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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.

One basket shy of a win

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.

Warriors can’t break Colts

Susann Mikkelson — El Defensor Chieftain:  The Silver City Colts left Socorro Warriors Zeb Esquivel open for the jump shot on Senior Night last Friday, when the Warriors met the Fighting Colts for their final regular season game.

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.

Steers tame Falcons with back-to-back wins

Susann Mikkelson — For El Defensor Chieftain:  Magdalena Steers No. 10, Michael Chambers, breaks through the Foothill Academy Falcons’ defense and heads for a lay-up in one long stride on Tuesday night during their first district game of the season.

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.

Lady Warriors tame Tigers

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain:  Maria Alderete, No. 14, and Shania Berger, No. 20, put up a solid defensive game on Tuesday night against the Hot Springs Tigers.

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.

Lady Mountaineers take down the Eagles

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain:  Quemado’s Autumn Nozie, No. 5, makes a clean stuff on Saturday afternoon against Reserve’s Rachel Nicolds, No 20. The Lady Mountaineers beat the Lady Eagles 53 - 41.

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.

Steers break 100 points in runaway game

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain:  Steers No. 2 Tyler Julian sails to the hoop on a drive down court, for two of his 17 points in the Feb. 8 game against the Mountainair Mustangs. Julian was the second highest scorer in the game. Magdalena held Mountainair at 30 points, while scoring a record-breaking 107 of their own.

If you heard a loud boom on Saturday afternoon coming from west of Socorro, it was probably the sound of the Magdalena Steers blowout game against the Mountainair Mustangs on their home court. The Steers pulled off a record score of 107 points, while holding the Mustangs to a mere 30.

Catfights:

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain:  Deanae Monte, No. 3, lays the ball up for two points during a blowout game against the first-year Menaul Panthers ladies team. The Lady Cougars won the game 61 - 04, playing mostly the second string throughout both halves.

The Alamo Navajo Cougars lit up the home court Saturday afternoon against the Menaul Panthers, after watching the Lady Cougars devour the Lady Panthers 61 – 4.