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It wasn’t so much that the Quemado boys basketball team regressed. It was that Magdalena progressed, hardened by rough-and-tumble games throughout the year, including a pair of affairs against ranked opponent Shiprock.

Grades are here; who needs more study hall?

This far into the prep basketball season, there aren't any more shape-shifters. It's pretty evident who is who, as teams have, for the most part, cemented their identities. What follows is a midseason report card of the teams in and around Socorro County.


Isaac Avilucea/El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro point guard Amanda Saenz dishes to a teammate during the Hope Christian School Invitational. The Warriors fell to West Las Vegas in Saturday’s consolation game.

With four minutes and change left in Saturday’s game, Amanda Saenz drove the lane, put a nifty spin move on a West Las Vegas defender and then proceeded to miss a wide-open layup.

Journalists’ jobs require pens, not pom-poms

This isn’t the Pollyanna Times.
This also isn’t the Pessimist Times.
In the wake of the spat El Defensor Chieftain finds itself involved in with Socorro girls basketball coach Marleen Greenwood, it is important to convey those two sentiments.