It was a hot night from behind the line for freshman Jeffery Stuteville. The Steers’ young prospect looks to continue winning for Magdalena.
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Undefeated is apparently embedded in Magdalena’s DNA. The team’s success is infectious, and not just the starting five on the roster as they booked another win.

“The guys coming off the bench were a huge spark for us, especially on the defensive end. Our kids had energy from top to bottom and once we found that spark it felt like our team was unstoppable.”

That was Steers head coach Jory Mirabal after his Steers continued their undefeated streak during the calendar year, defeating the Reserve Mountaineers 73-22.

“No question things started off pretty rocky,” freshman Joseph Zamora said. “But once we got our heads in the game things just started to click.”

The first quarter was an 8 point struggle that looked closer on the sidelines than the scorekeepers would dictate. Tall-man senior Jared Nichols at 6’1” was causing fits in the paint against Magdalena.

It did not matter. Joren Mirabal was doing his standard Steph Curry impression, hitting threes from the logo. D’Shawn Vineyard was dunking on opponents in the paint. The lackadaisical defense by the Steers meant nothing as they were hitting shots at will against the Mountaineers.

“We’re the best, but we got exposed early,” Vineyard said. “Once we got going early, our team was able to come together. Our scoring offense is great but once our defense comes together – our team – we’re tough to beat. That is what helped us win tonight.”

The Steers continued their undefeated streak over the weekend with a huge win against  Quemado.  The Hatch Valley Bears, with only one win, are the next opponent on the road Jan. 13. The Steers will return home Jan. 18 for a 5:30 p.m. throw down against the Cobre Indians.


  1. Magdalena; 13-0.
  2. Mesilla Valley Charter; 9-1.
  3. Elida; 12-2.