The schedules for Peñasco fall sports are complete.
Athletic coordinator Mandy Montoya – who is also the varsity girls basketball coach – sent Taos News the final versions of the revised fall schedules for both cross-country and girls varsity volleyball.
Most volleyball matches and cross-country invites will be contained within Northern New Mexico, as directed by New Mexico Activities Association Executive Director Sally Marquez, who has let coaches and athletic directors know that they should try and schedule sporting events within their region.
The NMAA has previously said that overnight traveling is prohibited, so driving across the state for an invite is not suitable. Instead, the NMAA has asked that if schools aren't able to schedule an event within their region, then to find a team that is willing to meet halfway.
Luckily for Montoya and Peñasco, they haven't had that problem.
When it comes to cross-country, there are five total invites not including districts and state.
The first invite for the Panthers is the Mora Invitational, which is on Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. Then, on Oct. 17 and 24, the Cimarrón and Robertson invites will take place. Peñasco, on Halloween, will host its own invite in the Peñasco Invitational, though a start time has yet to be determined. Peñasco will finish the regular season up when they participate in the Española Invitational on Nov. 20.
It's also worth mentioning that Peñasco, at least for cross-country, won't be on the road for more than a couple of hours as Cimarrón is the farthest trip of them all.
Montoya said that for the first three meets, it worked out easy for scheduling since all the same teams will be competing together just at different sites. She said the schools got together to make it happen.
"That's kind of how those first four meets worked out – we kind of all talked together and kind of, you know, are hosting their own invites and then inviting each other," Montoya said.
When it comes to volleyball, there are a total of 18 regular season matches. The volleyball team – the defending District 5-2A champs – will begin the season by hosting Cimarrón on Monday (Oct. 12). They finish up the season on Nov. 28 when they host Questa.
Much like cross-country, most matches are contained to the norther portion of the state, as the Lady Panthers will face the likes of Pecos, Springer, Escalante and Mesa Vista.
But Montoya also added a couple of matches against Santa Fe Indian School – whom Peñasco plays on the road on Thursday (Oct. 15) - and West Las Vegas on Oct. 24 because she wanted to give the girls a challenge of playing schools in higher classifications. Both West Las Vegas and SFIS are Class 3A while Peñasco is 2A.
"I wanted to give them a little bit of tougher competition playing bigger schools," Montoya said.
Peñasco doesn't have a golf team – another sport allowed to participate in fall sports.
Taos News will have previews for both teams before each season starts.