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Colts Rushing attack takes down Tigers

Charles Lewis breaks a tackle in route to one of his two touchdowns on the night.

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Jalil Brown stiff arms a Tiger to find open space for a big gain.

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team defeated Hot Springs High School 34-12 on Friday at Colt Field on the campus of NMMI.

The Colts scored at the 10:40 mark of the first quarter of the game on a 46 yard rush by Charles Lewis to give the Colts a 7-0 lead. Hot Springs were pinned to their one yard line when they fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Roberto Laporte in the end zone for a touchdown with 6:09 left to go in the first quarter.

The Tigers got a touchdown in the second quarter, but the Colts answered back on a Jalil Brown reverse for 36 yards for the score. And the 21-6 lead at the half.

Charles Lewis scored his second touchdown in the third quarter on a 38 yard scamper to give the Colts a 28-12 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

NMMI was the only team to score in the fourth as Daniel Xibille rushed in a score from 30 yards away to give NMMI a 34-12 victory.

The Colts had 389 yards on the ground for the game while combining 400 plus yards on offense for the game.  The Colts had an average of 10.1 yards

Jasper Best had 13 carries for 92 yards on the night.

per play.

Charles Lewis ran the ball eight times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Jasper Best had 92 yards on 13 rushing attempts and Jalil Brown carried eight times for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Head Colt Football coach Randy Montoya was pleased with the team after the game.

Coach Montoya said, “The kids ran and blocked hard. It was a team effort and we played a quality opponent in our classification. Brown and Lewis made some highlight reel plays out there for us tonight, but it all starts with the offensive line they did a great job tonight.”

The Colts play the Loving Falcons in loving next Friday on the 28th of September at 7:00 PM.

Montoya said, “If we keep running the ball like we have been we have a shoot to win, but we will look at Loving and see what they are all about in the next week.”

NMMI Scholars Program: Building the Citizen Leaders of Tomorrow

By: LTC Kalith Smith, Director of Toles Learning Resource Center

Several years ago, I was tasked with setting up a program for talented and driven students at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). It was a daunting task. How do you take a curriculum that has been vetted and improved over the course of 125 years and make it even more challenging? To read more about the program we developed, click here.

We determined the key issue was building a student’s ability to think critically across the spectrum. Challenging to be sure, but what we identified as the skill that our most successful alumni possess was being able to try new things, and, regardless of success or failure, build on those results and do it while creating, living and breathing teamwork. This was recently highlighted as Laura Entis (2017) wrote about what Fortune 500 executives are looking for in their employees: team players who can dream big and work with others to achieve a goal ethically and keep moving forward no matter the obstacles. Our challenge, in short – how do we develop the citizen-leaders that will guide the nation in the coming century?

Creating an environment where students would learn to follow rules and learn the importance of the structure that is a constant at military school while challenging themselves academically is tough. A team comprised of all the Department Chairs developed the curriculum that would be somewhat flexible, dependent on the Scholar’s intended thesis topic. A student would have to take the necessary courses, but they could accelerate their studies in a subject area of interest. The team keyed in on utilizing the summer for students to continue to challenge themselves. We decided to accelerate English so all of the students who enter the program after their 9th grade year will work incredibly hard over the summer to complete sophomore English, then enroll in junior English as 10th graders. This initial test of will is necessary for students to determine if this challenging curriculum is right for them.

For the second summer, we needed a program that would push students to consider not just what was in a textbook but the roots of our knowledge. To question everything and consider better alternatives, students needed to learn how Western thought was derived. Answering the question of how we ended up here as a civilization seemed crucial in considering where we were going. The decision was made that St. John’s College’s Great Books Program would provide the groundwork, as students could choose an academic topic that interested them and find out what the entire timeline of thought on the topic considered. Recently St. John’s College was singled out in American higher education in being “contrarian,” helping students to think differently, to not just fall into the trap of believing what they are taught, but to learn the fundamentals of how we think. As noted in the New York Times (Bruni, 2018), Walter Sterling, the Dean of the Santa Fe campus noted:

Your work and career are a part of your life…Education should prepare you for all of your life. It should make you a more thoughtful, reflective, self-possessed and authentic citizen, lover, partner, parent and member of the global economy.

As fate would have it, success breeds success. As NMMI considered how to build a more global student body, we were presented with study-abroad opportunities that are unique and provide not only an immersion experience overseas but an immersion experience at some phenomenal boarding schools. The Scholars are poised to be the first to take advantage of these new opportunities, as their hard work and tenacity have been proven over two summers of intellectually challenging offerings. In creating our future citizen-leaders, NMMI believes in the power of our global community, and studying in another country provides an experience that cannot be replicated.

The class of 2018 saw the first two students complete the entire Scholars Program, including completing challenging coursework and writing a thesis. Each student related their area of interest to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. This culmination of the Scholars Experience is key to being “freed” from a way of thinking that all too often in American education is locked into learning as it is needed for a test versus breaking free from the confines of the traditional model and pushing yourself farther. In the hands of these young people, the future of the American Experience is bright. As we always have, we choose to break free of our confines and imagine the possibilities. I can only imagine the shadows that the Founding Fathers saw on the wall, but they signed the Declaration anyway. How trying were the times of Lincoln, but the Emancipation Proclamation was made and its wake fundamentally changed our nation. How challenging were they days of Dr. King, but he saw a future where we would all be, “free at last”.

The next great American leaders are in our classrooms, practice fields and dining halls today. We don’t know the challenges of the future, but we do know that, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” Winston Churchill. We are still a home to tomorrow’s leaders and these young cadets have the foundation to change the world.

To help support future Scholars through the NMMI Foundation, please contact Kris Ward in Development at 575-624-8158 or

Colts drop 3-2 battle with Warriors

Kenna Roberts (10) gets the ball over the block of Gillian Taylor (4) of the Warriors.
Photo Courtesy of: Shutternut

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Demitra Ulibarri sets up the lady Colts for an attack.

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team fell to the Gateway Christian Lady Warriors in five sets at Gateway Christian High School.

The Lady Colts won the first set 25-18 led by three kills from Rilan Maloney. Maloney also had four digs and a block in the set. Kenna Roberts also had two kills during the first set.

Set two did not go to plan for NMMI as Gateway Christian won the set 25-15. Maloney also had three kills in the set.

The Colts would start on a 5-0 run lead by server Demitra Ulibarri who had two service aces in that span. NMMI was up as much as 21-6 in the set before Gateway Christian closed the gap to 25-16 in favor of NMMI to take set three.

“Demitra was aggressive with her serving tonight.” said Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley. “She played like a senior tonight.”

Rilan Maloney led the Colts with 13 kills on the night.

Gateway Christian and NMMI fought hard in the fourth set. The set went back and forth no team had more than a six point lead throughout. Long rallies made the set an endurance test for both teams. NMMI came back from a 12-6 deficit to take a 14-12 lead. Then the Colts were up 23-22 in the fourth set but the Warriors got three straight points to win the set 25-23.

Schooley thought set four was the difference tonight. Schooley said, “We had an intense practice yesterday. I was worried going into a fifth set because of the practice yesterday.”

The fifth set was all GWC as they jumped out to a 12-6 lead on an 8-3 run during that span in the best of 15 set. The Colts would drop the set 15-8 and the Warriors would win the fifth set and the match 3-2.

Rilan Maloney collected 13 kills for the Colts while having 21 digs during the match. Kenna Roberts had nine kills while digging out five balls and blocking six Warrior attacks. Demitra Ulibarri led the team with five service aces while getting 11 kills and seven digs.

Schooley was pleased by the effort of her team today.

Schooley said, “We had intensity in spurts. When we play with Intensity we do really well and we do not make many mistakes. I cannot fault my girls for their effort tonight. We just have to find a way to keep the intensity throughout

Matteya Vigil spikes the ball for a lady Colt attack.

the whole match instead of in spurts.

Schooley talked about communication with the team. Schooley said, “Rilan and Demitra were my top communicators today. I knew when the ball was going to them a play was going to be made.”

The Lady Colts will be playing in Mescalero on Tuesday, Sep. 25th at 5:30 PM. NMMI and Mescalero have played once already this year in Godfrey Athletic Center  and Mescalero won in four sets on Sep. 11th. NMMI will have their last home match of the year on Thursday, Sep. 27th against Vaughn. NMMI’s last regular season game will be at Dexter on October 4th at 5:30 PM.

Lady Colts fall to Loving

NMMI senior setter Demitra Ulibarri with a quick tip back onto the Lady Falcon’s side to avoid the block.

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Senior Casey Day goes up for the block.

The New Mexico Lady Colt volleyball team fell to the Loving Falcons in three sets at Godfrey Athletic Center on the campus of NMMI.

The Lady Colts got down early in the first set, but battled back to almost take the lead at one point. The Falcons were able to close the first set giving them a 25-17 set one win.

In the second set The Lady Colts could not muster a big run to gain momentum in the set losing 25-12.

NMMI gained momentum in the third set. Loving did not get a big jump early and NMMI was able to take the lead 21-17, but after a Loving timeout NMMI fell 25-23 in the third set.

Senior middle Keena Roberts goes around the Loving block on a cross-court kill attempt.

Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley said, “We are making too many errors and we cannot finish a set.”

Coach Schooley was pleased with her teams effort for most of the third set. Coach Schooley said, “We started to communicate and we did not hesitate for balls. We started to play how we know how to play until the end of the set.”

Next up for the Lady Colts is a match against Gateway Christian at Gateway Christian High School on Tuesday Sep, 20 at 6 PM.

Coach Schooley said it will take a team effort to win at Gateway. “We have to keep the same level of play throughout the match and not for just two or three point spurts.”

Broncos grind out win in OT versus Huskies

Kendarius Poullard with a run in the first half. Poullard rushed for 87 yards on six attempts including a 56 yard touchdown

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco football team improved to 2-2 on the season with in an overtime thriller victory over the Air Force Prep Huskies (0-2) 42-35 at Colt Field on Saturday evening.

AFP struck first with a field goal to go up by three, but on the last play of the first quarter Gavin Hardison scored a touchdown on a quarterback keeper to put the broncos up 7-0.

After the Huskies scored a touchdown and converted the two point conversion the Broncos, again on the last play of the quarter, scored a touchdown. Hardison threw a strike to Tyreik Campbell who maneuvered around the Husky defense for the touchdown to end the half up 14-11.

Head Bronco football coach Joe Forchtner  said, “We were expecting to get five yards since they had three backs deep across the back and then try and kick a field goal, but somehow Tyreik got it across the goal line – you just can’t give him that much room, he is too good.”

Air Force Prep once again scored a field goal before the Broncos responded with a touchdown. Fred Jackson found the end zone from the one yard line after a 42 yard carry the previous play to put the Broncos up 20-14 after the missed extra point. On the next drive with 2:22 left in the third quarter Kendarius Poullard broke a 56 yard run to the end zone to put the Broncos up 27-14.

The Broncos answered a touchdown by Air Force Prep with a touchdown and two point conversion of their own. Campbell ran it in for one yard on a fourth and goal from the one yard line. Campbell also caught the two point conversion from Hardison to put the Broncos up 35-21 with 6:14 left to play.

Coach Forchtner on the decision for going for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal. Our offensive line came off the field during the timeout and said ‘Coach trust us.’ And I was kind of debating about going for the touchdown anyway, thinking if we can’t get a yard then we don’t deserve to win, plus if we didn’t get it then they were going to have to drive the length of the field anyway.”

AFP went on a 15 play drive that covered 75 yards for a touchdown with 1:52 left to play to trail 35-27 after the extra point was blocked by NMMI. The Huskies recovered the onside kick and scored a touchdown with five seconds left to play. They also converted the two point conversion to tie the game 35-35 and head into overtime.

The Broncos were the first to get the ball in overtime and Hardison found Quantavius Moore in the end zone for a nine yard touchdown pass.  The Broncos defense would hold and not allow the Huskies into the end zone for a 42-35 NMMI victory.

Coach Forchtner on the victory tonight. “I’m proud of the guys, we had lots of opportunities to hang our heads. Air Force Prep had all the momentum at the end – they had just scored twice – but it didn’t matter. We came out and got a touchdown on the first series and then got the stop. Just very proud of our guys – we fight.”

Forchtner on the bye week coming up for the Broncos. “We got banged up tonight, though. A bye week cannot come at a better time. Air Force is always super, super physical and that’s what happens when you play physical teams. We need to get healthy this week and hopefully get some guys back.”

NMMI’s next game will be in Tyler, TX as they face Tyler Junior College on September 29th at 7 PM central time.