Magdalena geared up for a great year of sports

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Photo courtesy of Billy Page: Magdalena Steers 2013 football team prepare for their season opener at home against Escalante on Aug.30.

The Magdalena Steers athletics program has very full fall schedules, and is already geared up for a strong season.

“Everyone (of the coaches) is back this year, and we’ve got a beefed up schedule that should help us for districts and playoffs,” coach Billy Page, athletic director for Magdalena Schools, said last week.

Magdalena got a slight head start in the region, with school starting earlier than most — on Aug. 6 this year. Football and volleyball practice started slightly earlier.

Coach Page will again serve as the head football coach to 22 young athletes — a good group, according to Page. The team is made up of mostly juniors this year, meaning they stand a chance at a good two-season streak. Montana Pettis will assist with football again, and Magdalena is also looking for an assistant varsity football coach. The Steers kick off their season Aug. 30, hosting Escalante at home.

The Lady Steers volleyball teams begin their season on Aug. 27 against the Socorro Warriors at home.

Bryan Baca, assisted by Fran Ganadonegro and Chelsea Armstrong, will coach volleyball. The Lady Steers also look to be a strong team, with 20-plus young ladies in the ranks, most of them returning from last year. The Lady Steers will host the Socorro Warriors for their first game of the season Aug. 27.

Both the football and volleyball teams have very full and tough schedules early this year, which Page said is intentional to help prepare the teams for district championships and for state playoff matchups. See the full schedule in this edition for details.

Nancy Brown Cornter will coach the cheerleading squad this year, the second year the squad will cheer competitively.

MAGDALENA STEERS  FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 30     Escalante    Home        7 p.m.
Sept. 6         Ramah        Away        7 p.m.
Sept. 13     Questa        Home        7 p.m.
Sept. 20     Tohatchi    Away        7 p.m.
Sept. 28     McCurdy    Away        1 p.m.
Oct. 5        Jal        Away        2 p.m.
Oct. 11     Cuba        Home        7 p.m.
Oct. 18     Mescalero    Away        7 p.m.
Oct. 25     Cloudcroft    Home        7 p.m.
Nov. 1         Capitan        Away        7 p.m.
Nov. 9         Quarter-Finals            TBA
Nov. 16     Semi-Finals            TBA

MAGDALENA LADY STEERS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 27      Socorro        Home    V, JV    5 p.m.
Aug. 29     Cloudcroft    Away    V, JV    4 p.m.
Sept. 6-7     Magdalena (T)    Home    V    TBD
Sept. 12     TorC        Home    V, JV    4 p.m.
Sept. 14     Quemado    Home    V, JV, JH 2 p.m.
Sept. 17     Menaul        Away    V    5 p.m.
Sept. 20     Desert Academy Home    V    5 p.m.
Sept. 21     Mountainair    Home    V, JV, JH 1 p.m.
Sept. 24     Alamo Navajo    Away    V, JV    5 p.m.
Sept. 27     Estancia    Home    V, JV, JH 4 p.m.
Oct. 3         Jemez Valley    Away    V, JV    4 p.m.
Oct. 5         Tohajiilee    Away    V, JV    1 p.m.
Oct. 12     Desert Academy Away    V    2 p.m.
Oct. 15     Alamo Navajo    Home    V, JV    5 p.m.
Oct. 17     Mountainair    Away    V, JV, JH 4 p.m.
Oct. 19     Quemado    Away    JV, JH    2 p.m.
Oct. 24     Menaul        Home    V    5 p.m.
Oct. 26     Jemez Valley    Home    V, JV    2 p.m.
Oct. 31     Tojajiilee    Home    V, JV    4 p.m.
Nov. 4-9     District Playoffs        TBA
Nov. 14-16     State Tournament        TBA