Basketball

Winter sports wrap up for all nine Taos County teams

All six basketball teams, wrestling, swimming and ice hockey have completed their respective seasons in Taos County. Here is a recap of the accomplishments of the interscholastic winter sports teams in 2017-18.

Too few points, low shooting percentages doom Peñasco in The Pit

Peñasco Lady Panthers take home the second-place trophy after falling to the Fort Sumner/House Vixens in the Class 2A state basketball final March 9.

Excitement builds as Peñasco Lady Panthers punch ticket to The Pit

Gilbert Mascareñas – who is in his second year as head coach – and his hungry crew are headed for the Class 2A championship game, which includes a fortuitous walk down a storied ramp and into the vaunted vestibule known as “The Pit.”

Season comes to an end for the Taos Tigers in third loss to Moriarty Pintos

The end has come for (5) Taos Tigers basketball in 2017-18. The Tigers fall to number four Moriarty, 49-42 in Class 4A quarterfinals.
Basketball

Tigers slip past SFIS, Taos cagers Rio Rancho bound

A collective sigh of relief fell over orange and black clad Taoseños and Taoseñas when the Taos Tiger emerged triumphant over the visiting Santa Fe Indian School March 3.

Peñasco Lady Panthers advance to quarterfinals with win over Questa Lady Cats

The Peñasco Lady Panthers continued their winning ways, defeating the Questa Lady Cats 76-42 in first round action at Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium March 2.

Lady Panthers and Lady Cats to face off on the hard court, again

The Peñasco Lady Panthers (3) and Questa Lady Cats (14) are paired together in the first round of the Class 2A New Mexico State Basketball Tournament. Full house expected at Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium for 7 p.m. start.

Tigers defends their home court, hoist championship trophy and banner

Taos wins both regular season and district tournament championship to claim king-of-the-mountain status in District 2-4A and earn number five seed in state tournament.

Questa advances to district championship with eight point win over Lady Lobos

Questa moves on in district tournament play. Escalante goes home. Lady Cats knock out the Lady Lobos 47-39 inside "Mini-Pit" Feb. 23.

Taos Tigers and Taos Lady Tigers on different paths

Taos Lady Tigers were shown the exit doors to the District 2-4A tournament - and possibly the 2017-18 season - with a 34-22 loss …

Worst to first: Tigers clinch District 2-4A, regular season title

Taos now moves to 16-10 overall, and 7-1 in district play with their latest win over the Horsemen, Dons and Cards. As the number one ranked team, the Tigers will host the district championship tournament game.

63-36 spelled backward makes for cager number fun in Taos

The Taos Tiger boys’ basketball played the Pojoaque Valley Elks Feb. 2. Final score: 63-36 in favor of Taos. The following night, the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes traveled to Otero Gymnasium and beat the Taos Lady Tigers. Final score: 63-36.
Baseball

Taos splits with Robertson, rolls over West Las Vegas

The state Class 4A rankings currently show the Robertson Cardinals as the number one team with a an overall record of 13-2, but as of press …

Taos extends win streak to eight with victory over Horsemen

With one swing of the bat, a dogfight was settled. The Taos Tigers baseball team won its district home opener in dramatic fashion, beating the St. Michael's Horsemen 9-8.

Taos blanks Raton, Tiger hurler makes history

It was Tigers versus Tigers in the consolation championship at St. Michael's March 17. Earning the win against Raton, was eighth-grader Jalen Montaño who pitched a no-hitter in the 10-0 shutout.

Questa teeters on spring sports

On Friday (Jan. 26), text messages received by coaches sent panic into the small community of Questa that lasted …

Questa baseball, track sidelined for 2018 season

The fate of spring sports at Questa High School is in question after reports that the Questa Schools District could scuttle baseball and track.

Hall of Fame induction bestowed on local baseball aficionado

Norm Cutliff, the president of the Taos Men’s Baseball League has taken his place in history, inducted into the Men’s Senior Baseball League National Hall of Fame.
Football

Taos places three on state team

Defensive back Jude Suazo, a senior, was selected to the 4A all-state first defensive team by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Suazo had three interceptions and 34 tackles during a …

All-District football team named, Taos gets six nods from coaches

Six from the Taos Tigers football team received All-District honors for their efforts in their respective positions at the end-of-the season coaches meeting held Nov. 6.

Big plays lambast Tigers as number 2 Portales Rams wool the night

Too many Tiger turnovers and too many big plays yielded by Taos ultimately was the difference, as the Portales Rams eliminated Taos from the state playoffs with a 41-11 final.

Taos overcomes third quarter stagnation to beat Hope Christian 30-28

Taos beats Hope Christian for the second time this season in a barn-burner. Three lead changes in the fourth period caused a lot of nail biting at Anaya Stadium Nov. 10.

Cats versus dogs at Anaya Stadium tonight

The first round game against the Huskies is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m with gates at Anaya Stadium opening at 4:30 p.m.

Taos earns a number 7 seed, will host Hope Nov. 10

Taos given the nod to host first round playoff game and will take on the Hope Christian Huskies in a class 4A rematch Nov. 10.
Hockey

Taos Ice Tigers, Cougars claw at each other in big-cat battle

Vulcanized rubber was flying fast inside the yellow snow cave at the Taos Youth and Family Center Dec. 17. Two fancy skating and hard-hitting teams converged and wrangled to prove the better of the big-cat teams in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice …

Taos Ice Tigers can’t shake those Oso pesky bears from La Cueva

The Taos Youth and Family Center was brimming with activity and was packed with fans, as two big home events took place at the same time Dec. 3. Interscholastic and club swimming took place on one side of the complex, while interscholastic hockey …
School sports

Balanced scoring earns Tigers third at Aztec Top Gun Invitational, Taos dominates dashes

The Taos Tigers boys and girls track teams traveled to the Four Corners region to participate in the Aztec “Top Gun Invitational” March 29. The Tigers boys team finished third and the Lady Tigers came in fourth.

Same results, more hardware for Taos County teams at state cheer championships

For the second year in a row, the Taos Tigers and Questa Wildcats cheer teams claimed their respective place at the head of the interscholastic cheerleader's table.

Tigers and Wildcats look to defend their crowns at state

Taos Tigers cheer, Taos Tigers Classics and Questa Wildcats cheer heading to Albuquerque to compete in state championships. Tigers vying for fifth straight, while Wildcats try for number two.

Taos boys on track to earn state title number five, girls knocking on podium door

Coach Benny Mitchell will lead the reloaded Taos Tigers and Lady Tigers track teams in 2018, each poised to make a strong case for state crowns in their respective divisions.

Lady Tigers ready to duel in Abreu's sophomore outing

Back for his second year, Abreu has been busy working with his young team and taking advantage of an unusually warm and dry winter in Northern New Mexico.

Tigers regain place atop the podium with strong finish at state

Trophy history: Thirty years ago - almost to the day - a yellow school bus crested over the final apex of the horseshoe hill south of Taos. Visible …
Community sports

Sidelines - April 19-25

Taos Little League volunteers sought Little League of Taos is looking for volunteers to help with the 2018 season which begins Monday (April 23). Minor baseball coaches and umpires (for all …

Sidelines - Apr. 12-18

Fly-fishing lessons: Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday, May 26-Sept. 1 (except June 23) during the summer season.

In New Mexico, Mother's Day weekend means whitewater races

Mother's Day Rio Grande Whitewater Races, the second oldest organized river race in the country, will once again host kayakers and rafters, canoers and spectators.

Taos Ski Valley hosts USSA championships, TWST athletes excel

The Taos Winter Sports Team and Taos Ski Valley hosted the United State Ski and Snowboard Association Southern Series Championships March 24-25, drawing 170 athletes from Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

Taos Ice Tigers freeze out Hilltoppers, rebound in the yellow snow cave

The Taos Ice Tigers have had trouble figuring out the Los Alamos Hilltoppers this year. In the first the three games played in the 2017-18 season, the Hilltoppers outscored the Ice Tigers 15-6 and …

Conditions are great for true beginners at TSV

As a result of a La Niña weather pattern, the Taos Ski Valley snow making crews and groomers have been focused on delivering pristine corduroy - resulting in ideal terrain for beginners learning to ski and snowboard.
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