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NMMI finishes third

Teslin Strecher tries to catch the leaders during Saturday’s race.

NMMI finishes third at Pecos Valley Invite

The Colt and Lady Colt Cross Country teams participated at the Pecos Valley Invite in Roswell on Saturday morning.

The Colts would have their best finish yet, as they placed third and the Lady Colts did not participate in the event.

Teslin Strecher would finish fifth with a time of 18:33.93 and help the Colts improve with a top three finish.

“He ran a really good race and will keep improving as the season goes on,” said Coach Olesinski.

NMMI will be racing at the Hobbs Invitational on Thursday at 3:00 PM at Ocotillo Park.


Boys, varsity team  Carlsbad, 33; Goddard, 52; NMMI, 66; Roswell High, 70; Tucumcari, 130

Individuals— 5,Teslin Strecher, 18:33.93, 14, Ryan Cuellar, 19:39.76, 15, Henry Dewy 19:49.35, 18, Emmitt Falcon, 20:07.97, 29, Spencer Mayadag, 21:52.49, 33, Nathan De La Cerda, 22:23.46

Lady Colts drop season finale to Gateway

NMMI’s Mia Walker on the attack from the outside while Gateway’s Sarah Martin times her jump for the block attempt.

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Bump pass by senior Abigail Valadez after a Gateway serve.

The Lady Colts opened up the ‘Cadets For A Cure’ campaign at NMMI by taking on local rival Gateway Christian, wrapping up their season in a tough three-set loss to the visiting Lady Warriors: 25-12, 25-13, 25-14.

“I am thankful for all the people that came out to support us during the first event of our Cancer Awareness Week,” said head NMMI coach Stephanie Schooley, “but it was not the outcome we were looking for.”

With the loss, the Lady Colts finish their season – which ends early due to not participating in NMAA District play – with a 7-8 overall record.

A member of the NMMI Corps of Cadets show his support for the three four-year seniors on the Lady Colt volleyball team.

“I am proud of the girls for everything they have done this season. They are a great group of girls and it has been an absolute pleasure to coach them,” said Schooley. “We’ll lose four seniors: Skylar Nunn who just came in this Fall, and three who have been with me for all four years: Abigail Valadez, Grace Tompkins, and Alyssa Bolander. We’re really going to miss them.”

The Institute cadets will launch their second event in the week-long Cancer Awareness campaign with the Colt Football team taking on the Ruidoso Warriors in a District 4-4A match up beginning at 7:00 PM at NMMI’s Colt Field.

An attempt to save an errant pass goes just over the outstretched fingers of Lady Colt senior Alyssa Bolander.

Lady Colts fall to Mescalero in five

Demitra Ulibarri with the kill.

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Back row kill attempt by Abigail Valadez.

In their second-to-last match of the season, the Lady Colt volleyball team lost a fantastic five-set duel to visiting Mescalero Apache: 25-19, 23-25, 25-11, 23-25, 15-12.

NMMI trailed early in the initial set, allowing the Lady Chiefs to take the first six points. But despite being down twice by as much as 10, the Lady Colts fought back to make it a very close set.

The second set was even closer. NMMI broke out to an early 5-2 lead,  allowed Mescalero to tie it up at 11s, then went on five and four-point runs to make it 20-13. The last five point were hard to get, however, as the Lady Chiefs scrambled back, getting as close as 24-23 before hitting an attack into the net to give NMMI the second set.

Attack at the net by Rilan Maloney.

“Game 3 was harsh – we did not play well,” said NMMI head coach Stephanie Schooley. “ We had a lot of errors and did not play as a team. But we came back after that third set, won a tough battle in the fourth set, then played to within three points in game five.”

That fourth set was another hard-fought battle, with freshman Rilan Maloney earning the final set point and the win on a kill from the right side.

In the final fifth set, NMMI held a 9-6 lead, but tough Lady Chief serves and attacks saw that edge slip, 11-9, in favor of Mescalero. A kill by Lady Colt Abigail Valadez made it 11-10; Mia Walker knocked down another NMMI attack to make it 12-11; but that was a close at the Lady Colts would get.

The Lady Colts celebrate after a service ace.

“I am so proud of how hard the girls played tonight,” continued coach Schooley. “They really fought all the way until the end. I’m definitely proud of my seniors. We have three seniors who have been with me for four years: Alyssa Bolander, Grace Tompkins and Abby Valadez. They gave it their all. But I don’t want to just focus on a few players, because I feel like it took everyone out there on the floor tonight. I told the girls to hold their heads high – we played some amazing team volleyball, especially in those last two sets.”

With the loss, NMMI’s record moves back to even-steven, 7-7, with one game left on the schedule.

“We have Gateway tomorrow,” said Schooley. “There’s no rest for us, but I hope we can carry the momentum from tonight into our match tomorrow. Gateway’s a very good team and we’re going to have to keep playing at a high level if we want to close out the season with a win.”

That match versus Gateway will be held at NMMI’s Cahoon Armory gym beginning at 6:30 PM. It will be a special “Pink Out” night in celebration of NMMI’s Cancer Awareness Week, with special activities planned before, during, and after the match.

NMMI cadets promote cancer awareness at October athletic events

Members of the Lady Colt volleyball team demonstrate the Memorial Ribbon Board and how it will start to look after being decorated by the various colors of string used to represent different types of cancer.

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October is breast cancer awareness month, and at stadiums and gyms across the country, athletes and their fans rally for the cause. But cades at the New Mexico Military Institute will be going one step further.

“A couple of us got together and said we wanted to do more than just wear pink or wear T-shirts that say ‘Dig Pink.’ We wanted to do something that actually helped the cause,” said Colt football coach Randy Montoya. “It’s a cause that is dear to my heart (he lost his mother to ovarian cancer), and a lot of other people here at NMMI, with loved ones who had battled against cancer. So we’re recognizing all cancers, not just breast cancer.”

From Oct. 5-14, the NMMI cadets, athletes, faculty and staff will be raising awareness as well as money for cancer cures across the board with the “Cadets for a Cure” campaign.

“We’re going to try to do what we can as far as getting the word out and trying to help our local cancer fund,” Montoya said.

All the money raised will go to the Chaves County Cancer Fund.

Foxtrot’s First Sergeant Gavin Maloney – also the senior quarterback for the Colt football team – had this to say about the fundraising part of the campaign: “My family has been through several battles with cancer – my grandma and my great aunt. The money that we raise, it all goes towards helping to find a cure. That’s why we’re doing this.”

And while cancer is serious business, a lot of the activities planned during NMMI’s Cancer Awareness Week will be fun. Each event will include an informational booth plus extras specific to that sport.

The week begins on Thursday, Oct. 5 with JV and varsity games between the Lady Colts and local rival Gateway Christian. The JV match will start at 5:30 PM in the Cahoon Armory gym, with the varsity match after, around 6:30 PM. Admission to the matches will be free, but several fans who donate to the cause will get a chance to win a gift card or other prizes by serving a ball to a specific spot on the court.

On Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 PM, the Colt football team will host Ruidoso in both teams’ District 4-4A opener. Activities include a half-time balloon sendoff, where, for 50 cents each, people can buy a balloon in a color representing a specific cancer — there are 30 different colors — then launch it skyward during a mass ascension; a chance to win a gift card by making a 25-yard field goal; and before and after the game, NMMI faculty and staff will be manning both a dunk tank and pie-throwing booth. Participants will get three balls for $1 at the dunk tank, and a pie tin filled with whipped cream for $2.

The Lady Bronco volleyball team will have their night Oct. 11 vs. Clarendon College. This WJCAC conference match is slated to begin at 7:00 PM and will again give fans a chance to win a gift card by showcasing their serving skills.

Cancer Awareness Week activities will conclude with the Bronco football game vs. conference foe Blinn College on Saturday, Oct. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 PM with similar activities – minus the balloon sendoff – as at the Colt football game.

Also, at every event, a giant ribbon will be displayed where loved ones can honor someone who’s fought cancer by tying a colored string around a series of pegs or posting a picture.

Cadets will also be selling “Cure” bracelets in black and red for $1 each, and T-shirts in black or tan for $10 each. And, on Oct. 6, 9 and 13, cadets on campus will look a little different as they’ll be encouraged to wear their “Cadets for a Cure” T-shirts.

“We’re just excited about this,” Montoya said. “It’s the first year we tried doing something like this in the fall. The Corps will do the cancer march in the spring, but we wanted an event that would link up with the overall theme in October.”

The idea germinated last spring, and after getting approval from athletic director Jose Barron, was spearheaded by numerous cadets working closely with Athletic Department staff such as Montoya, Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley, Katie Dollahon (who servers as assistant coach for several high school sports), assistant AD and Colt basketball coach Sean Schooley, and Bronco volleyball head coach Shelby Forchtner.

Both Montoya and Barron are hoping this will become an annual event.

“We just wanted to make this something we could do to bring more awareness, because obviously more people are affected by cancer each and every year. The more word we can get out, the more people we can support and that’s what it’s all about,” said Montoya.

Barron applauded both the efforts of the cadets and his athletic staff, and praised the ‘activeness’ of this year’s campaign.

“In previous seasons our teams have been passive participants, wearing pink items to support cancer awareness,” said Barron. “This campaign, in contrast, provides a call to action, with several activities planned to promote cancer awareness and aid in fundraising for a great local cause.”

NMMI’s second highest-ranking cadet, Regimental Executive Officer Katianne Flury, summed up the ‘Cadets For A Cure’ campaign perfectly: “As cadets we are from all over the world but we are all still affected by cancer in some way. It’s great that even though we come from different continents, we can still come together to support cancer victims and their families.”

The NMMI Corps of Cadets encourages everyone in the community to attend one or more of the planned athletic events, join in on the activities, and help honor those who have fought against cancer.

Colts lose a physical game 2-1 to Moriarty


Mario Camou attempts a shot on goal.

On Tuesday evening the NMMI Colt Soccer team took on the Moriarty Pintos in a District A/4A matchup and NMMI would fall 2-1.

Marcelo Cantu looks to pass.

Head Coach John Barbour said, “It was a good physical game and we haven’t played one like that in a while. I think it was an eye-opener for our kids, as far as district play goes and letting them know what to expect.”

Moriarty would score two goals in the first twenty minutes thanks to Lucas Shirley and Franklin Rea.

Jose Carranza makes a pass to a teammate.

“Moriarty came ready to play and they have two good forwards that mesh well together. It was a good game and hopefully when we go to their place, we can do a little bit better job and take home a victory,” said Barbour.

The Colts would score a goal early in the second half on a penalty kick by Mario Camou, but could not complete the comeback.

“It was tough having a game canceled Saturday and our kids having to march in the parade Monday. I think they were a little tired, but we can’t have any excuses,” said Barbour.

NMMI will travel to Albuquerque as they take on Hope Christian this Saturday at 12:30 P.M.