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Bronco volleyball earns bid to Nationals!


NMMI Sports Press

The team that wins the Region V West Volleyball Championships earns an automatic bid to nationals.

The New Mexico Military Institute Broncos have won that title and gone to the NJCAA D1 Women’s Volleyball Championships for the past three years straight, and five out of the last six.

But this year Odessa College won the post-season tourney, downing the hosting Broncos last Saturday in the Cahoon Armory gym in three sets: 25-20, 25-21, 25-20.

NMMI won their semi-final match earlier in the day, needing just three sets (25-19, 25-6, 25-16) to advance past Midland College and move on to the finals for yet another showdown against the Wranglers. NMMI and Odessa had meet twice previously during the regular season: NMMI won in five sets at Odessa on Sept. 25; the Wranglers returned the favor in five at NMMI on Oct. 19.

Against Midland, the NMMI attack looked impressive, collecting 38 kills on 92 attacks, while committing just 11 attack errors. Freshman middle Vittoria Price led the Broncos on offense with 10 kills and a whopping .600 kill percentage.

The Bronco defense looked solid as well with 16 blocks, 56 digs and only 1 reception and 1 ball handling error. Price was again at the top for blocks with 5 assists; sophomore libero Hula Crisostomo was the leader in digs with 17.

But against Odessa, NMMI’s attack seemed to evaporate. They still knocked down almost as many kills in three sets as they did against Midland (36 compared to 38) but the number of attacks increased to 120, and, even worse, the number of attack errors almost tripled, with 31.

NMMI also made 5 reception and 5 ball handling errors in the championship match against Odessa.

Top swinger for the Broncos was freshman middle Alyssa Lukasik with 9 kills. Price again led the block category with 6 assists, and Crisostomo in the digs column with 24.

With the win and loss in Saturday’s postseason play, NMMI’s overall record moved to 34-4. That is a very impressive record, currently the best win/loss percentage in the sixteen-year history of the Bronco volleyball program.

14th-year head coach Shelby Forchtner hoped that record – along with a long list of wins this season against nationally ranked teams and a No. 8 final regular-season national ranking – would be enough to earn one of two at-large bids to the NJCAA National Championships, held this year in Hutchinson, Kansas on Nov. 21-23.

But the Broncos had to wait until Tuesday at 11:00 AM, to find out they were, indeed, selected.

“We realized we are not very patient,” laughed a relived coach Forchtner about the two-day wait between Saturday’s championship match and Tuesday’s announcement of the selections and seedings for nationals. “All of us – we all asked about a thousand times: ‘Are we going to nationals?’. Basically, we knew that our strength of schedule was just as tough as anyone out there left among the ranked teams who didn’t win their regional championship, and that our four losses were all to teams ranked 10 or higher. So we thought we had a pretty good shot.”

NMMI was selected as the No. 9 overall seed in the 16-team tournament. They’ll face Hillsborough Community College – the No. 8 seed out of Tampa, Florida – in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 1:00 PM CST. The Hawks posted a 30-8 overall record on the season and won their regional tournament to punch their ticket to nats, downing Polk State – the other at-large selection – in five sets.

“I’m just glad our kids are going to get the opportunity to continue to play,” finished up Forchtner. “I think everyone was a bit deflated after we lost [to Odessa], but I definitely think our team is one of the best teams in the country. This team has posted the best record in the school’s history so far, with a lot of accomplishments both as a team and individually. If we can put things together in the next two weeks, we can do some serious damage.”

“For us to get this at-large bid is a huge blessing,” closed the coach. “I know that the girls are super excited that they get a chance to compete at the national championships.”

Broncos hope for at-large bid after championship loss to Wranglers

NMMI’s Julia Johnson digs out an attack by Odessa in the Region V West Championship match on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The team that wins the Region V West Volleyball Championships earns an automatic bid to nationals.

The New Mexico Military Institute Broncos have won that title and gone to the NJCAA D1 Women’s Volleyball Championships for the past three years straight, and five out of the last six.

But this year Odessa College won the post-season tourney, downing the hosting Broncos in the Cahoon Armory gym in three sets: 25-20, 25-21, 25-20.

NMMI won their semi-final match earlier in the day, needing just three sets (25-19, 25-6, 25-16) to advance past Midland College and move on to the finals for yet another showdown against the Wranglers. NMMI and OC had meet twice previously during the regular season: NMMI won in five sets at Odessa on Sept. 25; the Wranglers returned the favor in five at NMMI on Oct. 19.

Against Midland, the NMMI attack looked impressive, collecting 38 kills on 92 attacks, while committing just 11 attack errors. Freshman middle Vittoria Price led the Broncos on offense with 10 kills and a whopping .600 kill percentage.

The Bronco defense looked solid as well with 16 blocks, 56 digs and only 1 reception and 1 ball handling error. Price was again at the top for blocks with 5 assists; Sophomore libero Hula Crisostomo was the leader in digs with 17.

But against Odessa, NMMI’s attack seemed to evaporate. They still knocked down almost as many kills in three sets as they did against Midland (36 compared to 38) but the number of attacks increased to 120, and, even worse, the number of attack errors almost tripled, with 31.

NMMI also made 5 reception and 5 ball handling errors in the championship match against Odessa.

Top swinger for the Broncos was freshman middle Alyssa Lukasik with 9 kills. Price again led the block category with 6 assists, and Crisostomo in the digs column with 24.

With the win and loss in Saturday’s play, NMMI’s overall record moves to 34-4. That’s a very impressive record, currently the best win/loss percentage in the sixteen-year history of the Bronco volleyball program.

And 14th-year head coach Shelby Forchtner hopes that – along with a long list of wins this season against nationally ranked teams and a No. 8 final national ranking – will be enough to earn one of two at-large bids to the NJCAA National Championships, held this year in Hutchinson, Kansas on Nov. 21-23.

We’ll know more about those at-large bids as the other regional championship tournaments finish throughout the rest of the country, and will keep everyone posted via our NMMI social media sites.

Colts can’t slow Cobre, lose 48-33 in first round of AAA State

NMMI QB Daniel Xibille gets the corner on a keeper in the first half against Cobre. The Colts lost the first-round AAA State Playoff game 48-33. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colts lost a shootout on Saturday to visiting Cobre High School, 48-33.

NMMI was tapped as the No. 7 seed in the 12-team NMAA Class AAA Football State Championship bracket, earning a first-round home game against the No. 10 Cobre Indians.

The Colts managed the first points of the game, needing just six plays to move 34 yards into the end zone, capitalizing on a fumble on Cobre’s first possession of the game. Sophomore QB Daniel Xibille got credit for the TD from 1 yard out, after a pair nice gains by senior RB Arturo Cuen and a trio of rushes by junior RB Carlos Retamoza. NMMI missed the PAT kick to go up 6-0 with 8:50 left in the first quarter.

Cobre came back, however, with touchdowns and PATs on both of their next drives: one for 11 plays and 57 yards; the next a seven-play, 92-yard affair, capped by a 65-yard pass-and-catch from QB Esquiel Dominguez to Enrique Quinteros. Those scores gave the Indians a 14-6 lead to close out the initial period.

Xibille got NMMI back to within two on a 64-yard option keeper, but the PAT pass attempt for the tie failed, making it 14-12 in favor of Cobre with 11:09 left to play in the first half.

Cobre quickly scored again, using the same Dominguez-to-Quinteros combo, this time for a 71-yard TD. Indians up 21-12 with 10:40 left in the second.

The Institute came right back, mounting a 10-play, 71-yard drive that took nearly 5 minutes off the clock, Xibille with his third rushing TD of the game from 3-yards out. This time the PAT kick was good: Cobre still up 21-19, with 5:42 still in the half.

But Cobre closed out the half with two unanswered touchdowns. The first was after a 12-play 52-yard drive that took the clock down to just 33 ticks. The next came after an Institute fumble. Two plays and 20 yards later gave the Indians a 35-19 lead going into the locker rooms.

The Colts made it a ball-game again by scoring on their opening possession of the second half. Three rushes by Cuen, and another by Xibille, advanced the ball 61 yards into pay dirt. Cuen got the TD this time, from eight yards out. He also got the rushing PAT for two, to make it 35-27 with 10:54 left in the third.

Another Dominguez pass to Quinteros, however, increased Cobre’s lead, and after a missed PAT kick, it was 41-27.

NMMI’s next possession was halted on the Indian 46 after an Institute fumble. Cobre again capitalized, going 46 yards on 11 plays for their final points of the game, and also taking five precious minutes off the clock.

The Colts were down 48-27 with a minute-and-change left in the third. They drove down to the Cobre eight yard line, but came up empty after another fumble and turnover.

NMMI’s final score came on a pick-six. Sophomore defensive end Diego Hernandez jumped up to snag an attempted screen pass, then scrambled 60 yards into the end zone.

Down 48-33 with 4:15 remaining, the Institute tried and failed an onside kick.  NMMI did get the ball back twice more – once on an interception by junior DB Oscar Gomez, and again after an Indian punt – but were unable to put any more points on the board.

NMMI racked up 432 total yards on offense against Cobre: 307 yards on the ground and another 125 in the air. Xibille was NMMI top gainer on the ground with 134 total yards and 3 TDs on 14 attmepts. Cuen had 79 yards and a TD on 10 carries; senior FB Gus Curnutt had 4 rushes for 39 yards; and Retamoza ran siz times for 38.

Gomez and junior RB Diego Bustamante were Xibille’s top targets, both catching three passes for 46 yards.

With the playoff loss, NMMI finishes the season with a 6-5 overall record.

Colts advance to semis with double OT win


NMMI Sports Press

On a cold and rainy day at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex in Albuquerque, NM, the second-seeded New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team survived a double overtime match against Tierra Encantada, downing the No. 7 seed in the quarterfinals of the Class A-AAA State Championships by a final score of 1-0.

Each team was held scoreless in the first half, but after the second half started, the game got a bit more physical. Tierra Encantada was carded twice early in the period, a red card to one of their top offensive threats at forward, and a yellow card to the goal keeper.

Down to just 10 players after the red card, the Alacranes focused on their defense, leaving just one striker to attack and playing everyone else back.

NMMI had plenty of shots on goal, 29 compared to just five by Tierra, but the Colts couldn’t find the back of the net during regulation play, nor in the first overtime period.

The scoreless drought continued well into the second OT period, and it looked like the Alacranes might get a break from being a man down – the next tie-breaker being penalty kicks – but with less than two minutes left, Daniel Angulo managed to boot in a shot off a crossing pass from Frank Olcott.

NMMI held on for the 1-0 win to move on to the semifinal round of the NMAA Class A-AAA State Championships.

“Proud of our team and their continued effort throughout the entire match,” said a relieved head Colt soccer coach John Barbour. “ It was a team effort tonight and I was happy we had a lot of unselfish play. We are looking at this as a business trip. We’re not done yet. We are going to take this one game at a time and get ready to face Sandia Prep tomorrow.”

The third-ranked Sun Devils from Sandia Prep advanced to the semis with a decisive 5-0 win over sixth-seeded Socorro, and were the team that knocked the Colts out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals last year with a 3-0 win.

Asked about what NMMI needs to do to down the ‘Devils, coach Barbour replied “We just need to keep playing our game and pressure them, and we can be successful. We need to respect them for who they are – a powerhouse program that is in the playoffs each and every year – but not get overwhelmed by that tradition and history.”

Barbour and his Colts are having one of the best seasons in recent history, considering both their 18-1-1 overall record and their advancement to the final four teams left at State.  But the veteran coach, who’s been at the helm of the Colt soccer team for 14 years, said he knew this year’s team was special before the season even began. “Three days into practice, once I was able to assess talent – I knew that we had the weapons to do very well this season,” said Barbour. “Top to bottom, we had enough returning players for a great base, but with the incoming crop of new cadets, I knew we would have better depth than we’d ever had before.”

Barbour also said he’s been impressed by several players this season who have stepped up and who are continuing to get better and better with every match they play. “All the fullbacks, Kunal Camp, Colin Treat and Alec Poccia – those were the ones who have really surpassed my expectations,” said coach. “Plus all the JV players were able to add to the roster, they added even more depth and quality to this squad.”

In the semifinals, No. 2 NMMI will face No. 3 Sandia Prep tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 7) on Field 6 at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex at 12:30 pm. The winner will move on to play in the A-AAA State Championship game on Friday at 1:00 PM, against the winner of the match between No. 8 St. Michaels (who upended top-ranked Bosque 2-0) and No. 4 Monte Del Sol Charter, a prep school from Santa Fe, who rallied past Hatch Valley, 5-4.

Colts close out season with win against Tucumcari

NMMI running back Carlos Retamoza breaks through the Rattler defensive line into open field on one of his nine rushes for 80 yards. Retamoza also had one rushing TD in the game. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.


NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team defeated the Tucumcari Rattlers 30-0 at Colt Field on Friday night.

The win brings the Colts to 6-4 on the season and 1-2 in Class 3A District 4 standings.

The Colts got on the board first after the Rattlers went three and out to start the game. Daniel Xibille led NMMI on a seven play 55 yard drive which ended on a one yard rush by Xibille with 5:57 left in the first quarter. After another three and out stand by the defense Xibille added a 39 yard field goal at the end of the quarter for the Colts to go up 10-0.

Andrew Oldfield hit pay dirt next for the Colts to cap an eight play 50 yard drive and give NMMI the 16-0 lead with 6:11 until halftime. NMMI compiled a six play 76 yard drive to score with a minute left before the half. Xibille hit Gus Curnutt in the flat and he did the rest to get into the end zone for a 24-0 Colt lead. NMMI converted the two point conversion on a Xibille pass to Diego Hernandez.

NMMI’s last score happened on their first drive of the second half as Carlos Retamoza found the end zone from 21 yards out to give the Colts the 30-0 victory.

Carlos Retamoza led NMMI in rushing with 80 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Daniel Xibille carried six times for 64 yards and completed six passes on nine attempts including a touchdown. Gus Curnutt led the Colts in receiving with 47 yards on three receptions and a touchdown. Riley Robertson and Dixon Doherty had five tackles each for NMMI.

The NMMI defense held Tucumcari to 98 total yards and four first downs for the game. The Colts kept the Rattlers under three yards per play.

“I’m just happy for the team,” said head Colt football coach Randy Montoya. “We were able to get everybody in and get some playing time mainly for our seniors this was senior night and their last guaranteed game and we wanted to make sure we went out on a positive note. The kids played well and I am just tickled to death that we came away with another victory.”

The Colts will await their playoff seeding for the Class 3A playoffs. For more information follow us on twitter: @nmmiathletics.