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NMMI welcomes the hero after winning the national title | Sports

The national champions got a well-deserved escort back into town on Saturday.

One day after defeating Iowa Western in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I national championship game on Friday in Little Rock, Ark. escort the main street of the city.

A fleet of police and fire engines flanked the four buses and a van that brought the Broncos back to campus. The video of the caravan appeared on social media on Saturday night.

NMMI ended a 12-1 season by winning the state’s first national football title at any level by dominating the game on Friday. Not bad for a team whose head coach wore the interim label all summer and part of the season.

What in the name of El Colegio de San Miguel is going on here?

As we approach the vacation, 12 high school boys basketball teams remain victorious. Eight of them are at the junior high school level in class 1A and one in class 5A (Clovis, 0-7). Among other things, St. Michael’s is at 0-10.

It seems like a typo; There is no way such a traditional 10-game program can be winless, but it is painfully (literally) true. Injuries devastated the riders. They are struggling to produce a consistent offensive, which was evident in their loss to Santa Fe High last weekend.

Incidentally, the Demons (9-0) are one of four unbeaten teams that are still in 5A, alongside all favorites for No. 1, Las Cruces (10-0) as well as Volcano Vista (9-0) and Farmington (6-0 ). There are only three other undefeated teams in all boys groups, each of them in 1A and 2A.

What does that mean? The Horsemen will eventually win a few games, the Demons could lose a game or two, and in March we’ll likely see both of them in the state playoffs. For now, however, admire the sight of Santa Fe’s oldest programs on opposite ends of the spectrum.

There are two schools in the state that have lost their basketball programs for boys and girls – Volcano Vista and Farmington. A third fell from the list on Saturday when Class 2A lost Mesa Vista to Albuquerque Bosque School (66-64) in the White Bracket Championship game of the Ben Luján Classic from Pojoaque Valley on Saturday.

That being said, the Trojans (6-1) and Lady Trojans (7-0) are the basketball season’s early surprises, and both programs do it with the youth. The boys have six players who are freshmen or eighth graders on their roster, while the girls’ team has no seniors, five sophomores, and a couple of freshmen.

While the boys’ team failed to bring home a tournament championship, the Lady Trojans defeated Crownpoint in the Ben Luján White Bracket Championship.

Both teams are free until the Northern Rio Grande Tournament January 6-8 and should be the top seeds in their respective classes.

A trio of Northern wrestlers returned from the Rio Hondo Scuffle Wrestling meeting in Roswell with individual titles to show for their efforts.

Capitals Sevastian Madrid won the 113 pound weight class while Española Valley’s Kyle Coffeen won the 152 title. Elijah Martinez of Santa Fe High won the 182 title. Madrid won their final with an 8-6 win in extra time against Zerrick Harrington of Rio Rancho Cleveland, while Coffeen pinned Peter Duran of Belen in the second period of the final.

Meanwhile, Martinez Johua Perry from Storm has won 7-1.

What does a cool, crisp Benjamin bring you these days, you ask?

When you send it to Las Cruces, you will receive an individual share certificate and 100 “shares” of the New Mexico State University soccer program. New trainer Jerry Kill and Aggies AD Mario Moccia launched the innovative program earlier this month to provide additional income for the historically underfunded team.

In just one week, the Aggies sold 100,000 “shares” going direct to the NM State Football Goal Line Club, which provides benefits to the team to meet the needs described by Kill and his staff. According to the school, all donations are tax deductible.

Moccia has reset the $ 200,000 goal he hopes will come true thanks to the overwhelming support the team has already received.

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