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Colt win 11th straight with 5-1 victory over Hatch

NMMI’s Frank Olcott working against Hatch Valley’s Jojan Martinez in the first half of play of the Colts’ 5-1 home district win vs. the Bears on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Photo courtesy of Christopher Mumba.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team defeated the Hatch Valley Bears 5-1 at NMMI Stapp Parade Field on Tuesday night.

This victory gives the Colts a 4-0 record in district play and their 11th straight win improving their record to 15-1-1 on the season.

NMMI got the ball in the back of the net early, taking a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the first period off of the boot of Quan Nguyen, assisted by Frank Olcott.

Olcott then scored five minutes later off a pass from Jose Donnadieu Ortega to go up 2-0.

NMMI managed one more goal before the end of the half; in the 39th minute, Daniel Angulo juked the Hatch keeper in a 1-on-1 breakaway, the assist going to Sebastian Ponce Rios.

Angulo kept his hot boot going in the second half. In the 60th minute he scored his second goal of the match, then collected an assist on John Zimmerman’s goal in the 67th minute for the Colts final point.

“It’s a game of momentum.” said head Colt soccer coach John Barbour. “Anytime you get off to a good start it builds for the rest of the match. A few times we started to slip, but we made some adjustments and got back on track. We like to come out early and get the first goal if we can and we did that tonight. We will be looking forward to work hard in practice this week. We are not satisfied with where we are right now. We have two more games and we hope to come out victorious in those.”

The two matches the Colts have are against district opponents. The Colts last home game of the regular season will be Saturday at 3:00 PM and then they will finish off against Hatch Valley in Hatch on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM.


Colts get eight goals in victory over Ruidoso

Freshman forward Pablo Velez with one of his three goals – all in the first half – in an 8-0 Colt win at home vs. Ruidoso. Photo by cadet Christopher Mumba.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team defeated the Ruidoso Warriors 8-0 at NMMI Stapp Parade Field on Thursday night to move to 13-1-1 on the season.

In the first half, the Colts netted six goals – including a hat trick from Pedro Velez who led NMMI with three goals on the night. The Colts would score two more goals in the second half to give them the 8-0 win.

“I’m happy with our players, they played a great game today top to bottom,” said head Colt soccer coach John Barbour.

Next up for the Colts is a district match up against East Mountain High School. The Colts defeated East Mountain 2-1 in their first contest at EMHS.

“You don’t know what you are going to get from East Mountain,” continued coach Barbour. “Sometimes they can be tricky, but most of the time they are straight forward. We gave some people a rest tonight to be ready for that game. We can’t look past the Timberwolves or anyone. We are taking this one game at a time. We are going to come out and hopefully get a win against them and keep moving through district.”

Colts drop five-set match to Demons in season final

Sophomore defensive specialist Jasmine Munoz digs out a Demon attack in the Lady Colt’s final match of the season, at home against Dexter High.

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The last game for the New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team did not pan out the way the envisioned it as they dropped a five set match to the Dexter Lady Demons. The set scores were 17-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8

Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley was proud of the way her team played and grew all season long.

“We had some really good moments tonight, said Coach Schooley we have been working on more communication I feel like we did that for the most part of the match. I am super proud of the girls. We have been through a lot this season and the girls needed to step up and they did. We made so many improvements throughout the year. Rilan Maloney and Dana Douglas really stepped up and would set the tone for our games. They are true leaders and they developed a lot of leadership skills this season. I also feel like the girls got more aggressive throughout the year. In the beginning we would be scrambling to get anything back over the net. By the end of the season we were in systems setting up plays. I am super proud of my seniors Madison Sandoval, Valerie Bandy, Dana Douglas, and Rory Kinnally it is hard to let them go.”

Colts take down Falcons

NMMI tailback Arturo Cuen breaks to the outside for a big gain on a rush early in the first half against Loving. Cuen finished the night with 3 TDs and 138 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Photo by Shutternut.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team moved to 5-1 on the season, defeating the visiting Loving Falcons 48-27 at Colt Field on Friday.

The Colts scored on their opening drive with Arturo Cuen punching the ball into the end zone for the first of his two one-yard plunges into paydirt. That capped a seven-play 78-yard drive. After the PAT by EuJuan Kim the Institute led 7-0 with 9:17 to go in the first quarter.

On the ensuing Loving drive, Steven Houston picked up a pick-six from 55 yards out, putting NMMI up 14-0 with 7:29 still left in the first.

Cuen scored his second one-yard TD rush to make it a 21-7 game with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter.

NMMI then scored two more unanswered touchdowns: the first on a pass from Daniel Xibille to Ricardo Mata from 19 yards out, and the second off a 37-yard Xibille QB keeper, moving the score to 34-7 with 10:50 in the third quarter.

After a Falcon touchdown, Carlos Retamoza returned the kickoff 50 yards, giving NMMI great starting field position at the Falcon 35. NMMI scored on Cuen’s third rushing touchdown of the night – this one however from 30 yards out – for a 40-14 lead with 6:02 to go in the third.

Loving managed two more touchdowns in the fourth in a comeback effort, but NMMI closed the door with a final score, this time on a Xibille pass to Diego Hernandez from two yards out, finishing up a six-play 47-yard drive. The Colts went for two and Xibille found Oscar Gomez in the corner of the end zone for the successful two-point conversion.

Cuen led the Colt offensive attack, rushing 12 times for 138 yards and the trio of TDs. Xibille had 10 rushes for 70 yards and a TD, while also throwing for a pair as well.

Head Colt football coach Randy Montoya liked what he saw from his team the first three quarters, but wanted them to finish the entire game.

“We have to maintain our focus our entire game,” said Montoya. “We did not do anything different in the fourth quarter, we were just undisciplined. And up against a team that runs the option like Loving, if we are not taking care of our responsibilities we are in trouble. We have to be better and play all four quarters, but anytime we can get a win we will take it.”

The Colts will again be at home next week, as they try and  tackle the Hope Christian Huskies at Colt Field on Friday Oct. 4. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:00 PM MST.

Walker and Miller top finishers for the Institute at the NMMI Invitational

• Senior Mia Walker finished third for the Lady Colts at the NMMI Invitational with a time of 20:04.

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Last weekend, the Colt and Lady Colt cross country teams got to host – and run – in their own NMMI Invitational, held at Roswell’s Cielo Grande Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 14

“I think it was a very good meet,” said head NMMI coach Jan Olesinski. “We had 16 different schools present, representing many of the high schools in the surrounding area –  large schools like Hobbs, Carlsbad, Alamogordo and Roswell, along with some smaller schools like Capitan, Mescalero and Tucumcari.”

According to coach ‘O’, every race had about 60+ runners, with the biggest race being the JV with over 100. “All-in-all we had almost 300 kids compete when you consider the race for the middle school runners, as well,” said Olesinski.

• Sophomore Lance Miller finished third for the Colts, with a time of 16:30.

Lance Miller got took home top honors for the Colts, a sixth place finish in the boys’ varsity race, with a time of 16:37, while Mia Walker earned NMMI’s best place of the day in the girls’ varsity race. Her time of 20:05 was good for third.

“Those two did great today,” said the coach. “They are definitely two of my top runners. But the rest of the team competed, too. We had some freshmen, some new cadets, some first-time runners, and everyone did well.”

“I think overall NMMI did very well in the meet,” continued Olesinski. “We were missing a few runners due to other important obligations our cadets had with the Corps or academics, such as 21-Day ceremonies or SAT prep classes. As such, team-wise we didn’t do our best, but we still had a few finish in top places.”

Next up for the Colt and Lady Colt cross country squads will be another weekend race, as they head up to Pecos, NM, just south of Santa Fe, to try running at a little higher elevation (6,923 ft as opposed to Roswell’s 3,573 ft).

“It will be nice to compete against some different teams,” said coach. “This will be a unique meet for us. It’s the first time we’ve gone there, the course will be much different than the ones we tend to run here, we’ve get to see several teams from the north part of the state, plus the meet features mostly smaller 2A and 3A schools.”

Complete NMMI Results

Boys’ Varsity:
Lance Miller, 3rd place, 16:37
Jeremy Pinion, 25th place, 18:21
Stephen Swope, 40th place, 19:28
Juan Aguirre, 41st place, 19:31
Hector Grijalva, 44th place, 19:55
Lance Savage, 51st place, 20:30

Girls’ Varsity
Mia Walker, 3rd place, 20:05
Tessa Walker, 16th place, 21:14
Christina Robertson, 27th place, 22:56

Boys’ JV:
Nicolas Chavez, 21st place, 20:01
Niall Devlin, 22nd place, 20:02
Caleb Eisenhower, 23rd place, 20:09
Aadhav Sivakumar, 62nd place, 23:27

Girls’ JV:
Autumn Weaver, 5th place, 24:44