Socorro Warriors year in review

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Socorro Warriors had a very successful year in sports overall, with both team and individual accolades abound. In addition to the girls’ golf team shining as state champions, six other Warriors’ teams made appearances at state championship competitions throughout the year. Four teams brought home district championships and four more were district runner-ups.

“It was a very, very successful year for us, all around,” said Damien Ocampo, athletic director for the Warriors. “We had a lot of young teams, and a few shining stars in our upper class, and they all competed well. I was very pleased with the year.”

The girls golf team is well-known for its prowess. Under coach Margaret Stanley, the girls team proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with in the state winning yet another district and state championship. That brings the total to 18 and has set a new state record. The team also had three individual golfers rank in the top 10, including the individual state champion and state runner-up. The entire team is set to return next year.

“The sky is the limit for this group,” Ocampo said.

Fall sports season at Socorro High School was successful overall. The cross country team’s numbers continue to grow under coach Steven Montoya and staff. Both the boys and girls teams were district runners-up champions. The girls soccer team proved to be one of the best in AAA in the state, taking the district championship once again, but losing in a heartbreaker in the state playoffs. Coach Mitch Carrejo and staff are to be commended. Seniors Dezirae Armijo and Taylor Hammock highlighted the season by receiving college scholarships. The boys soccer team improved greatly throughout the year. Coach Dennis Walsh and staff did a great job of building a solid foundation for the future of Warrior soccer. The Warriors football team was once again a force this season. They fought through adversity to obtain a winning record, district runner-up and a state playoff appearance. Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors volleyball team grabbed some attention with the district runner-up title while having arguably one of the toughest schedules in AAA, according to O’Campo. Coach Joni Mauldin and crew had the girls playing like a team.

As the Warriors moved into winter sports, their momentum was not lost. Coach Marleen Greenwood led the senior-loaded girls basketball team to district championship and then the Pit in Albuquerque for the state. The boys basketball team, a young team, went all the way to state as well, with what O’Campo says was one of the most treacherous schedules in AAA. Coach Lawrence Baca has high expectations for them next year.

Underclass students carried the load for this year’s swim team, under the direction of coach Diedra Vinson and staff, and showed improvement throughout the year.

“We are proud of the way this team represents SHS at competition,” Ocampo said. Both the cheer squad and the dance team improved greatly and accomplished great things this year. They continue to be a solid program at SHS.

The Warriors went out with a bang with spring sports. In addition to the tremendous success of the girls golf team, the boys golf team took the district championship and the state runner-up honors. Coach Russ Moore has a talented young team with which to work next year.

The boys and girls track teams helped wrap up the spring season of success. Under Coach Diana Jameson, the girls were district champions and brought home several medals from the state meet. Under coach Cody Lee the boys team took district runner-up with a young squad. Expectations for these teams are high for the upcoming years. Coach Kenny Gonzales and staff led the baseball boys to wind up the season as district runners-up, and the girls young softball team built a good foundation for future success in the program under coach Belinda Sandoval. Many starters were eighth-graders and freshmen so there is great potential for future success.