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Crae Fields celebrated as one of Sun Country’s Best of 2017

Reprinted with permission from the Roswell Daily Record:

Crae Fields (Submitted Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE — Longtime Sun Country PGA golf professional, Crae Fields of New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course and the First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico in Roswell has been named the 2017 Sun Country PGA Youth Player Development Award winner. The award is one of the top honors that a PGA member can receive from his peers of the Sun Country PGA Section.

“I couldn’t think of anybody who is more worthy of this honor,” said Sun Country PGA Executive Director, Dana Lehner. “Crae and his wife, Adrienne, have really built an amazing program in Roswell that has turned into a junior golf empire spanning all of southeastern New Mexico. The lives that they are affecting on a daily basis is something that I hope all PGA members will look up to and aspire towards.”

Through their work at their facility and with the First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico chapter that they have built, Crae and his team have provided youth oriented golf programming to an enviable amount of kids. Their operation through their love of golf and their association with the First Tee have reached thousands of children with a message of “core values” that not only show them how to be good people, but also have an amazing track record of creating lifetime golfers.

Fields was recognized at the year-end Sun Country PGA Awards Banquet along with the other selected winners for 2017.

Bobcats outgun Colts at home

Jesus Luy working the ball up against the Bobcat full-court press.

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Thursday evening the NMMI Colt basketball team (1-4) took on the Hagerman Bobcats (2-2) and fell by a final score of 41-32.

Juan Reyna looking for an open teammate after getting the ball at the top of the key.

Both teams had a rough start offensively from the field.  Hagerman was 3/12 with a .250 shooting percentage while NMMI was 6/17 for .353, slightly edging out the Bobcats in the first quarter and resulting in an NMMI lead to end the period 10-7.

Shoot just inside the three-point line by NMMI senior Hugo Varela.

Despite being up by five early in the second quarter, Hagerman went on an 8-2 run thanks to Osbaldo Najera scoring the remaining points for the Bobcats and NMMI only scored five points in the half. Hagerman had a slight lead over NMMI heading into halftime 16-15.

The Bobcats picked right up right where they left off as they extended their lead by six late in the third.  The offensive sorrows continued for NMMI as their first point came with 2:52 remaining in the third by a Nigel Grubbs free-throw.  Hagerman built a 31-20 lead heading into the fourth.

Hagerman started off the fourth with a three-pointer by Najera to extend the lead to 34-20. NMMI cut the lead to eight by back-to-back buckets by Christopher Blair and Caleb Newman to make the score 34-26, but a three-pointer by Chris Manz shifted the momentum in the Bobcats favor.

Stop-and-pop shot by NMMI’s Hector Reyna over the block attempt by Hagerman’s Osbaldo Najera.

Hagerman’s Najera had a game high of 21 points and Chris Manz put in eight.

Blair led NMMI with 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Hector Reyna added seven.

NMMI has concluded the 2017 portion of their season and will be on the road against Dexter January 9th


Goddard hands Lady Colts first loss

Rilan Maloney goes up for a contested layup against Goddard’s Alyssa Hernandez.

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On Tuesday evening in Roswell, NMMI took on the Goddard Lady Rockets “C” team and was defeated 35-27.

The Lady Colts outscored the Lady Rockets 7-6, thanks to an early three-pointer by Tianna Tsosie. Geraldlynn Notah and Rilan Maloney added a bucket each in the first quarter.

NMMI had a multitude of turnovers that allowed Goddard to run their fast break offense and the Rockets height advantage allowed them to make shots from point blank range. Head coach Marisha Olesinski said, “We could not control their height and that was a different experience for my girls, but we had some control over other aspects of the game and didn’t take advantage of them.”

Goddard outscored the Lady Colts 13-4 and took a 19-11 lead into halftime. “We had way too many turnovers again and that is really frustrating, but we played the best we could,” added Olesinski.

The second quarter proved to be the Lady Colts downfall as every other quarter was a one-point differential between the teams.

NMMI matched Goddard’s second-half output of 16 points. The Lady Colts outscored the Lady Rockets 8-7 in the third and Goddard returned the favor 9-8 in the fourth to maintain their advantage and give them the victory.

Maloney and Tsosie led the balanced NMMI attack with eight points, Demitra Ulibarri added seven, Notah with three and Abigail Valadez scored one to round out the scoring for the Lady Colts.

For Goddard, Jazmine Prudencio led all scoring with 14 points, Sophia Price added eight, Alyssa Hernandez scored five, Olivia Berding and Tori Price had four.

The Lady Colts travel take on Artesia “C” on Monday at 5 PM to wrap up the 2017 portion on the season while Goddard “C” heads to Lake Arthur this weekend to play in the Panther Invitational.

Goddard gets road win against NMMI

NMMI guard Jesus Luy stops to take a shot from the top of the key; Hunter Beene providing defense for the Rockets.

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Free throw by junior forward Nigel Grubbs.

The visiting Goddard Rocket boys’ varsity basketball team used a 14-0 starting run to knock off in-town rival New Mexico Military Institute, 61-33.

The Rockets used a balanced combination of inside and outside shooting, netting their first three buckets from inside the paint, before going behind the arc for their next two. Senior guard Tommy Madrid started the run, followed by a pair of baskets by senior center Dalin Stanford, created by Goddard’s full-court press.

NMMI’s first points didn’t come until the 3:56 mark, when junior guard Hector Reyna got rid of the goose egg by sinking a pair of free throws.

The Rockets went on to take the first period 27-5.

The second period was still in Goddard’s favor but a whole lot closer – 14-9 – as NMMI tightened up their defense and made far fewer turnovers on offense.

Inside move and shot in the paint by NMMI senior guard Juan Renya.

Shooting woes plagued NMMI in the third – they shot 21.7 percent from the field compared to Goddard’s 41.5 percent – with the Rockets taking the period 13-4, giving them a commanding 36-point lead going into the final period of play.

The Institute won the point battle in the final quarter, 15-7, albeit mostly against members of the Rocket bench.

Top scorer of the game was Goddard’s Stanford who put in 14 points, along with 9 rebounds. Madrid had 11 and junior point guard Jonah Chavez had nine.

Offensive rebound and eventually put-back by NMMI’s Jose Carranza.

NMMI’s top scorer was Renya with 10 points. Senior forward Nigel Grubbs had seven points and eight rebounds.

With the win, Goddard’s record improves to 3-2 on the season, while NMMI drops to 1-3.

Next up for the Rockets will be the City of Champions Classic in Artesia, which runs Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9. Game times and opponents are yet to be determined.

NMMI has just one scheduled game before the holiday break, 6:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7 at home vs. Hagerman.

Colts fall at home to Texico

NMMI junior forward Nigel Grubbs goes up for the inside shot as Texico’s Skyler Davis attempts the block from behind. Photo by Jay Wilson

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Tough defense by Texico’s Craig Ray against NMMI point guard Hector Reyna. Photo by Jay Wilson

It was another slow start at home by the Colt basketball team, giving Texico a lopsided road win, 61-33.

The Wolverines – a team with seven returners from last season’s squad that made it to the Class 3A State Semifinals – dominated the first and third quarters, outscoring NMMI by nine and 14 points during those periods, thanks to a combination of 20 points by the game’s high scorer, Texico’s Dalton Thatcher, and 14 points and 11 rebounds by teammate Nathan Phipps.

After seeing themselves down 14-5 after the first, the Colts went on a brief run to start the second half, cutting Texico’s lead down to six, 15-9.

But that was as close as NMMI would get: they trailed 24-11 at the half, then 42-15 after another Wolverine offensive explosion in the third.

In a fourth quarter plagued by fouls, the two teams traded fast-break baskets and numerous free throws, with Texico taking the final period, 19-18.

NMMI’s top scorer was junior point guard Hector Reyna with 15. Junior forward Nigel Grubbs was top rebounder for the Colts with six.

With the loss, NMMI moves to 1-2 on the season, with two more games before the Holiday break: at home vs. Goddard on Dec. 4th at 7 pm, and then again at home vs. Hagerman on Dec. 7th at 6:30 pm.