Taos Municipal Schools has finalized the remaining schedules for the 2020-21 seasons after it was announced that fall contact sports would be postponed to spring, and that the start date for three sports that will be played in the fall – volleyball, cross-country and golf – will be held off until mid-October.
Athletic director Mae LaBella finished up schedules for boys basketball, boys and girls soccer, cross-country, golf as well as a slate of middle school sports.
Previously LaBella had finished up schedules for varsity and junior varsity football, as well as girls basketball.
The golf season begins on Oct. 12 for the Tigers when they host the Taos Invite. There are also three other events scheduled for the golf team – Moreno Valley invite, Ratón Invite and Los Alamos Invite. Those events have yet to be given a date.
The start date for fall sports is Oct. 5, and cross-country gets started right away with a virtual home meet on Oct. 10.
Taos High cross-country coach Bruce Gomez said that his plan was to host a virtual meet, after the New Mexico Activities Association had released guidelines for those who will be participating in the sport this fall.
There was an announced limit of no more than 100 people per event, as well as plenty of other particulars such as that masks must be worn at all times, bathrooms must be cleaned constantly – all of which had an effect on Gomez choosing a virtual meet.
Besides the virtual home meet, the Tigers will be on the road the remainder of the cross-country season, making stops at Santa Fe High School (Oct. 17), Robertson High School (Oct. 24), Los Alamos High School (Oct. 30) Capital High School (Oct. 31) and again at Santa Fe High School (Nov. 7).
There are no start times as of yet as for those meets, nor are the dates set in stone.
The Taos Tigers, who won the District 4-2A Championship over Española Valley on a buzzer beater a season ago and whose youth proved to play at a high level throughout the season, will start their season on Jan. 9 as part of the revised schedule LaBella recently finished.
Their opening game – for junior varsity, C-team and varsity – is slated against Aztec at home.
The Tigers will play Peñasco High School on Jan. 11 and on Jan. 23, they will head to Albuquerque to play Hope Christian High School.
In total, Taos will play 18 games – which is about nine less games than they played during the regular season last year.
The district championship and state championship will both take place between March 1-13.
Soccer was one of the fall sports initially postponed until spring by the NMAA, alongside football. Now, most sports will be played in the spring.
The season will get underway on Feb. 27 for the Tigers as they will face Monte Del Sol High School on the road. They will then face Santa Fe High School on March 2 before hosting their first home match on March 4 against Bernalillo.
The soccer team will play a total of 13 matches before the state tournament.
Taos will be returning most of its starting cast, including Ricky Nichols, who will be a senior, and leading goal scorer Alex Waggoner, an incoming sophomore.
The season for the Lady Tigers gets underway just a few days before their boys counterpart, when they kick the season off on Feb. 24 at Capital High School.
They, too, will play 13 matches this season before the state tournament gets underway.
The Taos News in late July reported that schedules for girls basketball, junior varsity football, football and volleyball were released. As of Monday (Aug. 17), there have been no changes made to the revised schedules.
Varsity football gets its season underway on March 5 against Capital at Anaya Field and will play a total of seven games before the playoffs.
Volleyball, which is one of three sports still happening this fall, will begin its season on Oct. 13 at home against Santa Fe Indian School.
Previews for every team will come as soon as the season begins for each respective sport.