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Pygmies trounce downstate rivals 45-7 Class B final match

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.

Lady Warriors Softball still searching for right combination

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.

Young Rugby Queens buoyant in loss

William Colburn — for El Defensor Chieftain: Young Rugby Queens players, from left, Phoebe Nicholls, Emily Randall and Andrea Grijalva combine to tackle a NMSU Lady Chiles player in rugby action in Socorro on Saturday.

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.