Thursday, December 3, 2009

Get Ready For A Stampede In Magdalena This Weekend

By John Severance

Magdalena is hosting a Stampede from Thursday until Saturday.
But it’s on the basketball court.
The Magdalena girls will take on Alamo at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Other first round matchups include Menaul vs. Carrizzo, Hot Springs vs. Rio Rancho and Tularosa vs. Mountainair.
The Magdalena boys will take on the Alamo at 7:30 p.m. Other first round matchups include Menaul vs. Carizzo, Hot Springs vs. Mountainair and the Rio Rancho JV vs. Mascelero. The finals are scheduled for Saturday night
The Magdalena boys team is coming off a 17-10 record and 10-2 district mark.
“I’ve got a good group of boys and they have been in the system for a while,” Magdalena coach Jory Mirabal said. “We’ve won four out of the last five district championships, losing last year to Temple Baptist in the semifinals by two points in overtime. The boys want to win the district championship again this year and are focused on that.”
The Magdalena girls, meanwhile, finished 27-3 last year and a second-place finish at state.
“Expectations are always high in our girls basketball team,” Magdalena coach Wally Sanchez said. “They are expected to play hard and our fans expect us to play 94 feet both on offense and defense. That’s the only way to play basketball.”
Sanchez also outlined a number of goals for his team. “No. 1, we always want to win 20 games. No. 2, we want to be district champions. No. 3, We will go to state, We’re still looking for that blue trophy. We have seven seniors and five underclassmen on the team.
On the Magdalena boys roster: Reggie Peralto, Duster Apachito, Abie Pino, Arquis Nelson, Gene Leseberg, Ryan Alguire, Daniel Hand, Matthew Lopez, Quanshai Apachito, Dyron Apachito, Myreon Apachito, Kendall Apachito, Bryce Milligan and Miles Parscal.
On the Magdalena girls roster: Deanna Sue Apachito, Kameron Armstrong, Karly Chavez, Keanda Chavez, Nicole Hardy, Camille Mansell, Michaela Marquez, Jennifer Mati, DeShawna Monte, Leona Monte, Shannon Secatero and Merissa Tafoya

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