NMMI Sports Press
ARTESIA — A week ago, the Colt soccer team had to play at home in a driving rain storm. Tuesday, they played on the turf field in Artesia in temperatures that topped 100 degrees. But the weather conditions made no difference to the outcomes.
The Colts downed the Bulldogs 3-0 to up their record to 2-1 as they head into this weekend’s Coyote Classic.
Early on, the Bulldogs seemed to dominate the offense, but they couldn’t get anything past keeper NMMI Miguel Gutierrez. The Institute had a shot that just missed the goal about five minutes in, and despite spending much of the first half defending their own goal, the Colts went up 1-0 on a pass from Buchanan Conner to Everardo Ahumado, who knocked it in with 20:41 in the first half.
About nine minutes later, Conner made it 2-0 on a pass from Jorge Bailon, and Artesia keeper Isiah Rivera made a nice save as time ran out, keeping it at 2-0 heading into the second half.
Both teams had their chances in the second, but after Ahumado made it 3-0 on a solo shot less than two minutes into the stanza, no one could get anything in past the other’s keeper, despite some close misses. Artesia had a near miss off a header to Colt backup goalie Jorge Milan Torres at 3:31, and Nicholas Rodriguez had the Institute groaning when he hit a shot that bounced hard off the cross rail, just missing going in.
And despite their 0-4 record, the Bulldogs never quit, battling NMMI to the final whistle.
NMMI coach John Barbour said as long as Ahumado keeps putting the ball in the net, they’ll be fine, and praised his team overall for picking up the offense. He also had good words for both his keepers, noting it’s good to have a backup in goal. And playing well on both offense and defense is something the Institute will have to do in the opening game of this weekend’s tournament, as they’ll face host Roswell in the 6 p.m. nightcap at Cielo Grande.
In the past, NMMI has rarely even been on the same side of the bracket as the host Coyotes, much less had to face them in the opener. But Barbour said he and Roswell coach James Vernon are long-time friends, and this year it seemed like the right time to pit the two teams.
Roswell, now a 5A team, is the defending 4A state champs, meaning the Colts will have their work cut out for them if they want to advance into the championship side of the bracket.
JV Colts 10, Artesia 0
In the afternoon’s early game, the junior varsity Colts pummeled the Bulldogs, winning by a 10-0 mercy rule with less than a minute left on the clock.
NMMI scored five goals in each half, with Hugo Carrasco scoring a hat trick plus one: three goals in the first and one in the second. Ryan Navarro put the Colts on the board early in the first half and Juan Martinez made it 5-0 with the clock in stoppage time.
Angel Aguelo led off the second half with a a shot into the next at 38:31, the Carrasco got his fourth; Pedro Meraz made it 8-0; Obed Abel 9-0with 20minutes remaining om the clock; then Jesus Cano ended the game with the 10th goal in stoppage time.
The junior varsity will be off until Sept. 16 while the Colts compete in the Coyote Classic.
Week 2 in the Western States Football League saw Arizona Western and Glendale remain undefeated, with the Matadors downing the WSFL defending champions from Scottsdale, 49-20, and the Gauchos outscoring Mesa, 48-27. New Mexico Military and Eastern Arizona each evened their record at 1-1, NMMI by virtue of a 34-7 win over Phoenix and Eastern Arizona getting past Pima by a score of 21-7. Snow College took the week off with a bye. The following players have been chosen as the WSFL Players of the Week and have been submitted the NJCAA for consideration as National Players of the Week.
The WSFL Players of the Week for the second week of the season are:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Arizona Western quarterback Cid Camanse Stevens threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Matadors staked a claim to the share of the WSFL top spot with a 49-20 win over the Scottsdale Artichokes. The 6’3” 210-pound sophomore out of Honolulu, Hawaii, completed 11 of 19 passes and also ran for 25 yards on four carries.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Defensive end Christian Hill recorded three sacks for a total of 29 yards as the Gauchos remained undefeated with a 48-27 win over Mesa. Hill is a 6’6” 265-pound freshman from Staley, Missouri. His three sacks were part of an eight-sack performance by the Glendale defense.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – New Mexico Military Institute held Phoenix College to seven points on Saturday due in part to Rodney Holcomb winning the field position battle with his punting duties. The 6’4” 225-pound freshman out of Carlsbad, New Mexico, punted four times for an average of 42.8 yards per kick including one punt which went for 63 yards. Holcomb is the Bronco quarterback, completing 11 of 19 passes for
296 yards and two touchdowns with one interception on Saturday.
Previous 2013 WSFL Players of the Week
Week 1: Offensive – Alex Kuresa, Snow College, Sophomore quarterback
Defensive – Joey Scelza, Glendale CC, Sophomore cornerback
Special Teams – Terry Juniel, Glendale CC, Freshman place kicker
NMMI Sports Press
It was a soggy home opener for the Colt soccer team Tuesday, but after the junior varsity won the lightning-abbreviated opener by a wide margin over Hatch Valley, the varsity came back with a close 3-1 victory over the Bears.
The rain — and thunder and lightning — moved in as the junior varsity match neared completion, and forced all athletes off the NMMI fields until the lightning moved on. While it did, the rain continued through the slightly-delayed varsity game, making the field very slick. And that, perhaps, was what led to NMMI’s first goal of the game, when senior German Corral Cubillas took advantage of a Hatch mistake.
“There was kind of a little blunder in the back, and we were able to stick one in,” said Colt coach John Barbour. “Sometimes it’s nice to have that luck on your side. It doesn’t happen too often for us, so we’re really happy to have that happen.”
The Institute continued to dominate the offense through most of the first half, but just seconds before the whistle blew, Bear Johnny Pavia took a pass from Hector Lombera, and shot the ball to the net. Colt Trent Foster tried to stop the ball, but it bounced off his leg into the net, tying the game at 1-1.
“It was an own goal from one of our guys, but in the rain like this, and it’s slick like this, that’s going to happen,” Barbour said. “You just know it’s going to happen and just hope that it’s not so often.
Foster redeemed himself with what turned out to be the game-winning goal early in the second, pushing the ball past Bear keeper Jose Luis Machuca in a crowd in front of the net. Everado Ahumada then added an insurance goal in the last seconds of the match, moving NMMI to 1-1 on the young season.
With the changes in districting this year, the Colts play in 4A, but just lost to now 6A Clovis in thjeir season opener on the road, and Barbour said he’s liking what he’s seen so far.
“It’s starting to come together,” he said. “But we’re still working. The machine is still coming together and we’ve still got some more surprises so we’re looking forward to that.”
NMMI now has a week off to work out some of the kinks before traveling to Artesia to face the Bulldogs, then compete in the annual Coyote Classic tournament Sept. 5-6.
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The Lady Broncos had a tough opening day at the seventh annual NMMI Classic volleyball tournament Friday, falling to South Mountain Community College in four in their opening match, then battling hard, but making it two season-opening losses with a 3-2 loss to Hutchinson Community College.
In the opener against South Mountain, NMMI fell 25-14 in the first game, battled back to take a 25-23 win in Game 2, but then lost 25-22, 25-17 to go down to defeat.
Early on, the Broncos looked somewhat nervous, and coach Shelby Forchtner said that might have been part of it, despite the fact they played well in a Monday scrimmage, winning vs. Div. II Eastern New Mexico.
“You’re on your home floor. It’s your home tournament and we’ve got a lot of freshmen going in and out, so I definitely think it was a lot of that, for sure,” she said. “And, they’re playing in front of a lot of people. They want to impress them.”
They played in front of even more people in Match 2 — much of the NMMI corps was in attendance — and while they lost, they played better, taking No. 19-ranked Hutch to five games and extra points in the fifth, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 17-19.
While Forchtner said there wasn’t much they don’t have to work on — “We have a lot to work on, still. Like there’s just a lot of freshmen out there and we’re making a lot of freshman mistakes,” she said — she saw highlights on the line and from the middle.
“Our serving was really good and our middles played really well,” she said. “They led the team in kills and they blocked well. Sheanna (Torio) did really well defensively, now we’ve just got to get everybody on that same page.”
The Broncos had to face some strong hitters and servers vs. South Mountain, and five players more than 6-feet tall vs. Hutchinson, which made for a lot of blocks. Still, Torio tallied 20 digs vs. the Blue Dragons, while Mere Serea notched 15 kills, a .400 hitting percentage and five blocks. Ashley Landreth tallied 12 kills, .320 hitting; MalShoniq Weston eight kills, .500 hitting; Elizabeth Muliaga 12 kills, .179 hitting and two blocks; Ashlei Swaim 20 assists; Gabriella Enriquez 17 assists, two aces and eight digs; and Dana Stepankova six digs.
The Broncos had some help from the corps in their second match, and while they weren’t always as loud as they might have been, Forchtner said she likes having them on hand.
“I think any time we can have the corps here it’s going to be an advantage to us, because our kids are used to playing in that in a few games throughout the year, and those schools don’t have that ever,” she said. “In fact the Hutch coach likes to play here.”
The Broncos will be back in action Saturday at noon vs. Air Force Prep, then follow that with the tourney’s final match vs. Pima at 2 p.m.. Forchtner knows the improvements she’s looking for won’t come immediately, but that they will come.
“I think we’ll definitely get there, but there’s not going to be anything that’s going to drastically improve tomorrow, unless we can just kind of get over the freshmen (mistakes). Because we didn’t play like that on Monday. We didn’t have a lot of these errors and mental mistakes and just certain people who are just kind of shutting down. That didn’t happen to us. So we know that our team can play at a much higher level, consistently, throughout an entire match. We just need to prove it to ourselves and do it.”
Except for Yavapai, which took victories over Pima and Air Force Prep, and Hutch, which beat NMMI and Odessa, no one really dominated on Saturday, with several matches going to five games and only two were won in three.
Day 1 Tournament results:
Yavapai def. Pima, 24-26, 25-23, 25-20, 25-18
Hutchinson def. Odessa, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-7
South Mountain def. NMMI, 25-14, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17
Pima def. Air Force Prep, 25-18, 25-12, 25-17
Odessa def. South Mountain, 19-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8
Yavapai def. Air Force Prep, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19
Hutchinson def. NMMI, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 25-19, 19-17
Thirty-four year coaching veteran James Kelt has been picked to succeed Pilar Carrasco as the new head coach of the Colt boys’ basketball program. Coach Kelt got his start as a three-year letterman for the Clovis Wildcat basketball team, before attending New Mexico State University and obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He’s coached just about every sport there is at almost every high school level, from six-man football and girls’ volleyball at Lake Arthur High to basketball at Hobbs High under legendary coach Ralph Tasker.
NMMI has been fortunate to have had Coach Kelt as the assistant Colt basketball coach for the last seven years. He hopes to put his own mark on Colt basketball, with a keen focus on being competitive and honoring the military traditions and excellent educational opportunities that have made NMMI great. His ‘mind, body, and soul’ approach to coaching seems to mesh extremely well with NMMI’s three pillars of leadership development, academic excellence and physical preparedness.
For more information on Coach Kelt, listen to the audio interview by clicking on play button on the media player bar below: