Other sports activities that happened this week:
The Taos wrestling team competed in the Al Salazar Memorial Tournament on Friday (Jan. 3) in Santa Fe and had some good individual placings in the process.
Lucas Filiss won first place in the 285 pound division, defeating Joseph Gallegos of St. Michael's High School by way of fall. Filiss, at the end of the tournament, was also awarded Most Outstanding Wrestler as well.
Armando Valencia was able to snag a third-place finish at 120 pounds, while Cameron Gonzaled finished fourth at 132 pounds.
Jaime Medina also finished in fourth place, but in the 195 pound weight class.
Taos finished seventh out of 11 participating teams in final points. The Tigers scored a total of 66.5.
Their next tournament is on Saturday (Jan. 11) in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where they will compete in the Rocky Mountain Invite.
Northern Río Grande Tournament
Questa boys struggle
The Questa boys basketball team didn't have the best showing at the Northern Río Grande Tournament at the Ben Luján Gymnasium at Pojoaque Valley High School over the weekend.
The Wildcats played three games in three days, spanning from Thursday-Saturday (Jan. 2-4), and lost each game by more than 20 points. Their tournament opener against No.1 seeded Pecos was their worst loss by far, too, losing by a score of 102-9. To Questa's defense, though, was the fact that Pecos ended up winning the tournament on the boys side of action, defeating Mora 59-23 on Saturday.
On Friday (Jan. 3), Questa lost again but not by as drastic a deficit. The final score was 75-38 in favor of Dulce, but some players on Questa said that they learned from the defeat, including sophomore Tate Danis.
"It was a great chance to better myself because they're really big," Danis said of Dulce, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. "They do know their system really well and their head coach is really, really good."
The Wildcats finished out the tournament with their highest scoring performance yet, putting up 42 points against a Peñasco squad that's had its share of struggles, too. But Peñasco scored 19 more points than Questa on its way to a 63-42 victory.
The three losses for the Wildcats at the NRG Tournament dropped their overall record to 1-9. Questa's next game is on Friday (Jan. 10) when they host Springer.
Questa girls play competitively
The Questa girls basketball team wasn't able to make it to the championship game of the NRG Tournament on Saturday (Jan. 4), but they didn't have a bad showing either.
Questa, who entered the tournament as the fourth seed, lost its opening match to Escalante on Thursday (Jan. 2) by a score of 53-48. That immediately put them on the consolation side of the bracket where they faced Dulce on Friday (Jan. 3).
The Lady Wildcats dropped their game against Dulce, who was the eighth seed, 52-47 in another closely contested battle. For most of the game, though, the score was back and forth. And for most of the fourth quarter, Questa held the lead -- until they didn't.
But Saturday was a much better showing for Questa, who took home a 52-41 victory against Mora. The win helped the Lady Wildcats finish in seventh place, one spot above last place.
After the tournament, the Lady Wildcats have now compiled a record of 5-4 overall. Their next game will come on Friday (Jan. 10) when they face Springer.
Peñasco boys finish in seventh-place
The Peñasco boys basketball team came away with a victory that was sure to put a smile on their faces by the tournament's end -- a 63-42 win over Questa, a district opponent and rival.
The win made sure that Peñasco didn't finish in last place, and instead with a seventh-place showing. But it was the Panthers' first two losses in the tournament that thrust them into that finishing.
On Thursday (Jan. 2) and Friday (Jan. 3), the Panthers dropped contests to Mesa Vista and Escelante, respectively.
Peñasco's overall record now sits at 3-10. The Panthers will have played a road game at Foothill in Albuquerque on Tuesday (Jan. 7), the same time this story went to press.
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