Thursday, May 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Hats Off To the Socorro High School Golf Teams

By John Severance

Everybody loves a parade … especially the Socorro girls golf team.
And the Lady Warriors like nothing better than having a parade in their honor.
Right after accepting the state championship trophy for the fourth consecutive year, the girls piled into the back of coach Margaret Stanley’s pickup in the New Mexico Tech parking lot.
They were all smiles as they gave the No. 1 signal and displayed the latest hardware.
After winning by 57 shots, one has to wonder how the Lady Warriors rank with the big schools in the state.
The Lady Warriors finished second to Deming during the season and it was Deming who won the big school title.
I’m guessing the Lady Warriors will continue their streak,
With no juniors and seniors and a talented group of seventh graders waiting in the wings, it looks like the Lady Warriors are on the verge of a dynasty.
Maybe they already are there.
It was the 15th state title for the Lady Warriors golf program.
Watch for many more to come.
The Socorro boys are not to be overlooked either. The Warriors battled the elements and came away with a second place finish in the state golf tournament.
It was a sweet end for senior Ryan Romero, who finished fifth individually. It has been quite the senior year for Romero, who was the starting quarterback for much of the season before sustaining a shoulder injury.
Football coach Damien Ocampo said Romero was done for the year. But the Warriors made their dramatic playoff run and kept winning. Romero finally talked his parents and coach into dressing for the state title game.
Romero knew the consequences if he was to get hurt and he was only supposed to take a couple of snaps in the Lovington game.
But when starter Zach Esquivel got hurt late in the first half, Ocampo had no choice but to insert Romero.
And he almost led the Warriors to a dramatic victory.
So it had to be satisfying for Romero to be able to compete in a state title game and then try his best to lead the golf team to a title of their own.
They ended up just short but they have a lot to be proud of.

Sun Zia Update

It was not surprising to hear what the Socorro County Commissioners had to say about the Sun Zia Transmission project.
I took a look at the various routes and most of them came through the county in one way or another.
I also took a look at how they hook up their lines and commissioner Daniel Monette had it right when he said it was “an eyesore.”
Here is hoping the Sun Zia folks bypass Socorro County and go east of White Sands Missile Range.
After all, Socorro County does not benefit a bit from the project.


Last month, the Mountain Mail printed a photo from the Science Fair and misidentified the person in the photo. The person in the photo was Nikki Mortenson and not Angelina Stanzione.

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