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Moore, Walker lead Colts at district track

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

For their first year running track in AAAA, the Colts didn’t do too badly.

While Portales ran away with the title with 118 points, NMMI finished second on its home track, the Wool Bowl, compiling 68 points through 19 events.

“The kids ran well,” said coach Randy Montoya. “It’s just a tribute to our kids. They’ve been working had all year and I’m happy for them. We’ve got a few more kids who qualified for state, so again, to be able to go into a hard district and do what we do, it’s been very nice.”

Senior Dominic Moore gave the Colts the most points, winning the 100-meter dash; running the third leg of the first-place medley relay; taking second in the long jump; and anchoring the third place 4×100.

“He’s a senior,” Montoya said. “I wish I had him for one more year. He’s just a hard, tough-nosed kid. He does anything and everything we ask of him. He’s just a great kid. I’m glad he was able to do what he was able to do this year.”

Other Institute gold medalists included Daniel Marquez in the 200 and Carlos Xibille in the triple jump.

The Lady Colts had a tougher day, but with only a handful of athletes, still picked up 13 points.

“We just don’t have the numbers,” Montoya said. “The girls we do have they compete well. They do everything they can; everything we ask of them. It’s just we don’t have that many to choose from.”

They were led by sophomore Sierra Walker, who took second in the 400-meter dash and anchored what had to be the most exciting race of the day.

That race, for both the girls and boys, was the 1,600-meter medley relay.

In the girls race, NMMI was a distant third after both 200-meter legs and the 400-meter lap. But Sierra Walker never gave up, pushing her way past the second-place Ruidoso runner and while she couldn’t catch the East Mountain leader, she stretched her lead over the now third-place runner to give the Lady Colts a ticket to state.

The boys side wasn’t quite as exciting, but the Institute was in second place heading into the 800-meter lap. Spencer Lane took the baton, quickly passed the leader and stretched his way to a first-place finish.

Montoya had praise for both anchor runners in the relays.

“(Sierra’s) just been tough all year,” he said. “We’ve got some great runners in our district from East Mountain and all that, so it’s good for her to compete like that.”

As for Lane, “He came through tough and strong,” the coach said. “He’s just one of those kids you put a challenge in front of him, he accepts that challenge and does everything he can to succeed at that challenge and obviously he saw that there in the medley, so he did a great job.”

NMMI was competing in a much tougher district than in the past, but Montoya was proud of what his teams did.

“It is obviously a tougher district. We’ve got some good quality teams. The kids have just done a good job of competing and doing the best they can.”

NMMI results from the District 4-4A track meet
Boys, team — 1, Portales, 118; 2, NMMI, 68; East Mountain, 58; 4, Ruidoso, 43
100-meter dash — 1, Dominic Moore, 10.9; 3, Homero Melis, 11.31
200-meter dash — 1, Daniel Marquez, 22.65; 4, Tymon Dalton, 24.34; 10 (tie), Lane Major, Fausto Baranzini, 25.55
400-meter dash — 3, Daniel Marquez, 52.587, 7, Giovani Borunda, 56.24
110-meter hurdles — 5, Trent Foster, 19.08; 6, Drake Williams, 21.08
300-meter hurdles — 7, Trent Foster, 49.37; 10, Nathan Hudgeons, 54.14
800-meter run — 7, Joshua Pinon, 2:19.40
1,600-meter run — 2, Juan Estramadoyro, 4:39.84
3,200-meter run — 2, Juan Estremadoyro, 10:45.44; 3, Fernando Rodriguez, 11:53.14; 4, Benjamin Clemens, 12:18.84; 7, Kristian Gonzalez, 12:58.74
4×100-meter relay — 3, NMMI (Daniel Marquez, Homero Melis, Tymon Dalton, Dominic Moore), 44.99
4×200-meter relay — 3, NMMI (Homero Melis, Carlos Xibile, Fausto Baranzini, Tymon Dalton), 1:38.65
4×400-meter medley relay — 1, NMMI (Daniel Marquez, Fausto Baranzini, Dominic Moore, Spencer Lane), 3:44.02
4×400-meter relay — 3, NMMI (Fausto Baranzini, Giovani BOrunda, Spencer Lane, Carlos Xibile), 3:47.94
Pole Vault — 4, Lane Major, 9-6
Discus — 4, Christian Taylor, 94-7; 5, Nathan Hudgeons, 93-10 1/2; 6, Joe Bridges, 89-11 1/2; 10, Dillion Hall, 60-3 1/2
Shot Put — 6, Joe Bridges, 30-06; 7, Drake Williams, 29-04; 9, Dillion Hall, 24 1/2
Javelin — 9, David Gofman, 98-7 1/2; Christian Taylor, 92-10 1/2; 12, Jonathan Stokes, 92-5 1/2; 13, Nathan Hudgens, 84-9; 14, Dillion Hall, 77-2 1/2
Long jump — 2, Dominic Moore, 19-2; 10, Giovani, Borunda, 15-7
Triple jump — 1, Carlos Xibille, 37-10; 4, Tymon Dalton, 33-6; 5, Juan Larrieu, 32-00
High jump — 2, Homero Melis, 5-04

Girls, team — 1, Ruidoso, 137; 2, Portales, 88; 3, East Mountain, 41; 4, NMMI, 13
200-meter dash — 9, Krystal Graves, 29.37
400-meter dash — 2, Sierra Walker, 1:01.27
100-meter hurdles — 8, Natalie Holnes, 24.43
300-meter hurdles — 10, Natalie Holnes, 58.96
3,200-meter run — 2, Andrea Anchondo, 14:19.44
4×400-meter medley relay — 2, NMMI (Amira Hindi, Alexandria Rivera, Krystal Graves, Sierra Walker), 4:45.24
1,600-meter run — 5, Amira Hindi, 6:11.93
Discus — 9, Alexandria Rivera, 62-11
Javelin — 9, Natalie Holnes, 69-1
Long jump — 12, Grace Tompkins, 12-00

NMMI golfers take team, individual district titles

The Institute golf team hosted the District 4-4A tournament Monday  — taking advantage of their home course to win both the team and individual titles.

The Institute golf team hosted the District 4-4A tournament Monday — taking advantage of their home course to win both the team and individual titles.

Karen Boehler
Record Correspondent

NMMI junior golfer Pongthong Thongyai hits his tee shot on the No. 6 hole at the NMMI Golf Course, a 516 yard par 5.

NMMI junior golfer Pongthong Thongyai hits his tee shot on the No. 6 hole at the NMMI Golf Course, a 516 yard par 5.

The NMMI golf team did exactly what it needed to do Monday to advance to next week’s state tournament: win the District 4A-AAAA meet. PLaying on their home course, they took the team title handily, topping second-place East Mountain by 27 strokes: 308 to 335.

But more than that, Colt Pongthong Thongyai won the individual title with a 75, while teammates Bret Anaya and Jamie Corrola were just one shot in back with 76s. Eduardo Gallegos wrapped up the top four with an 81 while No. 5 Juan Garcia finished with a 90.

“Like I always say, it’s one thing to go to school and play golf. It’s another thing to go to New Mexico Military Institute and play golf,” said Institute head coach Crae Fields. “So all the extra things that those guys have to do and put up with, and for them to follow through like they did and lock it up, yeah, It make me proud.”

JUnior Thongyai, who shot his second-lowest score of the season, said the key to his game Monday was on the greens.

“I putted well today,” he said. “I sunk like a 60-foot putt. I did well today.”

He and his teammates — who Fields said came through when they needed it — will head to Albuquerque Sundays for the state AAAA tourney in Albuquerque.

“That was the best they’ve done all year, so when it was time for them to go, that’s what they did. Go time, right?” the coach said.

But besides competing against AAAA squads they’ve never seen before, there will be other challenges at the tough Duke City course, Fields said.

“Local knowledge at that Four Hills Golf Club is imperative, and we don’t have that. It sits on the side of a mountain and you think a putt is uphill and straight and it’s not. It’s downhill and it breaks three feet. So we’ve just got to get up there on Sunday and get used to those greens, more than anything. That ultimately is who is going to win that. It’s who putts the best.”

Dexter also is a part of the 4A-AAAA district, and while none of the young boys on the Demon squad qualified for state, junior Mariah Dutchover did, getting four legs over the season.

“So that’s good,” said coach Larry VandenBout.

Monday, she shot a 94, putting her in the top 10 of the ladies’ bracket, while teammate Natalie Reyes shot a 102.

VandenBout, who’s trying to build a Dexter team, was proud of his young boys, who finished 21 shots ahead of Jal with a 372.

“They’ve got to be able to hit the shots; it doesn’t matter what the course is,” he said. “But they did shoot their season low today, so that was good.”

District 4A-AAAA Results
Boys, team —
1, NMMI, 308; 2, East Mountain, 335; 3, Portales, 338; 4, Ruidoso, 344; 5, Dexter, 372; 6, Jal, 393

NMMI — 1, Pongthong Thongyai, 75*; 2 (tie), Bret Anaya, 76*; Jamie Corrola, 76*; 4, Eduardo Gallegos, 81; 5, Juan Garcia, 90

Dexter – 1 (Tie), Tanner Hall; Jacob Foster; Adam Oropesa, 91; 4, Garrett Hamill, 99; 5, Martin Rodriguez, 102

Girls, team — 1, Texico, 353; 2, Ruidoso, 384; 3, Portales, 432

Dexter — Mariah Dutchover, 94*; Natalie Reyes, 102

*=state qualifying score

Day Two: Bronco Women’s Tennis at NJCAA National Championships


The second day of the NJCAA’s Division 1 Women’s Tennis National Championships, being held at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, AZ, is almost complete.

28 junior college teams from around the nation have qualified to participate in this year’s tournament, and NMMI head coach Dan O’Connell and his Lady Broncos were tied for 11th place with eight team points after Sunday’s first round matches. Today, NMMI posted four wins in singles matches, and are ahead in their No. 1 doubles match.

All four of the Lady Broncos will continue playing tomorrow.  Lorraine Banimataku has made the Consolation Quarterfinals in No. 1 Singles and will play at 8:30 am; Thea Minor won her first two matches at No. 2 Singles, and will play in the Main Draw Quarterfinals at 9:30 am; Lorish Puluspene also won her first two matches at No. 3 Singles – she’ll play in the main draw Quarterfinals at 9:30 am as well; Amanda Hawkins won her first match in the No. Singles Consolation Draw, had a bye in the second round, and will play in the quarterfinals at 7:30 am. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering that by day three, over half of the field has been retired.

Here’s the results, up to now (note: not all of day two’s results have been posted; numbers in parenthesis are the seeding, if any):

No. 1 Singles – NMMI’s Lorraine Banimataku
Main Draw, 1st round: lost to Broward College’s Maeva Sanchez, 6-3, 6-3
Consolation, 1st round: won against ABAC’s (8) Lizanne Jinkertz, 8-3
Consolation, 2nd Round: bye
Consolation, Quarterfinals: will play Harford CC’s Haileigh Carper at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 5

No. 2 Singles – NMMI’s Thea Minor
Main Draw, 1st Round: won against Snead State’s Amanda Bertoldi, 6-0, 6-0
Main Draw, Round of 16: won against Barton CC’s (8) Daniela Sanz, 6-1, 7-5
Main Draw, Quarterfinals: will play ASA’s (1) Megane Bianco at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 5

No. 3 Singles – NMMI’s Lorish Puluspene
Main Draw, 1st Round: won against Elgin CC’s Alina Patthana, 6-0, 6-0
Main Draw, Round of 16: won against Cowley County’s (6) Shali Schoepfin, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Main Draw, Quarterfinals: will play Tyler JC’s (3) Katie Delgado at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 5

No. 4 Singles – NMMI’s Amanda Hawkins
Main Draw, 1st Round: lost to Mesa CC’s (8) Desiree Curiel, 6-2, 6-2
Consolation, 1st Round: won against Meridian CC’s Taylor White, 9-8(3)
Consolation, 2nd Round: bye
Consolation, Quarterfinals: will play Elgin CC’s Ellie Weber at 7:30 am on Tuesday, May 5

No. 1 Doubles – NMMI’s (8) Banimataku and Minor
Main Draw, 1st Round: won against Harford CC’s Haileigh Carper/Marina Schmidt, 6-1, 6-0
Main Draw, Round of 16: still being played – winning 4-2 vs. FSCJ’s Michelle Chemaly/Olivia Rolle
If they win, they’ll play ASA’s (1) Megane Bianco/Macarena Olivares at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 5

No. 2 Doubles – NMMI Puluspene and Hawkins
Main Draw, 1st Round: won against Moraine Valley’s Nieszka Szudy/Lindsey Walker, 6-0, 6-2
Main Draw, Round of 16: lost to ASA’s (1) Mingxiu Du/Tyler Smith, 6-0, 6-0

At Nationals, team points are earned in the following manner:

  • Two points are earned for a first-round win in the Main Draw
  • 1 point for each main draw win, thereafter.
  • If a player loses their first-round match in the main draw, they drop down to the consolation draw.
  • Half points are earned for each consolation bracket win.
  • If a player has a bye, no points are earned unless they win their next match; if they win, they receive points for both the bye and regular win.

NMMI boy netters fall in district

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Something happened to the Colt boys tennis team Friday that hasn’t happened in quite a while. They lost the district team championship, falling to Mesilla Valley Christian School 5-2.

NMMI hosted the District 4A-AAAA tournament, which started on a somewhat surprising note. Facing Portales, the Institute won 5-3 (in district and state meets, the match is over when one team has five wins), a departure from six days ago, when the Colts swept the Rams 9-0.

Mesilla Valley defeated Silver by the same score, setting up the championship match. The difference, said NMMI coach Sean Reeves, was simple.

“We got beat. The team was better than us. We were down three players from our main roster today.”

The No. 2, 3 and 6 players for the Colts weren’t at the meet, forcing other players to play up.

In the opening match against Portales, No. 1 singles Ian Nelson won as did No. 4 Luis Fontes Plascencia, and No. 5, Allen DeGroot. No. 1 doubles Nelson and Campuzano and No. 2 doubles DeGroot and Fontes got victories, sealing the win.

It was a lot tougher in the championship match, as both No. 1 singles and doubles lost. Wins for the Institute came from DeGroot, who moved up to No. 3 singles, and the No. 2 doubles team of DeGroot and Fontes.

Playing at No. 4, Treat was tied 6-6 in the third set and, Reeves said, ready to take a victory when the match was called, and the No. 2 singles match, Fontes, was also heading for a NMMI victory.

Despite the upset loss, Reeves was pleased with much of the effort

“I had two freshmen, one at No. 2 (Plascencia) and one at No. 3 (DeGroot) who stepped up and really played well.”

He also had praise for Alberto Mprales, who moved into No. 6, playing in his first real tournament all season.

“Morales played really well considering it was his first time,” he said, and had no doubt his team is still one of the toughest around.

“I still say to this day if we have our full team, no one can touch us in the district,” he said.

The boys did qualify for state as the No. 2 team in district and while the girls will be staying home — they fell 5-0 in singles to Portales — Reeves was pleased with how his very young team competed against a very tough squad.

“They were outclassed today,” he said. “Portales is just too strong, and we knew that going in.”

The district teams complete for singles and doubles berths at NMMI Saturday, beginning at 10a.m.

Semifinal Results
NMMI 5, Portales 3
Boys, singles

Ian Nelson, NMMI, def. Austin Lucero, PHS, 6-0, 6-1
Nathan Van Dam, PHS, def. Jorge Campuzano, NMMI, 6-4, 6-2
Spencer Treat, NMMI, vs. Zachary Laurenz, PHS, 6-3, 3-6 (incomplete)
Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. Ethan Self, PHS, 6-1, 6-3
Allen DeGroot, NMMI, def. Enrique Cabral, PHS, 6-1. 6-2
Javier Gutierrez, PHS, def. Alberto Morales, NMMI, 6-2. 6-4
Nelson/Campuzano, NMMI, def. Lucero/Laurenz, PHS, 6-1, 6-4
Fuentes/DeGroot, NMMI, def. Van Dam/Self, 6-0, 6-3
Cabral/Gutierrez, PHS, def. Treat/Morales, NMMI, (unavail)


Jojo Coyle, MVCS, def. Ian Nelson, 7-5, 6-1
Luis Fontes, NMMI, vs. Adam Takeshita, MVCS, 6-2, 0-6, 5-4 (incomplete)
Allen DeGroot, NMMI, def. Josh Estrada, MVCS, 0-6, 6-1, 6-4
Spencer Treat, NMMI vs. Travis Brown, MVCS, 2-6, 6-4, 6-6 (incomplete)
Tyler Franzoy, MVCS, def. Jorge Campuzano, NMMI, 6-0, 6-1
Andy Kim, MVCS, def. Alberto Morales, NMMI, 6-4, 6-0
Coyle/Takeshita, MVCS, def. Nelson/Campuzano, NMMI, 6-3, 6-3
Estrada/Brown, MVCS, def. DeGroot/Fontes, NMMI, 6-4, 6-1
Treat/Morales, NMMI vs. Franzoy/Tate Wasser, MVCS, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 (incomplete)

Semifinal Results
Portales 5, NMMI 0
Girls, singles

Hannah Evans, PHS, vs. Samantha Ikard, NMMI (not played)
Samantha Lopez, PHS, def. Rebecca Parra, PHS, NMMI, 7-5, 6-3
McKenzie Bucksath, PHS, def. Hannah Lee, 6-1, 6-0
Mireya Lopez, PHS, def. Jinxiu Dong, NMMI, 6-0, 6-0
Lambrye Cox, PHS, def. Claudia Gerthaudus, NMMI, 6-0, 6-0
Danielle Ruiz, PHS, def. Flor Toscano, 6-4, 6-2
Not played

Young hurlers see first time on varsity mound for NMMI

Karen Boehler
Record Correspondent

Three young pitchers making their varsity pitching debuts had to count as the highlight of Friday’s District 4-4A doubleheader between NMMI and Ruidoso.

The Colts fell big in Game 1, losing 20-3, but despite throwing a freshman and eighth grader in Game 2, the Institute hung in there with the Warriors, falling 9-4.

“The kids are playing hard,” said coach Charlie Ward. “We’re just playing some of the best in 4A. And there’s no excuses. Ruidoso is legit.”

They showed that in Game 1, pounding out 22 hits in five innings. Colt starter Hayden Maloney shut the Warriors down in the first inning — he gave up two hits but both runners were stranded — but then errors betrayed him in the second. With the score 2-0 on three Ruidoso hits, Maloney got the next two batters out. But a wild throw by the Colt third baseman kept the inning alive, and the Warriors went on to score four unearned runs.

That was it for Maloney, as Ward pulled him for junior Teryn Surratt in the third. Surratt gave up seven runs on seven hits — all earned — then freshman Connor Roe came in for the fourth and fifth. Roe, who played last season as an eighth grader, gave up seven more runs, but only three were earned, as errors continued to plague the Colts.

Offensively, NMMI put one run on the board in the third when Peter DeGroot was hit, Michael Hinojos walked and after a wild pitch by Warrior starter Lane Orosco moved them up a base, a two-out single by Gavin Maloney broke both the shutout and no hitter.

The Colts added two more runs in the fourth when, with two out, Francisco Galvez singled, DeGroot was hit and pinch hitter Marcos Rael singled, scoring Galvez. DeGroot scored on a Ruidoso error, but that was the last scoring NMMI saw in the game.

Game 2 saw a surprise starter on the mound. Freshman Frank Marchi, who’s listed on the JV roster, opened on the mound and pitched five strong innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on 10 hits. Eighth grader Jasper Best closed the game, allowing four more runs on five hits.

The pitching came as a surprise to Ward as well as those watching.

“We thought we had Hinojos, our ace, and he kept saying his arm was tired,” the coach said. “We found that out right before Game 2. He said his arm hurts. His elbow. It messed up our whole situation, so we had to think what we could do in this case, Game 2. So tomorrow, we thought realistically Gavin has a chance to beat Texico one game, then we’ll put whoever we have to in Game 2 if we can win Game 1. That was the reason.”

And despite the losses, Ward was proud of his young hurlers.

“We’re excited. It’s fun to seem them compete and I thought they did real well. We’re real proud of the young kids.”

NMMI also was in Game 2 most of the way. After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, they tied it in the bottom of the stanza on two Warrior errors, a bunt by DeGroot and single by Gavin Maloney. The Colts should have scored more, but a running mistake closed out the inning. Ward took the blame for that.

“Poor base coaching by coach Ward in the first inning,” he said. “But that’s in the books. I thought it was two outs.”

Ruidoso added a run in the top of the second and NMMI again matched the scoring, this time on a single by Eli Aguilar, wild pitch, ground out and Warrior error.

Ruidoso went up 5-3 in the fourth then added another run in the sixth. The Colts got their final run in the bottom of the inning when Satchel Pittman struck out but reached first on a dropped third strike. Mateo Fierro came in to run and scored on a Danny Jaramillo single and Galvez single.

“We played better,” Ward said of Game 2. “They could have folded the tents after getting beat 20-3, but played hard. Little freshman/eighth graders pitched really well on the mound, Frankie and the Best kid.”

NMMI had six hits in the nightcap, with Jaramillo going 2-for-3.

Moving up to Class 4A was tough on the Colts, but Ward is hopeful a non-district doubleheader vs. Texico Saturday will give them a chance at an at-large berth to state.

“We played 10 games with the top four (teams) in the state and we’re just close,” he said. “But I’m proud of the boys. We’ve got two games tomorrow. We’ve got to win one game vs. Texico if we want to make the playoffs. We need one game.

“I tried to tell them, these 12 games, they’ll either mentally prepare us or break us down. And right now I’ve got mixed emotions about that. I just don’t know if it’s preparing us or it’s hurt some of them. But, you know what? We’ve got two more games tomorrow. Seeding comes Sunday and then we’ll know where we’re at.”

First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m., with Gavin Maloney on the mound.