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.