Category Archives: College Sports

NMMI drops conference opener to Clarendon

NMMI point guard Rosel Hurley passes off to a teammate after penetrating into the paint off the dribble-drive.

NMMI Sports Press

Soph gaurd Clark Cooper intent on playing solid ‘D’.

The NMMI Bronco basketball team opened up WJCAC play Wednesday evening in Roswell, but was not able to complete the second half comeback and fell to the Clarendon Bulldogs 83-80.

Despite having possession and being down by three with less than thirty seconds remaining in the game, the Broncos did not get a shot off thanks to a steal by Clarendon’s Ellis Jefferson.  Jefferson ended the game with nine points and two steals, one of which gave Clarendon the win. Head coach Ralph Davis said, “In every game we’ve lost, we’ve had a reasonable multiple-possession lead, which we’ve been able to maintain into the second half. That puts you in position to win, but we’ve got to find a way to get over the hump and close games out.”


Three-point shot by sophomore Davis Steelman.

NMMI had an eight-point lead halfway through the first half, but Clarendon slowly chipped away and tied the game for the fifth time with a little less than eight minutes remaining in the half. The score was knotted up four more times throughout the half and the Broncos took a slim 44-42 lead into halftime.

NMMI had an early edge against the Bulldogs to start the second half and added another eight-point lead, but a three-pointer by Reece Brooks gave Clarendon the momentum to tie the game up for the 10th time at 52-52 with 16:50 remaining in the second half.

From there the Bulldogs slowly build an eight-point lead of their own with 4:07 left in regulation. Atem Bior scored a very athletic layup to get the lead back to six and immediately after the layup, Trevelin Queen added a field goal to make the score 81-77. NMMI scored seven unanswered points to pull within one of Clarendon, but that was the closest NMMI would come.

Sophomore forward Atem Bior takes a quick breather during a Bulldog double-bonus free throw.

“We have to string together more stops early, instead of late out of desperation,” said Davis. “We have to play much smarter on offense and more efficiently. We also haven’t been hitting the shots we are capable of, even on our home court. That’s important, no matter who you play, because you’ve got win those home games.”

Offensively, NMMI had four players in double figures led by Trevelin Queen, who scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds. Rosel Hurley finished with 14 points and Cooper Clark 12 of his own.

“We played hard enough, we just didn’t play smart enough. There’s no question we’re talented enough to win, we just need to take that final step and learn to play with a lead”, said Davis.

With the loss, NMMI falls to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in WJCAC play. Next up for the Broncos will be road game in Hobbs, NM on Saturday, to take on the NMJC Thunderbirds (8-2). Tipoff is set for 2:30 PM MST.

Broncos lose a close one to Strength N Motion Prep

NMMI’s Davis Steelman with an over-the-shoulder pass to a teammate breaking for the basket.

NMMI Sports Press

Clarke Cooper on defense for the Broncos.

The Bronco basketball team opened up the NMMI Classic with a loss versus Strength N Motion Prep International 97-95.

Rosel Hurley gets fouled taking the ball to the hoop off the dribble-drive.

Head coach Ralph Davis said, “Defensively we just weren’t there at all tonight and we could not get a stop.”

NMMI allowed Strength N Motion to grab 16 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds, which allowed them to put the game away late.

“We could not score that basketball. They played well and made the shots they were supposed to make,” said Davis.

NMMI had five players in double figures, led Rosel Hurley with 24. Hurley also had 12 rebounds to get the double-double. Teammate Davis Steelman was close behind with 22.

NMMI will take on Fort Bliss Army Base to conclude the NMMI Classic tomorrow at 12:00 PM at Cahoon Armory.

Atem Bior goes up for two inside the paint.

NMMI outlasts Tyler to take home Third

The 2017 Bronco volleyball team, along with NJCAA representatives, pose for a quick pic with their third-place NJCAA National Championship trophy.

NMMI Sports Press

HUTCHINSON, KS – In the third-place match at the 2017 NJCAA National Championship tournament, the NMMI Bronco volleyball team outlasted Tyler Junior College in a five-set grudge match.

NMMI quickly won the first two sets (25-23 and 25-18) but couldn’t close out a close third (23-25) against the seventh-ranked Apaches. T

Tyler JC stormed back again in the fourth set (21-25) and tied the match at two games apiece.

In the final set both teams played top-notch volleyball, extending the set well beyond the ‘first-to-15’ goal. The Lady Apaches opened up with a 4-1 run, but the Lady Broncos battled back to knot the score back up, 10-10.

After that, neither team would take more than a one point lead.

Tied 18-18, NMMI finally got the two consecutive kills needed for the win, by going to their two All-American nominees. Karen Rivera-Herrera got the first kill off a set from Mirna Kovacevic, and Hannah Davis knocked down the winner off a pass from Karime Raygoza.

When asked what she was thinking during the last point of the nail-biting fifth set, head Coach Shelby Forchtner said, “She (Hannah Davis) better put the ball down. As soon as the ball hit the ground I felt a sense of pressure off of my shoulders because I really wanted these kids to win this game.”

The win over Tyler – along with the opening round win over No. 4 Western Nebraska CC and quarterfinal win over No. 5 Hill College – gives NMMI their highest finish at the national tournament in program history.

“It is a huge step to be one of the top 16 teams, but then to come out and perform like we knew we could is really impressive to us as a coaching staff. They stepped up to the plate and played at a high level the entire time we were here and that is exactly what you want from your team when you play at the end of the year,” said Forchtner.

The head coach of No. 1 Miami Dade College – the team that bested NMMI in the semifinals and this year’s 2017 NJCAA National Champions – told coach Forchtner that NMMI was one of the best defenses and serving teams that they have faced all year.

The Broncos had four players with double digit kills: Paola Rivera-Herrera finished with 16 kills, Kim Trauboth had 15, McKayla Landreth had 13 and Hannah Davis had 12.

NMMI closes their season with a 31-12 record and a No. 3 final NJCAA ranking.

Bronco volleyball advances to semifinals with win over No. 5 Hill College

Jump serve by NMMI’s Paola Rivera-Herrera. Rivera-Herrera had three aces in the Broncos’ quarterfinal match vs. Hill College.

NMMI Sports Press

The NMMI Bronco volleyball team defeated No. 5 ranked Hill College in three straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-18) to advance to the semifinals of the NJCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Nationals Championship Tournament.

The Broncos started out strong with McKayla Landreth leading the way with seven kills on 10 attempts and a hitting percentage of .600. Hannah Davis was close behind, adding nine kills on 19 attempts, good for a .421 hitting percentage.

Head Coach Shelby Forchtner said, “Everyone did an amazing job offensively and our kids know they have to do everything well to be successful here.”

Not only has the offense been clicking, but the Broncos’ blocking definitely stood out, stuffing the Rebels at the net 12 times in the match.

NMMI also served well in the win against Hill.

Forchtner said, “We told them from the beginning that serving was going to be a big thing for us and that we needed to do that really well here to succeed.”

Although the Broncos won 3-0, Hill was a very good team and had only lost one game prior to the quarterfinals match against NMMI.

“Their outsides are very athletic and score a lot of points and do a lot of really good things,” said Forchtner.

According to coach Forchtner, the key to NMMI’s success was getting Hill out of their fast paced offense. “We needed to get them out of system and we needed them not to run a faster tempo ball on us and that’s what we did.”

Tomorrow at 6:30 PM CST, NMMI will take on defending national champions and this year’s No. 1 seed, Miami Dade College. The winner advances to play in the NJCAA National Championship title match.

Bronco volleyball stuns No. 4 Western Nebraska in opening round of NJCAA National Championships

McKayla Landreth gets one of her 11 kills against WNCC. Photo by Tanner Hightower-Wilson.

NMMI Sports Press

HUTCHINSON, KS – Thirteenth-seeded New Mexico Military Institute upset No. 4 Western Nebraska Community College in four sets in the opening round of the NJCAA DI Volleyball Championships: 18-25, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-16.

This was the first time the Lady Bronco team has won their opening round match at nationals and will result, regardless of a win or loss in the second round, in the highest final ranking in the program’s history.

Assistant Coach Alonso Ibarra said, “We blocked out of our minds against WNCC. That is what gave us the momentum to finish the game strong.”

NMMI finished with 23 total blocks.

Another bright spot for NMMI was the arm of Mckayla Landreth. Landreth hit .455 percent and had 11 kills on 22 attempts.

There’s no rest for the eight teams left in the championship bracket, as later tonight, the quarterfinal round will begin – NMMI will take on fifth-seeded Hill College at 7:30 PM CST.

Hill College won their opening-round match in three straight sets vs. No. 12 Monroe College: 26-24, 25-17, 25-11.

NMMI and Hill College have faced each other just once this season, back on Sept. 29 in a match at the Tyler Junior College Invitational. Hill won in three sets: 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.

Ibarra said, “For us to beat Hill, we will have to serve aggressive and play fast.”