TAOS Boys Basketball
The 9-5 Taos Tigers made it to the finals of the Ruidoso Mountain Madness Shootout. They kicked off the tournament Thursday (Jan. 3) by beating Goddard 53-43 and then went on to beat Ruidoso 71-50 on Friday (Jan. 4). They lost the final, low-scoring game to Silver 45-38.
Their next game is against the St. Pius X Sartans, Friday (Jan. 11) at home, where they are so far unbeaten this season at 5-0.
The Lady Tigers had a week to rest and prepare to host Los Lunas on Tuesday (Jan. 8) at 6 p.m. Results were not available at press time.
The swim team had a week off from competing.
The Taos Tigers Ice Hockey team came back from a couple weeks with no games and only one practice to go 3-1 in the Rio Grande High School Hockey League midseason tournament Jan. 4, 5 and 6 at the Amarillo Civic Center. The tournament doesn’t count toward regular season stats or standings. Instead, it is a way to bring together all nine teams that play in the league at one event.
That event was an endurance race for the Ice Tigers, who had only seven to nine skaters for each game. They played twice Friday (Jan. 4), beating Odessa 6-2 and Cibola 7-4. Saturday (Jan. 5), they won 6-3 against Durango, pitting against their rival, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, for the semifinals. The Ice Tigers had 33 shots on goal to the Hilltoppers’ 30, but the final score of 7-3 Los Alamos reflected the relative fullness of the Hilltopper bench.
Seniors John Esquibel, Ysidro Gravelle and Leandro Richert and junior Lachlan Henderson were recognized as league All-Stars and Katie Pacheco picked up her first varsity point with an assist.
The Peñasco boys had a tough go at the 71st Northern Rio Grande Tournament, losing all three games. Thursday (Jan. 3) they faced the Pecos Panthers, who went on to the final Saturday, and were shut down 86-13. January 4 they played Questa. Neither team played as well as they might have, but Questa came out on top 50-48. They put up 33 points against Mesa Vista, who doubled that, winning with 66.
(see Lady Panthers above)
Both the Wildcats and the Ladycats next play Jan. 11 when they host Springer. Games begin at 4 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats are 3-7 after the Northern Rio Grande Tournament, winning one of the three tournament games. Thursday (Jan. 3), they lost to Mora 36-28. Friday they put up a 57-45 win against Mesa Vista. Saturday they lost to McCurdy by only two points: 41-39.
Full results of the Questa boys performance were not available as of press time. In the second round of the tournament, the consolation semi-finals, Questa beat Peñasco 50-48. In the game for 5th place, they were beaten by Escalante 68-27.