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GHS girls, NMMI boys win in possible preview of district champions

NMMI’s Ricardo Espinoza returns a serve during play at No. 1 singles

NMMI Sports Press

The Rockets and Colts collided in a dual match at NMMI’s Gene Hardman Memorial Tennis Courts on Tuesday afternoon, with Goddard’s girls and NMMI’s boys each walking away with a 9-0 sweep.

“The girls’ team really is tough this year,” said first-year head GHS coach Chad Mann. “Right now we are undefeated and won our first tournament of the season, the Goddard High Invitational. We’re trying to build on the great job that previous coaches have done, with a goal to maybe go a little bit farther at state.”

The Institute boys’ team also took home a first place finish at the season-opening GHS Invitational on Feb. 15-16, before earning today’s ‘W’ against Goddard.

“Our boys are doing really well and came up with good results today,” said second-year head NMMI coach John Barbour, simply.

And under the new reclassification system by the New Mexico Activities Association with only two classes – 5A and 1A-4A – Goddard and NMMI will be competing against each other in the same class and district this season, along with Artesia, Lovington and Portales.

Coach Mann was also pleased with the effort – if not the results – of the Rocket boys’ squad.

“The [boys’] team is doing really well – we just need more experience,” said Mann. “I’m continuing to see positive attitude and effort, and outside of this match against NMMI, we’ve gone undefeated so far this this season.”

Coach Barbour echoed Mann’s comments about getting in more time on the courts.

“We were missing two from our girls’ team today, so many were playing up a spot or two. We’re just trying to get better as the weeks go by so that we can get ready for district,” said Barbour. “That includes tournaments coming up this weekend and next weekend, so we’ll get a lot of play and good match experience.”

Both teams will be back in action this weekend at the Roswell High Invitational – along with the tournament host Coyotes – on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.

NMMI 9, Goddard High 0
No. 1, Ricardo Espinoza, NMMI, def. Nico Elwell, GHS, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2, John McIntyre, NMMI, def. Justus Janway, GHS, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3, Hugo Inzunza, NMMI, def. Connor Downs, GHS, 6-3, 6-0
No. 4, Samuel Johnston, NMMI, def. Philip Roberts, GHS, 6-3, 6-0
No. 5, Jackson Hicks, NMMI, def. Grant Janway, GHS, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6, Jose Robles, NMMI, def. Ray Downs, GHS, 6-2, 6-1
No. 1, McIntyre/Johnston, NMMI, def. J. Janway/C. Downs, GHS, 8-4
No. 2, Espinoza/Inzunza, NMMI, def. Elwell/Roberts, GHS, 8-1
No. 3, Hicks/Robles, NMMI, def. R. Downs/G. Janway, GHS, 8-0

Goddard High 9, NMMI 0
No. 1, Lizzy Latimer, GHS, def. Eliana Ward, NMMI, 6-1, 6-0
No. 2, Fati Villa, GHS, def. Jingru Dou, NMMI, 7-6 (2), 6-2
No. 3, Lilli DeGroot, GHS, def. Delinda Moore, NMMI, 6-0, 6-0
No. 4, Rae Jones, GHS, def.  Lauren Leonard, NMMI, 6-4, 6-1
No. 5, Reagan Crenshaw, GHS, def. Frida Ruizesparza, NMMI, 6-2, 6-3
No. 1, Latimer/Villa, GHS, Ward/Morgan Lynch, NMMI, 8-6
No. 2, DeGroot/Jones, GHS, def. Dou/Ruizesparza, NMMI, 8-1
No. 3, Ally Lara/Crenshaw, GHS, def. Moore/Leonard, NMMI, 8-3


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)

Colt tennis remains undefeated

Allen DeGroot, No. 3 boys’ singles


Eliana Ward, No. 1 girls’ singles

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt tennis team continued their winning ways by downing visiting Piedra Vista High School, 8-1. The Lady Colts lost 6-3 to the Panthers.

It was the 10th dual-match win of the season for the undefeated Colts, which includes matches against several larger 5A and 6A opponents.

“Our veteran players played well and our younger players played exceptionally,” said NMMI head coach John Barbour. “We’ve still got some tactical and technical improvements to make, but we’re getting better each day and I’m proud of both of our teams, boys’ and girls’, for playing up against tough competition like 6A Piedra Vista.”

Both NMMI teams will be back in action next Tuesday, but on the road at Artesia to take on the 5A Bulldogs in a 3 pm scheduled dual match.

NMMI 8, Piedra Vista 1
No. 1, Kaden Weisheit, PV, def. Francisco Saracho, NMMI, 6-2, 4-6 (10-5)
No. 2, Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. David Sabol, PV, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3, Allen DeGroot, NMMI def. Riley Hill, PV, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4, John McIntyre, NMMI, def. Christopher LeSueur, PV, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5, Luis Gonzalez, NMMI, def. Kyle Boser, PV, 6-1, 7-5

No. 6, Jose Robles, NMMI, def. Kiran Edwards, PV, 6-3, 6-2
No. 1, Saracho/Fontes, NMMI, def. Weisheit/Hill, PV, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2, DeGroot/McIntyre, NMMI, def. Sabol/LeSueur, PV, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3, Gonzalez/Robles, NMMI, def. Boser/Edwards, PV, 6-1, 6-1

PV 6, NMMI 3
No. 1, Alyssa Baker, PV, def. Eliana Ward, NMMI, 6-3, 5-7 (10-4)
No. 2, Sarah Dekay, PV, def. Morgan Lynch, NMMI, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3, JinXiu Dong, NMMI, def. Lizzy Begay, PV, 6-1, 7-5
No. 4, Tatum McGuffey, PV, def. Flor Toscano, NMMI, 6-2, 3-6 (14-12)
No. 5, Cora Mullins, PV, def. Jingru Dou, NMMI, 3-6, 7-5 (10-5)
No. 6, Andrea Anchondo, NMMI, def. Gracie Baker, PV, 6-0, 7-5
No. 1, Baker/Dekay, PV, def. Ward/Lynch, NMMI, 8-2
No. 2, Dong/Toscano, NMMI, def. Begay/McGuffey, PV, 10-8
No. 3, Mullins/Baker, PV, def. Dou/Anchando, NMMI, 7-7 (7-5)

Luis Fontes, No. 2 boys’ singles

Jingru Dou, No. 5 girls’ singles

Francsico Saracho, No. 1 boys’ singles

Andrea Anchondo, No. 6 girls’ singles

John McIntyre, No. 4 boys’ singles

Flor Toscano, No. 4 girls’ singles

Jose Robles, No. 6 boys’ singles

Luis Gonzalez, No. 5 boys’ singles

Success at state for Colt and Lady Colt tennis

Members of the Colt boys’ tennis team pose with their 2nd place trophy in Albuquerque after the NMMA Class 4A State Team Tennis Championships.

Tanner Hightower-Wilson
NMMI Sports Press

Megan Lynch poses with the Class 4A Girls’ Singles Bracket after winning the State Championship match.

Last Wednesday-Saturday the Colt and Lady Colt tennis teams competed in the NMAA State Championships up in Albuquerque and had great success. Megan Lynch, a senior, competed in her final singles tournament as a high school athlete. She easily blew past her competition to win the A-AAAA singles Championship.

Lynch said, “I feel honored to win a state championship for NMMI because it has been several years since a female has done so.”

Lynch beat Haley Garcia of St. Michaels 6-1, 6-0 for the championship title.

Lynch will be returning to NMMI to start her college tennis career with Coach Dan O’Connell and the Lady Broncos.

Megan Lynch serves during one of her matches in Albuquerque.

“I am so honored to be coming back to NMMI to start my college career, this is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to being a Bronco,” said Lynch.

Coach Will Cavin said, “She has been a great leader on the team and I look forward to watching her play for the Bronco tennis team.”

 Farid Yunes cruised through the A-AAAA singles tournament and earned a spot in the State Championship match versus Neil Katzman of Bosque. Yunes had the lead heading into the third and final set 2-6, 7-5 and 3-2, but was unable to finish the match because of two injury timeouts at different times of the match.

“I think he could and would have won,” said coach Cavin. “But unfortunately he was suffering from an injury the previous week. It kind of put him in a situation where he was overdoing it and trying to be protective.  He was definitely a warrior and a competitor and I know it really hurt for him to be ‘retired’ as the NMAA called it. He fought and battled, but those are the rules of the NMAA, which require pulling a kid out after the second medical timeout.”

Farid Yunes backhand during team doubles play.

Both squads also had a very strong outing in the team competition. The third-seeded Lady Colts advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Portales, before losing to No. 2 Mesilla Valley Christian School, 5-2.

The Colts also drew the No. 3 seed, and advanced to the State Championship match, downing N0. 6 Taos 8-1 in the 1st round, and No. 2 Mesilla 7-2 in the semifinals.  They battled Las Vegas Robertson for the Class 4A boys’ team championship, but fell 5-4.

Cavin stated, “We went down 2-1 in doubles and then Treat won his match, which made it 2-2. Then we lost two singles matches and the score becomes 4-2, but Alan DeGroot and Yunes both won, which makes the score 4-4.”

Francisco Saracho in team singles vs. Robertson.

Heading into the final match of the day and season, Francisco Saracho of NMMI, took on Connor Houdek of Robertson. The match went to three games, but NMMI was unable to pull the victory.

“Both the boys and girls competed extremely well and you can’t take anything away from Robertson program,” said Cavin.

The Colt Tennis team will be returning five out of the six players in their runner up campaign; the lone senior is Spencer Treat. Treat has been on varsity for his entire tenure at NMMI, four years and will be returning for junior college.


Spencer Treat, singles play at the state championships in Albuquerque.

Cavin said, “Spencer has been a great leader on the team and you could always count on him to win his matches and give us a win in the column for team play.”

“He is a super kid. He will be heading off to basic training at Fort Benning and then returning to the Institute for the early commissioning program.”

Treat said, “I have definitely become a better player, physically I have become better at tennis. I have also become better at talking to players and getting to know them, instead of looking at them as a competitor. Athletics at NMMI was very important to me. It was a nice release from the core and a solid get away. Without tennis, it would have been a lot harder here.”

Ana Ruja

Allen DeGroot

Eliana Ward

Luis Fontes

Flor Toscano

Sebestian Aguirre

JinXui Dong

Sofia Brassea
















Colt and Lady Colt Tennis Head to State

Ana Ruja takes a swing at the district tennis tournament.

Ana Ruja takes a swing at the district tennis tournament.


We are two days away from the beginning of the NMAA State Tennis Championships in Albuquerque.

The Colts and Lady Colts have qualified athletes to participate in individual singles and double play, held Wednesday and Thursday at UNM’s Jerry Cline Tennis Complex; and the team competition being held Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

Meagan Lynch attempts a shot last Thursday during the district tournament.

Megan Lynch attempts a shot last Thursday during the district tournament.

As the top-ranked A-AAAA player in the girls’ singles bracket, Megan Lynch has a first round bye.

Head coach Will Cavin knows the road to a state title won’t be easy, but is very optimistic about Lynch’s chances. “Megan will have some competition up there and it is not going to be a walk in the park. She is going to have to go up there and show what she is capable of and I feel like she should be the next state champion for A-AAAA.”

Lynch is scheduled to play the winner of St. Michael’s Kyra Chavez and Mesilla Valley Christian’s Anne Ikard, on Thursday, May 4th at 11:00 AM.

Ana Ruja and Eliana Ward are heading into girls doubles play as the No. 4 ranked doubles team in Class A-AAAA and will also have to wait and see who they will be playing due to a first round bye.

Eliana Ward takes a swing during the district championships.

Eliana Ward takes a swing during the district championships.

Cavin said, “These are two of my newest student-athletes who came in at the beginning of the year and just recently started playing together. They have done a great job of coming together and becoming a team and I expect great things from them.”

Ruja and Ward will take on the winner of Bosque’s Baca/Lamb and Sandia Prep’s McDermott/Atkins, at 8:00 AM on Thursday, May 4th.

Baseline backhand by NMMI’s Farid Yunes during his No. 1 singles match.

Baseline backhand by NMMI’s Farid Yunes during his No. 1 singles match.

The Colts have two participants competing in boys singles play. Farid Yunes has a first round bye and will play the winner of Taos’ Jens Crosby and Bosque’s Thomas Donahue, at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 4th.

“Yunes is a competitor and he will go out there and play well for us,” said Cavin.

Along with Yunes, Francisco Saracho will also be playing in the singles tournament. Saracho defeated Zach Laurenz of Portales – 6-4, 6-1 –  in a match on Monday to punch his ticket to State.

“First round, Saracho should do really well. His real test will come against Neil Katzman from Bosque, who is a solid tennis player,” said Cavin.

Saracho will take on Cole Gartner from Santa Fe Prep, at 7 PM Wednesday evening.

Allen DeGroot and Luis Fontes are the lone duo participating in the boy’s doubles competition and will have a first round bye due to a No.3 ranking.

Allen DeGroot smashes a serve during the district tournament last Thursday.

Allen DeGroot smashes a serve during the district tournament last Thursday.

Coach Cavin said the two have been playing together since they were freshman in high school.”They do a great job of playing together. Both of them have improved significantly in single play as well as doubles.”

DeGroot and Fontes will be taking on winners of Sandia Prep’s McCormick/Lewis and St. Michael’s Johnson/Smith, at 8:00 AM on Thursday, May 4th.

For team play, beginning on Friday, the Colts and Lady Colts  both earned the No. 3 seed.

The Lady Colts will take on the No.6 ranked Portales Rams starting at 10:30 AM at Albuquerque Academy.

“The girls will open up against Portales and I feel pretty confident we will get to the next round, where we will play Mesilla Valley again,” said Cavin. “We lost to them 5-4 in the district tournament and we were so close to beating them. I think we have a great shot to play for a State Championship.”

As for the boys, the Colts open up against No. 6 ranked Taos starting at 3 PM, also at the Albuquerque Academy courts.

“I really don’t know much about Taos, but I feel pretty confident we will get past them,” said Cavin. “Once again, we will have to play Mesilla Valley in the Semi-Finals and we lost 5-4 this last Friday during district play, so the Championship is up for grabs.”