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The Balance at NMMI

By Cadet Aaron Donkor–from Germany

Being an athlete here at NMMI, one is asked to do more than being in a normal Junior College. Not only will you get held to a standard in Academics and Athletics but also in the Corps of Cadets. This brings another segment you have to balance somehow. Due to this, I believe when I am moving on to the next school, finding a balance between “just” my academics and being an athlete it will be easier due to the high pace here at New Mexico Military Institute.

Learning to find balance goes hand in hand with time management; I believe I’ve improved that skill tremendously. I realized when I went home that I got more done in less time. Furthermore, I improved the skill of patience. I am more able to endure a short time feeling uneasy in order to reach a set goal. All things in life, are going to have parts one is struggling with or does not like. But to overcome challenges and building the habit of success, there is no better place than here at New Mexico Military Institute.

When you picture your dream job, whatever that might be, there are naturally going to be some aspect you have to overcome in order to enjoy the part of the job which are most pleasing for you. Well, I think I developed that skill not to give up and follow through on stuff in order to do the things I love and enjoy.

Recently here at New Mexico Military Institute, it was Homecoming, which brought many alumni back to share their experience. This opened my eyes again, that people really appreciate their experience at New Mexico Military Institute after they are gone. These alumni are living a better life now, due to their experience at New Mexico Military Institution.

Colts fall to Bears in first round of State

Senior running back Jalil Brown breaks a tackle enroute to his first of two rushing TDs against Hatch Valley in the first round of the NMAA Class 3A State Playoffs.


NMMI Sports Press

The NMMI football team put up 21 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start, as the Hatch Valley Bears bested the Colts in the opening round of the NMAA’s Class 3A State Playoffs, 44-21.

The Bears posted touchdown drives on their first two offensive possessions, then added a third TD right before the end of the half on a 60-yard interception return, giving Hatch a 20-0 lead going into the locker rooms.

After giving up another score to the Bears at the start of the second half, NMMI’s offense finally got on-track, putting together a 10-play 68 drive, capped by a 28-yard TD rush by senior running back Jalil Brown.

A 38-yard Hatch field goal made the score 29-7 in the fourth quarter with 11:55 remaining.

The Colts’ next drive stalled out at the Hatch 42 with a pass attempt from quarterback Jasper Best to Charles Lewis falling incomplete on a fourth-and-six. But linebacker Arturo Cuen forced a Bear fumble, recovered by defensive end Roberto Laporte, getting the ball back to the NMMI offense. The next play, Brown again led the Colts into the end zone, this time with a 41-yard rush, making it a 29-14 game with 9:42 still left to play.

Two more Bear TDs – at the 6:52 and 2:25 marks – put the game out of reach, with NMMI’s final scoring drive coming with less than 2 minutes remaining. Halfback Charles Lewis ran in for NMMI’s final touchdown, a 9-yard rush finishing a 6-play, 55-yard drive.

The Colts tallied 272 total yards of offense in the contest –  just 30 yards shy of the Bears’ output – led by Brown’s 14 carries for 134 yards. Lewis gained 63 yards on 9 attempts, Best was 11 for 39 on the ground, and Cuen as fullback ground out 22 yards up the middle on 4 rushes.

Cuen also had a stellar night on defense for the Colts, leading the team with 19 tackles: 10 solo and 9 assists.

Although head Colt coach Randy Montoya was disappointed with the loss – NMMI’s third to Hatch in the first round of the playoffs since 2014 – he was pleased with the play of his seniors and happy with how the team responded to the ups and downs over the course of the season.

“I’m just grateful our seniors got to play in this game and of all the obstacles we overcame to get here,” said Montoya. “Our kids showed heart, didn’t quit, and played a much better game in the second half. I’m proud of that.”

NMMI Cross Country teams compete in the State Championships

 

Carson Perry runs down one of the hills during the State Championships.

Henry Dewey crosses the finish line at the State Championships.

NMMI Sports Press 

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country teams competed in the State Championships at Rio Rancho High School. Both the Lady Colt and Colt teams earned an automatic bid to state by winning their district meets.  

The winner of the 3A boys meet was Epherem Zerai of Sandia Prep who clocked in a time of 16:23.85 out of the 97 runners competing in the meet.  

Carson Perry was the first Colt to cross the finish line at a mark of 18:35.55 in 43rd place the rest of the Colts followed as such. 

49th Henry Dewey 18:46.85 

65th Juan Aguirre 19:18.40 

73rd Jeremiah Pinon 19:44.10 

78th Jaiden Kendrick 19:57.25 

84th Landen Savage 20:41.90 

86th Johnny Archuleta 21:26.55 

 

Skyler Gee of Sandia Prep won the 3A girls meet with a time of 20:15.10 out of 82 runners. 

Jazsmine Munoz Runs towards the final stretch at the State Championships

Tessa Walker was the first Lady Colt to finish with a time of 22:54.80 in 47th place. There were three other Lady Colts who participated in the State Championships. 

51st Christina Robertson 23:05.45 

67th Jazsmine Munoz 24:53.40 

73rd Sophia Valadez 26:09.30 

Head Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country coach Jan Olesinski was in Garden City, KS with the Bronco Cross Country team as they competed in the NJCAA Championsips. Assistant Coach Marisha Olesinski was with the Cross Country teams and spoke on how they did today. 

Tessa Walker crosses the finish line with Santa Fe Preps Sophie Addison.

Olesinski said, “I think they did very good today. I also think they expected to do better than they did, but there is always room to improve. No runner on either team has been to the State Championships before. Both teams were excited to compete, but at the same time they did not know what to expect. They gave 100 percent out on the tough course and that is all that I asked for.” 

The course had a combination of dirt, road, turf, and hills the runners had to deal with throughout their time on the course. 

Olesinski sees a bright future for both Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country teams. 

Both of our teams are really young and the goal will be to do better in state next year and get stronger.”

Hicks leads Broncos past Tonono O’odham Community College

NMMI Sports Press 

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco Basketball team defeated Tonono O’odham Community College 70-50 during the Native American Classic at Phoenix College.  

The Broncos led 27-23 after the first half with Kaleb Hicks leading the scoring in the first half with five points. NMMI went 6-7 at the line during the first half. Jaquarius Williams had four points as well in the first half.  

In the second half Hicks kept the scoring going. He led the Broncos in the second half with nine points with Keith Deloatch tallying eight points. 

All together Hicks ended up with a team lead of 14 points and Deloatch was the other Bronco in double digits with 10 points.  

The Broncos will play tomorrow at 7:30 PM MST against Phoenix College to cap off their tournament. 

Colt football ready to tackle Hatch in opening round of state

2018 Colt Varsity Football

Who: No. 10 NMMI (6-4) at No. 7 Hatch Valley (5-5)
What: Opening round football game of the NMAA Class 3A State Playoffs
Where: Hatch Valley Bear Stadium
When: Kickoff at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 10
Coaches: NMMI head coach Randy Montoya, eighth year (35-49); Hatch head coach Louis Howell, second year (13-10)
Last meeting: opening round of the 2016 playoffs – Hatch won at home 64-42
Season points for and against: NMMI PF (184) PA (218); Hatch PF (173) PA (190)
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NMMI head coach Randy NMMI and his Colt football team are back in the playoffs for their fifth time in six years.

This season the Colts have put together a solid 6-4 overall record, earning the No. 10 seed in the twelve-team NMAA Class 3A State Championship bracket. They’ll face the No. 7 Hatch Valley Bears, on the road, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:00 PM.

“I think the seeding was just about right,” said coach Montoya about the Class 3A bracket, “that’s just where we had our team placed as well.”

This will be the third match-up in the opening round of state between Colts and Bears, with Hatch taking both previous contests on their home turf: 64-42 in 2016,and 27-10 in 2014.

“We’ve got a tough opponent – seems like the past two or three years that we’ve gone to the playoffs, we’ve been in Hatch. So we’re familiar with the area,” continued Montoya. “They’ve got a good team; I think we’ve got a good team; so should be a good showdown.”

NMMI is coming off a big road win against district opponent Tucumcari where the Colt offense produced 43 points and broke open big holes for senior backs Jalil Brown and Charles Lewis, who combined for 275 yards on just 19 carries.

“I think it was important to get back on that winning track,” emphasized Montoya. “That helped build the confidence of our kids, and made us realize that we still are a good team despite the ups and downs that all teams tend to have over the course of a season. It gives us some momentum going into the playoffs.”

The Hatch Valley Bear offense runs multiple formations to throw teams off guard, and they do a good job at it.

“Our defense is going to have to recognize those formations in order to stop them,” said Montoya.

Defensively, the Bears run a flex nose – sort of a “difference between a 5-2 and a 5-3.” said the NMMI coach. “Their front line is solid with a nose guard that is really tough and linebackers that flow really well. It will be a good test for our O-line.”

The Colt offense has amassed 2,025 total yards of offense this season and a 4.2-yard average per play, thanks to a quartet of excellent rushers in the backfield.

Tailback Brown leads the running attack with 650 yards on 79 carries; halfback Lewis has 550 yards on 85 attempts; fullback Gus Curnutt pounded out 279 yards on 64 chances; and quarterback Jasper Best has scrambled for 222 yards on 82 rushes.

“Without having a quarterback, we’ve been having to switch things up on offense these past few weeks, said Montoya about his own offensive unit and game plan. “But we’ll show multiple fronts, see if we can take advantage of anything they’ll give us on defense.”

The Colt defense is led by linebacker Arturo Cuen’s 46 tackles and Roberto Laporte’s four sacks.

NMMI typically runs a split 4-4. “We’ll mix things up with our split,” said Montoya, “try and run some blitzes and see what we can do depending on the formations they come out in.”

When asked about the keys to the game, coach Montoya stressed the turnover factor.

“In big games like this, we’ve got to take care of the ball – turnovers are going to be huge. And again, recognizing formations: lining up correctly so that we don’t get out leveraged. We also need all three aspects of the game to play well: the offense needs to take care of the ball, the defense needs to be aggressive, and the special teams can’t take any plays off.”

“We’re excited about this opportunity, hoping to do something that hasn’t been done around here in about 14 years – that’s win a playoff game. That’s what we’re shooting for,” finished the coach. “We’ve have a good week in practice, so I think we’re up for the challenge.”