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First quarter Warriors turn civil to Pojoaque

Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain: Zeb Esquivel shoots from under the basket for two points of the Warriors 11-point lead in the beginning of the first quarter against the Pojoaque Elks on Dec. 7. Esquivel was one of the game’s top shooters. The Warriors fell short after the first quarter, ending the game with a 48 - 81 loss against the Elks at home.

The Warriors came out strong in the first quarter of the game against Pojoaque last Saturday on their home court. Not quite four minutes in, they were up 11 to 9, and sinking virtually all of their shots, including a few 3-pointers. It looked like the Warriors were on a roll, until two minutes before the end of the quarter, when the Elks picked up steam and caught up, tying the game 24 -24, and then making the last shot of the quarter to pull ahead by two.

‘Black Friday’ started Thursday evening

The Socorro Flea Market may have been one of the busiest spots in town Friday morning, Black Friday in Socorro. Parking lots at the larger retail chains in town were bustling more than usual, and sales were up slightly. There was a slight rush early at Walmart, according to manager Nico Vassol, but by 8:30 a.m. the bulk of activity seemed to be at the customer service counter, where customers were making exchanges and returns from purchases made the night before, when Thanksgiving Day sales were on. Walmart offered advertised specials beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, and continuing at various times throughout the weekend.

Young Cougars make great strides toward goals

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: The Alamo Navajo football team poses before their Sept. 21 game against Tse’ Yi’ Gai. It was Tse’ Yi’ Gai’s first football game, which turned into a scrimmage when the Tse’ Yi’ Gai Warriors were delayed by almost two hours in arriving. Alamo Navajo won the scrimmage, but lost all of their regular season games.

The Alamo Navajo Cougars scored 12 touchdowns for 82 points for their football season this year. While that doesn't seem like a milestone to many, for this young, budding team that scored a total of zero points last season, this is a great stride toward future success.

Lady Mountaineers meet goal

Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain: The Lady Mountaineers at the Magdalena Invitational Tournament in September are, back row, left to right: Rachel Cushman, No. 1; Katherin McCarty, No. 14; Kory Nicolds, No. 13; Justine Romero, No. 16; and Rachel Nicolds, No. 15. Front row, left to right, are Ayasha Munoz, No. 8; Shania Livingston, No. 12; Bryanda Delgato, No. 3; and Alexis DeLaO, No. 4. Not pictured but on the Lady Mountaineers roster are Destri Woods, Cami Gantenbein and Emily Nicolds.

The Lady Mountaineers ended their volleyball season with a dismal 5-14 record. But coach John Payne points out that it was still a successful year for the Lady Mountaineers.

Village addresses fire department probation

Z.W. Farnsworth was already "on the job" Monday night during Magdalena's village meeting of the Board of Trustees. Farnsworth was formally named acting fire chief and then later gave his first report, which entailed addressing a number of items the fire department must do to come into compliance with the State Fire Marshal.