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NMMI’s high school tennis teams start season with a ‘W’

Left: Baseline forehand by NMMI’s John McIntyre during his match at No. 1 singles vs. Roswell High’s Daniel Avila.
Right: Volley on the approach to the net by Lady Colt top singles player, Eliana Ward.

NMMI Sports Press

The Colt and Lady Colt tennis teams hit the courts for the first time this season with both squads earning opening round victories in the Goddard Invitational against cross-town opponent Roswell High.

“We played against Roswell High this morning and did well,” said head NMMI coach John Barbour. “Our boys’ team swept all nine games. We lost five players from last year’s state title winning squad and have two back that played with us last year. We’re hoping to reload and make another run, but we’re young: the majority of our team is composed of sophomores and juniors. So early tournaments like the Goddard Invitational are great, allowing us to get better and get everyone experience.”

“Our girls’ team also picked up a win,” continued coach Barbour. “The Coyotes did not have their top two players, however, so basically all of their girls were playing up two positions. We’ll face them several more times this season and when they get those players back, it will make for an interesting match-up. But still a very good win for us since we’ve got a lot of young players that have just taken up the sport.”

Both NMMI teams were slated to play in a second match on Friday at 3:00 PM vs. Alamogordo but complete results weren’t available by press time.

On Saturday – Day 2 of the GHS Invite – NMMI is scheduled to play St. Michael’s at 8 AM, then take on the tournament host Rockets at 12 PM. Both of those matches will be played at the Gene Hardman Memorial Tennis Courts on the NMMI campus, and the public is welcome to attend.

NMMI 9, Roswell High 0

No. 1, John McIntyre, NMMI, def. Daniel Avila, RHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2, Ricardo Espinoza, NMMI, def. Gabriel Gomez, RHS, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3, Hugo Inzunza, NMMI, def. Trenton Johnson, RHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 4, Samuel Johnston, NMMI, def. Carl Garza, RHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5, Jackson Hicks, NMMI, def. Sean Brackeen, RHS, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6, Jose Robles, NMMI, def. Ethan Shappard, RHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 1, McIntyre/Hicks, NMMI, def. Avila/Gomez, RHS, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2, Espinoza/Inzunza, NMMI, def. Johnson/Garza, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3, Luis Soto/Bryan Lee, NMMI, def. Brackeen/Shappard, 6-1, 6-2

NMMI 6, Roswell High 3

No. 1, Eliana Ward, NMMI, def. Kirsten Griffen, RHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2, Jingru Dou, NMMI, def. Kathia Hernandez, RHS, 6-2, 6-4
No. 3, Elany Marquez, RHS, def. Minnie DeGroot, NMMI, 6-4, 3-6 (10-7)
No. 4, Delinda Moore, NMMI, def. Daijah Dillard, RHS, 6-4, 6-1
No. 5, Elsie Gedde, RHS, def. Lauren Leonard, NMMI, 6-4, 6-4
No. 6, Frida Ruizesparza, NMMI, def. Alexia Bernal, RHS, 6-?, 6-4
No. 1, Ward/Morgan Lynch, NMMI, def. Griffen/Hernandez, RHS, 6-2, 6-0
No. 2, Dou/Degroot, NMMI, def. Marquez/Gedde, RHS, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3, Kaden Ramage/Emileigh Lara, RHS, def. Moore/Leonard, NMMI, 6-1, 3-6, (10-7)

Quickness key to Colt win over ‘Cats

NMMI’s Hector Reyna playing tough defense out on the wing against Tularosa’s Traiton Griffen.

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In front of a gym packed with members of the Corps of Cadets, the New Mexico Military Institute Colt basketball team (6-6, 2-1) evened up their record and moved into the pole position in the District 4 race, downing Tularosa (13-8, 1-2) at home on Tuesday, 46-36.

The Colts sunk the first basket of the game, a short shot by Charles Lewis after a pretty inlet pass by Hector Reyna, but quickly found themselves down by five, 7-2, after hot outside shooting by the ‘Cats.

NMMI’s Ricardo Mata then got hot himself, nailing back-to-back threes and then a two from the top of the key, giving the Colts a 10-7 lead with 3:57 left in the first. They then kept that margin until the end of the period, 15-12, thanks in large part to three more assists by Reyna.

Reyna sunk the next two baskets to start the second period, putting NMMI up by seven. Daniel Xibille dropped in five of his game-high 14 points in the period as well, helping the Colts take a 26-19 lead into the locker room.

As part of the halftime ceremonies, members of the ‘Cadets for a Cure’ campaign presented a check to the Chavez County Cancer Fund totaling $3000. The campaign is a year-long series of events and activities, organized by Institute cadets, designed to help raise both money and awareness for all types of cancer. The Chaves County Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to “provide caring support and financial assistance to Chaves County community members and their families as they go through cancer treatment.”

With the ‘big check’ presented and halftime concluded, the third quarter began, and it was a low-scoring, hard-nosed defensive battle by both teams. NMMI shot just 2-for-12 and committed six turnovers. But Tularosa’s offensive output was hardly better: 2-for-11 from the field, along with seven turnovers. Tularosa did manage to slightly outscore NMMI in the stanza, 6-5, making it a six-point game, 31-25, with one period left to play.

The ‘Cats scored eleven in the final period, including the initial bucket to cut the score to just four, 31-27, but that was as close as they would get, as five different Colt players posted points in the fourth, combining for a total of 15. Xibille again led with six. Reyna had three. Jalil Brown scored his first bucket of the game at the 6:37 mark on a fast break after a block and assist by Xibille. Charles Lewis got the final two points of his eight-point tally after a steal and easy bucket with 3:22 left on the clock. And newcomer Clay Stroh hit a pair from the charity stripe with 13 ticks left to close out the Colt scoring.

“It got sloppy there a couple of times – which it kind of tends to do with us – but we were able to withstand the turnovers and finish the game,” said head Colt basketball coach Connor Williamson, who was clearly proud of his team’s play on both sides of the ball.

“We have a lot of guys who can score, just a lot of threats, and when we share the ball, we’re definitely scary,” continued the coach. “Our offense comes from our defense a lot of times, too. We have a lot of quick defenders and when they get in those passing lanes it causes a lot of problems for opposing teams. Then we get on the break and get some easy ones.”

Xibille tied Lewis for tops in rebounds, each with seven. Reyna finished with nine points, six boards, six assists, a block and pair of steals. Mata poured in eight on the night, all in the first, and had a trio of both rebounds and assists.

Next up for the Colts will be another district home game, as they take on the Rattlers on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 PM in the Cahoon Armory gym and try to avenge a previous 51-34 loss in Tucumcari back on Feb. 5.

Colts defeat Dexter for first district win of the season

NMMI’s Jalil Brown defending against Dexter’s Jaime Chavira. Brown had nine points and six boards for the Colts; Chavira had nine points and three boards for the Demons. Photo courtesy of Laura Brown.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt basketball team defeated the Dexter Demons 57-49 in the Cahoon Armory gym on Friday night, evening-up their district record to 1-1.

NMMI was down by as much as 11 in the first five minutes of the game, but the Colts came back in the second half of the quarter to cut the Demon lead to four, 18-14.

NMMI took their first lead of the game, 24-23, with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter – Charles Lewis making good on a pair of free throws for two of his 10 points in the game, but Dexter regained the lead and took a slim 27-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.

At the start of the third, NMMI went on an 8-0 run, including two three pointers, one by Hector Reyna and another by Jalil Brown, to give them a six-point 33-27 cushion.

A pair of free throws by Dexter big-man Bryan Cano, who had six points and six boards in the contest, cut that lead to four just before the end of the third period, 38-34.

Dexter then tied the game early in the fourth quarter 40-40, but NMMI slowly rebuilt their lead in large part thanks to eight points in the period by Daniel Xibille, along with a 9-for-16 performance from the charity stripe down the stretch, keeping the game out of reach.

NMMI led by as much as nine in the fourth quarter to take home their first district victory of the season.

Hector Reyna led the Colts with 12 points. Reyna also had seven rebounds, two steals, and four rebounds. Charles Lewis collected 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds on the night.

Lady Colts win fifth straight

NMMI’s Demitra Ulibarri with the ball on the low post, trying to get past the defense of Artesia’s R. Greer.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt basketball team defeated the Artesia JV Lady Bulldogs 45-30 at Godfrey Athletic Center on Monday night. The win gives the Lady Colts their fifth straight victory of the season and overall moves them to 8-4 on the year.

The game was even after the first quarter as the score was 8-8. The Lady Colts were down 14-13 when they started a 14-0 run that began midway through the second quarter until 27 seconds left in the third quarter to give NMMI a 30-16 lead at the end of three quarters. The Lady Colts and Lady Bulldogs would each have their best quarter scoring in the fourth, but the Lady Colts would win the game 45-30.

Tianna Tsosie led the Lady Colts in scoring with 17 points. She also had three steals and one assist. Demitra Ulibarri recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also recorded six steals and five blocks.

“I thought we shot the ball well and played really good defense,” said Head Lady Colt basketball coach Marisha Olesinski. “The girls were very patient today. They were moving the ball well and taking open shots. We need to work on turnovers a little bit more, but overall the girls played great tonight.”

The Lady Colts next game will be at Dexter on Thursday, February 7th at 5:00 PM.

Big fourth quarter gives Lady Colts victory at Hagerman

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The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt basketball team defeated Hagerman 58-24 at Hagerman High School. 

NMMI led 25-13 after the half. The Lady Colts big quarter was the fourth where they scored 24 points to the Bobcats three to give them a 58-24 victory in Hagerman. 

Tianna Tsosie led NMMI with 20 points on the night. She also collected five rebounds and an assist. Miranda Garcia scored 10 points and adding two assists, three rebounds and a steal. Demitra Ulibarri had eight points and a game high 17 rebounds and five blocks on the night. 

Next up for the Lady Colts will be a game against Loving High School on Tuesday (Jan. 29) at 5:00 PM in Godfrey Athletic Center on the NMMI Campus.