It was a battle of the birds last Friday, when the Quemado Eagles faced the number-one ranked Hondo Eagles in the Class B championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque.
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New Mexico Tech's men's rugby club took over second place in the Rio Grande Rugby Union collegiate championship race Saturday with a 45-7 win over New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The victory avenged a 38 – 22 loss to the Chiles in Socorro on September 21 of last year. It was the final match for both teams in a round-robin series also including the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at El Paso, in which teams play each other twice during the 2013-2014 school term. UNM and UTEP will complete the series in El Paso on March 22, with the undefeated Lobos overwhelming favorites to beat the 1-4 Miners and gain number one seeding in the Rio Grande championship tournament to be held on the New Mexico Tech campus April 5.
The five senior players took the floor one last time in Lovington in post-season play for the first round of the state tournament. The girls played a very physical game, but the second-seeded Wildcats proved to be too much for the Lady Warriors, who lost 67 – 34.
The Quemado Eagles have had a mixed season against their district rival, the Carrizozo Grizzlies. Going into their last regular season game, they were 1-1 against each other, and were up for an upset, when the Grizzlies beat them, seeding them second in their district for the playoff.
The first game of the softball season against Espanola brought a challenge of finding the right combination on the field due to the missing basketball players because of post-season play. Additionally, Coach Sandoval is still searching for a starting pitcher from her lineup. Nevertheless, the Sundevils beat the Lady Warriors 22 – 6 in the first game and 17 – 4 in the second game.
The Magdalena Lady Steers fought to the end in Tuesday night's quarterfinals game against the Logan Longhorns, but couldn't pull out the win, losing 58 – 63 on the court at Bernalillo High School.
Magdalena takes districts; hosts first rounds – Steers rock a sold-out crowd with District win Saturday night
The Magdalena Steers played to a sold-out crowd last Saturday night for the 1A District 2 championship game, and didn't disappoint, beating To'hajiilee 72 – 56 and securing the district trophy.
Magdalena takes districts; hosts first rounds – Lady Steers seeded fourth against thirteenth seeded Fort Sumner
The Lady Steers battled it out in a rough game against Jemez Valley for the 1A District 2 championship game on Feb. 28, hosted by Magdalena, and won 58 – 39.
Despite heading to the locker team at halftime up by three, the Lady Warriors struggled in the second half and lost the game 40 – 53. Despite their loss, the team will going to the state tournament; they're seeded fifteenth in the bracket.
Members of New Mexico Tech's Queens Rugby Club were justifiably proud of their performance at home on Saturday, despite being outscored 22 points to 12 by New Mexico State University's Lady Chiles.
The Lady Warriors faced the tough Hot Springs High School Lady Tigers and their fans Tuesday night in the Warrior Dome. The lead changed hands between Socorro and Hot Springs several times throughout the night, but it would be the Lady Warriors who became the hometown heroines as they beat Hot Springs 44-39.
The Warriors were a little short-handed when they faced Hot Springs, which resulted in coming up just shy of the "W" as they lost by one 66 – 67 against Hot Springs. Matthew Jojola would score the first goal from the line after he was fouled. Gibo Padilla and Sean Moore each drained three pointers to take the lead 7 – 4. Zeb Esquivel would tap in another two. Dennis Woods increased the lead 15 – 7 Socorro.
The Warriors had a strong start against the Silver City Colts in their last regular season game of the year last Friday night, for Senior Night. Matthew Jojola, No. 35, got the jump to Zeb Esquivel, No. 3; Esquivel took the ball up for a layup, putting two points on the scoreboard to kick off the game. Silver didn't score on their first possession, but took the ball away from the Warriors and made two on their second attempt. Socorro responded with the game's first three-pointer, pulling ahead 5 – 2.
Magdalena Steers closed the regular season with a 90 – 28 win over the Foothill Academy Falcons on Feb. 21, only to host them again for the Class 1A District 2 opening playoff game on Tuesday night for another win, 71 – 39.
The Lady Warriors game against the Hot Springs Tigers started off a bit slow, after the team's seniors were honored with a brief ceremony prior to the varsity game.
Reserve's Lady Mountaineers hosted Quemado's Lady Eagles on Feb. 15, securing a district win with a final score of 53 – 41. This win was worth celebrating for the Lady Mountaineers, after a four-point loss to the Carrizozo Grizzlies on Thursday evening.
Defense was the weapon of choice for both teams starting in Saturday's roundball game on Reserve's home court. The Mountaineers got the jump to start the game, but neither team scored on their first posession.