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Some Advice for Close Quarters…


By Cadet Brooke Morgan

When you get to N.M.M.I you have to get used to many things.  Wearing a uniform, getting up early, getting use to people telling you what to do and much more. One of the biggest things that I had to get used to was sharing a room with someone. When I was younger I had to share a room with my sister but that was about ten years ago so I was out of practice.

When I got to N.M.M.I I was praying to have a room to myself but like most of my hopes during R.A.T week it was crushed for the greater good. At first my roommate Maddi and I were happy that we were not weird and annoying but that soon changed. By the end of the week, she was trying to move me out and I was ready to take her key and never let her back in.

Even with our rocky beginning the funny thing is Maddi and I are roommates this year too. We still get on each other’s nerves because we both don’t like to compromise on much of anything– but that being said we also have gotten a good routine down that ensures that we both are mostly happy even if that means that I have to give away some of my comforts and she has to vacuum before Formal Room Inspections or FRIs!

We made it through and learned a lot about being roommates. Some of my R.A.Ts are having the same problems that we had and what I have to tell them include:

You both are going through new experiences take time to get to know each other and be patient with one another, because sometimes you can act differently when you’re your thrown into a lifestyle change like N.M.M.I.

You do not need to be the best of friends with the person you share a shoebox with sometimes the best relationship you can have with your roommate is a working one.

Find a routine that works for you and your new roomie. Maddi and I have routines for everything we do on a daily basis. In the morning when you have to wake up before the sun, I do my hair while she gets ready, and I get ready when she does her hair. When we get ready for any room inspections, I clean sinks and windows as she vacuums and cleans mirrors.

Even if your best friends with your roommate have your own group of friends and activities, so when you need to get away from each other you have a way to.

Don’t leave your roommate hanging when it comes to getting up in the morning and even homework. Most likely you will have the same classes and teachers so work together to get things done. Maddi and learned that the most because even though we weren’t the best of friends we helped each other out when we needed it and it made a huge difference.

Maddi and I had some troubles when we started out and if you told me that we’d fight to room together this year too I would have laughed in your face. We have a good routine down and we work well together. If you have trouble with your roommate just be patient and kill them with kindness because learning to compromise is the biggest thing when it comes to working with your roommate. You walk into a room with someone you’ve never met take the time to get to know them it can work out for the best in the long run.


Turnovers lead to Ranger win over Broncos

NMMI freshman quarterback Cody Frampton with a pass attempt vs. Kilgore College. Frampton aided a Bronco comeback bid that just fell short by throwing for pair of touchdowns in the second half.

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Linebacker James Brown with a an open-field tackle for the loss on an outside pitch play.

KILGORE, TEXAS – The Bronco football team shutout Kilgore College in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, dropping a conference game on the road to the Rangers, 17-15.

NMMI turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the game. The first two resulted in two Kilgore College touchdowns in under five minutes of play, while the third killed a 65 yard drive into red zone territory with a fumble on the Ranger 14.

Caleb Meyer-Hagan gets both feet in-bounds on a catch near the sidelines.

After the miscues, neither team managed to score until Kilgore added a 41-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in the second.

The Broncs came out with a vengeance in the third, however. A stingy Institute defense put NMMI’s first points on the board with a safety; and an inspired Bronco offense – led by back-up quarterback Cody Frampton –  drove 47 yards in 5 plays after the free kick, to make it a brand new ball game: 17-8 with 11:17 still left in the third.

After a scoring hiatus similar to the first half, NMMI would strike again. Frampton tossed his second TD pass of the game, hitting wide-out Brydan McCoy in the back corner of the end zone to make it 17-15 after the PAT, with 5:26 left in the fourth.

Tre’sean Artis beats the block to get the tackle on a quick behind-the-line-of -scrimmage pass .

Trailing by two, the Bronco defense was once again called upon to get a stop. And it looked like they would do exactly that, when, with almost four minutes remaining on the clock,  Ranger lined up to punt on fourth and two from their own 33.

During the ensuing play, it looked like one of the members of the Bronco defense got a partial punt block, forcing the kick high into the air, before he collided into the punter, which drew flags from two back judges. The ball then bounced backwards from the Kilgore 40, all the way back to the 15.  Because of the flags on the field, Kilgore’s players just stopped, but NMMI’s Lequan Lewis-Hicks picked up the ball and ran it into the end zone, and was signaled for the touchdown by the head official.

QB Monte Turner makes a Ranger lineman miss before turning the ball up field on the keeper.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, after a lengthy on-field discussion, it was ruled that no partial block occurred (which would have negated the roughing penalty and allowed the play to stand), giving the Rangers a first and ten from the Kilgore 48.

Undaunted, NMMI’s defense again came through, forcing a punt which pinned the Broncos back at their 10 yard line with no time outs and 2:08 left to play.

Frampton passes, along with a few scrambles, moved NMMI up to their 46, before a final Bronco fumble gave possession back to Kilgore.

With the loss, NMMI drops to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in conference. They’ll try and regroup next week at home vs. Blinn College on Sat. Oct. 14.

That game is part of NMMI’s Cancer Awareness Week, with special activities planned before, during and after the game:  a field goal kicking contest with gift cards as prizes, dunk tanks and a whip-cream pie toss. Kickoff for that game is slated for 2:00 PM MDT at the Colt Football Field on the Institute campus.

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.