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Lady Colts lose by two in strong post-holiday performance

NMMI Sports Press

LadyColtBasketballLogo2LOVING — There was no rust on the Lady Colts Thursday as they traveled to Loving for their first match of the new year, falling 52-50 in the final seconds of the game.

“It was a very good game,” said coach Marisha Olesinski. “Very close from start to finish, and I’m very happy with the way we played. We came off the break and the girls never gave up. They played good defense. They hustled. They were really focused and even though we lost by two points, I’m still happy with the way we performed.”

Playing in the Falcon gym, Loving jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one, but the Colts stormed back to tie it at 26-all at the half. NMMI took a 39-36 lead in the third quarter, and held that most of the way.

With three minutes remaining — after Dee Ulibarri had fouled out — the Lady Colts led by five. But the Falcons tied the game with about a minute remaining, and scored the winning points with 16 seconds left in the game.

“It was a very good game. Very good game,” Olesinski said. “I wish we could have won, but we didn’t.”

After a rough start to the season at the basket, Sierra Walker took charge Thursday, scoring 21 points.

“Sierra did a very good job stealing the ball and on the fast break,” the coach said. “It was really a team effort, and the only negative maybe was Dee, who fouled out four minutes into the fourth quarter. We had to play without her, but she did a good job under the basket on defense and she scored well too.”

Ulibarri tallied 12 points, and NMMI’s 50 total points was “really good after not touching a ball for a whole month,” Olesinski said.

The Lady Colts will have a busy week next week, with four games in six days. They’ll open play Monday at home vs. The Roswell High “C” team, then travel to just down the road to Gateway Tuesday.

Colts fall to Hondo in John Reid tourney opener

Colt forward Jake Guerrero with the block on a shot by Eagle Kevin Fernandez. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Colt forward Jake Guerrero with the block on a shot by Eagle Kevin Fernandez. Photo courtesy Laura Brown


Karen Boehler

NMMI Sports Press

NMMI center David Elias with the shot attempt over Hondo's Simon Gonzalez. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

NMMI center David Elias with the shot attempt over Hondo’s Simon Gonzalez. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

DEXTER — With three starters on the bench to open the game — two out the whole time — the Colt basketball team fell behind early and never caught up, falling to Hondo 66-39 in the opening game of the John Reid Invitational in Dexter Thursday.

“Disciplinary things had us without three starters,” said coach Christian Stevens. “We actually didn’t start off bad with the group we had, just once we got pressured, we go right back into our little ways of turning the ball over. It’s the same thing every game. We start off competing really well. It’s a good game, then we get pressed, and no matter how hard we work on it at practice or how prepared we think we are for it, we’re just never ready.”

Emilio Maldonado goes up for the lay-up, closely followed by a pair of Eagle defenders. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Emilio Maldonado goes up for the lay-up, closely followed by a pair of Eagle defenders. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Jake Guerrero put the game’s first points on the board at the charity stripe, going 1-for-2 from the line just 17 seconds into the game, but then the Eagles scored seven straight, and NMMI never lead again.

After trailing 17-12 after one, Guerrero notched a 3-pointer to make it 17-15 30 seconds into the second quarter, but then Hondo went on a 24-4 run to lead 41-19 at the half.

The Colts managed nine points in the third to trail 57-28, and once the Eagle bench came in late in the fourth, NMMI had its longest scoring string: nine points.

Stevens said the Colts work on breaking the press almost every day, so they know what they’re supposed to do.

Fast break finish by NMMI's Andres Aranda after a Hondo turnover. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Fast break finish by NMMI’s Andres Aranda after a Hondo turnover. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

“We start off doing it well,” the coach said. “We’ve got Jake in the middle and we start using Johnny (Juan Reyna) as a decoy, but it gets to the point where they just stop giving it to Jake and they go straight to our point guard. And it’s just run and gun from there. We don’t have the best decision makers when it comes to run and gun. That’s when teams get out on us.”

The Colts got scoring from everyone who played, but only Andres Aranda scored in double figures, tallying 11. And once again, NMMI had a tough time at the free-throw line, only going 6-for-11.

Hondo only had scoring from four players, but three of those reached double figures. Simon Gonzalez led with 28 points, while Antonio Vasquez had 19 and Miguel Gonzalez 14.

After an inlet pass to NMMI's Fabian Martinez, the Hondo defense quickly collapses, preventing the uncontested shot. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

After an inlet pass to NMMI’s Fabian Martinez, the Hondo defense quickly collapses, preventing the uncontested shot. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

The loss drops NMMI into the consolation side of the tournament bracket, and they’ll face Melrose Friday at 1 p.m. The Buffaloes fell to Tularosa 67-49 in the opening round.

Dexter knocks the rust off the Colts in 59-35 Demon victory

NMMI’s Dillon Reynolds with the inside shot contested by Dexter’s Jordan Marquez. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

NMMI’s Dillon Reynolds with the inside shot contested by Dexter’s Jordan Marquez. Photo courtesy Laura Brown


Karen Boehler

NMMI Sports Press

NMMI's Juan Reyna goes up for the layup with Dexter's Jaime Chavirra trying to take the charge. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

NMMI’s Juan Reyna goes up for the layup with Dexter’s Jaime Chavirra trying to take the charge. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

The rust from an almost month-long vacation showed Tuesday, as Dexter downed the NMMI boys basketball team 59-35 in the first 2017 game of the season.

The Colts had one good quarter, one OK stanza and two that were far from what was expected.

“I thought we played a great third quarter, and I’ll take that as an upside: that we know how good we could be,” said coach Christian Stevens. “And that should be what we do for the remainder of the year. But at the end of the day, they took four weeks off and it showed up.”

The Colts put the first three points on the board when Fabian Martinez went 1-for-2 from the line to open the game, and Jake Guerrero notched two-points in the paint to put NMMI up 3-0.

Battle of the fours - NMMI's Fabian Martinez with the shot for the Colts, defense by Demon Joseph Cobos. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Battle of the fours – NMMI’s Fabian Martinez with the shot for the Colts, defense by Demon Joseph Cobos. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

But Dexter tied it at 3-all on a trey by David Cobos, then, after Dillon Reynolds make it 5-3 Colts, the Demons went on a 24-5 run through the end of the first and whole second quarter.

NMMI only managed five points in the second stanza, two from the paint by Martinez and two by Guerrero, then a final free throw by Juan Reyna.

The Demons notched 13 straight points in the second — including back-to-back-to-back treys by Jarren Amaro (2) and Jonah Chavez — before Guerrero got his bucket.

The third quarter was the lone bright spot for the Colts, with a strong effort by Reynolds, who scored eight of his 14 points. NMMI cut the lead from 18 points to 13 after three — trailing 40-27 — but even against the Dexter bench, they only scored eight points.

NMMI's Jake Guerrero tries for a rebound against Dexter's Sergio Tegeda. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

NMMI’s Jake Guerrero tries for a rebound against Dexter’s Sergio Tegeda. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

NMMI shot a mere .375 from the field and .333 from the line, and those missed free throws were one of the big weaknesses for the Colts.

“That was the main thing I told them over break: that if you don’t do anything else, shoot 100 free throws before break is over,” Stevens said. “Again, we missed them, but it’s NMMI basketball. I understand that. We get breaks other schools don’t so we take the time off. So we’ve just got to hurry up and get better right away.”

Reynolds was the leading scorer with 14, and only Amaro had double figures for the Demons with 11. But 10 Dexter players scored, and those points added up.

Pentration into the paint and a close-in shot by NMMI's Hector Reyna, Noe Landaverde on defense for the Dexter. Photo by Laura Brown

Pentration into the paint and a close-in shot by NMMI’s Hector Reyna, Noe Landaverde on defense for the Dexter. Photo by Laura Brown

The Colts will use Wednesday practice and the John Reid Invitational basketball tournament in Dexter to get back in shape and ready for district.

“We’ve got to take this week, especially going back to Dexter for their tournament, to get ourselves really back in shape and get ready to play a lot of basketball,” Stevens said.

NMMI opens the tourney against Hondo, and Stevens got some advice from Dexter coach Ron Grant about what they need to do to get a victory.

“They’ve got a small school but the Dexter coach was just telling me they got a kid over the summer who can play. A tall kid,” Stevens said. “He said eliminate him and you eliminate losing. What we’re going to do tomorrow is we’re really going to focus on just trying to keep the ball out of the middle, and not let the big dude beat us. We’re really, really going to work on just trying to shut down their best player. And really just shut down everybody, because at the end of the day anybody can have a good game if you let them.”

That game is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Dexter gym.

Broncos come close, but fall to Thunderbirds

NMMI’s Chukuka Emili with one of his game-leading 13 rebounds. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

NMMI’s Chukuka Emili with one of his game-leading 13 rebounds. Photo courtesy Laura Brown


Karen Boehler

NMMI Sports Press

Davis Steelmen with one of his five three-pointers on the night. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Davis Steelmen with one of his five three-pointers on the night. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Despite leading for most of the way, the Broncos fell to WJCAC rival New Mexico Junior College 66-60 in the first game of 2017.

It was a low-scoring, sloppy game in Cahoon Armory Monday, and while missed free-throws were the biggest factor in the NMMI loss, other things played a part.

“There were other plays throughout the game in the first half that came back to bite us,” said Bronco coach Ralph Davis. “Like the first play of the game was a turnover. All those small things hurt. Late in the game, we were up by seven with 4:30 left, you take care of business and free throw it and there you go. There’s the game right there.”

Marcus Coleman pentrates the T-Bird defense. He led NMMI in assists with 7, along with 13 points. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Marcus Coleman pentrates the T-Bird defense. He led NMMI in assists with 7, along with 13 points. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Neither team looked like they were quite ready to play early, with turnovers on both sides. Bronco DeMarco Enoch didn’t put the first points on the board until 1:30 into the game on a free throw. The two teams then traded the lead until 16:08, when the Thunderbirds tied it at 5-5 and continued with a six-point run.

But NMMI battled back, going up 16-15 on free throws by Maurice Coleman, then stretched the lead to 22-15 on a crowd-pleasing dunk by Chukuka Emili. The Broncos stretched their lead to 11 on another two by Emili, and despite a T-Bird comeback, led 34-27 at the half.

Solid game from Bronco DeMarco Enoch with 7 points, 6 boards, an assist and a blocked shot. Photo by Laura Brown

Solid game from Bronco DeMarco Enoch with 7 points, 6 boards, an assist and a blocked shot. Photo by Laura Brown

The second half started out back and forth, with NMJC picking up an extra point here and there on three treys. With 8:26 left in the game, Thunderbird Shawn Olden tied the game at 44-all.

The Broncos came back with Davis Steelman’s fifth 3-pointer of the game to go up 47-44, and then once again made it a seven point margin, 54-47, with 4:43 remaining.

But NMJC began hitting from the charity stripe — they were 18-for-21 in the second half and .697 overall — and while they were scoring from the line, the Broncos only managed six points in the last 4:30.

Two points with 1:06 left in the game by T-Bird Roosevelt Smart was pretty much the nail in the coffin, as they stretched the lead to 61-56.

“They did a tremendous job down the stretch of hitting free throws,” Davis said. “So hat’s off to them. They needed this win desperately. They were 0-2, we were 1-1 and they did a great job of fighting back.”

Olden led the scoring with 22 points and Smart had 21. Steelman led the Broncos with 17 points while Coleman picked up 13.

NMMI played a box-and-one defense and slowed the game down, with Emili picking up 13 rebounds. But it was the offense that was lacking.

“We’ve always played pretty good defense,” Davis said. “It’s always been our ability to score. That’s the thing we’re kind of lacking right now. Defensively, we’ve been fine since Day 1, but we just have to be able to capitalize on those stops and things like that. That’s what it comes down to.”

Davis was proud his team played NMJC so close and hard, and knows his team is better than their 5-11, 1-2 record.

“You look at our record and see 5-11, but anybody who knows us knows we’re better than that,” he said. “I’m glad they were able to see that. You can get blinded by things like that. These guys can play and we have a good group of kids and we still feel very confident with what we can do.”

NMMI next heads to Western Texas College to face the 9-6, 1-1 Westerners Thursday and all it will take to win, Davis said, is hitting the basket.

“We shot 35 percent in our own gym and 55 percent from the free-throw line in our own gym,” he said. “We shot a ton of free throws over the course of this week. We just got to do a better job.”

Finding the Best School for You

By: LTC Kalith Smith, Director of Admissions

Choosing a school comes with lots of questions and a good deal of pressure. Students who get to a turning point in choosing where to attend often have not prepared for the decision, and it can be so overwhelming that you may not give it more than a passing thought before you return to the ‘normal’ schools that everyone else chooses. For many students ‘normal’ is good enough. For some students, they want to find the best possible place to fit their learning needs. A school that will challenge them to achieve while supporting their development as a whole person. Once you start to think about what school best serves you, the variables are numerous. Let me be clear in my personal bias: I hold the belief that education that is ‘one size fits all’ will never be as beneficial to students as an education that allows students to place into courses based on their ability. Working with students to find the courses that best fit their needs also put them in the best position to know what type of college or university fits those needs and work toward admission to those schools.

Today I read Scott and Borgman’s comic strip, ‘Zits’:

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Sometimes students need more than just ‘guidance’ when planning for their education, they need a psychologist! When I first arrived in Roswell in 2006 I came here as a guidance counselor. I had been in the business of college admission for close to a decade and it was time for a change. At NMMI we pride ourselves on our college placement and our support of students through their decision making process. By helping many students through decisions on their future education, I have found that emotions take over if there isn’t a written list. This works wonders to help clarify and somewhat quantify your choice of school or the whole decision can end up being very emotionally driven. There is certainly a part of the equation that is ‘feel’, and that is included here, but that can’t be the whole equation. So, as you go through the decision on where you will spend next term or next year, make a list creating a ranking of your top schools that is what YOU want out of college is not as hard as it seems!

Each of us likes to see things spelled out clearly. We love rankings. However, in school selection, the only rankings that matter is you finding the best possible school for you. So, making your own list is quite personal, but the most important part in school selection.

My list would look something like this:

  1. What do I like to do best?
    1. I enjoy history best out of my subjects in school
    2. I like to make good, long-term relationships
    3. I enjoy music
    4. I love the outdoors
    5. I like to be challenged and learn new things
    6. I like complex ideas and solutions to those complex issues.
  2. What are my strengths?
    1. I work well with others.
    2. I like to plan ahead and make sure everything is in order.
    3. I am a hard worker
  3. What are my weaknesses?
    1. I don’t like it when someone feels they are right all of the time.
    2. I value other’s opinions even if I don’t agree with them
    3. I struggle with math unless I see the purpose

With this list, you begin to see a picture of yourself as a student. Now, it can also be helpful to have your teachers and others who know you come up with a similar list, but be cautious if you aren’t ready to listen to what they have to say, it’s better not to ask.

Once you create your list of important factors, you need a way to rank them. My ranking list suggestion is here for my love of history:

  • School has no history courses=0
  • School offers history courses=1
  • School has a full offering of US and World history=2
  • School has a full offering with other niche classes (Such as art or military history) =3
  • School has a special program or a major in history=4
  • The program at the school has a full offering and opportunities to study abroad and visit locations I learn about=5

This provides me with a way to rank the schools, for my own needs, that I am interested in attending. Once you go through all of your points from your list, then you have a ranking of your schools by point value.

At NMMI we rank very high in the percentage of faculty members who have advanced degrees, meaning that we have a very well qualified faculty, the percentage of students on some form of financial aid, diversity of our student body and the number of advanced courses we offer. Those are our top rankings, but what ranking matters to you? There is no ranking for a leadership program, but that may be important to you. Our Ropes Course is a big part of that, again no rankings. Bottom line is what ranks up there for you!

Once you have a list based on what you would like in your school, look at their value proposition. How much will the education cost at each school and how much can you afford? Schools do have aid packages and scholarships to help, but for this practice let’s assume you will pay the highest price possible based on the schools published costs and discounts. Remember, most schools will not offer any aid until you have gone through the admission process successfully. This ranking might look like this:

  • I can afford this school no matter how much aid they give me =5
  • I can probably afford this school with a little help=4
  • I may be able to afford the school with considerable help=3
  • I may be able to afford the school with substantial help=2
  • I can afford the school if they give me a full ride=1
  • I can’t afford this school even if they pay for everything=0

Once you rank the schools based on your fit from the first equation and your ability to afford the education in the second equation, it’s time to schedule some visits!

Visit the top schools that fit you best and you likely can afford.

Finally, after you conduct your visits, give each school a third ranking based on the visit and how the school fits you. This is a ‘feel’ ranking that does take into account how you feel on the campus. Now, double back to the question of can they support your strengths and weaknesses and fit into your initial criteria and you likely have narrowed down your choice.

Of course, I hope that New Mexico Military Institute is on that short list, but our primary objective is to find students who will be successful here and to help those that aren’t a good fit find a great educational home elsewhere.

Need more information? Feel free to e-mail the author any questions or comments you may have! Contact the NMMI Office of Admission for more information about NMMI.