Magdalena geared up for a great year of sports
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.
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