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Warriors score first win of the season

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Warriors’ Ethan Smith goes up for the shot against the Belen Eagles on Dec. 14, in Belen. Smith was a lead shooter in both last Saturday’s game and in Tuesday’s game at Hatch Valley.

The Socorro Warriors played their usual strong first quarter on Tuesday evening at Hatch Valley, running their plays, nailing their shots and exhibiting good defense. The difference on Tuesday was that they didn't stop playing after the first quarter. They continued on to win their first game of the season, with a score of 86 – 61.

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.

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.