Editorial

Players come together following tragedy

Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 1/30/20

When the Tigers played Moriarty in basketball on Tuesday night (Jan. 28) in Taos, it was no ordinary game. It was one of those moments when young people and a community show just how much heart and care they have for others.

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Editorial

Players come together following tragedy

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When the Tigers played Moriarty in basketball on Tuesday night (Jan. 28) in Taos, it was no ordinary game. It was one of those moments when young people and a community show just how much heart and care they have for others.

On Jan. 14, Moriarty's basketball team suffered an unimaginable loss when two brothers - varsity player Pedro Sandoval, 16, and junior varsity player Mateo Sandoval, 14 - were killed in a vehicle crash on their way to school. The two also played football for Moriarty.

The Tigers went all out to honor the two boys and help their team through the heartache. Taos pitched in with the student council holding a fundraiser at the school Monday and the team pausing for a moment of silence prior to the game in honor of the Sandoval brothers. Then the Tigers one by one went to the stands and hugged the Sandoval brothers' parents. Additional proceeds from the night's raffle were given to the Sandoval family. The Tigers wore green wristbands and offered green ribbons to fans. After the game, players from both teams ate together at a dinner provided by the athletic department.

This was not an effort the Tigers had to put forth. But they did.

Because in the end they understand that pain and tragedy can strike anyone at any moment.

And they stepped up to show they care on and off the court.

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