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Bronco tennis ties for 8th at Nationals

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute men’s tennis team earned a bid to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2019 Division I National Championships, held in Tucson, AZ on May 13-17.

In six flights of singles play and three flights of doubles, the Broncos lost only one of their first-round match-ups. This consistency netted NMMI a No. 8 finished and final national ranking, tying with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with 20 team points.

“They came in with a winning attitude as a team,” said head NMMI tennis coach Mary Jo Abney. “Their goal was to be top five in the nation, but to finish eighth was an absolute victory.  I’m proud of everyone on the team – from number one singles to number three doubles, they did a tremendous job. Their demeanor at every game and tournament has always been something that embodies the spirit of NMMI.”

Coach Abney will be moving on to start a tennis academy in San Diego next year. Chad Mann will be taking over the reins of Bronco men’s and women’s tennis. Coach Mann got the opportunity to travel with the team to Tucson for nationals.

“I feel that Chad is a very strong fit for not only being an Army veteran, but for how he coaches and encourages. The positivity that he brings to the table, I think this is exactly what these two teams need and I think he will do tremendous justice for them. He is well-experienced as a tennis pro and as a college coach.”

 

Complete NMMI Results
Men’s Singles

Christopher Bulus (NMMI) def. Sacha Colomban (Iowa Central) 7-5, 6-0

Toru Horle (ASA Miami) def. Christopher Bulus (NMMI) 6-2, 6-4

Emanuel Mallya (NMMI) def. Ethan Aycock (Wallace State) 6-2, 7-5

Luke Simkiss (Tyler) def. Emanuel Mallya (NMMI) 6-0, 6-0

Martins Abamu def. Eric Holmes (Hinds) 6-1, 6-1

Adriel Azucey (Eastern Florida State) def. Martins Abamu (NMMI) 6-3, 6-2

Luis Zamorano (NMMI) def. Bryce Livingston (Hinds) 6-0, 6-0

Karl Mosterd (Tyler) def. Luis Zamorano (NMMI) 6-2, 6-2

Matt Carroll (ASA Miami) def. Farid Yunes (NMMI) 6-2, 6-3

Ned Merrion (NMMI) def. James McWilliams (Jones College) 6-0, 6-1

Tomas Santantonio (ASA Miami) def. Ned Merrion (NMMI) 6-0, 6-0

Men’s Doubles

Bulus/Mallya (NMMI) def. Dwyer/Way (Iowa Central) 6-4, 3-6, 4-2Ret (inj)

Fabregas/Horie (ASA Miami) def. Bulus/Mallya (NMMI) 6-3, 6-2

Colomban/Zammit (Iowa Central) def. Abamu/Zamorano 7-5, 6-1

Merrion/Yunes (NMMI) def. Freeman/Roach (Kaskaskia) 6-1, 6-2

Edwards/Oshiro (Cowley) def. Merrion/Yunes (NMMI) 6-2, 6-2

Colts advance to semis with win over T-Wolves

NMMI senior Alejandro Lopez was huge at the plate for the Colts in their quarterfinal win over East Mountain. He was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, five RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the NMAA Class 3A State Championship tournament, downing the second-seeded East Mountain Timberwolves, 14-5, at the Cleveland High School ballpark on Thursday.

NMMI plated four runs in the top of the first, with senior Alejandro Lopez collecting three of his five RBIs on the day with a bases-loaded double. Luke Taylor would later score Lopez with a sac fly to left field.

The T-Wolves countered with single spots in both the bottom of first and second, cutting NMMI’s early lead to two.

NMMI got back both of those runs in the third and fifth innings. In the third, senior Jasper Best blasted an opposite-field triple to right with one out, then was brought in by senior teammate Gunnar Schwab on a turf single that bounced high over the pitcher’s mound.

In the fifth, the Colts’ run came after a double-play left NMMI with runners on first and third with two outs. Pinch runner Carlos Retamoza attempted a successful steal of second, and Alejandro Barcenas crossed the plate on the ensuing throw-down.

East Mountain made it a one-run game, 6-5, mounting a three-run rally in the bottom half of the fifth.

But NMMI had a break-out inning in the top of the sixth, scoring eight runs, all with two outs. NMMI pounded out six hits in the stanza, including two by Luke Taylor.

Taylor then pitched the final two innings of the game, shutting out the Timberwolves  and allowing just one hit.

Oscar Gomez got the start and the win for NMMI. He allowed two runs, both earned, over 3.1 innings of work with one strikeout.

Lopez was impressive at the plate for the Colts. Along with his game-leading five RBIs, he was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and runs scored.  Barcenas was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored; while Best and Taylor both went 2-for-3.

With the win, NMMI will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 12:00 PM to face the West Las Vegas Dons; the third-seeded Dons won their quarterfinal match-up against sixth-seeded Cobre, 2-1.

Colt tennis takes second at State

From left to right: Hugo Inzunza, Jose Robles, Jackson Hicks, Alejandro Terminel, Samuel Johnston, John McIntyre, Ricardo Espinoza, and head coach John Barbour.


NMMI sports Press

New Mexico Military Institute’s Colt and Lady Colt tennis were in Albuquerque last week, competing at the NMAA’s Class 1A-4A State Tennis Championships.

The Colts took home the second-place trophy in the team championships, held primarily at the tennis courts on the Albuquerque Academy campus.

Second-ranked NMMI blanked Belen High School in the opening round on Friday, May 10, then, after a rain delay pushed back their semifinal match, served-up a loss to No. 6 St. Pius on Saturday. The Institute fell in the championship match against No. 1 Albuquerque Academy.

The individual championships for singles and doubles took place at the Jerry Cline Tennis Facility on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-9.

Senior Eliana Ward represented NMMI in the girls’ singles bracket. After splitting the few two sets, she lost a very close match in the first round in a super-tiebreaker third set.

Sophomore Morgan Lynch and senior Delinda Moore earned NMMI’s selection for girls’ doubles. They also fell in the first round.

In boys’ singles, NMMI had two selections. Sophomore Hugo Inzunza won his opening-round match in two straight sets, then fell to the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Alejandro Terminel was defeated in the first round, but did manage to win one of the three sets against his opponent.

Junior John McIntyre and sophomore Ricardo Espinoza earned the No. 4 seed in the boys’ doubles bracket. They won their opening match, then lost in the quarters.

Complete NMMI Results:

Girls Singles
Stella Mahr (ABQ Academy) def. Eliana Ward 3-6, 6-1, 10-3

Girls Doubles
Cordova/Jaramillo (Belen) def. Lynch/Moore 6-1, 6-2

Boys Singles
Inzunza def. Hunter Williamson (Los Lunas) 6-0, 6-4
#1 Abraham Yohannes (ABQ Academy) def. Inzunza 6-0, 6-1
Daniel Ko (Santa Teresa) def. Terminel 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Boys Doubles
#4 McIntire/Espinoza def. Rindels/Lopez (Valencia) 6-0, 6-2
Collis/Warrier (Academy) def. #4 McIntire/Espenoza 6-4, 6-2

Boys Team
#2 NMMI def. #7 Belen 5-0
#2 NMMI def. #6 St. Pius 5-2
#1 Albuquerque Academy def. #2 NMMI 5-0

Early graduation for five Colts

From left to right: Commandant of Cadets LTC Jonathan Graff, Dean of Academics BG Douglas Murray, MSG Jasper Lynn Best, 1SG Alejandro Lopez, 1SG Jorge Iruretagoyena Andueza, CSM Jake Austin Leible, MSG Gunnar William Schwab, President/Superintendent MG Jerry Grizzle, and Athletic Director COL Jose Barron.

Five members of the New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team participated in early graduation on Wednesday at Mabee Hall in Toles Learning Center. The Colt baseball team will be playing in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 10:00 AM at Cleveland High School.

The five graduates are:

Master Sergeant Jasper Lynn Best from Roswell, NM. Best plans to continue his education at NMMI.

First Sergeant Jorge Iruretagoyena Andueza from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Iruretagoyena plans to continue his education at Pima Community College

Command Sergeant Major Jake Austin Leible from Roswell, NM. Leible plans to continue his education at Texas A&M University

First Sergeant Alejandro Lopez from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Lopez plans to continue his education at NMMI.

Master Sergeant Gunnar William Schwab from Farmington, NM. Schwab plans to continue his education at NMMI.

Three out of the five graduates will continue their education at NMMI and the combined GPA out of the five cadets was a 3.2 average.

Graduation for all the rest of the cadet high school student body will be on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 A.M. in the Pearson Auditorium.

 

Bronco men’s tennis results after Day 1 at Nationals

The NMMI Men’s Tennis team is tied for second place after Day one of the NJCAA D1 Tennis Championships. NMMI has only lost one match so far, which bodes well heading into Day two of the Tournament.

Men’s Singles

Mallya def. Leonaro Zacheta (USC Sumter) 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3

Abamu def. Eric Holmes (Hinds) 6-1, 6-1

Zambrano def. Bryce Livingston (Hinds) 6-0, 6-0

Merrion def. James McWilliams (Jones College) 6-0, 6-1

Men’s Doubles

Bulus/Mallya def. Dwyer/Way 6-4, 3-6, 4-2Ret (inj)

Colomban/Zammit (Iowa Central) def. Abamu/Zamorano 7-5, 6-1

Merrion/Yunes def. Freeman/Roach (Kaskaskia) 6-1, 6-2