Taos County teams make it through first half, resume play in January

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Great first half, everybody. Now let’s take a breather.

The holiday break in Taos County brings family and friends together, but separates high school athletes from their studies and their winter sports teams for a couple of weeks – a much-needed intermission as the new semester and year resume on the other side of New Year’s Day.

Often, the return to competition in January is a swift roller coaster-like plunge into a plethora of games and matches that gets teams back into their routines as soon as the proverbial ball drops. Some teams don’t get much of a break at all. The Taos Tigers boys basketball team played two games the week before Christmas and continues with games this week, including home contests against Wingate after this section went to press Dec. 28 and against Hatch Valley Dec. 29.

Annual tournaments serve as great primers for the district season that looms at the end of the month. The Northern Río Grande Basketball Tourney is a classic gathering of small schools that is a fan favorite and offers up three full days of fast-paced hoops. The Hope Christian Invitational Tournament in Albuquerque showcases larger schools and can become an extra getaway weekend for basketball families. And while the Taos Tigers wrestling team takes on a few Colorado teams to the north, the Taos Ice Tigers hockey squad faces off with a couple of Texas teams from the west and south.

The following is a complete list of all Taos County interscholastic teams and their respective schedules for the month of January. Home games are shown in bold, and times indicate the start of varsity contests. An asterisk at the end of a line denotes a district game.

Taos Tigers basketball

  • Jan. 5-7, at Ruidoso Shootout, T.B.A.
  • Jan. 10, Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 12-14, at Hope Christian Tourney, T.B.A.
  • Jan. 17, at Pojoaque Valley, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 20, St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 25, West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 28, at Robertson, 7 p.m.*

Taos Lady Tigers basketball

  • Jan. 4, at Questa, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 10, at Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 12-14, at Hope Christian Tourney, T.B.A.
  • Jan. 18, Pojoaque Valley, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 21, at St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 24, at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 27, Robertson, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 28, Pecos, 3:30 p.m.

Taos Tigers wrestling

  • Jan. 7, at Pagosa Tournament, 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 14, at Pueblo Centennial, 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 17, Taos Duals, 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 21, at Trinidad Tournament, 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 27-28, at Robertson, 7 p.m.*

Taos Tigers swimming

  • Jan. 7, at St. Michael’s Horsemen Invite, 8 a.m.
  • Jan. 14, at Albuquerque Academy Invite, 8 a.m.
  • Jan. 21, at Santa Fe Prep Griffin Invite, 8 a.m.

Taos Ice Tigers hockey

  • Jan. 6, at Santa Fe, 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 8, El Paso, Texas, 7 a.m.
  • Jan. 8, El Paso, Texas (El Paso is the home team), 11 a.m.
  • Jan. 21, at Amarillo, Texas, 10 a.m. (CST)
  • Jan. 22, at Amarillo, Texas (Taos is the home team), 9:45 a.m. (CST)
  • Jan. 28, Santa Fe, 5:15 p.m.

Questa Lady Cats basketball

  • Jan. 3, at Springer, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 4, Taos, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 5-7, at Northern Río Grande (NRG) Tourney, T.B.A.
  • Jan. 12, Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 14, Antonito, Colorado, 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 17, Escalante, 6:30 p.m.*
  • Jan. 21, at Mora, 4 p.m.*
  • Jan. 26, Mesa Vista, 7 p.m.*

Questa Wildcats basketball

  • Jan. 3, at Springer, 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 5-7, at Northern Río Grande (NRG) Tourney, T.B.A.
  • Jan. 12, at Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 14, Antonito, Colorado, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 17, at Cuba, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 21, at Mora, 5:30 p.m.*
  • Jan. 26, Mesa Vista, 8:30 p.m.*
  • Jan. 30, Santa Fe Prep, 6:30 p.m.

Peñasco Panthers basketball

  • Jan. 3, Robertson, 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 5-7, at Northern Río Grande (NRG) Tourney, T.B.A.
  • Jan. 12, Foothill, 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 14, at Ratón, 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 19, at Mora, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 20, Santa Rosa, 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 21, Coronado, 5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 26, at Escalante, 8:30 p.m.*
  • Jan. 28, at Mesa Vista, 5:30 p.m.*

Peñasco Lady Panthers basketball

  • Dec. 30, at Coronado, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 5-7, at Northern Río Grande (NRG) Tourney, T.B.A.
  • Jan. 14, Ratón, 3:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 17, at Dulce, 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 19, at Mora, 5:30 p.m.*
  • Jan. 21, Coronado, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 26, at Escalante, 7 p.m.*
  • Jan. 28, at Mesa Vista, 4 p.m.*

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