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Taos Middle School volleyball

Tryouts will take place Aug. 16-17 at the gym at Taos Middle School from 3-5 p.m. Participants must attend both days of tryouts and all participants must have a current physical and athletic participation agreement packet completed prior to practice and tryouts.

For more information, contact coach Anita Rodriguez at anita.rodriguez@taosschools.org.

Taos High School soccer

Taos High School soccer has begun its first week of scheduled practices. This will coincide with the first allowable date for teams across the state to begin, according to the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA). Eligible boys and girls in eighth through 12th grades for the fall 2017 school year may participate. This includes all charter school students.

Necessary for all interested players before starting practice is a completed physical, along with other forms in the Taos athletic participation agreement packet.

The first practice is slated for 9-10 a.m. at Taos Eco Park and all additional practices will be listed on the calendar at taossoccer.com. All interested participants are encouraged to dress in proper soccer attire (shin guards are required) and are reminded to bring adequate amounts of water.

Also on the schedule is an "Alumni/Street Soccer" match at Taos Eco Park on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. A mandatory parent meeting will take place at 10 a.m. This exhibition game is for eligible players, so the coaching staff is encouraging all participants to complete their appropriate paperwork beforehand.

For more information, contact coach Michael Hensley at hensleyfineart@gmail.com or coach Casey Tonrey at etonrey@hotmail.com.

Taos Youth Football League

Calling all Taos Youth Football League (TYFL) players. League organizers continue to take registrations for the 2017 season.

The TYFL welcomes all kids ages 5-13 who are interested in learning to play football.

Divisions include: pee wee (ages 5-7), sophomore (ages 8-9), junior (ages 9-11) and senior (11-13). All players in each division must be within specified weight limits. Cost to participate is $120 for tackle leagues and $80 for flag.

Parents are asked to bring their child's birth certificate and current physical records.

For more information, contact Simon Torres at (575) 779-7157 or Matt Miera at (575) 770-5203.

Fly-fishing lessons

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday during the summer season.

Taught by certified fly-fishing instructors from Solitary Angler, these hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals, including how the fly rod, reel and line work together; how to cast overhand and backhand; and how to shoot line out and strip line in.

Lessons occur every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

This is a free program. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu's general store. Interested anglers are asked to meet at the Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, behind Sipapu's lodge on the patio.

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment, although doing so is not required. Fly rods and reels will be available at the clinics at no charge.

Following the casting clinic, there is a more in-depth half-day small stream fly-fishing class on the Río Pueblo for $125.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Solitary Angler at (575) 758-5653.

High school biking

The Taos Composite High School Mountain Bike Team begins its third season of offering Northern New Mexico students the opportunity to train as a team and race mountain bikes.

This team is open to anyone who rides bikes, enjoys being outside and is in high school in Northern New Mexico.

Practices take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as Sundays. The team competes in the Colorado League with four regular-season races taking place alternating weekends.

Athletes are encouraged to join this inclusive team that promotes camaraderie and fun while developing bike handling skills, healthy competitiveness, fitness and, most importantly, a healthy active lifestyle.

For more information, go to fitatos.org and email info@fitaos.org.

Fall softball league

In what is termed the first fall softball league in Taos, officials are inviting all interested players and teams to join the inaugural gathering of extended summer play.

Games are slated to take place at Filemón Sanchez Park on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Eight men's and women's teams in all are sought to fill the schedule. However, co-ed teams are encouraged to form. A co-ed league may be created if there is enough interest.

For more information or to register for fall league play, contact Dean Silva at (575) 613-6131.

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