and Tori Price had four.

The Lady Colts travel take on Artesia “C” on Monday at 5 PM to wrap up the 2017 portion on the season while Goddard “C” heads to Lake Arthur this weekend to play in the Panther Invitational.

Lady Colts improve to 4-0


Geraldlynn Notah dribbling away from a defender.

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Sashkia Pena goes up strong to the basket against Lake Arthur.

The NMMI Lady Colt basketball team won their fourth consecutive game 61-20 against the Lake Arthur Lady Panthers (0-2), Monday evening in Roswell.

The Lady Colts had the momentum from the very beginning and never lost it thanks to back to back steals and layups by Rilan Maloney to open up the quarter. Head coach Marisha Olesinski said, “As a team we played very well and we pushed the fast break, which allowed us to make some easy shots.”

NMMI did not surrender a single point to the Lady Panthers, as the score was 29-0 at the end of the first.

Rilan Maloney attempts one of her two free-throw attempts.

To start the second quarter, NMMI did not have a single starter on the floor. Sashkia Pena, a senior from Sonora, Mexico was a dominant force for the Lady Colts as she scored a game-high 16 points, eight which came in the second quarter helping the Lady Colts to go up at halftime 41-7.

NMMI forced Lake Arthur to turn the ball over 10-plus times in the third quarter, which allowed the Lady Colts to bump their lead up to 55-11 heading into the fourth.

Lake Arthur stormed out to a 4-0 run early in the fourth thanks to Carla Lopez, the Panthers leading scorer who finished with 12 points.  “Our effort was excellent tonight and I am glad all of our girls had a chance to contribute in this victory.”

NMMI has a quick turnaround as they take on Goddard “C” tomorrow at 5:00 PM.

Goddard gets road win against NMMI

NMMI guard Jesus Luy stops to take a shot from the top of the key; Hunter Beene providing defense for the Rockets.

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Free throw by junior forward Nigel Grubbs.

The visiting Goddard Rocket boys’ varsity basketball team used a 14-0 starting run to knock off in-town rival New Mexico Military Institute, 61-33.

The Rockets used a balanced combination of inside and outside shooting, netting their first three buckets from inside the paint, before going behind the arc for their next two. Senior guard Tommy Madrid started the run, followed by a pair of baskets by senior center Dalin Stanford, created by Goddard’s full-court press.

NMMI’s first points didn’t come until the 3:56 mark, when junior guard Hector Reyna got rid of the goose egg by sinking a pair of free throws.

The Rockets went on to take the first period 27-5.

The second period was still in Goddard’s favor but a whole lot closer – 14-9 – as NMMI tightened up their defense and made far fewer turnovers on offense.

Inside move and shot in the paint by NMMI senior guard Juan Renya.

Shooting woes plagued NMMI in the third – they shot 21.7 percent from the field compared to Goddard’s 41.5 percent – with the Rockets taking the period 13-4, giving them a commanding 36-point lead going into the final period of play.

The Institute won the point battle in the final quarter, 15-7, albeit mostly against members of the Rocket bench.

Top scorer of the game was Goddard’s Stanford who put in 14 points, along with 9 rebounds. Madrid had 11 and junior point guard Jonah Chavez had nine.

Offensive rebound and eventually put-back by NMMI’s Jose Carranza.

NMMI’s top scorer was Renya with 10 points. Senior forward Nigel Grubbs had seven points and eight rebounds.

With the win, Goddard’s record improves to 3-2 on the season, while NMMI drops to 1-3.

Next up for the Rockets will be the City of Champions Classic in Artesia, which runs Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9. Game times and opponents are yet to be determined.

NMMI has just one scheduled game before the holiday break, 6:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7 at home vs. Hagerman.