Taos County Sports Roundup

Posted 9/12/19

Taos High SchoolCross-CountryThe Tigers ran in the Joe Vigil invite at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, Saturday (Sept. 7). The middle school boys' and girls' teams finished third in the …

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Taos County Sports Roundup

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Taos High School

Cross-Country

The Tigers ran in the Joe Vigil invite at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, Saturday (Sept. 7). The middle school boys' and girls' teams finished third in the event. "Very good for a large meet and their first one, too," said head coach Bruce Gomez.

The girls "were solid and placed eighth in a highly competitive field" in which six of the teams that finished ahead of them were "either first- or second-place state champion teams from Colorado or New Mexico!" noted Gomez. The boys came out "a credible" 16th "in a stacked field."

The Taos Tigers home meet is Saturday (Sept. 14). The community race will kick things off at 7:30 a.m. The middle school races start at 8 a.m., followed by a kids 12-and-under 1K fun run. The high school boys and girls will run next.

Boys Soccer

The Taos Tigers boys are 4-1-1 and play in Bernalillo on Tuesday (Sept. 10) after this section goes to press. For more on Taos boys soccer, see Soccer on page B3.

Girls Soccer

The Lady Tigers soccer team is off to a 2-1-1 start to the season after an overtime 2-2 tie with Santa Fe Prep (Aug. 27) and a 4-0 loss to St. Michael's (Sept. 3). They play in Bernalillo after this section goes to press (Sept. 10) and then have four games over eight days: they host Capital Thursday (Sept. 12) at 4 p.m. and Monte Del Sol Charter Saturday (Sept. 14) at 3 p.m. They then travel to play Santa Fe High School at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 16) and to Academy for Technology and the Classics for a 3 p.m. game Thursday (Sept. 19).

Volleyball

After a 3-0 loss to Santa Fe High School and the results of the Santa Fe Indian School tournament unreported as of press time, the Lady Tigers volleyball team is 1-3. They host West Las Vegas Tuesday (Sept. 17) at 6 p.m. and East Mountain at 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 19).

Peñasco High School

Cross-Country

Peñasco Independent Schools hosted their annual cross-country invitational Saturday (Sept. 7). The meet included middle school and JV races, as well as the varsity meet.

The Peñasco Lady Panthers varsity girls won the meet with 61 points, followed by McCurdy in second place with 89 points and then Robertson with 96 points.

For the boys, their number of runners is up this year. They did not finish in the top three teams, but it was a good start to the season, nonetheless. Cuba fished in first place with a score of 50, followed by Robertson with 65 points and Española Valley with 78.

Volleyball

The Lady Panthers are off to a 1-1 start after a 3-1 loss to Pecos on the road and a 3-0 win over Cimarrón at home.

The Pecos Lady Panthers, ranked second in the class at the start of the season, had already warmed up this season, going into the Sept. 5 game 3-0, while it was the first of the season for the Peñasco Lady Panthers.

Pecos: 3 20 25 25 25

Peñasco: 1 25 20 21 23

"I am so proud at how the girls played," said head coach Maxine Abeyta. "First game jitters may have shown for awhile, but when they realized how well they were doing jitters were out the window. They showed poise and never let down. It was our season opener, so to play the way we did the outcome was good."

Much of the team competed twice on Saturday (Sept. 7) as the school hosted their annual cross-country meet in the morning and volleyball in the evening.

The middle school team got their first win of season and the JV team is now 2-0 for the season. Finally, the varsity team won as well.

"What impressed me the most is the teamwork they are showing. They are setting the ball if the setter can't get to it with confidence - [that] I didn't see last season, encouraging each other throughout the match, and smiling and having fun. For me, that is a win in itself," said coach Abeyta.

Peñasco: 3 25 25 25

Cimarrón: 0 23 23 17

Here are a few stats from the Sept. 7 game.

Ariana MacAuley: 8 points, 5 kills, 1 block

Adriana Tafoya: 16 points, 4 kills, 7 assists

Jennifer Aguilar: 10 points, 3 kills, 3 blocks

Leandra Tafoya: 10 points, 1 kill, 6 assists

Maricela MacAuley: 3 points, 2 kills

Carly Gonzales: 15 points, 4 kills, 8 assists

Alexandria Sandoval: 9 points, 4 assists

Next up for the Lady Panthers is the Cimarrón Tournament Sept. 13-14. The team then travels three more times next week: Sept. 17 to McCurdy, Sept. 19 to Dulce and Sept. 20 to Cimarrón.

Questa High School

Volleyball

The Ladycats volleyball team has started their season 2-1 after a 3-2 win at home against McCurdy Sept. 5. For details on their Sept. 9 game against Cimarrón, see Ladycats on page B2. They travel to Cimarrón Sept. 13-14 for a tournament and to Dulce Sept. 18 for games beginning at 5 p.m.

Soccer

The Questa soccer team has started their season 0-0-1 after tying the St. Mike's JV team Aug. 29. They visit the JV team of Santa Fe Prep Tuesday (Sept. 10) after this section goes to press. They play in a tournament this weekend with games Sept. 13 against Desert Academy/ Santa Fe Waldorf and Sept. 14 against Hot Springs. They then travel to Tierra Encantada for their first district game of the season Tuesday (Sept. 17).

JV Football

The Wildcats JV football team lost a home game 44-0 to Escalante (Sept. 7) when the game was called early due to lightning. Their next game is scheduled to be against the C-squad of 4A state champion runners-up, the Bloomfield Bobcats, on home at 2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 14).

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