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Whether you're a teenager watching the game from the bleachers under the Friday night lights or an alumnus checking the score from home, there's something inspiring about a big high school sports win, and that seems to be particularly true in small towns going through tough times.

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Probably the most noteworthy news from the Olympic games in Japan this year was a verbal announcement, when Simone Byles said she would not compete.

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Sports in our schools may have been interrupted by the pandemic – to say the least – but that doesn’t mean

the competitive fire went out of the athletes. 

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Even as the pandemic has taken a turn for the less-severe this year - with vaccination rates rising and economies beginning to show signs of recovery - mental health professionals throughout the world have seen clear indicators of a coming psychosocial crisis. One of their biggest concerns is how this problem impacts our kids, who had even fewer outlets to vent their pandemic-related anxieties than adults did.

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The New Mexico High School Coaches Association announced the roster for the 2020/21 All-State Soccer teams. Taos made a strong showing this year, with six players making the team.

This was a significant boost from 2019, when Taos High School landed just two players (Alex Waggoner and Aidan Heflin, both of whom returned to the list this year.) Five of the players came from the boys' team and one, star mid-fielder Kelly Tonrey, from the girls' team.

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The New Mexico Activities Association board of directors has given NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez the authority to discipline coaches, players and schools who violate the association's and the New Mexico Department of Health's COVID-19 protocols.

The board held a special meeting Monday morning (April 19) to discuss the issue, unanimously approving a motion that grants Marquez the power to get tough when the situation calls for it.

Starting immediately, she can sanction violators with suspensions, forfeitures, fines or postseason bans.

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Well, the weather is warming up (slowly, but surely), vaccines are getting into arms, and sports are once again making their way into our collective minds. For pro athletes, sports never really left, just modified a little. But for the hybrid creature known as the "student-athlete," the return of sports is a huge deal.

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After a year of empty gymnasiums and vacant bleachers, Taos High School is finally ready to resume play. On Monday (March 8), the THS Athletic Department released schedules for Varsity and JV Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Boys and Girls Soccer.

Though the news came as a welcome surprise to local athletes and their supporters, the THS Athletic Department did state that there are rules to the resumption of play and asked for the community's help in adhering to those rules.