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Colt Tennis Opens 2017 Season with Sweeping Success

NMMI’s Sebastian Aguirre with the volley at the net in No. 3 doubles.

NMMI’s Sebastian Aguirre with the volley at the net in No. 3 doubles.

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Winning shot down the doubles alley on a service return in No. 3 doubles by NMMI's Eli Ward.

Winning shot down the doubles alley on a service return in No. 3 doubles by NMMI’s Eli Ward.

The 2017 version of the NMMI Colt boys and girls tennis teams are off to a rousing start to their campaigns for state titles in both divisions. Coach Will Cavin is blessed with depth, a typical staple on the boy’s side, but this year the girls are enjoying having a full roster for a change as well.

First serve attempt by NMMI's Ana Ruja during No. 3 doubles.

First serve attempt by NMMI’s Ana Ruja during No. 3 doubles.

Cavin added, “Eliana Ward and Ana Ruja are two new cadets that will help us have a chance to compete for state this year with Megan Lynch returning as one of the best players in the state. Jin Xiu Dong moved to #4 from last year’s two spot showing our depth. She will still pair up with Megan in doubles as they enjoy playing together and have fun.” Adding to the depth will be Flor Toscano, Sofia Brassea and Savannah Lee. Lynch, Brassea, and Lee are all seniors while Dong and Toscano are juniors and the two new players are both sophomores.

On the boy’s side, the perennial contenders will once again be in the chase as they lost one senior from last year’s team and once their number one returns after spring break in junior Farid Yunes. Francisco Saracho is slotted in at number two with Luis Fontes at three, local products Allen DeGroot at four and the lone senior, Spencer Treat as a solid five hole. Battling out for the sixth spot will be Jose Robles, Diego Perez and Sebastian Aguirre.

Megan Lynch stretches for the volley return in No. 1 doubles.

Megan Lynch stretches for the volley return in No. 1 doubles.

Both squads opened the spring season in the Goddard tournament February 10 and 11 sweeping through all comers. Between the two squads, only two matches were dropped the entire weekend. Both were by the girls, one to Goddard in the five hole and one to St. Mikes in the fourth spot. The ladies beat St. Mikes 8-1 and Santa Fe 6-0 on Friday and then on Saturday disposed of Roswell 6-0 and Goddard 7-1 with the final doubles called due to darkness and the score at 5-5.

Overhand volley during No. 1 doubles by NMMI's Luis Fontes.

Overhand volley during No. 1 doubles by NMMI’s Luis Fontes.

The boys were flawless in winning over St.Mikes 9-0, Santa Fe 6-0 and Goddard 9-0. The Colts didn’t play Roswell High boys as they had not fielded a team. Closest match for the boys came in #2 doubles when DeGroot and Treat edged past Kennon and J. Melendez of Goddard 6-3, 6-2. Almost all of the other matches were in the 6-0 or 6-1 variety.

Goddard and NMMI paired up once again on Tuesday the 21st in a dual match but with some similar results as the Colt boys rolled to a 9-0 win and the girls matched them with their own 7-0 victory. Saracho playing in the number 1 spot took care of Leo Melendez 6-1, 6-1 while Fontes disposed of Chris Brooks 6-0, 6-0 as did DeGroot with Marc Nava by the same tally. Number four Treat beat Nico Elwell 6-0, 6-1, Robles won 6-0, 6-0 in fifth singles and Aquirre battled with Tanner Crow to a tune of a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the sixth spot.

Serve in No. 2 doubles by Spencer Treat.

Serve in No. 2 doubles by Spencer Treat.

For the Lady Colts, Megan Lynch lived up to her billing with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory over Lizzie Latimer. Ruja took care of Tati Villa 6-2, 6-1 while Ward battled with Rue Jones taking a 6-1, 6-3 decision. Jin Xiu Dong won 6-3, 6-0 in the fourth singles and in the fifth Flor Toscano prevailed in a tough 6-2, 7-5 win over Breanna Meeks. Goddard didn’t have a number six player for today cutting the girls short in that singles spot and in number three doubles.

In doubles, Lady Colts Lynch and Dong took the last match of the day 6-1, 6-1 while Ruja and Ward beat Jones and Cordero 6-1, 6-0.  The Colts number one doubles team had the toughest match as Saracho and Fontes edged Leo Melendez and Nava 6-4, 6-4. DeGroot and Treat slipped past Brooks and Elwell 6-1, 6-0 and Robles and Aguirre beat Velasquez and Kennon 6-0, 6-2.

Backhand off a quick serve by NMMI's Allen DeGroot, No. 2 doubles.

Backhand off a quick serve by NMMI’s Allen DeGroot, No. 2 doubles.

The Colt teams will be back in action in their own tournament March 3rd and 4th. Goddard will join the Roswell High tournament that weekend, as well as playing in the Alamogordo tourney this coming weekend.

Baseline lob by Jin Xiu Dong in No. 1 doubles.

Baseline lob by Jin Xiu Dong in No. 1 doubles.

Serve by Francisco Saracho, No. 1 doubles.

Serve by Francisco Saracho, No. 1 doubles.

Jose Robles, baseline forehand in No. 3 doubles.

Jose Robles, baseline forehand in No. 3 doubles.

Improving Colts come close against Ruidoso

NMMI big man Dillon Reynolds with the turn-around jumper from just inside the free-throw line. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI big man Dillon Reynolds with the turn-around jumper from just inside the free-throw line. Photo by Laura Brown

 

Jesus Luy sinks a shot from behind the arc in the second half. Photo by Laura Brown

Jesus Luy sinks a shot from behind the arc in the second half. Photo by Laura Brown

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The Colt basketball team is still searching for their first district win after losing 60-49 to visiting Ruidoso.

The game was much tighter than the final score – the two teams battled to a 16-14 Warrior lead at the end of the first period.

NMMI allowed Ruidoso to score the first nine points in the game before storming back to take a one-point lead, 12-11, after an assist by Hector Reynolds gave Dillon Reynolds an uncontested inside bucket.

Fausto Baranzini completes the lay-up after a Colt press break. Photo by Laura Brown

Fausto Baranzini completes the lay-up after a Colt press break. Photo by Laura Brown

Point guard Jesus Luy put up six points in the Colt run with two-for-two shooting from behind the arc.

The second period, however, belonged to the Warriors. They streaked out to a five-point lead to open the quarter, led by as much as 12 halfway through, then went into the locker room with a nine point lead, 31-22.

In the third, NMMI managed to get back to within four points with easy inside shots after breaking the Warrior press, but fell behind once against when Ruidoso dropped the press in favor of a 2-3 zone.

NMMI shot well enough from the outside to win the third, 14-13, but still found themselves down by eight, 44-36, heading into the fourth and final period.

Left to right - NMMI's Fabian Martinez, Ruidoso's Josh Romero, and NMMI's Andres Aranda battle for a rebound. NMMI big man Dillon Reynolds with the turn-around jumper from just inside the free-throw line. Photo by Laura Brown

Left to right – NMMI’s Fabian Martinez, Ruidoso’s Josh Romero, and NMMI’s Andres Aranda battle for a rebound. Photo by Laura Brown

Another Warrior run to start the fourth again had the Colts trailing by 12, but the Colts answered back with seven points by Luy on a free throw and a pair of treys, and another inside score for two by Fausto Baranzini.

With less than two minutes left in the game, the Colts trailed by just three, 50-47.

That was as close as NMMI could get, as Colt shots from the outside missed their mark while Ruidoso hit their foul shots down the stretch to keep the game out of reach.

Top scorer for the Colts was Luy with 17. Baranzini had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Reynolds had  12 points and 5 boards, and Reyna led in assists with eight.

Christian Padilla tries the put-back after an offensive rebound. Photo by Laura Brown

Christian Padilla tries the put-back after an offensive rebound. Photo by Laura Brown

The loss put NMMI at 2-16 on the season and 0-4 in conference, but head coach Christian Stevens knows they are improving with every game.

“We happen to be a really good group,” said Stevens. “We put in a lot of work and we play really hard but because we lack experience, we don’t necessarily know how to get a lead, hold a lead or keep a game close. We’re always playing from behind, trying to scrap. All the games we’ve lost, they are all winnable, it’s just habits that come back to haunt us.”

Despite the loss, Coach Stevens was happy with the Colts’ shooting.

“On the offensive side, we shot the ball well. We’re not normally a good three-point shooting team, but we found a way to make it work and put up [almost] 50 points. It was just nice to see results from what we do in practice,” he said.

At times, he was also pleased with their defense.

“Our execution of defense was great at moments. There were a few lapses, but they did the things we asked them to do. I also thought the defensive effort from Christian Padilla was great. Our game plan was to put him on their best player and he did a nice job helping with contain.”

Next up for the Colts will be another district contest at home vs. Hope Christian at 7 P.M. on Feb. 7.

Winning season for Lady Colt basketball

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LadyColtBasketballLogo2The Lady Colt basketball team wrapped up their season with a win and a winning season after downing Artesia High’s ‘C’ team on the road, 39-30.

Senior Sierra Walker had an outstanding night with 21 points for NMMI, including 13 in the second period, helping the Lady Colts overcome a 9-7 Lady Bulldog lead at the end of the first.

At halftime, the Lady Colts led 22-18, slightly extended that lead by one after a low-scoring third, 27-22, then won the fourth quarter as well, 12-8.

Solid defense was a determining factor in the contest, with Institute players pulling down 28 rebounds and picking up 20 steals.

With the victory, NMMI finishes their abbreviated season – which ends early because they don’t compete in district –  with a 9-7 overall record and four wins in their last five games.

Lady Colts win against short-handed Lake Arthur

Lady Colt Jaylene Moore puts in a short shot for two of her four points in the game. Esmeralda Villa on defense for the Lady Panthers.

Lady Colt Jaylene Moore puts in a short shot for two of her four points in the game. Esmeralda Villa on defense for the Lady Panthers.

 

NMMI freshman Madison Sandoval out in front with the ball on a fast break.

NMMI freshman Madison Sandoval out in front with the ball on a fast break.

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In their second-to-last game of the season, the Lady Colt basketball team easily downed visiting Lake Arthur, 54-12.

“We needed a game like this,” said NMMI head coach Marisha Olesinski.  “Everybody got to play and players who don’t get quite as much time on the court in other games got more time tonight.”

With just five players on their travel roster, the Lady Panthers played ‘iron-woman’ basketball: no substitutions, breaks or bench time other than timeouts and at the end of each period.

A great jump stop by NMMI freshman point guard Miranda Garcia send her defender flying by, allowing for  an uncontested lay-up.

A great jump stop by NMMI freshman point guard Miranda Garcia send her defender flying by, allowing for an uncontested lay-up.

The Lady Colts were quick to press their advantage in both size and numbers, jumping out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter, then extending that lead to 27-9 by the end of the half.

The second half yielded similar offensive results for the Lady Colts. They dropped in another 27 points – 17 in the third and 10 in the fourth – while the Lake Arthur squad slowly ran out of gas – just three points in the third and none in the fourth.

Because of the large lead, Coach Olesinski subbed freely, trying to get plenty of playing time for every member of the Institute team.

“At times we had five freshmen on the court – actually four freshmen and an eighth grader – and I I’m very happy with how they did,” said coach Olesinski. “That’s our team in the future and it’s nice to get them some time to play together. It was the last home game of the season for our seniors, so I made sure to get them plenty of playing time, too,” she added.

NMMI top scorer Mia Walker makes a move to get closer to the basket.

NMMI top scorer Mia Walker makes a move to get closer to the basket.

Every player on the Lady Colt team scored in the game, led by freshman Mia Walker with nine points. Senior Alexander Rivera was close behind with eight, and junior Grace Tompkins had seven.

Top scorer for the Lady Panthers was junior Marisol Gonzalez with seven.

With the win NMMI gets back to over .500 with an 8-7 overall record; Lake Arthur drops to 0-10, still searching for that first victory.

The Lady Colts have just one game left on their schedule.

"Guns up" salute by four members of the NMMI Corps of Cadets, cheering on the Lady Colts during a free throw attempt.

“Guns up” salute by four members of the NMMI Corps of Cadets, cheering on the Lady Colts during a free throw attempt.

“We’ve got to win” coach Olesinski said simply about their last game of the season on the road vs. Artesia’s ‘C’ team. “You always go to play to win; that’s the attitude were going to take and we’ll see what happens.”

Tip-off for that final game will be at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Assistant coach Katie Dollahon and head coach Marisha Olesinski talk to their team after the win.

Assistant coach Katie Dollahon and head coach Marisha Olesinski talk to their team after the win.

Lady Colts can’t hold 3Q lead, fall to Loving JV by three

Lady Colt Rilan Maloney with an easy two on a fast-break after a Loving turnover. Photo by Laura Brown

Lady Colt Rilan Maloney with an easy two on a fast-break after a Loving turnover. Photo by Laura Brown

 

Close-range shot by NMMI's Abigail Valadez. Photo by Laura Brown

Close-range shot by NMMI’s Abigail Valadez. Photo by Laura Brown

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The Lady Colt varsity basketball team dropped their home game vs. Loving JV, 51-48.

It was an ugly start for both squads – the first points of the game weren’t scored until halfway through the first period with far more turnovers than shots – leading to a 7-7 tally at the quarter’s conclusion.

Both teams started to warm up offensively in the second, with NMMI taking a 21-18 lead into the lockers at halftime thanks to a pair of quick buckets resulting from Falcon turnovers in the final 30 seconds.

NMMI's Miranda Garcia flashes down the sidelines with the ball, trying to break the Loving press. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Miranda Garcia flashes down the sidelines with the ball, trying to break the Loving press. Photo by Laura Brown

In the third, after finding a working solution to Loving’s full-court trap defense, NMMI started to pull away, scoring 16 points in the stanza, while holding the Falcons to just six.

But in the fourth, the wheels fell off for NMMI while the Loving offense exploded. The Falcons put up 27 points in the period, snapping NMMI’s two-game win streak.

NMMI’s top scorer on the night was Rilan Maloney with ten; Abigial Valadez was the top rebounder with eight; and Sierra Walker led the Lady Colts in steals and assists with seven and four.

NMMI's Grace Tompkins with the ball on the low post, surrounded by Falcon defenders. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Grace Tompkins with the ball on the low post, surrounded by Falcon defenders. Photo by Laura Brown

The loss puts NMMI back to even on the season with a 7-7 overall record and two games left in the season.

Their next contest will be at home tomorrow night (Jan. 31) vs. Lake Arthur – tip-off schedule  for 5:00 P.M. in the Godfrey Athletic Center gym.