Taos County winter sports start wrapping things up in February

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By Arcenio J. Trujillo

sports@taosnews.com

The Taos News

My, how time flies in the second semester.

The month of February is, in a way, the final stretch for many winter sports teams as they wrap up their regular and district seasons – vying for wins to secure top seeds and home-court advantages in the postseason for aspiring state contenders or to retain school pride for the rebuilders.

All the basketball teams from Taos, Questa and Peñasco face district rivals in the lead-up to the end-of-season league tournament and will battle to “hold serve” during their respective homestands. Each of the boys and girls teams from Taos and Questa split their final four games – two on the road, two at home – while Peñasco teams will finish their last three games in the friendly confines of their home gym. State tournament games begin with regional action March 3 and continue through March 11. Both Class 2A and Class 4A will send 16 teams to the state tournament, so a good run at the end of the season is helpful to secure a spot in the tourney and to acquire an advantageous rank.

Taos Tiger wrestling starts the month with the District Duals competition in Las Vegas, Mexico, and will finish the season Feb. 11 at the state tournament. Swimming will end the season with a district meet in Santa Fe Feb. 3-4 and state championships Feb. 17-18 – although Taos has yet to qualify any swimmers for the event. Like the Peñasco Panthers teams, the Taos Ice Tigers will have three straight home games in February to finish their regular season. New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League (NMIIHL) postseason schedules are still being worked out.

The following is a list of all Taos County interscholastic teams and their respective schedules for the month of February. 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

Feb. 3, Pojoaque, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 8, at St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 11, at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 14, Robertson, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 20-25, District Tournament, T.B.A.

Taos Lady Tigers basketball

Feb. 4, at Pojoaque, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 7, St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 10, West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 15, at Robertson, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 20-25, District Tournament, T.B.A.

Taos Tigers wrestling

Feb. 2, at District Duals at West L.V., 3 p.m.*

Feb. 11, District Tournament, T.B.A.*

Feb. 17-18, State tournament, T.B.A.

Taos Tigers swimming

Feb. 1, at Capital Jaguar Invite, 4 p.m.

Feb. 3-4, at District 1 Championships, T.B.A.

Feb. 17-18, at State Championships, T.B.A.

Taos Ice Tigers hockey

Feb. 3, Los Alamos, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 11, Durango, Colorado, 5:15 p.m.

Feb. 12, Durango, Colorado (Durango is the home team), 8 a.m.

Questa Lady Cats basketball

Feb. 2, Peñasco, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 4, at Escalante, 4 p.m.*

Feb. 8, Mora, 6:30 p.m.*

Feb. 11, Mesa Vista, 4 p.m.*

Feb. 18, at Peñasco, 4 p.m.*

Feb. 20-25, District Tournament, T.B.A.

Questa Wildcats basketball

Feb. 2, Peñasco, 8:30 p.m.*

Feb. 4, at Escalante, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 9, Mora, 6:30 p.m.*

Feb. 11, Mesa Vista, 5:30 p.m.*

Feb. 18, at Peñasco, 5:30 p.m.*

Feb. 20-25, District Tournament, T.B.A.

Peñasco Lady Panthers basketball

Feb. 2, at Questa, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 4, Mora, 4 p.m.*

Feb. 11, Escalante, 4 p.m.*

Feb. 16, Mesa Vista, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 18, Questa, 4 p.m.*

Feb. 20-25, District Tournament, T.B.A.

Peñasco Panthers basketball

Feb. 2, at Questa, 8:30 p.m.*

Feb. 4, Mora, 5:30 p.m.*

Feb. 11, Escalante, 5:30 p.m.*

Feb. 16, Mesa Vista, 8:30 p.m.*

Feb. 18, Questa, 5:30 p.m.*

Feb. 20-25, District Tournament, T.B.A.

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