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Colts advance to semis with win over T-Wolves

NMMI senior Alejandro Lopez was huge at the plate for the Colts in their quarterfinal win over East Mountain. He was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, five RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the NMAA Class 3A State Championship tournament, downing the second-seeded East Mountain Timberwolves, 14-5, at the Cleveland High School ballpark on Thursday.

NMMI plated four runs in the top of the first, with senior Alejandro Lopez collecting three of his five RBIs on the day with a bases-loaded double. Luke Taylor would later score Lopez with a sac fly to left field.

The T-Wolves countered with single spots in both the bottom of first and second, cutting NMMI’s early lead to two.

NMMI got back both of those runs in the third and fifth innings. In the third, senior Jasper Best blasted an opposite-field triple to right with one out, then was brought in by senior teammate Gunnar Schwab on a turf single that bounced high over the pitcher’s mound.

In the fifth, the Colts’ run came after a double-play left NMMI with runners on first and third with two outs. Pinch runner Carlos Retamoza attempted a successful steal of second, and Alejandro Barcenas crossed the plate on the ensuing throw-down.

East Mountain made it a one-run game, 6-5, mounting a three-run rally in the bottom half of the fifth.

But NMMI had a break-out inning in the top of the sixth, scoring eight runs, all with two outs. NMMI pounded out six hits in the stanza, including two by Luke Taylor.

Taylor then pitched the final two innings of the game, shutting out the Timberwolves  and allowing just one hit.

Oscar Gomez got the start and the win for NMMI. He allowed two runs, both earned, over 3.1 innings of work with one strikeout.

Lopez was impressive at the plate for the Colts. Along with his game-leading five RBIs, he was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and runs scored.  Barcenas was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored; while Best and Taylor both went 2-for-3.

With the win, NMMI will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 12:00 PM to face the West Las Vegas Dons; the third-seeded Dons won their quarterfinal match-up against sixth-seeded Cobre, 2-1.

Colt tennis takes second at State

From left to right: Hugo Inzunza, Jose Robles, Jackson Hicks, Alejandro Terminel, Samuel Johnston, John McIntyre, Ricardo Espinoza, and head coach John Barbour.

NMMI sports Press

New Mexico Military Institute’s Colt and Lady Colt tennis were in Albuquerque last week, competing at the NMAA’s Class 1A-4A State Tennis Championships.

The Colts took home the second-place trophy in the team championships, held primarily at the tennis courts on the Albuquerque Academy campus.

Second-ranked NMMI blanked Belen High School in the opening round on Friday, May 10, then, after a rain delay pushed back their semifinal match, served-up a loss to No. 6 St. Pius on Saturday. The Institute fell in the championship match against No. 1 Albuquerque Academy.

The individual championships for singles and doubles took place at the Jerry Cline Tennis Facility on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-9.

Senior Eliana Ward represented NMMI in the girls’ singles bracket. After splitting the few two sets, she lost a very close match in the first round in a super-tiebreaker third set.

Sophomore Morgan Lynch and senior Delinda Moore earned NMMI’s selection for girls’ doubles. They also fell in the first round.

In boys’ singles, NMMI had two selections. Sophomore Hugo Inzunza won his opening-round match in two straight sets, then fell to the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Alejandro Terminel was defeated in the first round, but did manage to win one of the three sets against his opponent.

Junior John McIntyre and sophomore Ricardo Espinoza earned the No. 4 seed in the boys’ doubles bracket. They won their opening match, then lost in the quarters.

Complete NMMI Results:

Girls Singles
Stella Mahr (ABQ Academy) def. Eliana Ward 3-6, 6-1, 10-3

Girls Doubles
Cordova/Jaramillo (Belen) def. Lynch/Moore 6-1, 6-2

Boys Singles
Inzunza def. Hunter Williamson (Los Lunas) 6-0, 6-4
#1 Abraham Yohannes (ABQ Academy) def. Inzunza 6-0, 6-1
Daniel Ko (Santa Teresa) def. Terminel 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Boys Doubles
#4 McIntire/Espinoza def. Rindels/Lopez (Valencia) 6-0, 6-2
Collis/Warrier (Academy) def. #4 McIntire/Espenoza 6-4, 6-2

Boys Team
#2 NMMI def. #7 Belen 5-0
#2 NMMI def. #6 St. Pius 5-2
#1 Albuquerque Academy def. #2 NMMI 5-0

Early graduation for five Colts

From left to right: Commandant of Cadets LTC Jonathan Graff, Dean of Academics BG Douglas Murray, MSG Jasper Lynn Best, 1SG Alejandro Lopez, 1SG Jorge Iruretagoyena Andueza, CSM Jake Austin Leible, MSG Gunnar William Schwab, President/Superintendent MG Jerry Grizzle, and Athletic Director COL Jose Barron.

Five members of the New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team participated in early graduation on Wednesday at Mabee Hall in Toles Learning Center. The Colt baseball team will be playing in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 10:00 AM at Cleveland High School.

The five graduates are:

Master Sergeant Jasper Lynn Best from Roswell, NM. Best plans to continue his education at NMMI.

First Sergeant Jorge Iruretagoyena Andueza from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Iruretagoyena plans to continue his education at Pima Community College

Command Sergeant Major Jake Austin Leible from Roswell, NM. Leible plans to continue his education at Texas A&M University

First Sergeant Alejandro Lopez from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Lopez plans to continue his education at NMMI.

Master Sergeant Gunnar William Schwab from Farmington, NM. Schwab plans to continue his education at NMMI.

Three out of the five graduates will continue their education at NMMI and the combined GPA out of the five cadets was a 3.2 average.

Graduation for all the rest of the cadet high school student body will be on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 A.M. in the Pearson Auditorium.


Medal count impressive for NMMI track at State

The members of the Colt & Lady Colt track and field team, along with assistant coach Connor Williamson, pose for a pic during a brief weather delay at the tail-end of Saturday’s meet.

NMMI Sports Press
The New Mexico Military Institute Colt and Lady Colt track and field teams had a great showing at the NMAA’s Class 3A State Championship Meet in Albuquerque last weekend.

Eighteen NMMI cadet-student-athletes – nine girls and nine boys – competed in the two-day meet held at the UNM Track and Soccer complex on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.

Friday’s weather threatened to wash out the opening day’s events, which consisted mostly of field events and prelims, but the lightning stayed away. Although very few fans were present in the stadium’s huge seating gallery, the athletes, coaches and event staff braved the cold and drizzling conditions to keep the meet on schedule.

Blessed by great weather, Saturday’s events saw cool, but dry conditions, thanks to – and despite – the almost complete cloud cover. With the improved weather, the fans packed the stadium, loudly cheering on the event participants.

NMMI athletes walked away with 26 total medals at State: 19 for the boys and seven for the girls. Those tallies include two State Champions, with senior Jalil Brown earning top honors in the Boys’ 100m Dash, and junior Mia Walker outlasting all competitors in the Girls’ 800m Run.

The Colts finished in sixth place as a team in Class 3A with 31 total points; the Lady Colts finished ninth with 18.

“I’m extremely proud of the way our kids competed this weekend,” said assistant coach Connor Williamson. “Nearly everyone finished higher than they were seeded, and we had tons of PRs [personal records] and 2 state champions. We also had many underclassmen who got a taste of high-level competition; they will be hungry to return and place even higher. I’m looking forward to a bright future for NMMI track and field.”

Complete NMMI Results:

Boys’ Results
Boys 100 Meter Dash
1st place: Jalil Brown – 11.22

Boys 1600 Meter Run
7th place: Carson Perry – 4:43.16
10th place: Henry Dewey IV­ – 5:04.94

Boys 200 Meter
4th place: Jalil Brown – 22.97

Boys 800 Meter
8th place: Juan Aguirre – 2:08.12

Boys 3200 Meter
8th place: Carson Perry – 10:44.04
9th place: Henry Dewey IV – 10:57.79

Boys Long Jump
6th place: Jalil Brown – 20’–01.50”

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay
4th place: Miguel Luna, Jaikayo Brown, Charles Lewis, Jalil Brown –  44.23

Boys 4×200 Meter Relay
2nd place: Alex Lee, Jalil Brown, Charles Lewis, Jaikayo Brown –  1:33.92

Boys 1600 Sprint Medley
3rd place: Jaikayo Brown, Alex Lee, Miguel Luna, Carson Perry –  3:48.17

Boys 4×400 Meter Relay
5th place: Alex Lee, Jaikayo Brown, Edward Perez, Miguel Luna –  3:40.91

Girls’ Results
Girls 100 Meter Dash
7th place: Daniela Laporte – 14.16

Girls 3200 Meter
12th place: Jazsmine Munoz – 14:26.76

Girls 1600 Meter
2nd place: Mia Walker – 5:37.21
11th place: Tessa Walker – 6:16.63

Girls 800 Meter
1st place: Mia Walker – 2:24.79

Girls Discus Throw
5th place: Demitra Ulibarri – 99’–02”

Girls 1600 Sprint Medley
4th place: Saiya Brandon-Lowe, Daniela Laporte, Celeste Martin, Mia Walker –  4:33.34

Colt baseball advances to the second round of State with two wins on Saturday against Sandia Prep

Alejandro Barcenas hits a fly ball to centerfield to score two Colts in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the three game series.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute baseball team needed all off the three games to advance to the quarterfinals in the 2019 New Mexico State Championships. The Colts lost Game 1 on Friday 9-6, but came back to take a doubleheader on Saturday Game 2 final 10-0 in 5 innings and a 10-7 final in Game 3.

In Game 1, Colts Jasper Best and Marin Ayon had three hits each in four plate appearances to lead the team in hits. Alex Lopez led the team in RBI with three on a double and a triple. Gunnar Schwab had two RBI going 1-3 on the day. Andres Bleizeffer and Best scored twice as Schwab and Gus Curnutt had the other two runs in the game for the Colts.

The Colts went on a fifth inning tear scoring eight runs in Game 2 to take a 10-0 victory. Lopez went 3-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Alejandro Barcenas and Ayon were the other Colts with multiple hits as they had two each. Lopez and Ayon led the team with two RBI each and Curnutt had two runs with every other player in the starting lineup scoring a run except for Ayon. Carlos Retamoza courtesy ran for Ayon in the fifth and scored on a Barcenas fly ball to center that was dropped by the Sandia Prep centerfielder. Oscar Gomez pitched a complete game four-hit shutout striking out two Sundevils.

Game 3 featured 13 hits from NMMI as Barcenas, Bleizeffer, Best, Lopez, and Schwab each had two hits. Barcenas and Lopez recorded a double and Bleizeffer had a triple. Barcenas led the team in runs scoring three. Barcenas, Bleizeffer, Best, and Luke Taylor had two RBI during the game Bleizeffer started the game on the mound for the Colts going four innings and striking out two Sandia Prep batters. Taylor came in relief and pitched two shutout innings and Barcenas pitched the final inning for NMMI.

Head Colt baseball Coach Charlie Ward gave all the credit to his team. “The team had a lot of confidence in themselves and they believed that they could still come back and find a way to win. They knew the most important game was Game 2 and we would have a chance if we won that game. We knew that these two ball teams were very evenly matched and very disciplined. Coming back and winning two games the way they did show a lot of character and handling adversity really well. We have a shot. We are one game away from the final four and we are going to battle all the way.” It was fun the team found a way to win and to be a part of the final eight and play East Mountain on Thursday.”

Coach Ward is thrilled for his team to compete in Albuquerque next week and have the season continue.

“The best eight are going to be in Albuquerque and we are fortunate enough to be in the eight.” We are excited for the opportunity and we will get out there and give it our best and represent NMMI as best we can.”

The Colts will play the #2 seed East Mountain Timberwolves on Thursday, May 16th at 10:00 AM at Cleveland high School. East Mountain and NMMI have played in three games this season as the Timberwolves lead the series 2-1.