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Socorro hangs with defending champs

Socorro played host to defending Class 2A champs Tularosa on Dec. 11, and although the Wildcats went home with a 46-41 victory, the Warriors can hang their hats on an impressive performance.

Eagles can't wrangle the Steers

The Magdalena boys basketball team was probably in need of a solid challenge after it ran through its first two opponents in the Steer Stampede by a combined score of 131-58. When it ran into Native American Community Academy in the tournament final on Saturday, a challenge is precisely what it got.

Magdalena girls power by the Bears

In stark contrast to its first two Steer Stampede games on Thursday and Friday, the Magdalena girls basketball team needed every one of the 32 minutes it took to put away Hatch Valley on Saturday night in the tournament final.

Elkettes take win

If there's one thing the Lady Warriors basketball team can say with full confidence, even this early in the season, is that it definitely has the poise and confidence to play from behind.

Steers dominate the Eagles in season opener

The Magdalena boys basketball team opened up its 2012-13 season at the Steer Stampede on Friday afternoon, and it made short work of the Evangel Christian Eagles in the first round of the tournament, beating them 70-30.

Steers obliterate Tularosa Eagles

After coming off a Nov. 29 win against Tularosa, a Class 2A playoff team from a year ago, the Magdalena girls basketball team built on their early momentum by beating Evangel Christian 95-26 on Thursday evening.

Eagles soar past Warriors

Jonathan Miller/El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro’s Ethan Smith shoots over the top of Belen’s Chad Chavez during their game on Saturday afternoon. Smith scored 14 points in an 82-42 Warriors loss.

This early in the 2012-13 season the Warriors basketball team is obviously looking to notch a couple of confidence building wins, but for now, the name of the game is gaining experience and growing together as a team before the onset of District 3-3A play on Feb. 4.

Spartans no match for Lady Warriors

Jonathan Miller/El defensor Chieftain: Socorro’s Ashton Monette nails her second 3-pointer on Friday night against the Bernalillo Spartans. Monette scored 17 points in a Lady Warriors victory.

The Lady Warriors basketball team kept their early season momentum going on Friday night when they took care of the Bernalillo Spartans at home, 63-48. Socorro gained control in the second quarter with solid perimeter shooting, then simply powered past the visiting Spartans (0-3) to move to 2-0 on the season.

Estancia spoils season-opener

The Warriors basketball team took the court for its first game of the 2012-13 season against Estancia on Thursday, and the visiting Bears did not prove to be kind guests as they beat Socorro 61-54.

Academy ousts Socorro

Jonathan Miller/El Defensor Chieftain: Seve Naranjo stretches across the goal line for a Warriors touchdown on Friday night during Socorro’s playoff contest with Academy. The Chargers won 34-24.

Socorro head coach Damien Ocampo wasn't too keen on the idea of having to play Academy on consecutive weeks, especially with the rematch coming during the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

Season comes to an end for Lady Warriors

The Socorro Lady Warriors volleyball team traveled to Silver on Nov. 10 to take on the fourth-ranked (3A) Fighting Colts in the District 3-3A Championship and they needed a victory if they were going to receive and invitation to the 2012 state tournament.

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Socorro volleyball
The Socorro Lady Warriors volleyball team beat Hot Springs on Thursday night in the District 3-3A tournament to set up a third showdown with Silver this afternoon, in Silver City.