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2013 Outstanding Youth Athletes

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Cross-country district champion Emerald Goranson checks the pressure in her ears following her finish at the New Mexico state cross-country finals meet in Rio Rancho in October.

High School cross-country runner Emerald Goranson and third grader Emma Montoya competed in the National USA Track and Field Junior Olympics cross-country championship meet in San Antonio, Texas, in December. Both runners qualified for the national meet after competing in the USATF New Mexico state championships in Albuquerque on Nov. 16, and then racing in the regional championships in El Paso on Nov. 23. The regional championships included runners from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Runners were required to run in the top 30 individual finishers for their age group to qualify for the national championship. Goranson finished 13th in the 13-14 age group, and Montoya finished 24th in the 8 and under age group.

2013 Sports Highlights

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter:  Alamo Navajo’s Dayna Guerro at the New Mexico state cross-country meet held in Rio Rancho in October.

• In March, the Magdalena Lady Steers were leaders in basketball for the 2012-2013 season in 1A District 2 and placed fifth in state for 1A, with a 21 – 6 record. The Magdalena Steers held second place in District 2 and placed in state in basketball for 1A, with a 25 – 1 record.

Quemado Eagles soar over Broncos

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Quemado Eagle Darryn Lackey goes up for the lay-up, one of many in the Dec. 21 game against the Grady Broncos at home. The Eagles chalked up another victory, with a final score of 84 - 49.

Spectators and the opposing Grady Broncos traveled through snow and ice on Dec. 21 to reach the Quemado High School hosted basketball games. The boys varsity team soared over the Broncos — literally and figuratively — with a final score of 84 – 49. The Junior varsity boys also won their game, 38 – 28. There was some overlap in players between JV and varsity for both teams.

Warriors’ play tightens

The Socorro Warriors lost by one point with a buzzer beater by the Raton Tigers on Dec. 19 in the Pojoaque Invitational, with a final score of 53 – 54. They followed up with another tight loss, this time by three, in overtime, 64 – 67. The Warriors went on to beat Mesa Vista 68 – 48 in the final tournament round on Saturday.

Lady Eagles show marked improvement, long road ahead

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Eagles Mariesa Cohoe fights for the rebound against Grady on Dec. 21. Home court advantage did not help the the Lady Eagles much, as they chalked up a 36 - 53 loss against the Lady Broncs.

The Quemado Lady Eagles showed marked improvement on Dec. 21 against the Grady Broncos, over their first game of the season against the Evangel Christian Academy in late November. The Ladies still demonstrate need for fundamental development, however, exhibited by their loss of 36 – 53.

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.