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Former Bronco Pimentel becomes second NCBWA All-American in program history


Pimentel’s All-American status comes following a clean sweep of the NCAA Central Region honors where he was a First Team All-Region selection by three different outlets including the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA), American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the NCBWA.

Prior to the all-region accolades, he was previously named the Great American Conference Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-GAC selection after leading the conference in batting average (.411) and hits (78) while ranking second in total bases (127). He was also selected to the All-GAC Tournament Team after hitting .571 (8-for-14) at the tournament with two doubles, three home runs and six runs batted in during three games played by the Bulldogs in the event. For the season, Pimentel led the Bulldogs in hits, batting average, doubles, RBI, slugging and on-base percentage while ranking second on the squad in home runs.

“I couldn’t be happier for Alex,” Head Coach Zack Saunders said. “He has earned every bit of his success and is a product of what happens when you truly work for something. His competitiveness and work ethic are as good as any player I have coached. We couldn’t be more proud to watch him get what he deserves.”

This is the first time Saunders has had a player receive All-American recognition during his head coaching tenure, dating back to 2012. Prior to Thursday, Michael Felton (2010) was the lone All-American on the list when he was named a third team selection by the NCBWA during SWOSU’s time competing in the Lone Star Conference.

Pimentel ended the year ranked sixth in batting average and tied for fifth in total hits on SWOSU’s single-season Top-10 list and is set to return to SWOSU next season for his senior year, where he will look to continue to leave his mark on the Bulldog Baseball program.

“Congratulations to Kirby on the tremendous season and the long list of accolades that have been awarded to him after his Junior year,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook. “Its been noted numerous times in his press clippings over the past month how hard of a worker he is, and while that is without a doubt true, the thing that stands out the most to me is just how good of a person and teammate he was here at NMMI and continues to be there at SWOSU. He has the “make-up” us coaches are always looking for in college level athletes. He is an excellent leader and I feel great that he will get to nurture and guide the newest Bronco Baseball players next year at SWOSU (Angel Colon & Luis Rivera). I feel blessed to have had an opportunity to Coach him here at the Institute and I look forward to seeing what he will accomplish down the road.”

Broncos in good position heading into day two


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The Bronco tennis team started off strong scoring 8 points in the first day of the 2018 NJCAA Division I Men’s Nationals.

NMMI is currently tied in 8th place with Barton, Glendale, Mississippi Gulf Coast and Seminole state.

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No. 1: Christopher Bulus had a first-round bye

No. 2: Emanuel Mallya, NMMI, def. Brandon Reichel, College of Lake County, 6-1, 6-2

No. 3: Marcel Agbegne had a first-round bye

No. 4: Kukutla Motlojoa, NMMI, def. Nickalas Neal, USC Sumter, 6-0, 6-0

No. 5: Ned Marrion, NMMI, def. Bruno Deschamps, Glendale, 6-2, 6-3

No. 6: Will Swindoll, Meridian CC, def. Orlando Santillanes, NMMI, 6-0, 6-0


No.1: Bulus/Agbegne had a first-round bye

No. 2: Mallya/ Motlojoa, NMMI, def. Sotelo/Wu, Pima CC, 6-2, 6-0

No. 3: McMurdie/Mendoza, Glendale, def. Marrion/Santillanes, NMMI, 6-0. 6-2

1. Collin – 14
1. Iowa Central – 14
1. Jacksonville – 14
1. Mesa – 14
5. Harford – 10
5. Laredo – 10
5. Meridian – 10
8. Barton – 8
8. Glendale – 8
8. Mississippi Gulf Coast – 8
8. NMMI – 8
8. Seminole – 8
13. Copiah-Lincoln – 6
13. Cowley – 6
13. Eastern Florida – 6
13. Marion Military – 6
13. Pima – 6
13. USC-Sumter – 6
19. ABAC – 4
19. Hinds – 4
21. Prairie St. – 2
21. Wallace St. – 2
23. ASA Miami – 0
23. Lake County – 0
23. Seward – 0
23. Tyler – 0

Broncos tied for 13th at nationals


Bronco Women’s tennis poses for a picture earlier in the season.

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After day four at the 2018 Women’s NJCAA National Championships, the Broncos are tied for 13th with Jones County and Pima CC.

Each win gives you one point and a loss in the first round sends you to the consolation bracket. Each victory in the consolation bracket is 0.5 points.

No. 1 Singles: (3) Ceire Mullins defeats. (8) Georjemah Row (NMMI) 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals

No. 2 Singles: (3) Vasavi Ganesan Shanthi defeats Mikayla Lopez (NMMI) 6-0, 6-0 in the 5th round

No. 3 Singles: (3) Claudia Barboza defeats Vinda Teally ( NMMI) 6-2, 6-3 in the round of 16

No. 4 Singles: (4) Julia Tozzi d. Megan Lynch ( NMMI) 7-5, 6-3 in the round of 16

No. 5 Singles: Jenna Groene d. Becsave Pacheco (NMMI) 6-0, 6-1 in the round of 32 and was defeated in the first round of the consolation bracket.

No. 6 Singles: Jayme Shafer d. Kathy Clouthier (NMMI) 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 32 and advanced to the consolation semi-finals but was defeated 8-0.

Kovačević excited to play for Niagara next season

Mirna Kovačević signs her LOI to play for Niagara.

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Mirna Kovacevic sets a ball to a hitter in 2017.

Bronco volleyball player Mirna Kovačević has high praise for the New Mexico Military Institute and what it has helped her achieve.

“I can talk about this all day. I really loved my time here from Day 1,” she said. “Well, not Day. 1. I hated Day 1. But from the first week to the end. And I’m really excited to go home, but I can’t imagine leaving the people behind. And I really hope we’re going to see each other after. I’ve gained so much experience. I learned a lot more about volleyball. I learned the language. I bettered my grades. I learned leadership. How to be in charge of people. How to be part of a crew. So it’s done a lot for me and I do not regret a minute of it.”

All this and more the 6-foot-2 sophomore setter from Serbia will bring to her new school, DI Niagara University in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Kovačević said she was as excited to go on to the next stage of her volleyball career as she was to come to the Institute.

“I was screaming this morning when I found out I got the papers,” she said. “It was like the first time (head coach) Shelby (Forchtner) offered me (a scholarship.) It was the same exact feeling. I’m so excited to go on to the next chapter of my life and just do great things. Because I feel like I can do so much more with that confidence. And just do what I love. That’s the most important thing.”

Forchtner agrees with that excitement.

“I’m just excited to watch her grow for two more years,” she said. “When she got here, she probably had some of the best hands of anybody we’d ever seen, in 15 years. She just needed some fine tuning. It’s been nice to watch her grow for two years, but I know there’s a lot more in there, too. So it’s going to be fun to watch during her senior year and see the growth over the four years. I think she’s going to be able to go in right away and contribute to their program and start for them, and that’s exactly what they need in the setting position. She just needs to she carry over what she did this year to the next level.”

The Purple Eagles had their best MAAC finish ever in 2017, going 18-10 overall and 14-4 in conference before losing to rival Iona in the MAAC tournament. It’s a finish Kovacevic hopes to reverse next year.


Mirna Kovacevic poses for a head shot during the 2017 season.

“They are really struggling with that team, so I hope I can help them reach that goal of winning that conference,” she said.

If Kovačević’s can post similar stats at Niagara to those she recorded at NMMI, it might do exactly that. Mirna played in 42 matches this season for the Lady Broncos, had 661 assists, 33 aces, 195 digs, and 48 kills with a .318 kill percentage.

The setter is excited about new head coach Donna Day — a two-year assistant coach — and the team.

“She’s an amazing person,” Kovacevic said. “She reminds me of my previous coach, Shelby. I met the team and we just bonded instantly and I can see them as being my sisters, and I see them bringing me in as their sister, too. So I hope we’re going to connect on the same level and I’m really excited and looking forward to it.”

The other reason for choosing the school is her major, which is hospitality and tourism, which none of the other schools she visited offered. The sophomore hopes to eventually work on a cruise ship, which suits her ebullient personality.

And it’s that personality Forchnter said they’ll miss the most.

“She possesses a lot of leadership qualities that have helped the last two years in terms of team unity. She enjoys her teammates and her teammates enjoy her and she possesses a lot of motherly skills, in terms of making sure she’s got all of her stuff and being on time and taking care of other people around her. Those things are hard to find in 18-, 19-, 20-year old kids, nowadays.

Kovacevic closed out her signing interview with the same enthusiasm for the Institute that she started with

“I want to thank so many people here, but most of all coaches Shelby and (assistant coach) Alonso (Ibarra) who worked with me in building my confidence and building my athletic abilities. Just thanks to my entire team and everybody who’s been with me through the whole process: my teachers and the TLAs and the Dean. It’s so amazing and I love it here.

Bustillos signs to play volleyball at UTEP

Brianna Bustillos signs her LOI to play at UTEP next season.

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Brianna Bustillos passes a ball to the setter in a game earlier in 2017.

Bronco volleyball player Briana Bustillos won’t be going far from home to continue her college career, and that’s just the way she likes it.

“I’m a homebody,” the soft-spoken libero/defensive specialist said. “I love being at home, and that helped me choose UTEP.”

The University of Texas at El Paso, who she’ll play for as a junior, is just steps away from Chamberino, where her family lives, and Gadsden High School, where she graduated. It’s not unfamiliar territory.

“Back in high school, I just went to the [UTEP] gym and back for tournaments. But I went on a visit this time and really saw the campus. It’s comfortable and just felt more like home,” the sophomore said.

Bustillos was a walk-on with Miner rival New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, but came to NMMI as a sophomore, where she helped the Broncos earn a third-place national finish last November.

“I think Bree definitely had the ability to play at the Division I level right out of high school,” said Institute coach Shelby Forchtner. “I think this was a good place for her to just get back to all the things she was talking about: the love of the game; the basics; the communication. Sometimes you can lose your passion for something really easily in a small amount of time because of your surroundings or because of things that you’re doing or because of other people. I think she just really needed to get back to all of those things that were meaningful to her.”

Bustillos agrees NMMI was a big plus for her.

Brianna Bustillos poses for a head shot in 2017.

“The main thing I learned from here is confidence and discipline,” she said. “I’ve been so shy all my life, and playing volleyball I’ve been really quiet. Once in a while I scream a little bit, but here it’s really just brought out the player in me: getting to talk to people; my communications skills; talking to everybody; being in the weight room; just mentally focused. Everything has grown, physically and mentally.”

Forchtner thinks Bustillos will make a big impact as soon as she gets to the Conference USA school.

“She’s probably the best defender and the best person we have in serve-receive right now,” the coach said. “So UTEP is kind of getting a steal in this kid, because I think she’s going to be able to go in there and take over their defense fairly quickly. It’s going to be fun it watch that.”

“She’s a very, very, very well-rounded athlete. If Bree was two or three inches taller, she’d be a six-rotation stud. Even now, at her height, she can get out there and swing just as well as some of our outside hitters. It’s pretty impressive to watch her.”

In her solo year at NMMI, Bustillos saw action in 38 matches and 134 sets, picking up 188 digs (1.40 digs/set) and registering 11 assists.

Brianna Bustillos serves during a game in 2017.

At UTEP, she’ll be studying biology with an eye on working in the field of radiology, and playing on a team she said she feels very comfortable with.

The girls, I played with two of them in club before, so they’re really good friends of mine, and the rest of the girls are really caring. They came off really friendly from the very start, so I’m excited to be playing with them.”

But she also had nothing but praise for everyone at NMMI, extending thanks all around.

“Well, one, the coaches, because without them I wouldn’t be here and getting a second chance to play volleyball,” she said. “And second, the girls, because I feel like they’ve made me love the game even more. And third, the strength and conditioning coaches, because of course they made me grow mentally and they helped me focus so much and just grow as a player on the court as well.”