The Peñasco Lady Panthers soundly defeated the Mesa Vista Lady Trojans during their homecoming game to add to the celebratory atmosphere inside Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium Jan. 28.
Streamers? Check. Marching band? Check. Scores of fans clad in blue and gold? Check. Formal wear? Check. Smiles? Check, check, check.
Since Peñasco High School does not have a football team, homecoming comes a bit later in the school year for students in this small Northern New Mexico village. But the wait appears to be worth it as a vibrant community reveled in the pomp and circumstance of the annual high school winter gala.
As the name suggests, it was a return to the comforts of home for both Peñasco teams who have been on the road for a pair of games. The dimensions of Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium suit the Lady Panthers, who are currently undefeated at home this year and are 13-2 (.866 win percentage) on their home court the past two seasons.
This year’s lineup was billed as a family affair as the day started with a full-speed “Peewee” game. Six and 7-year-old cagers battled for town supremacy on regulation-height baskets. During the miniature barn burner, new scoreboards were debuted although the final score of 2-1 barely tested the new equipment.
The Peñasco Lady Panthers maintained their win streak by soundly defeating the Mesa Vista Lady Trojans to move to 17-4 on the season and 3-0 in district play. The boys, however, lost their game to the Trojans, 69-58.
Amethyst “Ami” Quintero and Randy Reynolds were named homecoming queen and king, respectively.
Up next for both Panther squads is a trip to the “Mini-Pit” to challenge their intracounty foes from Questa. Game time is 7 p.m. for the girls and 8:30 p.m. for the boys.
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