Sports Briefs 2/20/2013


The Magdalena girls basketball team picked up a huge District 2-1A win on Feb. 16 in beating Jemez Valley 64-54. The Warriors had previously been unbeaten in league play and handed the Steers their only district loss 57-56 on Jan. 26.
Mag improved to 16-5 (8-1) on the season and eighth-ranked Jemez dropped to 21-3 (7-1).
The Steers were actually down 44-37 heading into the fourth quarter but put together a 27-10 run in the final period to overpower the Warriors.
“They all just did their part,” Mag head coach Wally Sanchez said.
“It was one of those situations where our conditioning and our persistence did come through. It was a great win. If we keep working, things will happen.”
The victory puts Magdalena ahead by one game in district play, but the Steers had one league game left last night and Jemez Valley has two left on their schedule. If the squads finish the regular season tied atop the league they’ll meet for a playoff game to decide the district title in a neutral spot, provided both teams win their remaining games — which they are both expected to do.
The Steers boys continue to steamroll through District 2-1A play as they posted wins against both Menaul and Jemez Valley last week.
Against the Panthers on Feb. 15 Magdalena went on an 18-9 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Tyler Julian and Dre Montoya both scored 21 points for the Steers and Sedrick Apachito added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Julian had five assists and six rebounds to go along with his 21 points, and J.B. Britton snatched 10 boards of his own.
Against Jemez Valley on Feb. 16 the Steers hopped out to a big 35-20 halftime lead and cruised to an 80-49 victory.
That win pushed Mag’s record to 22-1 overall and 11-1 in league play.
Julian scored 22 against the Warriors and threw in nine assists and three steals. Montoya had 21 points and seven steals on the night while Apachito and Michael Chambers both scored 16. Apachito pulled down his season high in rebounds with 21, and he now has 14 double-doubles on the season.
The Steers shot 43 percent from the field and turned the ball over just 13 times.
Magdalena is currently ranked second in Class 1A and regardless of what transpired last night at To’hajiilee should be a lock for a playoff spot.
The Quemado boys opened District 4-B play with a 58-50 win over Carrizozo on Feb. 14. The Eagles are 13-9 on the season and will face the Grizzlies again when they play host to them on Feb. 21.
The Eagles girls fell to Carrizozo on Feb. 14 in their league opener, 53-27. Quemado is now 6-16 on the year. It will also play host to the Grizzlies on Feb. 21.
The Socorro Warriors boys golf team will host a fundraising tournament on Feb. 23 at New Mexico Tech Golf Course. The price for an individual participant is $65 and the entry fee per team is $250. The entry fee for the 9:30 a.m. shotgun start will cover green fees, cart rental, prizes, a buffet lunch and a tee prize for all participants.
All proceeds will benefit the team and the entry deadline is Feb. 21. For more information call 835-5335.
And believe it or not, Senior Night for the Lady Warriors basketball team is already upon us. The girls will play host to Silver on Friday night at Socorro High School and, depending on what happened last night at Hot Springs, a win could earn them a District 3-3A regular season title.
There will only be a varsity game starting at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $2. Coach Marleen Greenwood is encouraging everyone to wear a white shirt in order to achieve white-out for the game.