2013 Sports Highlights

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• In March, the Magdalena Lady Steers were leaders in basketball for the 2012-2013 season in 1A District 2 and placed fifth in state for 1A, with a 21 – 6 record. The Magdalena Steers held second place in District 2 and placed in state in basketball for 1A, with a 25 – 1 record.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Alamo Navajo’s Dayna Guerro at the New Mexico state cross-country meet held in Rio Rancho in October.

The Quemado Eagles went to the state quarterfinals in basketball, with a 16 – 12 record.

• Spring brought high school track and field, and several individual as well as team accomplishments. The Socorro Warriors, Magdalena Steers, Alamo Cougars, Quemado Eagles and the Reserve Mountaineers all made a showing at the 2013 state meet for track and field.

Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain: The Socorro Lady Warriors celebrate after winning the district championship game to head to state finals last fall.

• The Socorro Lady Warriors won their sixth consecutive state title for 3A golf in May. The state tournament was played on the New Mexico Tech course The Lady Warriors have won 18 state championship trophies, more than any high school team ever.

 

• The Elfego Baca Shootout welcomed ESPN celebrity Kenny Mayne to Socorro, who placed second in the shootout. Meanwhile repeat champion and NMRTECH employee Dennis Walsh won the tournament for the fifth straight year.

• Fall sports took the Socorro Lady Warriors soccer team, comprised by 50 percent by eighth-graders to the state finals in Rio Rancho. They were district champions, after an almost perfect season. They were defeated in the first round, but hold plenty of promise for the coming year.

• In volleyball, Magdalena Lady Steers won their district championship with a 20 – 3 record, and won pool play to make it to the 1A finals, where they lost in the first round to Mountainair Mustangs. It was their first loss to the Mustangs all season. Three seniors were named to the all-state volleyball team for 1A, and six of the team were named to all-district seats for 1A.

The Lady Warriors placed second in 3A district 3. Three Lady Warriors were named to all-district first team seats.

• Cross-country had a mixed season, with some highs and lows. The Socorro Warriors won their district meet, and had several individual records, but faltered at state, after a “disciplinary incident” occurred during the bus ride home from the district meet, which prohibited the top runners from the team from participating in the state finals. The Warriors still participated in the state meet, without some of their stars and with a stand-in coach.