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Cougars play aggressive while Mountaineers take hometown name to heart

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Alamo Navajo Cougars Tierra Apachito, no. 7 and Hanna Apache, no. 15, block the ball back to Reserve Mountaineer Rachel Cushman in their face-off last Friday at Alamo Navajo. Alamo Navajo won the match 3 - 0.

The Alamo Navajo Cougars pulled out a 3 – 0 win against the Reserve Mountaineers on October 4 in Alamo. The game was unruly with multiple errors and saves on both sides of the net. The Cougars strength seems to be their ability to recover from errors, and they aren't afraid to dig and agressively attack the ball. The Mountaineers are more, well, reserved.

Tight match ends in disappointment for Lady Warriors

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Warriors Giovanna Rosas, no. 12 and Ashley Pyke, no. 7, address the pass from the Deming Lady Cats during their game Tuesday evening. The Lady Warriors played one pretty tight set, but lost the game 0-3.

"Close, but no cigar" seems to be a theme for the Socorro Warriors this fall season, as the Lady Warriors chalk up a loss on Tuesday night in a 0 – 3 loss against the Deming Lady Wildcats. All three Lady Warriors volleyball teams lost their matches against the Lady Cats on Tuesday evening – the C Team, junior varsity and varsity.

Lady Warriors coming back

The Lady Warriors soccer team had mercy on the the Ruidoso Warriors on Tuesday, beating them 10-0 in a mercy rule ending after the first half. This is the result of a young Socorro team playing a team equivalent in age and experience, and gives an indication of their potential future if they hold together as a cohesive team.

Lady Steers pull off tough win

Lady Steer Breann Baca goes for the kill, with teammates Tristen Dunlap, No. 3. left, Abbigail Bullock, No. 1. team captain, Danielle Gordon, No. 5. and Ashley Tafoya, No. 4. right backing her up. The Lady Steers showed great team effort in last Friday’s match against the Estancia Bears, winning at home 3-2.    Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain

It was a battle until the end for the Lady Steers last Friday against the Estancia Bears. They won 3-2 in five closely matched sets after the final score of 17-15 in the fifth set. The leadership is spread fairly evenly throughout the team of mostly seniors. Senior Tristen Dunlap led attacking with nine kills, 1.8 per set.

Yucca 4-H members get their bows on

The Yucca 4-H Club, based in Magdalena, held its first archery event on Sept. 21 at the Magdalena shooting range. 4-H members from other area clubs were invited to participate as well, as were nonmembers.

4-H Rodeo ends season with some top winners

Socorro County's Chazlin LeSueur took first place in breakaway roping for the 4-H rodeo season, and second place as the heeler in team roping. Charles Perkins, also of Socorro County, was the first-place steer rider. Jorrell Mirabal of Yucca 4-H in Magdalena brought home second-place awards for ribbon roping, breakaway roping and calf roping, and Melissa Gabaldon with Tumbleweed 4-H of Socorro came home with third place in ribbon roping, among other awards.

Pie Festival draws big crowd in spite of rains, celebrates pie

Young contestant Jack George-Womack, sporting several ribbons from various contests, eyeballs his pie and the canned whipped topping that will go on top just prior to the pie-eating contest for ages 8 and under during the Pie Festival in Pie Town on Sept. 14. George-Womack won the contest for his category.   Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain

Rain showers sprinkled the crowds during the pie eating and other contests, but did not hamper the fun at the annual Pie Festival in Pie Town, — at least not until around 2 p.m. when the showers turned to rain. After that, vendors began packing up and the crowd either disbursed or migrated to the pavilion, where the horny toad race ensued.

Missing Mogollon man found dead following flash flood

The body of 83-year-old Howard Bassett was found by hikers Sept. 21 in the evening near Mogollon, after a three-day search for him had been suspended on Friday. Bassett was reported missing on Sept. 16, at around 9:30 a.m. He hadn't been seen nor heard from since Sept. 14, just before midnight when heavy rainstorms hit the Mogollon, Alma and Glenwood areas.

Monette represents Socorro County in Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of Danny Monette: Socorro County Commissioner Danny Monette, second from left, poses with Senator Martin Heinrich, along with fellow county representatives Kevin King, a county supervisor from North Carolina (on left) and Lenore Stuart, a county commissioner from Arizona on the right.

Socorro County Commissioner Danny Monette was in Washington, D.C. last week to urge members of Congress and key Congressional staff to "keep their promise to counties and communities" and pass mandatory funding for the payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) program for fiscal year 2014 and beyond.

Lady Steers rack up the wins

The Magdalena Lady Steers added three wins to their record during a grueling schedule last week – two at home and one on the road, bumping them up 6 points in the state ranking. The team shows the signs of maturity expected from a team of juniors and seniors who have been playing together for 4-5 years. Communication and teamwork is strong. The Lady Steers faltered slightly during their match-up against the Wildcats last Friday, but pulled it together for a nice win.