Sports briefs

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Socorro cross country
Congratulations to both the boys and girls Socorro cross country teams. Both squads made state as a team this year and they both competed at the New Mexico state championships at Rio Rancho High School on Nov. 10.
Julie Aster finished 31st in Class 3A with a time of 21 minutes and 39 seconds. Leah Guengerich placed 63rd with a time of 23:35, while Camilla Aitbayev came in 69th at 24:11. Starr Padilla and Madeline Chavez placed 70th and 71st, respectively, and Cassie Parker came in 77th and Jewel Pakala placed 81st.
In the boys competition, James Howell placed 55th with a time of 19 minutes and 27 seconds, and Jared Lam was just behind him in 57th place with a time of 19:29. Greg Stover finished two seconds behind Lam in 19:31, while Seamus Parker placed 61st and Hanson Oxford finished 67th.
For a full wrap-up of Socorro’s 2012 season, see the Saturday, Nov. 17, edition of El Defensor Chieftain.

Magdalena football
The Steers season came to an end last Friday in Tierra Amarilla, N.M., at the hands of the Escalante Lobos, 38-0. Magdalena finished the year at 5-6, but earned a Class 1A playoff birth for the first time since it made the leap to 11-man football and it ended the season 4-3 after getting off to a rough 1-3 start. For more in-depth coverage of the Steers season, see Saturday’s edition of the Chieftain.

Socorro volleyball
The Lady Warriors also saw their season cone to an end on Saturday when they couldn’t get past a talented Silver team. Socorro fell in the District 3-3A Championship 25-21, 27-25, 25-20.
Head coach Joni Mauldin wrote via text message how proud she was of her team and that despite the loss, they fought hard. Socorro finishes the season at 10-12 overall. For a full recap of the 2012 season, see Saturday’s Sports section.

Socorro girls soccer
The Lady Warriors were recently rewarded some individual achievements for their hard work this year when the District 3/1A-3A awards were handed out. Making the all-district first team are Tyler Hammack at goalkeeper; Ayzia Guerro and Dejiah Molina on defense, Amanda Saenz and Jeriana Contreras at midfield; and Dez Armijo and Dominique Molina at forward.
Awarded second-team honors are Damiana Contreras and Jazmine Johnson on defense, and Ezrah Jaramillo at midfield.

Upcoming schedule
Thursday, Nov. 15
Magdalena volleyball v. Tatum/Questa: 8 a.m. at Rio Rancho High School

Friday, Nov. 17
Socorro football v. Albuquerque Academy: 7 p.m.  at home.