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Mere Serea Earns All-American Selection


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The NJCAA has just released their picks for the 2014 Women’s Volleyball All-American Team. NMMI’s Mere Serea made the list as an honorable mention, placing her among the top women volleyball players in Division 1.

She was a huge force, both offensively and defensively for the Broncos, helping them to make back-to-back National Championship appearances in 2013 and 2014. During her two-year career here at NMMI, Serea made 1391 attacks with 633 kills, and had 48 solo blocks and 290 block assists.

She is the third NMMI Bronco to selected as an NJCAA All-America in the Bronco volleyball program’s 13-year history, along with Veronic Baric’ in 2013 and Delores Alaimaleata in 2009.

Other article links:
Four Region 5 volleyball players make NJCAA All-American teams
Complete list of 2014 NJCAA Women’s D1 Volleyball All-American selections

Bronco Volleyball Lands Four on All-Region/All-Conference Teams

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Four Bronco sophomores were named to the 2014 WJCAC All-Conference and All-Region V Teams: Mere Serea and Ashley Landreth as regular selections, and Ashlei Swaim and Sheanna Torio as honorable mentions.

Serea, from Suva, Fiji, played in the middle for head coach Shelby Forchtner, and led the Broncos in attacks (882), kills (405), and blocks (31 solo, 168 assists).

Landreth, from Fort Sumner, NM, also played middle, and was second on the team in attacks (740), kills (304), and blocks (5 solo, 86 assists).

Swaim, from Dumas, TX, split time between setter and right-side hitter. She was the team leader in sets and service aces (626 and 39) and also had 98 kills, 236 digs, and 42 total blocks (1 solo and 41 assists).

Torio, from Dallas, TX, played in the libero spot and led the squad in digs with 473. She also had 15 aces and 71 sets.

The complete list of selections for the 2014 All-Region/All-Conference Teams can be found here:

Colt Soccer All-State & All-District Awards


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Head coach John Barbour and his varsity Colt soccer team finished the regular season with a 13-3-1 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark in district, winning the District 4 title and an automatic berth and first-round bye in the NMAA’s Class 1A-4A State Championships.

“In my nine years as head coach here at NMMI, this was perhaps the best true ‘team’ I’ve had,” said Coach Barbour. “They just seemed to gel and exemplified the definition of team play. It definitely showed on the pitch, and I was very proud of how we grew together as a team as the season progressed.”

Not only did the Colts’ team play show out on the field, it also showed up when it came time for post-season accolades: Coach Barbour was named the District 4 Coach of the Year and three players were selected to the All-State team as Honorable Mentions, goalkeeper Miguel Gutierrez, midfielder German Corral, and forward Everardo Ahumada. Eight NMMI players also made the All-District team, four to the 1st Team including Corral and Ahumada, plus defender Hans Von Bertrab and forward Conner Buchanan; three to the 2nd Team, defender Jose Salido, midfielder Rey Manriquez, and forward Jorge Bailon; and one Honorable Mention, keeper Gutierrez.

Here’s the link which lists all of the selections for the 2014 1A-4A All-District Teams. Scroll down to the section District 5 section for our NMMI Colts.

Here’s the link which lists all of the selections for the 2014 1A-4A All-State Team.

Broncos break long drought vs. ranked NMJC


Sophomore forward Aaron Bodie finishes an NMMI fast break with a dunk, midway through the second half, giving the Broncos a 53-38 lead.

Karen Boehler

NMMI Sports Press

The last time the Bronco basketball team beat New Mexico Junior College was 2010, when they took a 58-57 victory over the Thunderbirds in Hobbs.

That long drought ended Saturday, when NMMI took a 70-63 victory at Cahoon Armory, evening their early-season WJCAC record at 1-1 heading into the holiday break.

“We haven’t beat them in a long time, and they’re a good team; well coached,” said Institute coach Sean Schooley. “They got us earlier in their tournament, but our guys just fought the whole time.”

The game was supposed to be played at 2 p.m., but a scheduling mistake had the officials coming at 7 p.m. So the game was delayed five hours, and initially, neither team played well. It was only 5-2 with 6-1/2 minutes gone, and all the NMJC points were from the free-throw line.

DSC_2562NMMI (7-5, 1-1) started the scoring at 19:37 on a shot by Shaquan Rhodes, who tallied 12 points on the night, but the next Institute basket didn’t come until 13:31 on the clock, when Marc Seylan hit a trey, and Rhoades followed that with another 3 to put the Broncos up for the first time in almost six minutes.

After that, the score went back and forth, with the lead changing hands six times in three minutes. A parade of treys by Seylan and Dane Williams and Thunderbirds Tyler Blount and Malique Trent kept the score close, and with 5:05 remaining in the half, NMJC (9-4, 0-2) retook the lead.

But that was short-lived, as Andre Berry sunk two to put NMMI up 27-26 with 4:3 left. After that, it was all Broncos, and while neither team could take anything for granted, the Institute held on for the win.

DSC_2586They led 41-32 heading into the locker room, and New Mexico JC never got any closer than five.

Schooley said the come-from-behind win was due to two things.

“Our defense. Our defense and our rebounding,” he said. “Those guys really game to play. Aaron Bodie, KyRon Allen, our sophomores really stepped it up. Will Joyce did what he always does. Soldier, Shaquan Rhodes, I thought, played like a true sophomore.

Williams led the NMMI scoring with 14 points, Seylan had 13 and Bodie 11. The Institute out-rebounded the No. 24-ranked T-Birds 50-36, led by Bodie, who had a double-double with 11, and Berry, who used his bulk to simply power NMJC out of the way.

DSC_2623Trent was the game’s high scorer, picking up 27 points with six treys, including one from almost at the half-court line.

Another positive for the Institute was a lack of turnovers.

“We didn’t turn it over a bunch, and that’s been one of our achilles, our turnovers,” Schooley said. “It was just a great team effort. We needed to get one at our home, and they’re a nationally ranked team. Couch (James) Miller and those guys do a tremendous job. I’m so proud of my guys.”

He also gave credit to his assistant coach.

“Coach (Ralph) Davis deserves a ton of credit for putting this team together,” Schooley said. “That’s the team he recruited and was waiting to play like that. Hat’s off to the team and the assistant coaches.”

DSC_2663And he doesn’t seem concerned about the long holiday break ahead.

“I’s good to get off with a win before going home rather than two conference losses,” Schooley said. “We didn’t play very well against Western. If we had played half that well, I think we’d have come out on top. This is great for us.”

The game does wrap up the 2014 season for the Broncos. They’ll next play Jan. 5-6, 2015, at home in the NMMI All-Military Tournament.


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Lovington pounds Colts in hoops opener

Senior Mac Brown led all scorers Tuesday with a strong game from the outside and at the line.

Senior Mac Brown led all scorers Tuesday with a strong game from the outside and at the line.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Colt Evan Tirado goes up against 6-foot-8 Wildcat Stephen Lennox.

Colt Evan Tirado goes up against 6-foot-8 Wildcat Stephen Lennox.

It was a tough opening game for the Colt basketball team and new head coach James Kelt, as they fell 76-37 to Lovington at Cahoon Armory Tuesday.

The game was close early, but after that it was all Wildcats. NMMI only trailed 13-11 after one quarter, on an opening field goal Francisco Galvez; a pair of treys by senior Mack Brown and another 3 by Randall Major.

But 5A Lovington and its 6-foot-8 center, Stephen Lennox, reeled off nine straight points to open the second quarter, holding the Institute to 10 free throws — nine by Brown — and only one field goal to lead 38-23 heading into the locker room.

Todd Dennis shoots from the outside.

Todd Dennis shoots from the outside.

“Hey, Lovington’s a good ball club and that big guy of theirs, he was able to get in sometimes, and we just haven’t been able to work much against the big guy,” Kelt said. “But I was impressed at the beginning of the game.”

Lennox opened the second half with another of his team-high 22 points — Brown led all scorers with 23 — then the Colts came back with a 7-1 run, cutting the ’Cat lead to 10. But Lovington then held NMMI scoreless for more than seven minutes, stringing together 21 unanswered points before Evan Tirado finally broke the string two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Francisco Galvez guards a Wildcat.

Francisco Galvez guards a Wildcat.

The Colts managed another 3-pointer by Brown and a field goal by Peter DeGroot, but the rest of the game belonged to the Wildcats.

Kelt said he saw some bright spots, and 3-point shooting was certainly one of those spots. Brown was 4-for-7 from outside, and overall, the Colts were 5-for-16 from beyond the arc.

“We’re trying to open up for a lot of people, not just Mac,” the coach said. “We don’t want to be a one-dimensional team, and I think once they start seeing some things, like on the floor, they’ll get a chance to understand the concepts that we do. We’re trying to do a read-and-react, and that’s what we’ve got to get the to understand.”

 A colt moves to the basket.

A colt moves to the basket.

NMMI was also a solid 10-for-18 from the charity stripe — Brown was 9-for-10 — but then things trailed off. Kelt said the team goal was to shoot at least .400 from the field, and they only managed .306, a mere 11-for-36.

“There’s times we shoot when we shouldn’t and vice versa,” Kelt said. “I think part of it is they’ve got to learn each other. They don’t know each other well enough right now.”

They won’t have a lot of time to do that before their next game. NMMI travels to 3A Loving Thursday, then head home for the Thanksgiving break before heading to Mescalero Dec. 5.

Five other Colts scored Tuesday, but Brown was the only one in double figures. Besides Lennox, three other ’Cats scored in double figures: Kenneth Oliver had 16 points; Sergio Sanchez had 11; and Jonnas Rueda 10.