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Thunderbird Baseball vs. Clarendon College Photo Gallery (328 Images)

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NMJC Thunderbirds Earn Conference Title

NMJC Thunderbirds Earn Conference Title photo 5/7/2008 6:12:19 PM - Hobbs, NM. A week of rest paid off for the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds baseball team. On Friday, May 2, 2008, the team beat the Odessa College Wranglers 13-11 in the first game and 11-10 in the second game. Saturday's game was similar with a 8-7 win in the first game and a 5-3 win in the second.

Though the T-birds took four victories over the weekend, it was a close call. The Wranglers are a close second to the T-Birds in pitching ratings. But, both the T-birds' pitchers and hitters were on top of their game, and clinched their place in the upcoming Region V Tournament. The Thunderbirds are scheduled for tournament play on Sunday and Monday, May 11 and 12, at Hays Field on the Lubbock Christian University campus in Lubbock, Texas.

NMJC Student Athletes Honored

NMJC Student Athletes Honored photo 4/30/2008 10:27:13 AM - Hobbs, NM. Student athletes from New Mexico Junior College's baseball, basketball, cross country/track, golf, rodeo, athletic training and cheerleading programs were honored for their outstanding achievements on Tuesday, April 29, at the 41st Annual Athletic Awards Banquet in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center.

According to President Steve McCleery, while individuals were being recognized for their singular efforts, the real honor was reserved for the overall accomplishments of the teams. "We're celebrating your success tonight, not as individuals, but as team members," he said, "because the team is greater than any individual effort. And remember, you win as a team, but you're a student first and an athlete second."

He also reminded the several hundred people in attendance that the role of each student-athlete extends beyond the playing field. "Just think of the story you tell with your life -- not with your athletic ability," he said. "You'll have many opportunities in your lifetime to affect others with your life. Make it worthwhile, and make it affect others in a positive way. We're all in this together to change society for the better. Be sure to do your part."

Dr. Richard Lloyd, Professor of Physical Education and Athletic Director, presented Recognition Awards to all four of his athletic trainers: Chris Gomez, Ashley Kirby, Jennifer Renteria, and Travis Thompson-Campbell.

Nelda Helms, Professor of Physical Education and sponsor for the ThunderSpirits cheerleading program, also presented Recognition Awards to all eight cheerleaders: Emily Bingham, Michelle Echeverria, Elena Flores, Katie Horton, Ashley Kerby, Aysha Perea, and Linda Sanchez.

In Men's Basketball, Head Coach Jimmy Voight presented awards to the following players: Louis Benson - Best Offensive Player; Louis Benson - Free Throw Award; Fabio Ribero - Most Improved Player; A'Dontis Flournoy - Best Defensive Player; and Cory Davis - Most Assists.

In Women's Basketball, the following players received awards from Head Coach Drew Sanders: Malorie Marshall - Leading Scorer; Brittney Davis - Leading Rebounder; Brittany Foster - Leading Free Throw Percentage; Alesha Jackson - Leading Field Goal Percentage; Dominique Haywood - Leading Steals; and Malorie Marshall - Leader in Assists.

Rodeo Head Coach Philip Berry made the following presentations: Kallie Lamb - High GPA (Freshman); Stephanie Rodriguez - High GPA (Sophomore); Landon Hyvonen - High Point Rodeo (Men); and Tatum Patten - High Point Rodeo (Women). Maggie Moore received the Sportsmanship Award.

Keith Blackwill, Head Coach for Women's Cross Country / Track team, presented Shantel Thompson with the Most Outstanding Indoor Freshman Athlete award. Monica Fierro received the Most Outstanding Indoor Sophomore Athlete award.

Golf Coach James Black presented five awards, including Vinicius Blasi - Most Improved Golfer and recipient of the Academic Award and Bryan Hackenberg - Best Stroke Average and Most Valuable Golfer. James Curry and Bryan Hackenberg were both All Conference - in the top ten in stroke average for the Western Junior College Athletic Conference - and Golf Coaches Association of America/Ping players - voted one of the best ten players in Region V. Hackenburg was also an All-Region player - in the top ten in stroke average for the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V.

First-year Head Baseball Coach Cory Hall presented a number of awards, including Wade Landowski - Most Home Runs; JR Robinson - Outstanding Pitcher; Nick Sanders - Outstanding Defensive Player; Kellen Monreal - Highest Batting Average; Zach Osborne - Most Valuable Player; and Adam Delagarza - Jack Poyner Award.

Special Recognition Awards for support to NMJC's athletic programs were presented to Elsie Hill, Kim Adams, and Barbara Summers, as well as Dr. Richard Lloyd, Athletic Trainer, and Richard "Doc" Morris, former AD and current Assistant Rodeo Coach.

The Dutch Klein Award, which recognizes outstanding athletic ability, leadership, scholarship, and citizenship, was presented to JR Robinson.

Photo Gallery: http://www.nmjc.edu/athletics/images/banquet08/

NMJC Enjoys Spring Fling

NMJC Enjoys Spring Fling photo 4/11/2008 12:39:02 PM - Hobbs, NM. This year's Spring Fling kicked off with spray paint and ended with hamburgers and hot dogs, as numerous students, faculty and staff participated in the weeklong event.

Each day featured a new activity, including spray paint artwork by Joe & Lefty, the opportunity to create a make-it-yourself gel candle, t-shirts and pillowcases with airbrush artwork by Margaret, crystal images with favorite pictures, and fun, souvenir-type photos in the "Big Chair."

Friday, April 11, ended the week with a bang when it was declared "Pack the Stands Day." The entire community was invited to join NMJC students, faculty and staff on the Ray Birmingham Thunderbird Baseball field to watch the T-Birds -- ranked first in conference and fourth in the nation -- go up against Clarendon College. In keeping with the "Tailgate Party" theme, free hamburgers and hotdogs were available to all who attended.

After all was said and done, NMJC continued to hold their conference lead as well as their national ranking. The T-Birds will play next on Friday, April 18, at noon, at El Paso Community College.

For more information, please contact DeMond Thomas at 575.492.2580 or dthomas@nmjc.edu

Birmingham Honored at Dedication

Birmingham Honored at Dedication photo 2/3/2008 - Hobbs, NM. It was the stuff that great memories are made of.

Before a throng of adoring family, friends, fans, and former players, on an unseasonably warm and sunny winter day, at the baseball field which will forever bear his name, Ray Birmingham paid tribute to others even as he himself was being honored.

The February 2 dedication of the newly renovated Ray Birmingham Thunderbird Field, timed to coincide with the Thunderbirds' season opener against Luna Community College, held several great touches to add to the memory of the day. Coach B--as he was affectionately called throughout his 18-year tenure as head coach at NMJC until he was tapped last year by the UNM Lobos--threw out the first pitch of the season, and his number--#1--was permanently retired.

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NMJC to Dedicate Birmingham Baseball Complex

NMJC to Dedicate Birmingham Baseball Complex photo 1/30/2008 - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College President Steve McCleery has announced plans for the official dedication of the Ray Birmingham Thunderbird Baseball Complex.

According to McCleery, the dedication, which is open to the public, will be held Saturday, February 2, at 11:45 a.m., at the newly renovated NMJC baseball field. The legendary Birmingham served as the college's head coach until last year, when he was tapped by the University of New Mexico to head up the Lobo program.

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Baseball Field Construction Update

Baseball Field Construction Update photo 12/13/2007 1:44:26 AM - Hobbs, NM. Construction of NMJC's baseball field is currently on schedule, even though rain has temporarily slowed the process. The last truck delivering the synthetic turf and supplies arrived on campus December 11. The construction crew will celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but will work through the College's scheduled holiday break, with plans for all construction to be completed by January 15, 2008. In addition, installation of the concrete / rock fence which will create a true "Ball Park" environment has begun, and a large wrought-iron archway gate will be installed as an entrance into the "Ray Birmingham Baseball Complex."

NMJC Collects Food for the Needy

NMJC Collects Food for the Needy photo 12/7/2007 - Hobbs, NM. What do you get when you cross a generous campus with a genuine need? You get outstanding results.

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NMJC Baseball Field Upgrades

NMJC Baseball Field Upgrades photo 11/16/2007 - Hobbs, NM. As New Mexico Junior College's baseball team is moving forward under the direction of new Head Coach Cory Hall, so is the actual baseball program with substantial upgrades to the baseball field itself.

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NMJC Names New Head Baseball Coach

NMJC Names New Head Baseball Coach photo
Cory Hall

6/28/2007 - Hobbs, NM. When New Mexico Junior College's legendary baseball coach Ray Birmingham was recently tapped by the University of New Mexico to head up the Lobo program, many people wondered where the junior college would find someone who could measure up. NMJC had it covered. In fact, they found someone who could not only hold his own but who had also defeated Birmingham's Thunderbirds -- not once, but five times in two seasons!

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