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Walker and Miller top finishers for the Institute at the NMMI Invitational

• Senior Mia Walker finished third for the Lady Colts at the NMMI Invitational with a time of 20:04.

NMMI Sports Press

Last weekend, the Colt and Lady Colt cross country teams got to host – and run – in their own NMMI Invitational, held at Roswell’s Cielo Grande Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 14

“I think it was a very good meet,” said head NMMI coach Jan Olesinski. “We had 16 different schools present, representing many of the high schools in the surrounding area –  large schools like Hobbs, Carlsbad, Alamogordo and Roswell, along with some smaller schools like Capitan, Mescalero and Tucumcari.”

According to coach ‘O’, every race had about 60+ runners, with the biggest race being the JV with over 100. “All-in-all we had almost 300 kids compete when you consider the race for the middle school runners, as well,” said Olesinski.

• Sophomore Lance Miller finished third for the Colts, with a time of 16:30.

Lance Miller got took home top honors for the Colts, a sixth place finish in the boys’ varsity race, with a time of 16:37, while Mia Walker earned NMMI’s best place of the day in the girls’ varsity race. Her time of 20:05 was good for third.

“Those two did great today,” said the coach. “They are definitely two of my top runners. But the rest of the team competed, too. We had some freshmen, some new cadets, some first-time runners, and everyone did well.”

“I think overall NMMI did very well in the meet,” continued Olesinski. “We were missing a few runners due to other important obligations our cadets had with the Corps or academics, such as 21-Day ceremonies or SAT prep classes. As such, team-wise we didn’t do our best, but we still had a few finish in top places.”

Next up for the Colt and Lady Colt cross country squads will be another weekend race, as they head up to Pecos, NM, just south of Santa Fe, to try running at a little higher elevation (6,923 ft as opposed to Roswell’s 3,573 ft).

“It will be nice to compete against some different teams,” said coach. “This will be a unique meet for us. It’s the first time we’ve gone there, the course will be much different than the ones we tend to run here, we’ve get to see several teams from the north part of the state, plus the meet features mostly smaller 2A and 3A schools.”

Complete NMMI Results

Boys’ Varsity:
Lance Miller, 3rd place, 16:37
Jeremy Pinion, 25th place, 18:21
Stephen Swope, 40th place, 19:28
Juan Aguirre, 41st place, 19:31
Hector Grijalva, 44th place, 19:55
Lance Savage, 51st place, 20:30

Girls’ Varsity
Mia Walker, 3rd place, 20:05
Tessa Walker, 16th place, 21:14
Christina Robertson, 27th place, 22:56

Boys’ JV:
Nicolas Chavez, 21st place, 20:01
Niall Devlin, 22nd place, 20:02
Caleb Eisenhower, 23rd place, 20:09
Aadhav Sivakumar, 62nd place, 23:27

Girls’ JV:
Autumn Weaver, 5th place, 24:44

Lady Colts tame Panthers in three sets

NMMI sophomore Brynna Ferguson goes up for a kill attempt after a Lake Arthur overpass.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team defeated the Lake Arthur Panthers 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-21) in the Godfrey Athletic Center on Monday.

Head Lady Colt coach Stephanie Schooley was happy with the win, but still noted aspects that her team needed to improve.

Coach Schooley said, “We are trying to speed the game up a little bit trying to get some quick sets on free balls. We are also working on serve receive. We are trying to get the girls to move their feet to the ball first rather than them reaching for balls and being a half a step too late.”

NMMI improves their record to 4-4 on the season with the win tonight. The Lady Colts will play the Loving Lady Falcons on Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Loving High School.

Crisostomo named NJCAA Player of the Week; Undefeated Broncos Ranked 5th in Nation

NMMI Sports Press

The Bronco volleyball team got to enjoy a rare week off from action, but that didn’t stop another pair of honors from being given to the undefeated NMMI squad: defensive specialist/libero Ha’ahulakaleikaimana “Hula” Crisostomo was named Defensive Player of the Week for both the Region V and at the NJCAA DI level overall; and the team is ranked No. 5 nationally, for the second week in a row.

“Hula is very deserving of this defensive award,” said coach Shelby Forchtner. “She probably could have got it the last three weeks, just in terms of the stats she puts up on a weekly basis. It’s pretty impressive.”

Those stats include being ranked fourth nationally in digs-per-set, with six, and 11th nationally in total digs with 240 over 40 sets in 12 matches. Seventy-seven of those digs came when the Broncos last took the court, going 4-0 in the Odessa College Invitational on Sept. 6-7.

But, the Hawaiian native said, it’s not only her effort that made the award possible.

“It’s super cool that Shelby trusts me and believes in my capabilities to be the starting libero this year, even though I had really tough competition between Yumeno (Nawa) and Kiki (Kristijana Istuk),” the sophomore said. “They’re both good defensive specialists and they could easily take my spot. But I think it’s an excellent situation – all three of us can compete against each other when we’re scrimmaging. It just forces us to play at a competitive level so that we all get better each and every day.”

And the coach agrees.

“This is probably the best defensive dynamic duo I’ve coached in 16 years,” she said of Crisostomo and Nawa. “They work very well together. They’re very smooth playing next to each other. They talk a lot. They work hard to make the other one better. It’s really impressive when one of them needs to work on something, the other one stays behind and hits balls at her. They just have a mutual respect for each other, even though they’re fighting for the same position. So far it’s been very impressive to watch them play together.”

The 5-foot-1 Crisostomo said she owes her success to many people who have helped her along the way.

“I really gotta thank my teammates, my coaching staff, plus my family back home: my coaches, my friends and my teammates for making me the player I am today and getting this far,” she said.

But while individual honors are good, the Broncos have had their best team start to the season since Forchtner can remember. They’re 12-0, with most of their matches decided in three sets. They haven’t played a fifth set yet this season, and only played four sets in half of their matches.

They swept the home-town Bronco Classic; the Dalton Overstreet Invitational in Prescott, Ariz. and the Odessa College Tournament. And they didn’t play easy teams, either. Wins came over current No. 6 Snow College and No. 19 Yavapai College and previously ranked Monroe College and Arizona Western.

But Forchtner knows it’ll only get more difficult, as, after the week of rest, the Broncos head to Hutchinson, Kan., for the always-tough Blue Dragon Invitational.

“Pretty much every team we face is going to be a tough team there, so it’ll be a really good test for us after having this week off from playing matches to see if we can do the same thing now that we’ve had a little rest,” she said.

After struggling at the Kansas tourney the last few years with no rest, Forchtner tweaked the schedule a bit this year to give them the early break.

“The last few years, it’s always seemed like we’ve always really struggled at Hutch to get wins, and I think it was us starting on Aug. 1 and never having a day off,” she said.

So, after enjoying the weekend, the Broncos will get back to practice working on the things they need to improve to make them even better than they have been.

“I think we’re always trying to just figure out our weaknesses and try to make them better,” the coach said, pointing out that their aces to serving errors number really improved in their last tourney, along with a drop in receiving errors.

“Overall, I feel like we’re getting better and better and better,” Forchtner said. “Now we’ve just got to focus in on our block and coverage, and transition. There’s just a few things that we watched in game film that we’re not doing on every single ball. And I think if we could start to do it every single ball, our overall offense would get a little better. [As a team] we’re putting up solid offensive numbers; it would just be nice to have those numbers come from five or six players instead of three or four.”

And, while the competition in Kansas will let them gauge where they’re at, it’ll also be nice to give the team a chance to see where they’ll play should they return to the NJCAA National Championships, which once again will be hosted by Hutchinson.

“I think it’s going to be nice to see the competition this next weekend and see what we’re really made of. It’s always nice to go back to a place where they’re hosting nationals, and you can tell your kids, ‘Hey! This is where we want to get back to.’”

Colts get sixth win vs. Bulldogs

NMMI junior mid-fielder Daniel Angulo with a shot on goal early in the first half against Artesia. Angulo didn’t score on this shot, but did have a goal on in the second half – an amazing shot on a free kick from 30 yards out – to put the Colts put 4-1.
Photo by cadet Christopher Mumba.

Brian DeGruchy – NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team defeated the Artesia Bulldogs 4-2 at NMMI Stapp Parade Field on Tuesday to move to 6-1-1 on the season.

Artesia got a quick 1-0 lead on the Colts off of a corner kick. NMMI answered back on a John Zimmermen goal to tie it 1-1. The last goal of the half came from a NMMI corner kick from Quan Nguyen and sent into the back of the net off the knee of Andres Bleizeffer to give the Colts a 2-1 lead at the half.

The Colts tacked on another goal off the head of Alejandro Barcenas that the Artesia goalie just could not get to in time to give NMMI a 3-1 lead. The last NMMI goal came off the boot of Daniel Angulo from 30 yards out going over the goalies hands and under the crossbar. The Bulldogs added another goal, but NMMI was still victorious buy a score of 4-2.

Head Colt soccer coach John Barbour liked how his team played from behind and noted some aspects of the game that the team still needed to work on in practice this week.

Coach Barbour said, “We had to fight to get back into the game, but once we got rolling we kept the momentum. Near the end we got ahead a little bit and we got complacent and they creeped back in to the game. We have to be more disciplined and play a full 80 minute game where we don’t lose our focus.”

The next game for the Colts will be on Saturday in Ruidoso as they will face Ruidoso High School at 3:00 PM.

Broncos scare #2 Kilgore College in return to Wool Bowl

Interception by Bronco defensive back Dalton Bowles in the first half of play against the second-ranked Kilgore College Rangers. NMMI trailed 13-6 at the half.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco football team gave the #2 Kilgore College Rangers a scare at the Wool Bowl on Saturday with the Rangers winning the game 35-26.

Kilgore got the scoring started on a one-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first quarter. NMMI kicker Roland Tyson answered the touchdown with two field goals. The first was hit from 30 yards with 2:15 left in the first quarter and the other one from 35 yards to make the score 7-6 with 11:36 left in the half. Kilgore would get a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half to head into the locker room leading 13-6.

NMMI scored first in the second half on a pass from Brylon Grice to Kevon Purnell from 17 yards out for a 13-13 tie game with 4:18 left in the third quarter. On the ensuing drive, Kilgore would find their way into the end zone to go back up 20-13 with 36 seconds on the scoreboard.

Grice got his second passing touchdown of the night completing a pass to Taylin Nalls for a 24-yard touchdown. NMMI went for two but could not convert leaving Kilgore with a 20-19 lead with 9:05 left in the game. The last Bronco score was a Bronte Griffin reception from Grice to make the score 28-26 Kilgore with 3:18 to go. The Rangers scored a touchdown with 50 seconds left to cap off the Ranger victory 35-26.

Head Bronco football coach Joe Forchtner was disappointed with the lose he was pleased with the improvement of his team this week.

Forchtner said, “Compared to last week’s team tonight’s was a night and day difference. If we keep improving like we did this week and handle what we need to handle I think we will be pretty good. We are still trying to figure out what we are good at right now and I think it took us into the second half of the third game to figure that out.”

The Broncos next game will be in Colorado Springs, CO against Air Force Prep on Friday Sept. 13th at 1 PM MDT. The next Bronco football game at the Wool Bowl will not be until Sept. 28th with Tyler Junior College heading into Roswell. Kickoff for the home game will be at 7:00 PM MDT.